When will the 2020-21 season start and when will it end?
The Sharks will begin regular season play on Thursday, January 14 and conclude on Saturday, May 8, both against the Arizona Coyotes.
Will there be any preseason games?
For the 2020-21 season, there will be no preseason games. The regular season, which will begin on Jan. 13, 2021, will immediately follow training camp.
Will there be a divisional realignment?
Yes. To minimize team travel as much as possible, the 2020-21 season will shift to exclusively interdivisional play with each team in the East, Central and West divisions playing every other team in its division eight times. Teams in the North Division will play every other team in its division nine or 10 times.
For the 2020-21 season, the four NHL divisions will be as follows:
- Honda West Division: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights
- Scotia North Division: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets
- Discover Central Division: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning
- MassMutual East Division: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals.
This realignment of divisions is intended to be used for the 2020-21 season only.
When will the full schedule be released?
The 2020-21 schedule for your San Jose Sharks was released on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 and can be found here.
Game times and broadcast details will be released in the coming days. Stay tuned to sjsharks.com and the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app for the latest news.
To view the full 2020-21 NHL schedule, click here.
How many games will be played in the 2020-21 season?
Each NHL club, including your San Jose Sharks, anticipates playing a 56-game interdivisional schedule that is scheduled to conclude on May 8, 2021.
Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL and NHLPA intend to be flexible in their approach in the coming weeks to ensure compliance with health directives from state and local authorities. Both parties want to ensure there is a focus on the health and safety of the players, other game-related personnel and the communities in which we play.
What will the roster size be for the 2020-21 season?
Teams will be allowed to have a 23-man roster, along with a taxi squad consisting of an additional of a 4-6 players. All 29 players (max) will travel and practice with the NHL team.
What is a "taxi squad"?
In short, a taxi squad is a group of players who would accompany the team, participate in team practices but not count against the teams' 23-man roster. Taxi squad players would be eligible to be recalled and play for the NHL team.
Since there is no reopening date set for SAP Center, can we go see the Sharks on the road?
Our players love seeing Sharks fans on the road. When health directives allow and it is safe to do so, you can attend Sharks road games in cities that allow fans. Be sure to check which cities are allowing fan access as it will vary by market.
You can find details, safety guidelines, and ticket information for each NHL team here.
How do I watch/listen to Sharks games this season?
A complete broadcast schedule will be released and linked here once details are finalized.