Defenceman Tony DeAngelo says he doesn't care who the Carolina Hurricanes come up against in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as their self-belief is high against anyone.
The Hurricanes, 11/2 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the Eastern Conference First Round, and will meet DeAngelo's former team the New York Rangers in Round Two, a series which they are 5/11 to win.
Carolina (54-20-8) held off the Rangers (52-24-6) to finish six points ahead of them for first place in the Metropolitan Division and will benefit from home ice advantage for the Second Round series.
The Hurricanes won the regular season series 3-1, outscoring the Rangers 14-10 with the final victory coming on 26th April when Carolina clinched the Metropolitan Division title.
26-year-old DeAngelo is in his first season with the Hurricanes after his contract was bought out by the Rangers following four turbulent seasons with the team.
With eight points (one goal, seven assists) he joint-led the Hurricanes with defence partner Jaccob Slavin in the First Round of the playoffs.
In the regular season, offensive minded DeAngelo recorded an impressive 51 points (ten goals, 41 assists) in 64 games.
He said to the media: "I couldn't care less who we play. We just have to worry about what we're going to do here. They're a really good team.
"Good powerplay, high-end firepower and a great goalie. I'm sure they have a lot of confidence going into this round, but so do we. I think we've got more firepower. The list goes on and on, on our team.
"We've got 'D' that can do it and we've got great goaltending."