The Sharks’ full 82-game schedule was released on Thursday, featuring the team’s first-ever games against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose will play the Golden Knights, now a Pacific Division rival, four times in 2017-18. The Sharks visit Sin City on Nov. 24, while the Golden Knights make their first of two appearances at SAP Center on Feb. 8.
The Sharks open their season with a five-game homestand, including the season-opener on Oct. 4 against Philadelphia, continuing with games against the Kings, Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens. After that, they immediately embark on a five-game swing through the Eastern Conference.
The longest homestand of the season is six games from Feb. 27 – March 12, while the Sharks have three separate five-game road trips. There are 14 sets of back-to-backs.
Other notable home games include the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on Nov. 1; Bob Boughner’s Florida Panthers on Nov. 16; the two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 20; the Oilers first of two visits Feb. 10; and the regular season finale vs. Minnesota on April 7.
There are two matinee home dates on March 10 vs. Washington and March 24 vs. Calgary, both beginning at 1 p.m.
The complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.