NHL schedule 2019-20: Sharks open season with home-and-home vs. Vegas

Dalton Johnson
NBC Sports BayArea
The Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will square off right away to start off the 2019-20 NHL season.

NHL schedule 2019-20: Sharks open season with home-and-home vs. Vegas

The Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights will square off right away to start off the 2019-20 NHL season.

NHL schedule 2019-20: Sharks open season with home-and-home vs. Vegas originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

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.

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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.

[RELATED: Sharks to face Pacific Division rivals throughout 2019 preseason]

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.

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