San Jose Sharks' 2013-14 NHL Schedule: Must-See Games, Predictions & More

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San Jose Sharks' 2013-14 NHL Schedule: Must-See Games, Predictions & More
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The San Jose Sharks open the 2013-14 season at home October 3.

The NHL announced its 2013-14 season Friday, July 19. The San Jose Sharks begin the season October 3 at the newly crowned SAP Center, but there were more universally significant factors making this announcement more interesting than most.

For one, it officially established that NHL players would take part on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This is a good thing for hockey fans around the world as the game gets more exposure.

With the schedule came news of names for the four divisions. Three are borrowed (just one of the faults in the decisions laid out by the Examiner), but the new Pacific Division contains only teams that have spent several years in it under one or both of its previous incarnations.

Most importantly, it will bring the NHL stars to all fans. Eastern Conference fans now have their chances to see Western Conference teams before turning in for the evening. And it levels the ice somewhat as far as travel is concerned.

Yet the best things about the 2013-14 season are the four every season offers...

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