Senators prediction panel: Game 2

The Ottawa Senators take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (0-1-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-0)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 5, Leafs 4
Senators fans are probably hoping the uneven effort against Buffalo was the result of opening night jitters and nothing else. As if playing two games in two nights isn’t bad enough, Ottawa has to visit the powerhouse Capitals in Washington Monday night. A win against their interprovincial rival would be a confidence-booster for that match-up, and I think they’ll get it.
Record: 0-1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 4, Leafs 3
As bad as they looked on Friday, the Sens will turn it around. Have to, with a tough game on Monday, too. Leafs won’t be easy
Record: 0-1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 2, Leafs 3
Note to Ottawa: Watch out for that set play where Phil Kessel skates over the blue line and shoots the puck. It might be the only offense the Leafs can generate this season, but I do think Giguere will cover-up for a lot of Toronto’s shortcomings. Look for the Leafs to be more competitive this year.
Record: 0-1

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

Senators 2, Leafs 4
With Spezza likely to miss another game with a tweaked groin, I see Ottawa’s lineup struggling to produce offensively… even if they are playing the Leafs.
Record: 1-0

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 5, Leafs 3
Well, come on, you expect me to pick the stinkin’ laffs? Have you not been paying attention? Sens 5 – Burke’s bozos 3.
Record: 0-1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 5, Leafs 3

I see a close game, with both teams shooters coming out on top of their games. This redesigned Leafs team is going to be working their butts off, but as long as the Senators can match their intensity — and capitalize on the powerplays they’ll inevitably get — they should come out on top (with an empty-net goal making things looking a little bit better for Ottawa).
Record: 0-1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 5, Leafs 2
The Senators have laid some fairly epic beatings on the Leafs in the ACC over the years and it seems we’re soon due to witness another one. But this isn’t last year’s Leafs anymore. The Senators will have to pay a physical price tonight and it will be interesting to see how their smaller defense handles it over 60 minutes. It will be a game won on the power-play. But don’t ask me to predict the inevitable Orr-Carkner scrap. Too close to call.
Record: 1-0

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