Senators prediction panel: Game 80

The Ottawa Senators return home to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 80
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck 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 return home to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Carolina Hurricanes (31-32-16) at Ottawa Senators (41-28-10)

James Gordon, Citizen Sports Editor

Senators 3, Hurricanes 4
With the Senators all but guaranteed to face the Bruins, they have nothing to play for (other than health). The Carolina Hurricanes are still trying to secure jobs next season. I like their chances here.
Record: 39-40
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen Hockey Columnist

Senators 4, Hurricanes 2
Ideally, the Senators sober up from their playoff-clinch celebration to keep the Hurricanes in their (12th) place.
Record: 41-38
Exact scores predicted: 3

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 3, Hurricanes 2
Let’s be honest, the only thing compelling about this game is whether or not I finally break down and beat Jason York with my microphone in the second intermission.
Record: 46-32
Exact scores predicted: 2

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

Senators 4, Hurricanes 2
Having missed out on Ottawa’s playoff clinching victory on Sunday and with sixth place in the Eastern Conference still within grasp, I’ll be hoping that Jason Spezsa and Daniel Alfredsson get in on the act tonight.
Record: 45-33
Exact scores predicted: 2

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 2, Hurricanes 4
Don’t let the Canes’ overall record fool you, since 2011, Carolina has one of the best records in the East. They’d be running away with the Southeast if not for a horrendous start.  Couple this with the Sens likelihood to rest a player or two and probably take their foot of the gas a little, I’m taking the Canes.
Record: 44-34
Exact scores predicted: 1

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 5, Hurricanes 2
Few would blame the Sens for resting on their laurels after clinching last game, but I don’t think Paul MacLean would stand for that sort of thing. The return of Alfredsson and Spezza won’t be a bad thing, either, and the Sens should lock down their hold on seventh in the East tonight.
Record: 44-34
Exact scores predicted: 3

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Hurricanes 3
Can we expect a little bit of a let down now that the boys have clinched a playoff spot? I’m thinking maybe…
Record: 46-32
Exact scores predicted: 2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Hurricanes 4
With nothing major at stake, the Sens might come out a little flat and get surprised by Kirk Muller’s never-say-die gang. Nobody can help but look ahead to the Bruins on Thursday.
Record: 42-35

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