Oilers schedule announced if they advance to Western Conference Final

Assuming the Oilers manage to beat the Canucks in game seven on Monday night in Vancouver, they now know when they will face the favoured Dallas Stars.
Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers - Game Four
Vancouver Canucks v Edmonton Oilers - Game Four / Codie McLachlan/GettyImages

The Edmonton Oilers lived to fight another day, courtesy of their impressive 5-1 win versus the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. They effectively remain as one of just five teams left in the playoffs, who can still win this season's Stanley Cup.

Of course we appreciate this is a technicality, with this number set to go down to four by the conclusion of Monday night's deciding game seven back in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. Oilers fans can only hope that their team is one of those final four teams.

Assuming the Oilers do advance, they will then face the Dallas Stars. And now we know exactly when, with NHL Public Relations announcing the schedule for the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

What stands out most of all, and is arguably most important, is that game one will take place in Dallas on Thurday evening, with puck drop set for 6:30 p.m. MT. This means that the Oilers will at least have two days to rest, recover and prepare, assuming they beat the Canucks on Monday night.

After this, the proceeding games will then take place every other day, with game seven taking place on Tuesday, June 4 if necessary. Puck drop for game two is set for 6 p.m. MT, but all other start times are to be determined at the time of posting.

Stars are the favourites regardless

The Stars will understandably be favoured, no matter who they face in the Western Conference Final. They had the best record in the Western Conference during the regular season, were one point off the best overall record in the NHL and had the second-best goal difference, at +64.

In terms of head-to-head between the two teams, the Stars took five out of a possible six points versus the Oilers this season. This ominously included a 5-0 demolition in Dallas at American Airlines Center, during the final month of the regular season.

The Dallas Stars also advanced to the Western Conference Final last season, but lost 4-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights. They last appeared in the Stanley Cup Final in 2019-20, where they similarly lost 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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The Stars' one Stanley Cup championship came in 1998-99, while the Oilers have not won the Holy Grail since 1989-90. First things first though for the Oilers, is to actually secure their place in the Western Conference Final, to keep alive their dreams of once again winning it all.

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