Senators Prediction Panel: Game 6

The Ottawa Senators take on the powerhouse Penguins in Pittsburgh. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators take on the powerhouse Penguins in Pittsburgh. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (1-3-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Penguins 4
There are two ways to look at the Ottawa Senators’ season so far. 1) They’re much more mobile on the back end, which will ultimately lead to more goals and more wins. 2) They’re much worse in their own zone, which has led to a ton of shots and goals against. Until they sort out how to win with this roster, it’s tough to back them. Especially against the Penguins. In Pittsburgh.
Record: 2-3

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Penguins 5
Hard to pick these guys the way they’re playing. Maybe they show some character in Pittsburgh, Penguins did not look good before rout of the Flyers, but I’ll try the home side in a close one.
Record: 2-3

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Penguins 2
I have a feeling everyone else in the panel is picking Pittsburgh for this one. And going against the grain is what made me the champion of the 2009-10 season. That’s right. I’m trash-talking you guys.
Record: 3-2

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

Senators 2, Penguins 5
After Pittsburgh’s game against Philadelphia on Saturday, Flyers captain Mike Richards accused the Penguins of diving. Here’s doubting that the Penguins fall easily against the Senators.
Record: 4-1
Exact scores predicted: 1

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Penguins 3
As much as I hate to say it, I am going to have to go with the Pens in this one. Just too many gaffes happening back there on D for the Sens. I hear the the Pens have been a little distracted with that shiny, new building of theirs, but what’s our team’s excuse? Until I see a little cohesiveness from the rear guard, I’ll be hesitant to lay any money on them.
Record: 2-3

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 3, Penguins 5
My second prediction of a Senators loss is probably overdue, but the Penguins present a pretty significant challenge to Ottawa tonight. The Pens are coming off a convincing win over the Flyers, a couple days removed from a disappointing loss to the Leafs, and Sidney Crosby has found his scoring touch after looking absent the first couple of games. And who’s going to contain Crosby on Ottawa? Phillips has been having a hard time adjusting to life without Volchenkov, and unless Brian Lee has the game of his life, Crosby will likely be able to have his way in the defensive end. Ottawa’s got a chance to win against the Pens, but a lot of things will have to go right–and so far this season, it’s been rare for one thing to go right in a given game, let alone a bunch of things.
Record: 2-3

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Penguins 4
The Penguins are now settled in their new rink and are starting to look dangerous again. If they can get Marc-Andre Fleury back on track, they are going to be hard for anybody to beat, let alone the Senators who don’t have much going for them so far. Can’t see the Senators getting any points out of this one.
Record: 3-2
Exact scores predicted: 1

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