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The Sharks are headed back to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2016.

After beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup playoff second-round series Wednesday, the Sharks will face the Blues in the next round.

The Blues defeated the Dallas Stars in double overtime of Game 7 to claim their second-round series Tuesday.

With the Sharks holding home-ice advantage, Game 1 will take place at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday night in San Jose.

The Sharks went 2-1 against the Blues during the regular season. St. Louis won the first matchup 4-0 on Nov. 9, but San Jose took the second game 4-0 on Nov. 17 and the third matchup 3-2 in overtime on March 9.

Pregame coverage of every Sharks-Blues game begins one hour before puck drop with Sharks Playoff Live on NBC Sports California. After the games conclude on NBC or NBCSN, tune back to NBC Sports California for postgame coverage.

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Here's the full Sharks-Blues Western Conference final schedule, with the winner playing either the Boston Bruins or Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Final:
Game 1 -- Saturday, May 11, at 5 p.m. PT in San Jose (TV: NBC)
Game 2 -- Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m. PT in San Jose (TV: NBCSN)
Game 3 -- Wednesday, May 15, at 5 p.m. PT in St. Louis (TV: NBCSN)
Game 4 -- Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. PT in St. Louis (TV: NBCSN)
Game 5 -- Sunday, May 19, at noon PT in San Jose, if necessary (TV: NBC)
Game 6 -- Tuesday, May 21, at 5 p.m. PT in St. Louis, if necessary (TV: NBCSN)
Game 7 -- Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. PT in San Jose, if necessary (TV: NBCSN)