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Regular Season Schedule Announced

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks will open their 19th NHL season at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, Oct. 1 against the Colorado Avalanche. The team will play their first home game of the season on Thursday, Oct. 8 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 2009-10 Sharks schedule consists of 82 games – 41 home and 41 road contests.


The home schedule features 14 weekend contests (13 Saturday and one Sunday). The busiest home weeknight is Thursday (11), followed by Wednesday (five), Monday (four), Tuesday (four) and Friday (three).

The Sharks will play Pacific Division rivals (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles and Phoenix) six times each for a total of 24 games, in addition to playing members of the Western Conference’s Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver) and Central Division (Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis) four times each (40 games).

The remaining 18 games in the 82-game schedule will involve each club playing every opponent in the other conference at least once, home or away, with the three remaining games being devoted to interconference “at large” scheduling. The Sharks will “at large” opponents are compromised of Buffalo, Philadelphia and Washington.

The Sharks three-way intra-state rivalry continues with the Anaheim Ducks (Dec. 17, Dec. 26 and Jan. 21) and the Los Angeles Kings (Oct. 28, Dec. 9, Jan. 4) each making three visits to San Jose.

The Sharks have three five-game homestands, marking the longest stretches of consecutive home games, from Dec. 1 – Dec. 11, Jan. 21 – Feb. 2 and March 2 – March 13. The Sharks schedule also features three six-game road trips, constituting the longest trips of the season, from Oct. 15 – Oct. 25, Feb. 4 – Feb. 13 and March 14 – March 23.

While there will be no All-Star Game this season, the Olympic Games will suspend the NHL season. The Sharks final game prior to the Olympic Break will be on Feb. 13 at Buffalo and the team’s schedule will resume on March 2 vs. New Jersey.

Information on Sharks individual game tickets and a complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

 
SHARKS SCHEDULE NOTES

Home Games By Day: Sun. –1, Mon. –4, Tue. –4, Wed. –5, Thu. –11, Fri. –3, Sat. – 13

Road Games By Day: Sun. –7, Mon. –4, Tue. –8, Wed. –3, Thu. – 8, Fri. – 3, Sat. – 8
 
Home Games By Month: Oct.– 5, Nov.– 5, Dec–9, Jan.–11, Feb.– 1, March–8, April – 2

Road Games By Month:
Oct.–9, Nov.– 9, Dec.– 4, Jan.–3, Feb.– 6, March –7, April – 3
 
Games By Conference / Division:
Western Conference (64) / Pacific Division (24) Central Division (20) Northwest Division (20)

Eastern Conference (18) / Atlantic Division (6) Northeast Division (6) Southeast Division (6)
 

Opponents Visits To San Jose (41): Anaheim – 3, Atlanta – 0, Boston – 1, Buffalo – 1, Calgary – 2, Carolina – 0, Chicago – 2, Colorado – 2, Columbus – 2, Dallas – 3, Detroit – 2, Edmonton – 2, Florida – 1, Los Angeles – 3, Minnesota – 2, Montreal – 1, Nashville – 2, New Jersey – 1, N.Y. Islanders – 0, N.Y. Rangers - 0, Ottawa – 1, Philadelphia – 1, Phoenix – 3, Pittsburgh – 1, St. Louis – 2, Tampa Bay – 0, Toronto – 0, Vancouver – 2, Washington – 1.

Sharks Visits To Road Cities (41): Anaheim – 3, Atlanta – 1, Boston – 0, Buffalo – 1, Calgary – 2, Carolina – 1, Chicago – 2, Colorado – 2, Columbus – 2, Dallas – 3, Detroit – 2, Edmonton – 2, Florida – 0, Los Angeles – 3, Minnesota – 2, Montreal – 0, Nashville – 2, New Jersey – 0, N.Y. Islanders – 1, N.Y. Rangers – 1, Ottawa – 0, Philadelphia – 1, Phoenix – 3, Pittsburgh – 0, St. Louis – 2, Tampa Bay – 1, Toronto – 1, Vancouver – 2, Washington – 1.
 
At The Olympic Break:
San Jose will play 31 of their 41 home games and 61 of their 82 total games before the Olympic Break that spans from Feb. 14 – March 1. The Olympic Games will be played in Vancouver, B.C.
 
Longest Homestand
: Five games – Three Times: [Dec. 1 vs. Ottawa, Dec. 3 vs. St. Louis, Dec. 5 vs. Calgary, Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles, Feb. 11 vs. Dallas] [Jan. 21 vs. Anaheim, Jan. 23 vs. Buffalo, Jan. 28 vs. Chicago, Jan. 30 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 2 vs. Detroit] [March 2 vs. New Jersey, March 4 vs. Montreal, March 6 vs. Columbus, March 11 vs. Nashville, March 13 vs. Florida]
 
Longest Road Trip
: Six games – Three times: [Oct. 15 at Washington, Oct. 17 at NY Islanders, Oct. 19 at NY Rangers, Oct. 22 at Tampa Bay, Oct. 24 at Atlanta, Oct. 25 at Philadelphia] [Feb. 4 at St. Louis, Feb. 6 at Nashville, Feb. 8 at Toronto, Feb. 10 at Columbus, Feb. 11 at Detroit, Feb. 13 at Buffalo] [March 14 at Anaheim, March 16 at Dallas, March 18 at Vancouver, March 19 at Calgary, March 21 at Edmonton, March 23 at Minnesota]
 

Back-To-Back Games:

Overall: 13 times

Back-to-back at home: 1 time      Road game followed by next day home game: 5 times

Back-to-back on road: 7 times     Home game followed by next day road game: 0 times

 
COMPLETE 2009-10 SCHEDULE
OCTOBER
Thu           1   @ Colorado               6:30 p.m.   
Sat           3   @ Anaheim                7:00 p.m.   
Tue           6   @ Los Angeles          7:30 p.m.   
THU          8   COLUMBUS               7:30 p.m.   
SAT        10   MINNESOTA              7:30 p.m.   
MON       12   PHOENIX                  7:30 p.m.   
Thu         15   @ Washington           4:00 p.m.   
Sat          17   @ N.Y. Islanders        4:00 p.m.   
Mon        19   @ N.Y. Rangers         4:00 p.m.   

Thu         22   @ Tampa Bay            4:30 p.m.

Sat          24   @ Atlanta                   4:00 p.m.
Sun         25   @ Philadelphia           4:00 p.m.

WED       28   LOS ANGELES          7:30 p.m.   

FRI         30   COLORADO               7:30 p.m.
 
NOVEMBER
Sun           1   @ Carolina                 10:30 a.m.
Wed          4   @ Columbus              4:00 p.m.

Thu           5  @ Detroit                   4:30 p.m.

SAT          7   PITTSBURGH            7:30 p.m.
TUE        10   NASHVILLE               7:30 p.m.
THU        12   DALLAS                    7:30 p.m.

Sat          14   @ St. Louis                5:00 p.m.

Sun         15   @ Chicago                 4:00 p.m.
Tue         17   @ Nashville                5:00 p.m.
FRI         20   PHILADELPHIA         7:30 p.m.   
Sat          21   @ Anaheim                7:00 p.m.
WED       25   CHICAGO                  7:30 p.m.
Fri           27   @ Edmonton             6:00 p.m.
Sun         29   @ Vancouver             7:00 p.m.
 
DECEMBER
TUE          1   OTTAWA                   7:30 p.m.

THU          3   ST.LOUIS                  7:30 p.m.

SAT          5   CALGARY                 7:00 p.m.

WED         9   LOS ANGELES          7:30 p.m.

FRI         11   DALLAS                    7:30 p.m.
Sat          12   @ Phoenix                 5:00 p.m.
THU        17   ANAHEIM                  7:30 p.m.   
Mon        21   @ Dallas                    5:30 p.m.
Tue         22   @ Chicago                 5:00 p.m.
SAT        26   ANAHEIM                  7:30 p.m.
MON       28   PHOENIX                  7:30 p.m.
WED       30   WASHINGTON           7:30 p.m.
Thu         31   @Phoenix                  4:00 p.m.   
 
JANUARY
SAT          2   EDMONTON              7:00 p.m.

MON         4   LOS ANGELES          7:30 p.m.

WED         6   ST. LOUIS                 7:30 p.m.

SAT          9   DETROIT                   7:30 p.m.

Mon        11   @ Los Angeles          7:30 p.m.

Tue         12   @ Phoenix                 6:00 p.m.
THU        14   BOSTON                   7:30 p.m.
SAT        16   EDMONTON              1:00 p.m.
MON       18   CALGARY                 7:30 p.m.

Tue         19   @ Los Angeles          7:30 p.m.

THU        21   ANAHEIM                  7:30 p.m.

SAT        23   BUFFALO                  7:30 p.m.

THU        28   CHICAGO                  7:30 p.m.
SAT        30   MINNESOTA              7:30 p.m.
 
FEBRUARY
TUE          2   DETROIT                   7:30 p.m.

Thu           4   @ St. Louis                5:00 p.m.

Sat           6   @ Nashville                5:00 p.m.
Mon          8   @ Toronto                 4:00 p.m.
Wed        10   @ Columbus              4:00 p.m.
Thu         11   @ Detroit                   4:30 p.m.
Sat          13   @ Buffalo                  4:00 p.m.
MARCH
TUE          2   NEW JERSEY            7:30 p.m.
THU          4   MONTREAL               7:30 p.m.
SAT          6   COLUMBUS               7:30 p.m.
THU        11   NASHVILLE               7:30 p.m.
SAT        13   FLORIDA                   7:30 p.m.

Sun         14   @ Anaheim                5:00 p.m.

Tue         16   @ Dallas                    5:30 p.m.

Thu         18   @ Vancouver             7:00 p.m.

Fri           19   @ Calgary                  6:00 p.m.

Sun         21   @ Edmonton             5:00 p.m.

Tue         23   @ Minnesota              5:00 p.m.

THU        25   DALLAS                    7:30 p.m.
SAT        27   VANCOUVER             7:00 p.m.
SUN        28   COLORADO               5:00 p.m.

Wed        31   @ Dallas                    5:30 p.m.

 
APRIL
Fri             2   @ Minnesota              5:00 p.m.
Sun           4   @ Colorado               5:00 p.m.
Tue           6   @ Calgary                  6:30 p.m.
THU          8   VANCOUVER             7:30 p.m.
SAT        10   PHOENIX
                  7:30 p.m.

 
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