Apr 30, 12:27 pm
Pavel Bure named the main favorites before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the NHL
On the night of April 30, most NHL clubs played their final games in the regular season. As a result, all pairs of the first round of the playoffs were determined
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Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche are the main favorites to win the Stanley Cup playoffs, two-time Olympic medalist and former NHL hockey player Florida Panthers told RBC Sport and New York Rangers Pavel Bure.
“There are a lot of strong teams this season, it’s hard to predict something before the playoffs, but I think this season is the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche. These teams look the most confident going into the playoffs,” Bure said.
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The Florida Panthers won the NHL regular season ahead of schedule, becoming the owner of the President’s Cup for the first time. In the first round, her opponent will be Alexander Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals.
Also in the Eastern Conference will play: Toronto Maple Leafs – Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes – Boston Bruins and New York Rangers – Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the Western Conference, the pairings are as follows: Colorado Avalanche – Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild – St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames – Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers – Los Angeles Kings.
All pairs of the first round of the NHL playoffs were determined
In July last year, Bure was appointed special representative of the FHR for international affairs. In September, he was elected to the board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
Bure is the world champion (1990), silver (1998) and bronze (2002) medalist of the Olympic Games. During his playing career, he played for CSKA, Vancouver, Florida and the Rangers. His last professional season was 2002/03. The hockey player announced his retirement in November 2005. In 2006, he worked as the general manager of the Russian team at the Olympics in Turin (fourth place).