Senators Prediction Panel: Game 8

The Ottawa Senators welcome the Montreal Canadiens to Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

The Ottawa Senators welcome the Montreal Canadiens to Scotiabank Place. Who will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Montreal Canadiens (3-2-1) at Ottawa Senators (2-4-1)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 2, Canadiens 1
Well don’t I look like the fool? I was the only member of our panel to pick Ottawa to lose to the Sabres. Hopefully I won’t look foolish picking the Sens to continue that success at home against the Habs. They can take a ton of heat off themselves with another victory and I think they’ll take advantage.
Record: 3-4

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 2, Canadiens 4
Nice to think the Sens can get on a mini roll with their first two-game win streak of the year, but I’m thinking the Habs could be a handful.
Record: 4-3
Exact scores predicted: 1

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 4, Canadiens 3
Logic dictates the Sens will be tired after last night’s win in Buffalo, while the Habs were waiting in Ottawa for them. But as we’ve learned so many times in this young season, logic does not seem to apply to the Sens. Ottawa’s collapse at the Bell Centre one week ago should still be fresh in their minds.
Record: 4-3
Exact scores predicted: 1

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

Senators 4, Canadiens 2
Brian Gionta, Montreal’s captain, gets a lot of credit for being able to read a starting lineup in English and French. But does he have 1,000 points?
Record: 6-1
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 3, Canadiens 2
OMG!!! It took almost 100 games but I finally predicted a score right!!!! I ROCK!!!! Bite That Mendes! ;)
Alfie and I went out to celebrate our milestones together and he told me to expect another win against the Habs. Who am I to argue with the Golden Gawd!
Record: 4-3

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 4, Canadiens 3
I could see a bit of an emotional letdown the night immediately following Daniel Alfredsson’s 1,000th career point, but I could also see the emotion carrying the Senators through a second straight game in as many nights (plus, as Ray Emery told us so memorably a few years ago, how much partying could the Sens possibly do in Buffalo?). The team showed their best in the first, some of their worst in the third, but should be fine against the Habs. Especially is Jason Spezza is back and ready to go.
Record: 4-3

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 3, Canadiens 1
Maybe Alfie’s 1000th point and their first road win of the season is the tonic the Senators needed. The home crowd will be jacked up for Alfie and might even manage to be louder than the large contingent of Habs loyalists. Look for the new energy in Buffalo to spill over to tonight and another win for Ottawa.
Record: 5-2
Exact scores predicted: 2

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