Senators prediction panel: Game 39

The Ottawa Senators face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 39
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colin Greening #14 of the Ottawa Senators skate in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 24, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Canadian Tire Centre. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Pittsburgh Penguins (27-10-1) at Ottawa Senators (14-17-7)

James Gordon (@SensReporter), Citizen Sports Editor

Senators 2, Penguins 3
It’s beginning to look a lot like the end.
Record: 22-16
Exact scores predicted: 4

Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner), Citizen Hockey Columnist and defending panel champion

Senators 2, Penguins 4
I felt so good about that last pick . . . until that Condra minor . . . and the Spezza non-clear. Pretty much give up now. Mailing it in from here on out.
Record: 17-21
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes), TSN 1200 The Drive host

Senators 5, Penguins 3
Believe it or not, the Sens have been pretty good on home ice against the Penguins lately.
Record: 24-14
Exact scores predicted: 1

Graeme Nichols (@6thSens), writer/editor, The 6th Sens blog and podcast

Senators 3, Penguins 2
Much like the Senators last year, the Penguins have found a way to keep winning despite their susceptibility to injury this season. Nevertheless, with the holiday season upon us, I’ll count on human nature to kick in and the Pens to let up enough for Ottawa to come away with the win.
Record: 20-18
Exact scores predicted: 1

Steve Lloyd (@TSNSteveLloyd), host, In the Box on TSN 1200

Senators 5, Penguins 3
The banged up Penguins have been playing without their top 4 D, and the underachieving Sens seem to play their best hockey against the better teams. Besides, an unexpected pre-Xmas break win would be par for the course with this erratic team.
Record: 20-18
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers (@silversevensens), writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 1, Penguins 4
This ship ain’t turning around against the Eastern Conference’s best team.
Record: 16-22
Exact scores predicted: 0

Jeremy Milks (@BlackAcesOtt), writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 4, Penguins 5
The Sens have shown up against the best teams this year but the Penguins have another level of intimidation dating from the recent playoff series. I think these teams will trade chances all night and we’ll see a lot of goals, but Ottawa will let in one too many. Happy Holidays.
Record: 19-19
Exact scores predicted: 1

Eric Doty (@BonksMullet), writer/editor, BonksMullet.com and founder of SensMOTB

Senators 3, Penguins 5
I’ll be in attendance again, so this one’s another write off. It’s a bad sign that the team is launching stress balls into the crowd for intermission giveaways, but luckily I caught one during Saturday’s game, so I should get through Monday’s game okay.
Record: 20-18
Exact scores predicted: 2

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