Senators prediction panel: Game 31

The Ottawa Senators travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 31
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 travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (13-13-4) at Buffalo Sabres (15-12-2)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 1, Sabres 3
The Senators have fallen into a bit of a rut here and things don’t get easier this week with games against three high-quality opponents. The Senators ran up their record by beating a lot of teams below them in the standings. So can they rattle off a few against teams above them? I have my doubts.
Record: 20-10
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 2, Sabres 3
Sens are due to win one in Buffalo, where they once dominated the Sabres, but it’s hard to pick Ottawa with its defence in such a bad state.
Record: 21-9
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 3, Sabres 4 (OT)
Don’t know what to say on this one, other than the Sens are really struggling right now.
Record: 17-13
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 3, Sabres 5
Although Ottawa has a tendency to play well against the Sabres, their 1-3-2 record in Kuba’s absence is difficult to ignore. Saturday night’s game might have been one of Karlsson’s worst performances this season and you have to wonder whether or not Ottawa’s trio of young defenceman can effectively shoulder the workload that’s been created by the loss of Gonchar and Kuba.
Record: 22-8
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 4, Sabres 1
The Sens dearly miss Gonchar and Kuba (who knew?) but the Sabres are severely banged up with seven regulars out of the line-up. The Sens are feeling the heat after letting some points slip away lately and should be desperate for two points. Bruins and Pens are up next. This game is their best chance for a W this week.
Record: 15-15
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 1, Sabres 3
The Sabres may be the most beatable team the Sens play over the next five games, but I don’t see the team breaking their skid just yet. Regression back to expectations is a frustrating thing, but Ottawa — especially with both Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar — simply don’t have the talent to skate with better teams, and hard work from the third and fourth lines can only get them so far.
Record: 21-9
Exact scores predicted: 1

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Sabres 4
The Buffalo Slugs have not been real great lately but the Sens have some majors problems right now. You don’t have to go back very long ago to find a lot of Gonchar and Kuba hate in this town but boy, could we use them now. The D is unstable at best at the moment. There be some rough roads ahead.
Record: 23-7
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Sabres 4
This pick says more about Ottawa than it does Buffalo. While the Sabres are meandering along slowly, the Sens don’t look good right now. Funny how injuries to two once derided players can upset the balance of the whole team.
Record: 18-12
Exact scores predicted: 0

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