Senators prediction panel: Game 36

The Ottawa Senators close out the pre-Christmas schedule with a game in Nashville against the Predators. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators close out the pre-Christmas schedule with a game in Nashville against the Predators. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators at Nashville Predators

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 1, Predators 4

This season is shaping up a lot like the one that resulted in Cory Clouston’s hiring. At this point in 2009, the Senators were a disappointing 12-15-5 and headed into the Christmas break with a 6-4 loss. I don’t see them coming away with a Dec. 23 win this time out either. The Preds are stingy in their own end and are particularly tough at home. Hard to pick against them here.
Record: 19-16
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 1, Predators 3
With only two regulation losses, Nashville is a pretty good home team, though Preds have lost five in OT on home ice. They like to pressure, play tight defence, and should have enough to handle the Senators in their current state.
Record: 22-13
Exact scores predicted: 2

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Predators 2
The Preds are red-hot and the Sens are anything but. But I’m going to roll the dice on this one because Nashville plays the night before.
Record: 19-16
Exact scores predicted: 2

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

Senators 1, Predators 3
The only positive to take from this game is that Mike Fisher won’t be too far removed from Carrie Underwood’s home.
Record: 22-12
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 1, Predators 4
Sorry sens fans, but the Preds are red hot right now are are sure to take advantage of the stooge-like play of our defence. Besides, who can possibly concentrate on hockey with Barry Trotz’s moon-sized head blocking out the sun.
Record: 19-16
Exact scores predicted: 2

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 2, Predators 5
Nashville is rolling. Ottawa is not. Little reason to expect the Senators to turn it around against a better team in another city in a different time zone two days before Christmas, really.
Record: 20-14
Exact scores predicted: 2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Predators 3
This is likely the first of 40 or so meaningless games the Senators will be playing the rest of the season, and a win or a loss will make little difference at this point. The Senators are a touch better on the road lately but the Predators are a team with a lot of heart and should be able to handle this one just fine. Bring on the holidays.
Record: 20-15
Exact scores predicted: 2

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