Senators prediction panel: Game 2

The Senators get right back at it with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 2
General Manager Bryan Murray is deep in thought as the Ottawa Senators practice at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, March 19, 2014, . (Photo by Wayne Cuddington/ Ottawa Citizen)

The Ottawa Senators get right back at it with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. 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 1, Leafs 2
There already appear to be many frustrated Senators fans after Game 1, but there are probably going to be many nights like Friday in Detroit this season. The learning curve gets a little less harsh in this game, but I think the end result will be the same.
Record: 1-0
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 2, Leafs 3 (OT)
If the Leafs aren’t too full of themselves after reading their Game 1 clippings, they might have enough to hold off Ottawa at the ACC. If they believe all they read in the gushing Toronto media, they could be ripe to be had by the young Sennies.
Record: 1-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 3, Leafs 1
The Leafs always seem to beat the Sens at the ACC – except when it’s October.
Record: 0-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 1, Leafs 3
Of the six times that the Senators play the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, each will occur on the second night of a back-to-back series. Toronto takes advantage with their first win in the Battle of Ontario.
Record: 0-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200
Senators 4, Leafs 2
Every time they meet the Leafs this season the Sens will have played the night before, but it’s too early to matter. Sens grab round one.
Record: 1-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 3, Leafs 4 (OT)
The first Battle of Ontario for the year won’t be a friendly affair, but it should be a competitive, exciting one. The Leafs are better on paper (plus Grabovski and Kessel are Sens killers), so I think they’ll get the win, but I don’t think it’ll be an easy one.
Record: 1-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Leafs 1
Did you know that every time the Sens play the Laffs this year, it will be on the back end of back-to-back games? Not sure how Burke arranged that, but that won’t help Ottawa catch one of the few teams they have a chance at surpassing this year. Yes, by that I mean Leafs suck.
Record: 1-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 4, Leafs 3
The season doesn’t really start until a lot of ink and a little blood is spilled in the first Battle of Ontario. The Sens lost a real stinker in this barn playing a back-to back situation to start off last October. They’ll have better legs this year in second games because Paul MacLean ran them like horses for a month. Should be a nasty affair.
Record: 1-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

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