"Certainly I've been thinking about it, but we're not worried about that. We know what (DeBoer) brings and what type of style they play," Florida center Stephen Weiss said. "They're going to be tight defensively, you're not going to have a lot of ice and we're going to have to earn all of our chances."
New Jersey, which missed the postseason for the first time since 1996 last year, won six straight games to close.
"It's one of the things we talked about. We wanted to get into the playoffs playing well. We've played as good of hockey as anyone else in the league," Brodeur said. "Now, the regular season is over."
The Rangers, who reserved the East top seed on Tuesday, will meet the No. 8 Ottawa Senators, who drifted to the last seed after losing three in a row to close. New York will have home-ice advantage against any team not named Vancouver.
"I think we will look forward to starting the new season. It's always a long year and a big grind," Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson said. "We'll have three or four days to get our legs going. We'll bounce back and play some better hockey."
The other two East series feature the No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins meeting the No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers, and the No. 2 Bruins taking on the No. 7 Washington Capitals.
"I think it's going to be a rough series. It won't be easy," Flyers forward Claude Giroux said. "We're a young team with a lot of injuries and we've got to make sure we go out there and outwork the Penguins."
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who played in just 22 regular-season games, will be front and center. He scored his eighth goal Saturday, in the Penguins' 4-2 win over the Flyers.
"I expect a pretty intense series. If anything prior to this is any indication, that's pretty fair to say," Crosby said. "Those are the kind of series you want to be a part of."
The champion Bruins again won the Northeast, but did not get an easy draw. Alex Ovechkin, who finished with 38 goals, rallied the Capitals from a dismal start and almost stole the Southeast from Florida.
"We had ups and downs, but now we start that new season that everybody gets excited about," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "And we've got as good a chance as anybody else to win."
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