Outdoor NHL games in Lake Tahoe reportedly not include nearby sharks

The Sharks are scheduled to play in St. Louis on February 20, and this game will obviously stay there.

Normally that wouldn’t be news, but Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Friday that multiple sources revealed the NHL plans to have the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights. . play outdoor games at Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Lake Tahoe next month.

The Avalanche will face the Golden Knights (February 20) and the Flyers face the Bruins (February 21) in games played on an ice rink around the 16th, 17th and 18th holes of the resort’s golf course. Fans will not be allowed to attend, according to Sportsnet, and both games will be televised nationally by NBC.

But the Sharks, whose normal home of the SAP Center is just 224 miles from Edgewood, will not be one of them. At first glance, it’s a surprise, especially considering their closeness to Tahoe, as well as the rivalry of Vegas and the interest that any game against the hated Golden Knights might attract. However, San Jose has just had one of its worst seasons in franchise history, as it finished last in the Pacific Division and failed to qualify for the NHL Playoff restart in Canada. last summer.

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The Avalanche, who will face Vegas instead, finished second in the Central Division, lost to future Stanley Cup finalist Dallas in the second round of the playoffs, and present a promising lineup led by 93-point scorer Nathan McKinnon and Captain Gabriel Landeskog.

So any San Jose fan keen on an outdoor dusting with Vegas might have to place their hopes on ex-Shark Joonas Donskoi – now with the Avs – bringing the bad blood that characterizes the often intense reunions of Pacific rivals.

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