I'll start off by thanking Jay for inviting me to the BoO blog.
To preface my predictions, let me say that the Sens will win 6 of the 8 meetings with the Leafs this year. At least.
The conference standings will end up like this:
1. Philadelphia - only beating out Ottawa by benefiting from a weaker division
3. Tampa Bay - there will be a sizable drop off in points after these top three teams
5. New Jersey
10. NY Islanders
14. NY Rangers
Positions 4 through 8 will be very close - a couple of points separating the five teams.
I could be wrong about the Leafs. They might not be that high if Belfour doesn't keep them in a lot of games.
Of course the Senators will be the Eastern Conference representative in the finals and Daniel Alfredsson will be in the lead car on Bank St. in June.
And the last prediction: Leafs fans will hold their heads high in this province next summer living with the knowledge that the Senators still didn't beat them in the playoffs.