Rinne after series win over Blackhawks: Predators 'can beat anybody'

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Christopher Hanewinckel / USA Today Sports

A sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks has the Nashville Predators feeling like world-beaters.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne seems to think so, at least.

"Right now, I don't care who we play against, if we keep this up we can beat anybody," Rinne said, per Thomas Willis from the team's website.

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Clearly, there's reason for confidence after Nashville limited the top team in the Western Conference to three goals in four games, with Rinne himself playing a starring role by posting a brilliant .970 save percentage.

Not only that, but the Predators outshot Chicago by a 134-126 margin, suggesting Nashville largely carried the play in a series few predicted they'd win, much less sweep.

Nashville now awaits the winner of Minnesota-St. Louis with the knowledge that no team they'll face in the Western Conference bracket was as good in the regular season as the team they just beat handily.