When the Sharks open the 2018-19 NHL regular season on Oct. 3, they will go up against a Ducks team that will be without one of San Jose's biggest nemesis.
Ducks right winger Corey Perry underwent surgery Wednesday to repair injuries in his meniscus and MCL. Perry will miss the next five months, the team announced.
Perry and the Sharks have quite the history. Just five months ago, Perry put a dirty hit on Sharks winger Melker Karlsson in the first-round playoff series.
Ever since Perry made his NHL debut in 2003, there's been bad blood between him and the Sharks. Perry has more penalties in minutues against San Jose than any other team for his career, according to Hockey Reference. He also has more goals, points, and assists against the Sharks than all but one team -- the Coyotes.
The next time these rivals face off will be postponed. Once Perry returns to the ice, expect the temperature to turn up between these two California foes.