The best feature is that the Sharks have four home games to just three road games. The extra game is a split-squad game against the Vancouver Canucks taking place on Sept. 23, with the home squad playing in Stockton, CA.
However, it is also good for San Jose to renew its rivalry with the two-time Stanley Cup champions. The best thing for this team is letting the sting of that reality—and remember the Los Angeles Kings won it all in each of the last two full seasons—combine with the deeper pain of the 2014 Pacific Division semifinals collapse to ensure it does not happen again.
The sooner the Sharks are face-to-face with their Pacific Division rivals, the better. It will be an exhibition, but there is a pretty good chance the last preseason home game will feature a good number of the regulars to face each other. After the epic choke at the hands of the Kings, even an exhibition will stir the emotions.
The schedule has a set of back-to-back games at home to start their stand and on the road, in addition to the split-squad opening game. The road games are the last two of the preseason: October 3 at the Phoenix Coyotes and October 4 at the Anaheim Ducks.
As usual, all opponents are Pacific Division teams. Los Angeles is the only above opponent that will not play preseason host in 2014.
The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are the only Pacific Division foes not faced in the 2014 preseason. The one drawback of the schedule is that all games in San Jose take place in the final five days of September. That does not give fans much of a window to see their team before the season starts should they so choose.
Then again, many of the players they could see will start the season with the AHL Worcester Sharks. They will be in experienced hands, as CSN Bay Area Insider Kevin Kurz reported Friday that Roy Sommer will return for his 17th year with that team. He already holds the all-time AHL record for games coached at 1268 and is fourth in wins (576-534-48-110).