2023 playoffs: Farewell Toronto?

Devils and Maple Leafs are staring down potential playoffs exits, while the Seattle-Dallas series could go all the way to Game 7.

2023 playoffs: Farewell Toronto?
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Toronto Maple Leafs' fans were ecstatic when the team found a way to finally win an elimination game and advance to the second round of the playoffs. They believed that their team had finally figured it out. But, as most long time hockey fans know, the playoffs are filled with highs and lows, and it looks like Toronto is headed for a low.

The Maple Leafs trail the Florida Panthers 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. Florida can close things out in front of a home crowd in Sunrise tonight. Game time is 4 p.m. PT.

Even the NHL isn't sure if Toronto will survive. As of this morning, Game 5 is TBD.

New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes, Tomorrow at 4 p.m. PT

Carolina did not like getting pushed around by the Devils, so the team pushed back and knocked New Jersey to the ground. Last night's 6-1 victory is just another lopsided score that shows the Devils cannot match the offensive firepower of the Hurricanes.

It took just four minutes for Carolina to reel off five unanswered goals in the second period, including this one from our old pal, Brent Burns.

After that, it was simply a matter of keeping the Devils at bay.

Game 5: Thursday, 4 p.m. PT in Carolina
Game 6: TBD

Vegas Golden Knights at Edmonton Oilers, Today at 7 p.m. PT

No supplemental discipline for Evander Kane after what appeared to be an intent to injure in the dying seconds of the first period.

While everyone else was willing to play out the last four seconds of the game, Kane took the opportunity to charge at Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo was not hurt, but it was very obviously an unnecessary play.

Vegas got the last laugh, beating the Oilers 5-1 and taking a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4: Tonight, 7 p.m. PT in Edmonton
Game 5: Friday in Vegas, time TBD

Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars, Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. PT

Back and forth they go.

Seattle and Dallas continue to trade punches with a ticket to the Western Conference Finals on the line. Dallas won the most recent round, scoring four goals in the second period and chasing Seattle netminder Philipp Grubauer.

Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger wasn't stellar. He only stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced last night. However, he got the run support, and the Stars won 6-3 to even the series up at two games apiece.

Game 5: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. PT in Dallas
Game 6: Saturday, 4 p.m. PT in Seattle