Senators prediction panel: Game 41

The Ottawa Senators take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Place. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 41

The Ottawa Senators take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Place. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Tampa Bay Lightning (17-18-3) at Ottawa Senators (20-15-5)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 5, Lightning 3
How ever will Ottawa’s apparently high-powered offence break through the vaunted 1-3-1 trap employed by the Lightning? Oh, right…that thing doesn’t work.
Record: 24-16
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 4, Lightning 2
Even without Chris Phillips, the Senators have a better group on defence than Tampa, especially minus Hedman. Senators need to finish out these final home games before a difficult road sked in January.
Record: 26-14
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 5, Lightning 2
This Sens have been red-hot lately and have a chance to stay ahead of the Jets and Devils with another win on Thursday.
Record: 23-17
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 5, Lightning 3
While addressing the loss of Chris Phillips to a concussion yesterday, Paul MacLean talked about how Phillips was a key part of ‘any success’ that the team has in its own end. In a game featuring two of the teams that have allowed the most goals, I’ll be pleasantly surprised to see ‘any success’ in the defensive zone.
Record: 27-13
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 6, Lightning 3
The Sens and Lightning sit 28th & 29th in goals against in the NHL (since you’re asking, the answer is Carolina). The difference is the Sens are scoring like everyone thought the Lightning could. A struggling Roloson will make his first start since Dec. 12.
Record: 23-17
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 3, Lightning 2
The last winnable game before a series of very, very tough opponents becomes a near-must-win for the Senators, and the team surely realizes it. I keep expecting the Lightning to snap out of their funk and get back in the thick of things, but they keep failing to do so. Ottawa, on the other hand, is one of the hottest teams in the league — for now.
Record: 26-14
Exact scores predicted: 2

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 5, Lightning 3
No real reason to think the Sens can’t win this one. Tampa has no goaltending and Ottawa has been launching truck loads of pucks at its opponents lately. With four very tough games coming up, the boys really need to make sure they get this one.
Record: 27-13
Exact scores predicted: 1

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 4, Lightning 2
With such a miserable road record and already one loss in Ottawa so far, the Bolts are the underdogs for a good reason. This is a big two points for the Senators, considering how hard their schedule becomes after this.
Record: 22-17
Exact scores predicted: 1

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