Senators prediction panel: Game 33

The Ottawa Senators continue a four-game stretch at Scotiabank Place with a contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 33

The Ottawa Senators continue a four-game stretch at Scotiabank Place with a contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (14-14-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-10-4)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 1, Penguins 5
It’s reality check time for the Ottawa Senators, I fear. Between injuries to key players (Michalek, Gonchar and Kuba), a porous defence, substandard goaltending and a schedule filled with tough opponents, the wins could be few and far between for the next little while.
Record: 21-11
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 2, Penguins 4
I’m stuck in those Rundblad-Karlsson-Downchild-YoungD-Turnover-Blues!
Record: 22-10
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Penguins 3
Brent Johnson usually gives the Sens fits, with an 8-1-0 lifetime record against Ottawa. But one game after facing Tim Thomas, I’m thinking Johnson won’t be as intimidating to the Sens, right?
Record: 18-14
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 1, Penguins 4
Despite the trio of Crosby, Malkin and Staal having only played in eight of the team’s first 31 games, the Penguins have developed some resiliency and have grown accustom to playing without their best players. I believe it’s Brent Johnson getting the nod between the pipes and last season, he was 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .946 SV%.
Record: 23-9
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 3, Penguins 1
This pick no sense, but that’s all I got. The Sens are due to beat a good team aren’t they? Law of averages. Who’s with me? Eh?! C’mon! #crickets
Record: 17-15
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Penguins 5 (OT)
I don’t even know anymore. This is just right out of left field. If I had to justify it, I’d say that maybe the offence will break out a bit for the Sens (I’m looking at you, Bobby Butler), but the defence will continue to struggle (at least on the defensive side of the puck).
Record: 22-10
Exact scores predicted: 1

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Penguins 4
And you thought Santa gave away lots of stuff. He’s nothing compared to OUR defence! Even with the only Crosby likely to make an appearance being Bing singing White Christmas over the sound system, the Sens are just too accident-prone to knock off top teams right now. They need some healthy bodies back and fast.
Record: 24-8
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Penguins 5
Craig Anderson may still be shell-shocked from the last time these teams met. That was when the Penguins put four goals by Anderson in less than 10 minutes. Could be a rough one to watch for Sens fans.
Record: 18-14

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