Senators prediction panel: Game 71

The Ottawa Senators take on the Canadiens in Montreal. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators take on the Canadiens in Montreal. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (36-25-9) at Montreal Canadiens (27-32-11)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Canadiens 2
The Senators faced a desperate Buffalo team last time out. They won’t have to worry about that against the Habs, who should be more interested in solidifying a lottery pick than chasing a playoff spot.
Record: 35-35
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 3, Canadiens 1
Have to think the Sens are catching the Habs at a good time, coming off western Canada swing, with a Buffalo add-on.
Record: 38-32
Exact scores predicted: 3

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Canadiens 2
This is the first game back at home after a lengthy road trip for Montreal, so it seems like a trap game for them. The Sens also seem to play better against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Record: 41-29
Exact scores predicted: 2

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

Senators 3, Canadiens 1
Fitting that the Senators rode the rails to Montreal for their game tonight since Montreal’s season went off the rails ages ago.

Record: 40-30
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 4, Canadiens 1
The standings usually don’t matter when these two teams meet, but the Habs are what the Sens were supposed to be…tuuurible. Thanks to Boston taking a step back in the new year, Ottawa might actually have a shot at the NE crown. So even if they are starting to feel secure in a playoff spot, there is still plenty to play for.
Record: 41-29
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Canadiens 2
The standings usually don’t matter when these two teams meet, but the Habs are what the Sens were supposed to be…tuuurible. Thanks to Boston taking a step back in the new year, Ottawa might actually have a shot at the NE crown. So if they are starting to feel secure in a playoff spot, there is still plenty to play for.
Record: 40-30
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 4, Canadiens 1
If you’re going to call yourself a playoff team, you have to be able to beat these guys, right?
Record: 42-28
Exact scores predicted: 2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 4, Canadiens 2
Playing in Montreal is already special, but going old school with the train ride into town will give the Senators a spark. They should go full vintage and break out the old brown leather gloves and Northland sticks.
Record: 38-31

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