Senators prediction panel: Game 1

The Ottawa Senators kick off their season with a game in Buffalo against the Sabres. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 1
Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres takes a faceoff against Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators in the second period on April 5, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators kick off their season with a game in Buffalo against the Sabres. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (0-0-0) at Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0)

James Gordon (@SensReporter), Citizen Sports/SenatorsExtra Editor

Senators 4, Sabres 3
For a little while, Senators vs. Sabres appeared ready to surpass the Battle of Ontario as the best rivalry in the now-defunct Northeast Division. That was a long time ago, kids.
Record last season: 32-26
Exact scored predicted: 3

Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner), Citizen Hockey Columnist and defending panel champion

Senators 5, Sabres 2
In the past 10 years, Buffalo’s HSBC Arena (now First Niagara Center) has more or less been the friendly confines. With the Sabres in the midst of a large rebuild, I don’t expect that to change, although the Senators would be wise to pay attention Friday.
Record last season: 40-18
Exact scores predicted: 3

Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes), TSN 1200 The Drive host

Senators 4, Sabres 2
Anybody who tries to have a justification or solid rationale behind their pick on opening night needs help.
Record last season: 31-27
Exact scores predicted: 3

Graeme Nichols (@6thSens), writer/editor, The 6th Sens blog and podcast

Senators 4, Sabres 2
The Sabres can name two captains but they can’t double their talent level.
Record last season: 32-24
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd (@TSNSteveLloyd), host, In the Box on TSN 1200

Senators 3, Sabres 1
The Sens are one of only four teams that have yet to play a game. That means we’ve all had enough of talking about Spezza’s groin, Ryan’s ability to fit in, Da Costa….yadayadayada. After three hard practices, this team is champing at the bit to get going. They take advantage of a Sabres team still trying to forge a new identity.
Record last season: 32-25
Exact scores predicted: 2

Peter Raaymakers (@silversevensens), writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Sabres 2
The Ottawa Senators FEARLESSly head into Buffalo to take on the Sabres, and thanks to a two-goal night from Cory Conacher, they leave town with a couple of points in the bank.
Record last season: 32-26
Exact scores predicted: 4

Jeremy Milks (@BlackAcesOtt), writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 3, Sabres 2
If there’s one thing we’ve been able to count on over the years, it’s the Senators domination of the Sabres. I don’t think Buffalo fans will enjoy Bobby Ryan any more than they did Daniel Alfredsson.
Record last season: 38-20
Exact scores predicted: 4

Eric Doty (@BonksMullet), writer/editor, BonksMullet.com and founder of SensMOTB

Senators 4, Sabres 2
It’s truly an honour to have been selected to predict for the Senators Extra organization. All I can do now is go hard to the keyboard, throw shots at Steve Lloyd, and give 110% better predictions than Mendes. The chance of noted Sabre-slayer Daniel Alfredsson making a pass through Buffalo without having an impact on a game is next to zero. Given that Alfie was held off the scoresheet in Detroit’s 2-1 victory over the Sabres on Wednesday, it would be unwise of me to predict anything other than Alfie’s lingering presence handing Ottawa the win. After a long-winded opening ceremony, Ottawa scores early when Buffalo gets off to a sluggish start.
Record: 0-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

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