The San Jose Sharks 2019-2020 season schedule consists of highly anticipated match-ups, important home stands, and emotional returns to the Tank.
There’s no better way to kick off the 2019-2020 season than expanding intense rivalry between the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Sharks stormed back and completed the miraculous comeback to eliminate the Golden Knights in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs after falling behind 3-1 in the series.
For the last two years, the pair of heavyweight Pacific Division rivals have crossed paths in the postseason, and the animosity between the clubs has not stepped on the brakes.
Now, San Jose and Vegas open the season with a home-and-home series, bound to see fireworks all over the ice.
On October 2nd, the Sharks and Golden Knights will serve as the final act to an incredible opening night of the NHL’s 2019-2020 season, before a short flight back to SAP Center for San Jose’s home opener on October 4th.
The Sharks are fortunate to get their longest road trip of the season out-of-the-way in the first month as well, swimming across to the far eastern parts of Canada in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa while making stops in Buffalo and Boston from October 22nd to October 29th.
That may seem like a rough start to the season with nine out of their first 13 games on the road. However, San Jose is well-equipped with lengthy home stands, including a season-high seven-game home stand from December 12th to December 28th and two six-game home stands to balance out their schedule.
The Sharks play the most games (15) in November and March, but kick-off the new year’s month with only 12.
The “playoff push” of the regular season is always worth taking a glance at, and the Sharks will face six Pacific Division rivals in the final two weeks, however five of those six did not qualify for last years Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Get your markers and calendars ready. Here is your list of ‘Must-Watch’ Sharks games on the schedule:
October 2nd @ Vegas Golden Knights – Season opener
October 4th vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Home opener
October 15th vs. Carolina Hurricanes – As of now, it very well could be Patrick Marleau’s final return to SAP Center if he stays in Carolina. However, many speculate that the Hurricanes will buy Marleau out before the season begins, leaving an open door to return to Team Teal.
October 29th @ Boston Bruins – First taste of the Eastern Conference champions at TD Garden.
December 21st vs. St. Louis Blues – Ah yes, the highly anticipated rematch of the 2019 Western Conference Finals that everyone has circled on their calendars. The Sharks can’t wait to sink their teeth into the reigning Stanley Cup champions on home ice, but they will need a healthy squad and electrifying atmosphere to silence their music. The San Jose Sharks will also face the Blues on the road twice (December 7th and March 13th).
December 28th vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Long-time San Jose defenseman Justin Braun makes his one and only trip of the regular season to the Tank, wearing orange and black on the Flyers blue line. It’s the final home game of 2019 and the Sharks will likely be commemorating Braun’s nine years in teal, so I’m sure Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be anxious to give his old defense partner a heartfelt hug.
January 11th vs. Dallas Stars – If there is one Sharks game not to miss this regular season, it’s this one. Joe Pavelski returns SAP Center with green and a Star on his chest, but everyone will be honoring the Big Pavelski for his heroic leadership and positive attitude he wore on his shoulder as a Shark for 13 years, including five as the beloved captain. It will be an unforgettable night for all Sharks players, coaches, and fans alike. Nevertheless, it is not Little Joe’s lone visit to the Bay Area as the Stars come back for the penultimate game of the regular season.
February 1st vs. Tampa Bay Lightning– The Sharks welcome the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning to SAP Center.
April 4th vs. Anaheim Ducks – Final game of the regular season.
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