Senators prediction panel: Game 29

The Ottawa Senators take on the Canadiens in Montreal. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators take on the Canadiens in Montreal. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (12-14-2) at Montreal Canadiens (17-8-2)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 2, Canadiens 3
One game doesn’t exactly qualify as a turnaround, so I think I’ll wait this one out. The Senators are facing another tough ‘tender in a hostile environment tonight, and until they string a few more goals together, I have a hard time taking them on the road. That said, Ottawa’s goaltenders are finally showing they can compete with the league’s elite, however, and that can result in two points on any given night. Should be a close one.
Record: 14-14

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 2, Canadiens 3 (OT)
So, I guess now that the Senators have again taken Manhattan, we can expect another 11-game winning streak? Maybe. But I’m not ready to buy in just yet, especially with five games in seven days this week. Credit to the Senators for upping their game on the weekend, I think they could be a load for the Canadiens as well. On balance, though, it’s hard not to take the Habs at home.
Record: 15-13
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Canadiens 3
When the Senators had their franchise-record 11-game winning streak in January, it started with a road win in New York. And then they followed it up with a road win in Montreal. I’m not predicting the Sens repeat the pattern and win 11 straight. But I do think they pull off the win at the Bell Centre.
Record: 14-14
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 2, Canadiens 3
This is an interesting matchup featuring two teams that are at different ends of the spectrum and have recently scratched some promising young players. With all apologies to Chris Kelly, who’s going to score for the Senators when he returns to his usual form? Montreal and Price are playing too well for an offensively challenged Senators team to pull this one out.
Record: 16-11
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 1, Canadiens 4
I’m still not convinced. Yes, they have played a little better the last two games but they are still a long way away from being where they should be. With MTL playing so well this year, the Snes will be hard pressed to top them. I just hope they give a decent, full game effort. Baby steps for now will be fine.
Record: 13-15
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 2, Canadiens 1
To kick off a string of can-win games against the Rangers, Devils, Thrashers, and Wild, the Senators head to Montreal tonight to take on the Habs. There should be little distracting them, a modicum of optimism after a reasonably successful weekend, plus a little bit of offence if the team knows what’s good for them, so the team can–I repeat, can–win this game. They showed the last time these two teams met that they’ve got a chance. With Andrei Markov out with another injury (he’s like Montreal’s Filip Kuba) and Jacques Martin’s hostility towards dynamic offensive players punishing P.K. Subban (Jason Spezza can sympathize), the Senators just have to work on getting pucks past Carey Price…okay, maybe this was a gut-feeling pick more than it was a rational one. I’m fine with that.
Record: 16-11
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Canadiens 1
The Senators have a little life back after a strong weekend and they also beat the Habs the last time they played in Montreal. All the elements seem to be coming together for another run here, even though nobody knows who’s going to score the goals. Just going with the hunch on this one.
Record: 17-11
Exact scores predicted: 2

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