Senators prediction panel: Game 9

The Ottawa Senators travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Senators prediction panel: Game 9
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout 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 travel to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Which team will come out on top? Our prediction panel weighs in.

Ottawa Senators (3-5-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (3-3-2)

James Gordon, SenatorsExtra.com editor/Citizen hockey writer

Senators 5, Hurricanes 4
Is the Senators’ modest, two-game winning streak the result of building momentum or just playing lousy teams? When they faced the likes of Colorado, Philadelphia and Detroit, it was plain ugly, while games against Winnipeg and Columbus gave them hope. Fortunately for Ottawa, the Carolina Hurricanes are closer to the Jets and Jackets than the Wings and Flyers. I see Spezza and Co. pulling off a road win here.
Record: 7-1
Exact scored predicted: 0

Wayne Scanlan, Citizen columnist

Senators 2, Hurricanes 3
OK, that Columbus heartstopper was enough fun for a while. Carolina figures to be crabby after Saturday’s loss to Winnipeg and a tough match for the visiting Senators. Still, a tough call with the Sens carrying some confidence.
Record: 7-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Ian Mendes, Sportnet.ca Senators reporter and blogger

Senators 3, Hurricanes 5
Even though Joe Corvo is no longer with the Hurricanes, I somehow feel he will chip in a pair of goals for Carolina in this one.
Record: 3-5
Exact scores predicted: 0

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

Senators 2, Hurricanes 5
With Daniel Alfredsson removed from the lineup and the without luxury of an opponent that played the night before — Ottawa has a 3-1-0 record in these situations — you can cue the Scorpions because they’re going to get rocked like a hurricane.
Record: 7-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Steve Lloyd, host, Healthy Scratches on Team 1200

Senators 2, Hurricanes 3
The Sens don’t win either if the last two games without the contributions from their soon to be 39-year-old captain. Alfie’s out tonight. Who steps up? This is the famed “first home game after a road trip” for Carolina. Tough call.
Record: 5-3
Exact scores predicted: 0

Peter Raaymakers, writer/editor, Silver Seven Sens blog

Senators 2, Hurricanes 4
The Senators are on a roll, but the Hurricanes are always competitive. Assuming Cam Ward starts, he’ll give the Sens’ shooters fits. And you’ve got to think Eric Staal will break out at some point this season; the Senators are as likely as any other team to be the elder Staal’s slump-buster.
Record: 7-1
Exact scores predicted: 0

Russell, host, SensUnderground podcast

Senators 2, Hurricanes 4
Carolina hasn’t been all that much better than the Sens so far this season but Ottawa did need every last second Saturday to beat the horrid Blue Jackets. There might be some winnable games this week but not unless they start playing a full 60 minutes. I’d also expect this to be the last game we see Z-Bad this year.
Record: 6-2
Exact scores predicted: 0

Jeremy Milks, writer/editor, Black Aces blog

Senators 2, Hurricanes 3
Ottawa hasn’t won in Raleigh since 2007 (that’s a seven-game losing streak) and they’ll be in tough to change that tonight. They’ve been jittery in their three road games so far and playing well away from home is usually the last thing to fall into place for a rebuilding team.
Record: 5-3
Exact scores predicted: 0

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