Adam Fox and Tony DeAngelo
Will these defenders shut down the Carolina Hurricanes?
On defense, Adam Fox is a guy who I can see becoming a “Canes killer.” Briefly apart of the organization, it was visibly clear to the fans that he had no intention of signing anywhere not named the New York Rangers even though Don Waddell stated multiple times that he was 99.9% sure they’d get a deal done.
Putting together a solid campaign for a rookie blueliner, his 42 points had him near the top of the list for both rookie and defense scoring. Three of those 42 points came against the Hurricanes in their four-game season series. Having a bit of confidence, against technically one of his former clubs, he is a guy who I think will have his presence felt at some point during the play-in round.
Tony DeAngelo is another guy on the Rangers’ defense that is known to put up big points. Finally finding his way on what is his third NHL franchise already, his 53 points in 68 games have him only behind the likes of John Carlson, Roman Josi, and Victor Hedman in defense scoring. With all three of those names Norris Trophy finalist, it is clear he has had a strong year.
Over his four year NHL career, he has played against the Hurricanes a total of eleven times. In those eleven contests, he has managed to get on the score sheet a total of nine times, two goals, and seven assists.
Like Fox, this will be his first taste of the postseason so it’ll be interesting to see how he will perform when things heat up a bit. Not one to shy away from the physical stuff, one would think that his style of play would translate nicely, making him one to watch in this series.