2023 playoffs: The final four is set

Dallas, Vegas, Carolina, Florida, oh my. If you're a Sharks fan, you want to back the Stars and Hurricanes.

2023 playoffs: The final four is set
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The Dallas Stars are the final team to punch a ticket to the conference finals.

Dallas defeated the Seattle Kraken last night 2-1, which means the Stars – and more importantly Joe Pavelski – are moving on.

Pavelski and the Stars will face the Vegas Golden Knights starting on Friday in Vegas. Game time is 5:30 p.m. PT.

The Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers in six games behind strong goaltending by former Shark Adin Hill. Considering the Sharks current issues in goal, it's tough to see a guy that the team traded away from a fourth round draft pick do so well in the postseason. Feels a little like management backed the wrong horse.

Game 2 is Sunday at 12 p.m. PT in Vegas.
Game 3 is Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT in Dallas.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers

Both the Panthers and Hurricanes have had a few days to rest, so they'll kick off the Eastern Conference Finals before Dallas and Vegas get started.

Game 1 of the series is set for Thursday at 5 p.m. PT in Carolina. Sharks fans will likely be backing the Hurricanes since the team includes everyone's favorite hockey playing Wookie Brent Burns.

Game 2 is Saturday at 5 p.m. PT in Carolina.
Game 3 is Monday at 5 p.m. PT in Florida.