Senators prediction panel: Game 3

The Ottawa Senators return home to face the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 3
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators return home to face the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Minnesota Wild (1-1-0) at Ottawa Senators (0-2-0)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 0, Wild 2
For a team expected to struggle to score goals this season (Toronto shootout notwithstanding), there are few goalies as tough to crack as Nicklas Backstrom. On top of that, they’re facing Dany Heatley, who probably hates Ottawa as much as the city hates him. He was flying last time he skated in this building and should be motivated again.
Record: 2-0
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Wild 1
Even the kids on the team have to recognize the importance of this home opener, honouring the past while beating Dany Heatley. Maybe they can even pull it off.
Record: 2-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 2, Wild 3 (OT)
So I’ve already put myself in an 0-2 hole to start the season by picking Ottawa to win. I’ll take the Sens to lose their home opener on Tuesday night. Which probably means you should take Ottawa to win if you’re playing Pro-Line.
Record: 0-2
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 3, Wild 2
Rather than join illustrious competition with Cory Clouston as coaches who
couldn’t inspire their teams to play in Dany Heatley’s return, Paul
MacLean’s Senators will have no excuse this time around. Between Heatley’s
return, Minnesota playing the Isles yesterday and the game being Ottawa’s
home opener, there shouldn’t be any reason for the Senators to come out
flat.
Record: 1-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 5, Wild 1
The Sens fool themselves into thinking the game starts being down 4-0 after two, rolling over a Wild squad that lost yesterday on the Island….and this just in, Heatley gets booed. #thankstips
Record: 1-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Wild 2
A couple days of practice should do the Ottawa Senators a lot of good, while the Minnesota Wild are playing the second half of back-to-back games after losing to the Islanders on Monday. That kind of loss should be good motivation, but if Anderson can bounce back from some poor outings, he should be able to frustrate the Wild shooters the same way Al Montoya did last night.
Record: 2-0
Exact scores predicted: 0

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 3, Wild 2
Common sense tells me that the Sens still have a lot of bugs to work out (I’m looking at you, veteran D-men!) but my gut tells me they will find a way to win the home opener for the home town crowd, Plus, there’s no way you’ll ever catch me picking a Heatley team. No, I won’t let it go…
Record: 1-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 3, Wild 2
This will be the game they get it right. They’ve had two mulligans on the road, but a loss to the Wild will really put them in a tough spot. Sounds like the coaching staff is bringing down the hammer. Sens will respond in kind.
Record: 1-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

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