Sharks' 2013 schedule revealed

Sharks' 2013 schedule revealed
January 11, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The Sharks will open the 22nd season in franchise history in Calgary on Jan. 20. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Let the sprint begin.

The San Jose Sharks’ 2013 schedule was revealed on Saturday, and the club will open the 22nd season in franchise history in Calgary against the Flames on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. PST.

The home opener is set for Thursday, Jan. 24 against the Phoenix Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. In between, the Sharks will visit Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (7 p.m. PST). Individual tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

Training camp begins on Sunday at Sharks Ice at 1:30 p.m. The practice is open to the public.

A condensed 48-game schedule will be played in just 97 days, including nine back-to-backs for the Sharks. The team's home opener marks the start of a six-game homestand through Feb. 2, while a seven-game homestand takes place from March 27 through April 7.

As far as Pacific Division opponents, the Sharks will face the Coyotes and Ducks five times apiece, and the Kings and Stars four times each. They will play the remaining 10 clubs in the Western Conference three times each. There are no games against the Eastern Conference.

The Sharks’ annual tennis road trip will see them vacate the Bay Area from Feb. 11 through Feb. 23, with stops in Columbus, Nashville, Chicago (twice), St. Louis and Dallas. There is a four-day break between a game against the Blackhawks on Feb. 15 and Blues on Feb. 19, though, and the Sharks are scheduled to return home for a brief respite.

Even if they decide to stay on the road the entire time, the 13-day trip is shorter than last year’s 17-day roadie in which the team won just two of nine games (2-6-1), nearly costing them a playoff spot.

Head coach Todd McLellan has already remarked that he likes this schedule when compared to last season's second half, when his club had 14 games in February and 17 in March. This season, the Sharks have 12 games in February and 15 in March.

From Feb. 11 through March 23, 14 of the Sharks’ 19 games will be on the road.

All of the Sharks’ home games at HP Pavilion begin at 7:30, except for Jan. 26 vs. Colorado (1 p.m.), Jan. 27 vs. Vancouver (5 p.m.), Feb. 9 vs. Phoenix (1 p.m.), March 9 vs. St. Louis (1 p.m.), March 27 vs. Anaheim (7 p.m.), April 7 vs. Dallas (1 p.m.), April 21 vs. Columbus (5 p.m.), and April 23 vs. Dallas (7 p.m.).

The season concludes on Saturday, April 27 in Los Angeles against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

JANUARY
Sun    20    @ Calgary    4:00 p.m.
Tue    22    @ Edmonton    7:00 p.m.
THU    24    PHOENIX    7:30 p.m.
SAT    26    COLORADO    1:00 p.m.
SUN    27    VANCOUVER    5:00 p.m.
TUE    29    ANAHEIM    7:30 p.m.
THU    31    EDMONTON    7:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY
SAT    2    NASHVILLE    7:30 p.m.
Mon    4    @ Anaheim    7:00 p.m.
TUE    5    CHICAGO    7:30 p.m.
SAT    9    PHOENIX    1:00 p.m.
Mon    11    @ Columbus    4:00 p.m.
Tue    12    @ Nashville    5:00 p.m.
Fri    15    @ Chicago    5:30 p.m.
Tue    19    @ St. Louis    5:00 p.m.
Fri    22    @ Chicago    5:30 p.m.
Sat    23    @ Dallas    5:00 p.m.
TUE    26    COLORADO    7:30 p.m.
THU    28    DETROIT    7:30 p.m.

MARCH
SAT    2    NASHVILLE    7:30 p.m.
Tue    5    @ Vancouver    7:00 p.m.
Wed    6    @ Calgary    6:30 p.m.
SAT    9    ST. LOUIS    1:00 p.m.
Sun    10    @ Colorado    5:00 p.m.
Tue    12    @ St. Louis    5:00 p.m.
THU    14    LOS ANGELES    7:30 p.m.
Sat    16    @ Los Angeles    7:30 p.m.
Mon    18    @ Anaheim    7:00 p.m.
Wed    20    @ Edmonton    6:30 p.m
Sat    23    @ Minnesota    11:00 a.m.
Mon    25    @ Anaheim    7:00 p.m.
WED    27    ANAHEIM    7:00 p.m.
THU    28    DETROIT    7:30 p.m.
SAT    30    PHOENIX    7:30 p.m.

APRIL
MON    1    VANCOUVER    7:30 p.m.
WED    3    MINNESOTA    7:30 p.m.
FRI    5    CALGARY    7:30 p.m.
SUN    7    DALLAS    1:00 p.m.
Tue    9    @ Columbus    4:00 p.m.
Thu    11    @ Detroit    4:30 p.m.
Sat    13    @ Dallas    5:00 p.m.
Mon    15    @ Phoenix    7:00 p.m.
TUE    16    LOS ANGELES    7:30 p.m.
THU    18    MINNESOTA    7:30 p.m.
SUN    21    COLUMBUS    5:00 p.m.
TUE    23    DALLAS    7:00 p.m.
Wed    24    @ Phoenix    7:00 p.m.
Sat    27    @ Los Angeles    7:30 p.m.