Senators Prediction Panel: Game 3

The Ottawa Senators face off against the Washington Capitals Monday night. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators face off against the Washington Capitals Monday night. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (0-2-0) at Washington Capitals (1-1-0)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Capitals 8
Everyone made a big deal about the fact Sunday’s date was 10/10/10. If the Ottawa Senators play the way they did against Toronto and Buffalo over the weekend, they might see 10 pucks hit the back of their net when the face the Caps. While I don’t think it’ll be that bad, the Senators are like many folks with bad, destructive habits. They have to hit rock bottom before the recovery. Rock bottom is tonight. Caps take it 8-3, Sens bounce back at home later this week.
Record: 0-2

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Capitals 6
Have to go with Washington the way the Senators are playing, while recognizing they will wake up one of these days!!!
Record: 0-2

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 3, Capitals 5
The Sens – like most teams – have had difficulty winning at the Verizon Center over the past three years. But more troubling than that has been Ottawa’s lack of urgency in the first two games of this season. Washington looked downright scary in dismantling the Devils on Saturday night.
Record: 1-1

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

Senators 2, Capitals 4
Their Russians are better than our Russians.
Record: 2-0

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Capitals 5
Who would have thought that goaltending would be the ONLY thing that we can’t whine about two games in? Starting the season 0-2 against your two main rivals, and in such spectacularly bad fashion, leads me to wonder how they could possibly be so completely unprepared and unorganized. They are not this bad but either the coaches or the players (players, by the way) have to take responsibility for not being ready to start the season. They have way too much work to do to knock off the Caps on Monday.
Record: 0-2

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 0, Capitals 4
Tonight, the Senators hit a snag when the they come up against some elite scorers. Ottawa’s defence just doesn’t have the pieces to stop Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Alex Semin, and Mike Green. Games against teams like Washington and Pittsburgh are going to be the ones where we really notice the loss of Anton Volchenkov, and we’ll see that in tonight’s game.
Record: 0-2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Capitals 5
Halloween comes early for the Senators. Has a team ever been so unprepared to face the Ovechkin-led Capitals? The Sens front office should have kept the option of actually pulling a game from television, rather than subject fans to the sort of R-rated carnage we are about to witness. Trick or treat.
Record: 1-1

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