Senators prediction panel: Game 10

The Ottawa Senators take on the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators take on the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Florida Panthers (3-4-0) at Ottawa Senators (3-5-1)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Panthers 2
Like the Senators, my slow start could take me out of the running before Christmas. Why am I picking them to win tonight? Well, yesterday I went for lunch at Moxie’s in the Centrum and saw Tomas Vokoun and some teammates going in. It was cheap White Peach Bellini day so, you know, maybe they spent a beautiful afternoon on the patio and had a few too many. Hey, whatever man. My so-called ‘rational’ reasons for making picks this season obviously aren’t working.
Record: 3-6

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 4, Panthers 3
James, stop beating yourself up, you sound like a Senators player, circa last week. A two-game winning streak. Is it possible? They have a good opportunity here, with Florida in town. Not that anything is a slam dunk any more.
Record: 6-3
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 2, Panthers 1
The Senators have yet to win consecutive games this season and they will be in tough against the Panthers. Florida will start Tomas Vokoun in goal, which means the Sens will have a tough time scoring goals. Fortunately for Ottawa, the Panthers are offensively-challenged now that Nathan Horton is no longer part of the equation.
Record: 5-4
Exact scores predicted: 1

Graeme Nichols, writer/editor, The Sixth Sens blog and podcast

Senators 2, Panthers 3
Full credit to the Senators for picking up two points that they had to have against a tired Coyotes team that was playing its third game in four nights. Although they have had trouble scoring, Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers have been pretty stingy in terms of goals allowed. They also should have something to prove after that missed goaltender interference call in Toronto cost them the game.
Record: 7-2
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 4, Panthers 3
Against my better judgment, I’m going to go with James this time. Not only do I have that going against me, but expecting the Snes to put up two good games in a row is rolling the dice.
Record: 5-4
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 3, Panthers 2
A two-game winning streak? Yes, I am feeling gutsy. And although Jason Spezza is doubtful for Thursday’s game, and although Alex Kovalev met his fortnightly quota for offence on Tuesday, Ottawa’s still got enough scoring to defeat the Florida Panthers — as long as the defence is able to maintain respectability, as they did last game. The third line will probably have to provide some, along with the top line of Mike Fisher with Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson, and that will be enough to get the ever-important two points.
Record: 5-4

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Panthers 1
The Panthers have already lost three on the road this season, but they don’t give up many goals along the way. I’m not convinced the Senators have cured their scoring woes yet, but they should have enough momentum to get another big win.
Record: 6-3
Exact scores predicted: 2

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