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Randy's Ramblings - 1/14/2013

by Randy Hahn / San Jose Sharks

While we await the Sharks complete “official” television schedule, I can tell you that all 48 regular season games will be carried live, in color and in glorious high definition on Comcast SportsNet California and NBC SportsNet/NBC.

Here’s 10 reason’s to love the Sharks TV Schedule.

1. We’re back and the band is back together

The last time we (Drew Remenda, Brodie Brazil, Bret Hedican, Jamie Baker, Dave Maley, Curtis Brown and yours truly) called a live game was April 21, 2012 from St. Louis. That’s just too long between broadcasts. We all love what we do and can’t wait to get back at it.

2. Opening night January 20 at Calgary

Finally we get to see the Boys In Teal back in action and what a venue to begin in. Lockout or no lockout, hockey is Canada’s national passion. Flames fans will be out in full force and the city of Calgary will be teeming with anticipation. It’ll be similar 2 nights later in Edmonton.

3. The home opener against Phoenix January 24

Did you really think the Desert Dogs would get to the Conference Final last spring? They’re back to prove it wasn’t a fluke and they always give the Sharks a tough test. But the real story will be the return to home ice of Thornton, Marleau, Boyle, Clowe, Pavelski, Couture, Niemi and the rest of the team. There’s a reason Sharks fans are considered to be among the most passionate in the NHL. It’s because they are. The buzz at HP Pavilion will be awesome.

4. 6 in a row at home

After Phoenix on the 24th the Sharks host Colorado, Vancouver, Anaheim, Edmonton and Nashville before heading out on the road again. Six games out of a 48 game season is a sizeable chunk. It’ll give the team a chance to reestablish their identity on home ice and if you’re watching the games on the sofa you can get back into that rhythm of having a Sharks game on TV every other night or so.

5. Afternoon hockey

The Sharks will have at least five afternoon games at home this season including four 1pm starts. I love the early games. It gives young fans that normally might not be able to stay up for all of the evening broadcasts a chance to watch the games. Another bonus is that after a 1pm broadcast on a Saturday, like January 26 vs Colorado, you can catch the Hockey Night In Canada game on the NHL Network at 4pm Pacific.

6. February 19 at St. Louis

This will be the Sharks first meeting with the Blues since last year’s first round playoff series. It’s obviously not a playoff game but the Sharks will be looking to prove that they learned from last year’s mistakes and are a better team for it. This will be a good measuring stick.

7. January 22, 31 and March 20 vs Edmonton Oilers

They’ve already got Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and now “The Oil” adds first overall draft pick Nail Yakupov and Wisconsin Badger defenseman Justin Schultz. There are some who think this is the making of another Edmonton dynasty. They are definitely a fun team to watch and this could be the year they get back to the playoffs and maybe make a run.

8. Four games against he Dallas Stars beginning February 23

Steve Ott has moved on to Buffalo but this is still an attractive matchup. The Stars added Jaromir Jagr and former Shark Ray Whitney and Derek Roy came over in the Ott trade from the Sabres. Then mix in the Sharks Adam Burish going toe to toe against his former team and you have the makings of another tremendous chapter in this great rivalry.

9. March 14 vs Los Angeles-March 16 at Los Angeles

This is pure brilliance by the NHL schedule maker pitting the Sharks and the Cup champions up against one another in consecutive games, home and away. If I’m a Sharks fan planning a “roadie”, this is my pick. Catch the first game with us and then hit I-5 for the rematch.

10. Our first class crew

From producer Sean Madison to director Frank Albin to graphic coordinator Darin Stephens and the countless others in the TV truck and in the Comcast studios, we have a top-notch crew on Sharks broadcasts. We’ve missed seeing them and working with them. They take great pride in helping to present to you a first class hockey experience on television. We all hope you enjoy the ride!

For, I'm Randy Hahn.
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