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Sharks to play first two 'home' games of 2021 season in Arizona

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The Sharks had hoped to return home to San Jose to play home games against the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 1 and Feb. 3, but that won't happen.

The team announced Saturday that they will play both games in Glendale, Ariz. rather than at SAP Center.

The Sharks have been in Arizona since late December after Santa Clara County implemented a ban on all contact sports as they fight rising COVID-19 cases.

The NHL front-loaded the Sharks' 2021 schedule with road games, hoping that the team would be able to return to San Jose by February.

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Twelve of the Sharks' first 14 games were scheduled to take place on the road, with the two games against Vegas serving as the only "home" games. Now those games also will feel like road games.

Through five games, the Sharks are 2-3-0 and struggling to find an offensive rhythm. They lost 4-1 to the Minnesota Wild on Friday night and will play in St. Paul again on Sunday before heading to Denver for two games against the Colorado Avalanche.

Following the two games against Vegas in Arizona, the Sharks are set to head to Anaheim and Los Angeles for four games. At that point, they tentatively are scheduled to play home games against the Ducks on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15. It's unclear if those games will be played in San Jose or Arizona.