Senators prediction panel: Game 79

The Ottawa Senators face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Toronto Maple Leafs (36-32-10) at Ottawa Senators (30-38-10)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 3, Leafs 2
The Senators don’t have a playoff run to look forward, so they’ll have to make do with the remaining schedule. And what a boost it would be to this group if it could essentially put the final nail in the Leafs’ coffin. I predict a Sens win and a crazy night Scotiabank Place.
Record: 47-31
Exact scored predicted: 3

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 1, Leafs 2
Sour Sens Fan is hoping to get some sort of twisted pleasure out of putting a final nail in the Leafs coffin with a win here. Bulletin Sens Fan: Leafs will still be alive — barely — win or lose, and they ain’t getting in regardless, so go back to those Ottawa blueprints for next season. This one is the usual coin toss.
Record: 43-35
Exact scores predicted: 5

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 1, Leafs 2
When it comes to the playoff picture, the Leafs are like coach roaches and telemarketers – you can’t get rid of them. Look for Toronto to stay in the race for at least a few more days.
Record: 40-38
Exact scores predicted: 3

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

Senators 1, Leafs 3
The Leafs’ march to ninth place in the East continues with a win over the Senators. On another note, who would have known at the beginning of the year that we would have such a vested interested in how well the Islanders fare down the stretch.
Record: 45-32
Exact scores predicted: 4

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 3, Leafs 1
Here it is; our annual chance to be the ones to throw the last pile of dirt on the leafs’ delusional playoff hopes. We had this chance many times before but always seem to blow it. However, we’ve never had Anderson driving the tank before! In a long, bitter wasted season, we fans deserve one last sweet moment. Come on guys, GET IT DONE!
Record: 45-32
Exact scores predicted: 3

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 5, Leafs 2
Gotta do it. Gotta pick the Senators as the team that eliminates the Leafs from the playoffs (along with a little help from Buffalo), because it’s just what should happen. Although without Colin Greening in the lineup, where’s the offence going to come from?
Record: 42-30
Exact scores predicted: 3

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 3, Leafs 1
If the Sens were saving up their best game of the year just to unleash it tonight to eliminate the Leafs, maybe it was worth saving after all. This could be one hostile affair.
Record: 43-33
Exact scores predicted: 3

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