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San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner beat the NHL to it this afternoon, disclosing the dates for the Sharks postponed dates before the league’s official announcement.
Boughner reveals #SJSharks make-up schedule: 2/14 EDM, 2/17 VAN, 2/22 at ANA
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) January 19, 2022
The NHL and the San Jose Sharks later announced that a home game against the Vegas Golden Knights was moved up from April 10 to February 20.
That means the Sharks will have 12 days off between their Feb. 1 game at Tampa Bay and their new Valentine’s Day engagement with Edmonton.
“It’s a nice break for us. It’s a needed one,” Boughner noted. “Like every team, we’ve got some guys that are a little banged up and a lot of teams aren’t going to get the advantage that we have of having 9-10 days off and I think that’s going to help us for our second-half push.”
He believes the team will pick up quickly after the break as they get some rest: “We play our big guys a lot of minutes and guys like Tommy Hertl and Cooch and Burnzie, even Mario for that matter, Timo, it’s good to give these guys a mental break just as important as a physical break.”
There are 12 days between games for the San Jose Sharks, which ties the Los Angeles Kings for third-most of any team throughout the month.
Only the Panthers (14) and Rangers (13) have more consecutive days without games throughout the month.
The Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs have the fewest with just five straight days off in February.
San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture mentioned that the team was lucky that very few games needed to be rescheduled. He noted that it’ll be nice to get away from the game for a bit.
As it stands, the re-scheduled games are:
- February 14 against Edmonton Oilers – originally December 23
- February 17 against Vancouver Canucks – originally December 21
- February 20 against Vegas Golden Knights – originally April 10
- February 22 at Anaheim Ducks – originally December 27
At San Jose Hockey Now…
In Other Sharks News…
2021 San Jose Sharks fourth-round draft pick Ethan Cardwell and Michael Raskin have Tristen Robins (Sharks 2020 second-round draft pick) as a guest on Showbound: The Podcast:
— Showbound: The Podcast (@ShowboundPod) January 5, 2022
Curtis Pashelka takes a look at how the team has performed midway through the season. (Mercury News)
Around the NHL…
Here’s the entire league’s new schedule. (NHL)
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) January 18, 2022
Scott Burnside offers his thoughts about the broken media-player dynamic. (The Daily Faceoff)
House of Representatives voted to pass the Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act:
Another historic honor for Willie O’Ree!
Congratulations to Willie for being awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, recognizing his trailblazing impact across hockey and society.
— NHL (@NHL) January 19, 2022
Jack Eichel is still a month or two away from return to NHL action. (Sportsnet)
The Pittsburgh Penguins face a goaltending decision between Casey DeSmith and Louis Domingue:
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand continues to provide entertainment on social media:
Is Tyson Jost living up to expectations for the Colorado Avalanche?
Could the Florida Panthers be moving to acquire Jacob Chychrun?
Ryan Pulock remains out for the New York Islanders but Robin Salo is capitalizing on the opportunity to play:
What are five surprises for the Vegas Golden Knights halfway through the season?
Travis Konecny reaches milestone but the Philadelphia Flyers continue to struggle:
Washington Capitals defenseman Dimitry Orlov was handed a two-game suspension for kneeing Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers:
The Detroit Red Wings claim Gemel Smith from waivers; they’ve also got his brother Givani on the team:
The Vancouver Canucks are making a push to climb division standings:
It’s gut-check time for the struggling Calgary Flames:
Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton with the Montreal Canadiens to work, not play:
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