Senators prediction panel: Game 87

The Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their quarterfinal series. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 87

The Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their quarterfinal series. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (2-2) at New York Rangers (2-2)

James Gordon, Citizen Sports Editor

Senators 1, Rangers 2 (OT)
This series is just too close to call. Will fall back on the home team here.
Record: 42-44
Exact scored predicted: 1

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen Hockey Columnist

Senators 1, Rangers 3
Now or never for first place favorites.
Record: 44-42
Exact scores predicted: 3

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 2, Rangers 3
You could flip a coin between these two teams.
Record: 50-35
Exact scores predicted: 2

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

Senators 0, Rangers 0
No pick submitted.
Record: 47-38
Exact scores predicted: 3

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 4, Rangers 1
I’m basing this on the fact Ottawa is due to get the first goal. Right? By scoring first the Sens will force the kitty by the door shot blocking Rangers to come out of their shell. Which will play into Ottawa’s hands. If the Rangers score first, this pick will self destruct in 5,4,3,2….
Record: 47-38
Exact scores predicted: 2

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 3, Rangers 2
Can the Sens actually take a lead during a playoff game this year? If they can, tonight would be a good time to do so. They’ve been in control for much of the time during the first four games, so it seems like they’re bound to break through in regulation sooner or later.
Record: 47-37
Exact scores predicted: 4

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 1, Rangers 2
Now that I’m just finally catching my breath after game 4, have to make a tough call on this one. All the momentum is on Ottawa’s side, and they have been the better team in the series, but the crowds are becoming a factor in these games, as we’ve seen the crazies at SBP prove.  I just have a feeling the Rangers, with the help of their home town fans, will squeak this one out.
Record: 51-34
Exact scores predicted: 2

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Rangers 3
Nobody can keep momentum in this series and don’t expect that to change. This is Rocky vs. Apollo Creed in the middle rounds with both fighters staring at each other from their corners wondering why the other won’t go down. “Cut me Mick.” We might even see Alfredsson screaming “Adrian” by the end of this thing.
Record: 48-36
Exact scores predicted: 3

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