Senators prediction panel: Game 34

The Ottawa Senators kick off the Kyle Turris era with a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 34
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck 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 kick off the Kyle Turris era with a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Buffalo Sabres (16-13-3) at Ottawa Senators (15-14-4)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Sabres 4 (OT)
There should be some shuffling and adjusting here, so I think I’ll give it another game before I consider the Senators again. They picked up a surprising win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last Friday, but have another decent opponent coming in. Only one point separates these two teams, which suggests we might be in for another close game.
Record: 21-12
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 4, Sabres 2
Turris scores four and the Sens romp…or something like that.
Record: 22-11
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 1, Sabres 2
For the first time this season, I’ve allowed my wife to make my prediction for me. She’s got a gut feeling the Sabres will win this game — even though she doesn’t know who Jason Pominville is.
Record: 19-14
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 4, Sabres 1
According to Terry Pegula, the Sabres aren’t getting great goaltending. Since James Gordon officially named me the “Chairperson of the Bring Kyle Turris to Ottawa Campaign,” how could I be expected to bet against the Senators in Turris’ debut?
Record: 23-10
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 5, Sabres 2
Since Friday’s win over Pittsburgh the Sens have added three players to their line-up. Kyle Turris through trade, Gonchar and Kuba through ‘health.’ This team seems to have a ton of positive energy around despite the still being without 19-goal man Milan Michalek.
Record: 18-15
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 5, Sabres 1
Four goals for Kyle ‘Turricane’ Turris? Probably not. But the Sens are clicking.
Record: 22-11
Exact scores predicted: 1

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 4, Sabres 3
Ok, this is getting a little tougher now. I had the Sens penciled in for a whole string of losses but after a surprising win over Pittsburgh, I’m not so confident about that anymore. There should be several line up changes for this one so lots of variables in this one. What the hey, its Christmas. I’ll give the Sens this one.
Record: 24-9
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 5, Sabres 2
Big trades can give a dressing room some extra energy and even if Kyle Turris has some nerves, the rest of the Sens will be more than happy to show the new guy how fun hockey is under a coach who likes to see lots of goals.
Record: 18-15

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