2023 Stanley Cup Western Conference Final Begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes

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2023 Stanley Cup Western Conference Final Begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes

  • Dallas Stars Face Off Against the Vegas Golden Knights in Rematch of 2020 Conference Final
  • The Point Presented Regularly Throughout the Western Conference Final
  • Quest for the Stanley Cup Docuseries Continues May 19 on ESPN+
  • P.K.’s Places Episode Four Premieres May 24 on ESPN+


The 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs presented by GEICO continue with the Western Conference Final on Friday, May 19, on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes, featuring the Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Golden Knights clinched their fourth appearance in the Western Conference Final since their inaugural season, becoming only the third franchise in NHL history to advance to the round before the Stanley Cup Final at least four times within their first six seasons. Vegas will again look to the scoring of Jack Eichel, Mark Stone and Jonathan Marchessault, who delivered a natural hat trick in Game 6 to eliminate the Edmonton Oilers – the first by a Golden Knights player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Stars top line of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski were difficult to contain in Dallas’ second round series against the Seattle Kraken, and will again try to push the pace against the Golden Knights. Goaltender Jake Oettinger, who was pulled early in a Game 6 loss, will aim to replicate his Game 7 outing in which he bounced back with a 21-save performance, gave up only one goal and improved to 24-2-3 this season in games after a loss.

The teams previously met in the conference finals in 2020, when the Stars eliminated the Golden Knights in five games, and Dallas’ current coach Peter DeBoer was the coach for the Golden Knights.

ESPN’s NHL-focused studio show, The Point, will be presented regularly throughout the Western Conference Final. New episodes of In The Crease stream exclusively on ESPN+ each game day, following the last game of the day, with in-depth analysis, interviews and highlights. Additionally, all Stanley Cup Playoff games are available for on-demand replay on ESPN+ within 24 hours of each game’s completion.

The commentators and telecast details for each game are detailed below.

– TELECAST & COMMENTATOR SCHEDULE – 

Date Time (ET) Game/Telecast ESPN Commentators Platforms
Wednesday, May 17 7 p.m. The Point

 

Host: John Buccigross

Analysts: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios

ESPN2, ESPN+
Friday, May 19 5 p.m. Quest for the Stanley Cup – Episode 2 ESPN+
8:30 p.m. Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights

GAME 1

 

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Arda Öcal

ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
In The Crease (following last game) Host: Arda Öcal ESPN+
Saturday, May 20 In The Crease (following last game) Host: Arda Öcal ESPN+
Sunday, May 21 3 p.m. Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights

GAME 2

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Arda Öcal

ABC, ESPN+
In The Crease (following last game)

 

Host: Arda Öcal ESPN+
Monday, May 22 In The Crease (following last game) Host: Linda Cohn ESPN+
Tuesday, May 23 7 p.m. The Point

 

Host: Steve Levy

Analysts: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban

ESPN2, ESPN+
8 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars

GAME 3

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Linda Cohn

ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
In The Crease (following last game)  Host: Linda Cohn ESPN+
Wednesday,May 24 P.K.’s Places

Episode 4: The Great Outdoors

Host: P.K. Subban ESPN+
In The Crease (following last game) Host: Linda Cohn ESPN+
Thursday, May 25 6 p.m. The Point

 

Host: Steve Levy

Analysts: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban

ESPN2, ESPN+
8 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars

GAME 4

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Linda Cohn

ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
In The Crease (following last game) Host: Linda Cohn ESPN+
Friday, May 26 5 p.m. Quest for the Stanley Cup – Episode 3 ESPN+
  In The Crease (following last game) Host: Arda Öcal ESPN+
Saturday, May 27 8 p.m. Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights

GAME 5 – IF NECESSARY

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Arda Öcal

ABC, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
In The Crease (following last game) Host: Arda Öcal ESPN+
Sunday, May 28 In The Crease (following last game) Host: Arda Öcal ESPN+
Monday, May 29 7 p.m. The Point

 

Host: John Buccigross

Analysts: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban

ESPN2, ESPN+
8 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars

GAME 6 – IF NECESSARY

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Linda Cohn

ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
In The Crease (following last game) Host: Linda Cohn ESPN+
Wednesday, May 31 8 p.m. The Point

 

Host: John Buccigross

Analysts: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban

ESPN2, ESPN+
9 p.m. Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights

GAME 7 – IF NECESSARY

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

Rules Analyst: Dave Jackson

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, P.K. Subban, Brian Boucher, Linda Cohn

ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
In The Crease (following last game)  Host: Linda Cohn ESPN+

*Commentator assignments and studio show times may be subject to change.

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CONTACTS:

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Andrea DiCristoforo

Based out of the Los Angeles Production Center in LA, California, Andrea DiCristoforo is a Senior Publicist focusing on the NHL, X Games and Action Spots. Prior to joining ESPN in 2022, Andrea worked in Olympic Sports. She is also a proud graduate from the University of New Hampshire.
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