It looks like the Isles will end up in 7th or 8th. My guess is that if the Isles end up in 7th we'll play New Jersey--a tough team to play against, mainly because they are so good defensively, and they have Brodeur. But, if Yashin can finally start hitting on all cylinders and our power play heats up then we have a decent shot at bringing the series out to 6 or 7 games...and who knows, the playoffs are a totally different animal.
Bold prediction: If the Isles end up in 8th place and have to play 1st place Ottawa, they will win in 7 games. Ottawa, despite being unbelieveable up-front, has a marginal defense, with Zdeno Chara (incidentally, acquired in the Yashin deal), and they have Lalime in net and it is his first year of actually being decent. The Islanders on the other hand with the addition of Janne Niinimaa have a very solid defensive top 4 (Aucoin, Jonsson, Hamrlik, and Niinimaa), and they are young enough to take huge amounts of minutes and potentially stymie the Senators offense. The Islanders 3rd line of Blake-Scatchard-Weimer have been having an unbelieveable season, and can dominate when the puck is below the hash marks, this will cause havoc among the weak Senators defense. Lets face it, Ottawa is not built for aggressive playoff games, and the Islanders can certainly use that to their advantage.
America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!