Senators prediction panel: Game 68

The Ottawa Senators continue their Florida swing with a stop in Tampa to take on the Lightning. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 68
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators continue their Florida swing with a stop in Tampa to take on the Lightning. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (34-25-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (31-28-6)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 4, Lightning 3
If the Senators lose this game, the Lightning will be just six points back with two games in hand. So yeah, they’d better win this game.
Record: 34-33
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Lightning 2
Let the Ben Bishop era begin. With a win?
Record: 37-30
Exact scores predicted: 3

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 2, Lightning 3
I’m looking forward to watching Ben Bishop’s Senators debut. Unfortunately for him, it comes against red-hot Tampa team. I thought these guys were sellers at the deadline? What a difference a week makes.
Record: 40-27
Exact scores predicted: 2

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

Senators 4, Lightning 2
Considering that Ottawa has a 3-0 record versus the Lightning this season and have outscored them 12 to 3, not even the inspired play of one Brian Lee should make a difference in Ben Bishop’s Senators debut.
Record: 39-28
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 4, Lightning 2
I was all ready to pick Tampa in this game. They’re playing great, and incredibly the Lightning are back in the  playoff hunt. Having dropped two in a row,  I’m counting on a greater sense of urgency from the Sens, but the biggest reason for my 180 late Monday afternoon is the recall of Ben Bishop. The Sens will have that new goalie smell.
Record: 39-28
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Lightning 2
Will the Bishop become ordained as Ottawa’s new starter, until Craig Anderson comes back? If Ben Bishop can put in a good effort tonight, he’ll likely get another chance or two. He’s got a pretty good chance against the recently-blown-up Tampa Bay Lightning. (Side story: Will Brian Lee have any extra emotion in his game against his old team?).
Record: 39-28
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 3, Lightning 1
Hard to explain how the Sens completely disappeared against the Panthers the other night. I’ll pick them to bounce back against Tampa because…well, because they damn well better! If they want to make the playoffs, they need to win this games against beatable teams. Wake up, boys!
Record: 41-26
Exact scores predicted: 2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Lightning 4
Until Ottawa finds some secondary scoring — or any scoring — I can’t find a reason to pick them against the Bolts. Turris has two goals in his last 18 games and Foligno has one in his last 24. Brutal.
Record: 37-29

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