Senators prediction panel: Game 13

The Ottawa Senators face off against the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 13
Mika Zibanejad #93 of the Ottawa Senators looks for a penalty call as he is taken down by Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders in the third period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 19, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Senators defeated the Islanders 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators face off against the New York Islanders at Canadian Tire Centre. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

New York Islanders (4-5-3) at Ottawa Senators (4-6-2)

James Gordon (@SensReporter), Citizen Sports Editor

Senators 3, Islanders 2
The mall says Christmas starts Nov. 1, and this entire month is a gift to the Senators.
Record: 9-3
Exact scored predicted: 1

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

Senators 4, Islanders 2
What chance do the Islanders have against a Spezza-Neil combo?
Record: 8-4
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 4, Islanders 2
Calendar flips to November. MacLean flips the lines. And I think the Sens will flip the switch and turn it on.
Record: 5-7
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 4, Islanders 3 (SO)
The Senators have picked up points in eight consecutive games versus the Islanders and haven’t lost in regulation to New York since February 5th, 2011. With an energized Robin Lehner getting the nod in nets, I’ll give the advantage to Ottawa.
Record: 6-6
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 1, Islanders 4
Shaking up the lines and D pairings leads you to believe Paul Maclean has started down the path of taking things up a notch. Something’s still not right.
Record: 7-5
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 4, Islanders 1
Paulrus pulled out his blender and did quite a number on the team’s forward lines and defence pairings, but I’m not confident they’re out of the woods yet–however, I am confident that Craig Anderson will be highly motivated to make up for his last performance against the Isles if he starts. If Lehner starts, well, he’s never short of motivation.
Record: 6-6
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 3, Islanders 2
The Islanders usually bring out the best in Ottawa but that’s not why they’ll win tonight. They’ll prevail because Paul MacLean might eat them alive if they don’t. It’s not a must-win … but it’s a must-win.
Record: 6-6
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 5, Islanders 2
Let me take a foray into “fancy stats” to predict the outcome tonight. The average age of an Ottawa Senator is 26.627 years old, while the Islanders clock in at 27.534. Due to the strong negative correlation between candy consumption and age, let’s assume the Sens consumed more candy last night after trick or treating. As we all know, high candy consumption is correlated with high energy levels, and if my sources are correct, high energy levels are correlated with winning. Therefore the Senators should have this one, like their candy, in the bag.
Record: 7-5
Exact scores predicted: 0

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