Senators prediction panel: Game 23

The Ottawa Senators play an early evening game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 23
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 play an early evening game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Carolina Hurricanes (14-6-4) Ottawa Senators (10-10-2)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Hurricanes 2
The Senators got a wake up call last game, finding out firsthand what a top team can accomplish when its opponent isn’t ready to play. Fortunately for them, the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t in the same country, let alone area code, as the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ottawa should pick up two points at home here.
Record: 14-8
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Hurricanes 1
Who needs the Grey Cup when the Canes are in town? But they’re going down. No?
Record: 14-8
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Hurricanes 2
Craig Anderson was pulled for the third time this season on Friday in Pittsburgh. After the first two times, he bounced back and looked solid in winning the next game. I think he and the Sens bounce back with a better effort on Sunday.
Record: 11-11
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 3, Hurricanes 2
Whenever an Ottawa goaltender has been yanked from a start this season, the Senators have always won their next game. That streaks continues against a hapless Hurricanes squad that relies too heavily upon an underachieving Eric Staal.
Record: 17-5
Exact scores predicted: 1

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 5, Hurricanes 1
Despite getting pumped in Pittsburgh, the Sens have shown they can compete with a lot teams this season.  The Canes are certainly one of them. Bounce back game for Ottawa.
Record: 12-10
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 5, Hurricanes 2
No idea why. I just feel like the Senators will break out a bit here. A bounce-back game for Anderson, and, assuming he draws in, maybe David Rundblad’s first NHL goal.
Record: 16-6
Exact scores predicted: 0

StooLi, sitting in for Russell, hosts, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 6, Hurricanes 1
Gone seem the days when the Sens played down to the skill level of basement teams. Ground n’ pound those Canes.
Record: 18-4
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 3, Hurricanes 2
You get the sense Ottawa is just a loss away from falling into another extended funk so this will be a bigger game than it seems, especially with another three on the road looming. Ottawa has to get their second line with Alfie going or struggling clubs like the Hurricanes will give them problems.
Record: 12-10
Exact scores predicted: 0

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