The Sharks' growing rivalry with the Vegas Golden Knights will continue right away when the 2019-20 regular season begins.
The Sharks will start on the road, where they'll play Vegas on Oct. 2, before coming home to play the Golden Knights two days later on Oct. 4 at SAP Center, the NHL announced Friday.
We're hosting the Sharks for our home opener, and we just have one question
IS IT OCTOBER YET?????
More: https://t.co/iL5XN3XT7t pic.twitter.com/hXhE296txL— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 21, 2019
The Chicago Blackhawks also will host the Sharks for their home opener, which will be played Oct. 10.
The Sharks took down Vegas in their first-round playoff series last season with one of the greatest comebacks ever. After taking the first game at home, the Sharks lost three straight before winning three in a row to advance to the second round. San Jose stormed back from a three-goal deficit in the third period of Game 7 to pull off an unreal 5-4 overtime victory.
It didn't come without controversy, too.
The Sharks were given a five-minute power play in the third period after captain Joe Pavelski was taken out of the game by Vegas' Cody Eakins in a gruesome scene. The NHL apologized days later to the Golden Knights for the penalty call, but they surely haven't forgotten what transpired.
There's bound to be plenty of animosity on the ice right away between these teams to kick off the season.
Let the games begin.