Senators prediction panel: Game 21

The Ottawa Senators welcome the Los Angeles Kings to Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators welcome the Los Angeles Kings to Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Los Angeles Kings (13-6-0) at Ottawa Senators (9-10-1)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 1, Kings 4
I think the Senators are on the cusp of turning this ship around after a tough week, but it’s a tall task to accomplish against a young, talented Kings squad. I like Ottawa’s chances better against another Pacific Division opponent, the Dallas Stars, who are in here on Wednesday.
Record: 11-9

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Kings 4
The Sens are in a slump. That makes two of us. Tough week, for those of us forecasting a comeback from the difficult personal circumstances of the previous weekend. Rebound should happen this week, though perhaps after the Kings leave town.
Record: 13-7

Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Kings 6
Not only is this the traditional trap game (first home game after a long road trip), but the Sens have managed to beat the Kings just once in the past decade. The good news? You can pretty much guarantee something entertaining will happen when Los Angeles comes to town. Felix Potvin vs. Jani Hurme. Zdeno Chara vs. Tim Gleason. Bryan Murray vs. Jim Fox. We’re due for some more fireworks on Monday.
Record: 12-8
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 2, Kings 4
Who could ever believe that there’s this much rich history between these two teams? In 2006, Bryan Murray once went off on Kings colour man Jim Fox after the latter publicly criticized Murray on air for Zdeno Chara targeting of Tim Gleason. If you’ll recall, Jeff Cowan dropped the mitts with non-fighter Chris Kelly late in that game and Chara was out for some retribution. What about the epic 2001 goaltending fight between Jani Hurme and Felix Potvin and saw Hurme’s teammates unlace his trapper from the bench so that Hurme could land some left-handed bombs against the former Leafs saviour? There was also that forgettable Cory Clouston NHL coaching debut. I wonder what tonight will have in store?
Record: 14-6
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Kings 5
So much for my bounce-back game against the Blues. The Sens look like a very fragile team right now. When things start to unravel on them, it comes apart in a hurry and they stop playing as a team. Add to that the “first game home after a road trip” deal, against a very good L.A. team, uh uh. Can’t see it happening for them this night.
Record: 11-9
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 2, Kings 5
Of all the teams Ottawa could end their current cold streak against, the Western Conference-leading Kings seems like one of the least likely. The Kings are rolling, the Sens are struggling, and I’m not confident in either of Ottawa’s goaltenders against L.A. The turnaround isn’t far off, I don’t think, but it doesn’t seem likely that it will come tonight.
Record: 13-7
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 4, Kings 2
Two of the most entertaing games I’ve ever seen have been matches between the Kings and the Senators, and both featured massive brawls and plenty of bad blood. The Kings are a few games into their road trip and are coming off a high against the Bruins, the perfect time to have a bit of a letdown. I’d say the conditions are ripe for the Senators to win this one.
Record: 12-8
Exact scores predicted: 2

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