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When do Conference Finals begin for 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

We go over when the conference finals will begin this postseason.

Sam Reinhart #13 of the Florida Panthers raises his stick after scoring the overtime game winning goal past goaltender Joseph Woll #60 the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the FLA Live Arena on May 7, 2023 in Sunrise, Florida. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Update — The Stars defeated the Kraken in Game 7 2-1 and advance to the conference finals. With the four-team field set, the conference finals will officially begin with the Eastern Conference Final between the Panthers and Hurricanes at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 18. The West Final between the Stars and Golden Knights is at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, May 19.

The second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs are cruising along with some potential upsets in the making. The round has a ways to go, but within the next week we’ll have the four-team field for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.

*Update*: 3 of the 4 teams are set for the Conference Finals. The Hurricanes will face the Panthers in the East. The Golden Knights advanced in the West and will face the winner of Kraken-Stars. That series will play Game 7 on May 15. That means the Conference Finals should start within a couple days of that.

The Conference Finals round will start once the second round has come to a close. We could have the first team advancing as soon as Wednesday night. The WC2 Florida Panthers have jumped out to a 3-1 series lead on the No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs and are hosting two of the final four games.

In the other Eastern Conference series, the No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes defeated the No. 2 New Jersey Devils 3-2 in OT in Game 5 to win their second-round series 4-1.

In the Western Conference, the No. 2 Dallas Stars and WC1 Seattle Kraken are tied 2-2. In the other series, the No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights and No. 2 Edmonton Oilers are tied 2-2.

The Stars-Kraken series cannot end before Saturday, May 13, so we know the Conference Finals round will not start until after that day at the earliest.