The San Jose Sharks are starting their season tonight in Arizona, where they also held their training camp due to COVID-19 regulations in Santa Clara County that bans all indoor and contact sports. The team has anticipated that they may not be able to return to the SAP Center in January as only street games are scheduled until February 1, when the Vegas Golden Knights hit in San Jose.
Is it possible that they will have to delay their return further?
After the Golden Knights series, the Sharks are on the road again and will not be used again in the SAP Center until February 13th. It is possible for the Sharks and Golden Knights to swap hosting roles to keep the Sharks out for another two weeks.
That too might not be long enough. According to Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News, ICU bed availability in the Bay Area fell to a record low of 0.7 percent and would need to increase to at least 15 percent for Santa Clara County to fulfill its current home stay order.
The team will meet with county officials next Tuesday.
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New York Islanders with New York Rangers, 4 PST / 7 EST with NHLN, TVAS, MSG, MSG +
Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabers, 4 PST / 7 EST on ESPN +, SN360, SNE, SNO, MSG-B, NBCSWA
Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils, 4 PST / 7 EST on MSG +, NESN
Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings, 4:30 am PST / 7:30 am EST on FS-D, FS-CR
Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets, 5 PST / 8 EST on TSN3, SNW
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators, 5 PST / 8 EST on FS-TN, FS-O
Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers, 6 PST / 9 EST on ESPN +, SN1, SNP
San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes, 6 PST / 9 EST on FS-A, NBCSCA
Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights, 7 PST / 10 EST on NHLN, ATTSN-RM, PRIME, FS-SD
Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings, 7 PST / 10 EST on FS-W, FS-N, FS-WI