Senators prediction panel: Game 13

The Ottawa Senators host the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators host the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

New York Islanders (4-6-2) at Ottawa Senators (5-6-1)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 4, Islanders 3
Considering the Islanders have lost five games in a row and were torched by the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night by a 7-2 score, the Senators had better win this one at home. Doing so would give them plenty of momentum heading into Montreal Saturday night after dropping the first two contests against the Habs this season. The one wrench in the works? Dwayne Roloson will probably start this one, and he’s been known to come up with a big game from time-to-time.
Record: 5-7

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 4, Islanders 2
Should have gone with my instincts in Toronto, but I was swayed by the Senators struggles to break through against Boston. The Leafs are worse than I thought, and I sense the Sens can carry the momentum against the Islanders, but we should all be watchful of a letdown. This is a team Ottawa used to just show up and expect to beat. Not anymore.
Record: 8-4
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Islanders 2
The most encouraging sign for the Senators during this stretch of three wins in four games has been the play of Brian Elliott. The netminder has gained confidence with each passing start. Even though Pascal Leclaire is ready to start, I think Elliott has earned the crease against the Islanders.
Record: 7-5
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 4, Islanders 2
Full marks to Ottawa for winning four of their past six and taking advantage of a pretty favourable schedule. That trend should continue since the most compelling reason to watch this game is the Battle of the Danes – Frans Nielsen vs. Peter Regin. (My apologies to those who can’t wait to see Rick DiPietro’s pink pads.)
Record: 8-4
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 4, Islanders 2
Tough call here. Are the Sens ready to put up back-to-back decent efforts or are they going to stink the place out again Thursday? Which team shows up? “Flip.” Heads it is! I’ll go with the Sens — besides, they have to wait until Saturday on HNIC to really suck, right?
Record: 8-4
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Islanders 2
Let the streaks roll on! The Senators have won four of six games, while the Islanders have lost five in a row. With some more big divisional games coming up this week and next, the Senators will have to get points against the ‘lesser’ opponents, and the Islanders certainly qualify. Unless Dwayne Roloson (or whoever goaltends for Long Island) is able to steal the game, Ottawa shouldn’t have a problem winning the game.
Record: 8-4

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 5, Islanders 3
Now that the power play has confidence, I think this one could be a bit of a barn-burner, a lot like the vintage Sens/Isles games used to be. Spezza is due for a big game right about now, and seemed close to breaking out against Toronto. I’ll take him for 3 points.
Record: 8-4
Exact scores predicted: 2

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