Senators 4, Panthers 2
How do you pick against an Ottawa team that’s coming off back-to-back collapses and is set to play a lowly Panthers squad. While it was the loss of Jay Bouwmeester to free agency that stole many headlines this summer, who would have thought that the loss of Craig Anderson would have had as much of an impact? Right now, he’s the early favourite for the Vezina and Hart trophies. With the loss of a key defenceman and goaltender, it’s only appropriate that the Panthers have unfortunately lost their best forward, David Booth, to injury. Wednesday’s match up-also features the return of defenceman Filip Kuba. With Erik Karlsson’s subsequent demotion, everyone can now focus on the fact that the other guy in the Heatley deal, hasn’t registered a goal yet. Suffice it to say, I’m pretty confident that the Sens will win. But at the same time, I feel badly for the Panthers since my biggest concern going into the game isn’t their talent, it’s the condition of the ice.
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