The standings are bunching up in our internal compettion, with each member of the SenShot staff having between 4 and 6 wins.
So what goes on tonight when the Detroit Red Wings come to town? Here is today’s version of SenShot Predicts:
Jack Leiper (4-6)
Ottawa snaps the skid against the hot wings. Anderson starts and has a great game, where Ottawa’s offence is sparked by Kyle Turris’ big game. It’s a close one but Ottawa comes out on top. I think Paul Maclean’s use of the “kid line” has another great game and Ottawa’s defence still needs Marc Methot.
Zachary Prenner (4-6)
Johan Franzen is in the lineup tonight for Detroit, and he’s a noted Senators killer. To add to my trepidation Ottawa has struggling lately, which is to be expected from a team that continually gives up 35+ shots on most nights.
Detroit’s always been a tough opponent for the Senators, and the opposite directions the teams are rolling don’t seem likely to change tonight. The Red Wings simply have too many skilled and oppourtunitistic players that will likely feast upon the Senator’s weak defence. Say it ain’t so, but Detroit takes it 5-2.
Josh Chenoweth (4-6)
Sens lose 4-2 to the Wings. Despite aging players, Detroit is still a well-oiled machine. They’re the ideal the Sens strive for, and Ottawa isn’t there yet. Plus, we all know how much Franzen loves to play the Sens.
Charlie Arseneault (5-5)
The Sens haven’t looked so good in their last couple games. Turning things around would be fairly easy against a weaker team. Unfortunately, that isn’t the Red Wings. They’ve had a strong start to the season, and even if they hadn’t, no one should take them lightly. Red Wings take this one.
Eldrinson Vado (6-4)
Last year’s games against the Detroit Red Wings in my opinion were some of the most entertaining games the Senators played last season. Despite Daniel Alfredsson not playing for the Wings right now, I believe the same intensity and excitement will be provided from the two teams. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are some of the most exciting hockey players to watch on the ice and will cause problems for the Senators defense, especially with the Senators early struggles. The Sens will come out with a point but lose in overtime. 3-2 Red Wings in OT.
Jared Crozier (6-4)
The Wings and Senators are both coming off bad games. Ottawa is at home coming off their worst effort of the season, where the big name players had off games, most notably Erik Karlsson. Expect a bounce-back game from the captain and unlike the rest of my counterparts, I will pick the Senators at home in a close one.