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New Schedule Approved By NHL Owners

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today approved a scheduling matrix which ensures that each Club will play every other Club a minimum of once per season beginning with the 2008-2009 campaign.

“This allows us to play every team each year and bring the NHL’s eastern franchises and stars into HP Pavilion at least every other year,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “We feel this is great for the fans and for the game.”

Each Club will play the teams in their division three times at home and three times on the road, for a total of 24 games. Teams will continue to play 40 conference games outside their division (10 opponents) twice at home and twice on the road. That brings the in-conference total to 64 games, maintaining the integrity of a Conference-based playoff system.

The remaining 18 games in the 82-game schedule will involve each club playing each club in the other conference at least once, home or away, with the three remaining games being devoted to interconference “at-large” scheduling.

The format represents a change from the matrix approved by the Board for the 2005-06 campaign. That format called for four games (40 total) against each non-division conference opponent, eight games (32 total) against each in-division opponent and 10 inter-conference games – one game at home against each of the five clubs from a designated division and one game on the road against all five clubs from a different division.

The National Hockey League's Board of Governors also approved the proposed sale of the Nashville Predators to a group headed by Nashville businessman David Freeman and that includes the Sharks William “Boots” Del Baggio. The approval was forwarded pending the closing of the proposed transaction.

“The Nashville ownership group has been approved and obviously we wish Boots great success,” said Jamison. “We appreciate his involvement in the Sharks these past several seasons.”

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