NLL Week 3 Staff Picks

The Stealth bring the NLL back to Vancouver when the host the Swarm on Saturday night (photo: Richard Olson)
The Stealth bring the NLL back to Vancouver when the host the Swarm on Saturday night (photo: Richard Olson)

For the first time this season, all nine teams will see action this weekend, with Buffalo, Colorado, and Philadelphia each playing twice in the six games scheduled.

On Friday, The Toronto Rock (1-0) make the short trip across the border to face the Buffalo Bandits (0-1) in what is sure to be a fast-paced, high intensity game. The Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) look for their first win of the season as they host the Colorado Mammoth (1-1) on Friday night. Saturday night, the Philadelphia Wings (1-0) return to New York State to test their luck against the Rochester Knighthawks (1-0) before returning to PA to face the Bandits on Sunday. The Mammoth continue their Alberta road trip on Saturday to face the Edmonton Rush (1-0). East coast fans should be sure to stay up late on Saturday night to watch the NLL return to Vancouver as the Stealth (0-1) host the Minnesota Swarm (0-1).

Fun fact for the week (do you like the fun fact? I do – total stats nerd – I’ll try to include a fun fact each week): Calgary hosted Colorado in week three of the 2013 season as well; the Mammoth narrowly winning 13-12. The pair met twice more in the regular season, the Roughnecks winning both times.

A lot of tough picks this week – can the Wings be victorious over both NY state teams to start the season 3-0? The Bandits don’t like to lose at home – can they beat a confident looking Rock squad? Who comes away with the win on Saturday night? Vancouver looking to impress their new hometown fans or a young Swarm team, eagerly looking for their first win? Fans can get their picks in up till 30 minutes before the start of each game.

Here’s how we see it playing out this weekend:

Toronto @ Buffalo
If we go by what we’ve seen by each team so far, Toronto wins this easily. I still think Toronto will win, but it won’t be so easy. – Chavez

Seems like an illogical pick based on what we’ve seen from each team so far. But with parity at an all-time high, what’s been logical about picking winners in the last year? Anyway, Buffalo has to rebound and play better than last week and it’s not often that a team plays as well in all phases of the game as Toronto did last week and then can repeat that level of success. – Stamp

Colorado @ Calgary
Calgary’s hurting but there’s still enough talent to run past Colorado in this one. – Chavez

The Roughnecks are too good and Curt Malawsky is too demanding a coach for them not to play a whole lot better than they did against the Rock, which should lead to them downing the Mammoth. – Stamp

Philadelphia @ Rochester
Rochester’s experience, as a whole and as a team, will be too much for the young Wings. – Chavez

This seems like the easiest pick possible in the league in some ways–the defending champs against the team with exactly half its roster new to the team, playing early in the season–which makes me a little nervous. But I’m not going to over think it. I’ll take the Knighthawks. – Stamp

Colorado @ Edmonton
Would you pick against a team that will have Georges St. Pierre rooting for them in their home opener? – Chavez

We saw last year how much of an edge it can be for a team to play two games in a weekend. The strong-second-game phenomenon should be a real factor when you consider the minimal travel between games, especially. And the Mammoth showed some serious resiliency last week against Vancouver. – Stamp

Minnesota @ Vancouver
The Stealth will find their consistency for this game and christen their new home in style. – Chavez

The Stealth should be fired up to go after a win in the opener of their new home. – Stamp

Buffalo @ Philadelphia
It’s a rematch of an ugly loss for Buffalo but the Bandits won’t be taken by surprise in this one. – Chavez

It’s hard to beat a team twice in a row in close succession and Buffalo should be raring to go against the Wings after the stinker the Bandits laid in the first contest between these two. They’ll need to do a much better job of countering Philadelphia’s athleticism than they did the first time, though. – Stamp

Week 3 Picks

Chavez
2-3
Stamp
2-3
Shanny
3-2
Bridgman
3-2
Jenner
1-4
O’Neill
1-4
Pilson
1-4
Vock
2-3
Friday
TOR @ BUF
COL @ CAL
Saturday
PHI @ ROC
COL @ EDM
MIN @ VAN
Sunday
BUF @ PHI

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