Senators prediction panel: Game 59

The Ottawa Senators kick off a back-to-back set in Florida against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 59

The Ottawa Senators kick off a back-to-back set in Florida against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (28-22-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (24-25-6)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Lightning 4
As my lousy record indicates, I just can’t get a read on the Senators this season. All I can do here is take the home team and beg the hockey gods for sweet, sweet mercy.
Record: 30-28
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 4, Lightning 2
They usually play well in front of dad. That’s all I’ve got.
Record: 32-26
Exact scores predicted: 2

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 5, Lightning 3
The Lightning are playing much better lately, while the Sens have only won once in their last nine games. But I think the Sens are due to go on a little run here — and will get back into the win column in Tampa.
Record: 35-23
Exact scores predicted: 2

Graeme Nichols, writer/editor, The Sixth Sens blog and podcast, defending prediction panel champion

Senators 4, Lightning 3
The last time these two teams played, Craig Anderson stole one for the Sens. I’m hoping that in tonight’s game, he won’t have to.
Record: 34-24
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 4, Lightning 1
Put my picks in Sunday morning as I am presently on an island more concerned about the ice in my drink. The Sens will be buoyed by their presence of their fathers….or I could be dead wrong. Who cares, I’m on a beach. “Suck it Mendes.”
Record: 33-25
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Lightning 1
Ottawa doesn’t have many games left, so when they pull opponents like the Lightning, they need to get all the points they can. Now that Spezza’s line is clicking again (thanks, Bobby Butler), Turris’ line needs to get back on track; look for them to do well tonight against Tampa’s suspect defence and horrible goaltending.
Record: 33-25
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 3, Lightning 2
I’m picking the Sens to win this because….well, because they HAVE to. Plus, if they don’t, they fathers will be very disappointed. MENDES MUST BE STOPPED!
Record: 35-23
Exact scores predicted: 2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 3, Lightning 2
Now it seems like every game is a struggle to survive for Ottawa and this one should be no different. But they’ll get two points with their old men in tow.
Record: 32-25

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