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Blackhawks to host Sharks for 2019-20 home opener

Chicago went 1-2 against San Jose last season.

San Jose Sharks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks will host the Sharks on Thursday, Oct. 10 for their 2019-20 season home opener at the United Center, the team announced Friday.

The game will mark the first time the Sharks will play at the United Center since Dec. 16, 2018, when Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford suffered his second concussion in less than a year that caused him to miss two months of action. The Blackhawks went 1-2 against the Sharks last season, with their lone win with Crawford in net for a 5-4 victory in March at San Jose.

Chicago is 5-2-1 in home openers this decade, including a 1-2-1 record in their last four.

The Blackhawks open the season Oct. 4 as the road team against the Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic, as part of the third annual NHL Global Series. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. Central time at O2 Arena. Chicago will play six preseason games in the United States before an exhibition game Sunday, Sept. 29 against Eisbaren Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

The complete NHL schedule will be released at 11 a.m. Tuesday live on NHL Network.

Blackhawks’ home openers this decade

2018: 7-6 OT loss to Maple Leafs

2017: 10-1 win over Penguins

2016: 5-2 loss to Blues

2015: 3-2 loss to Rangers

2014: 6-2 win over Sabres

2013: 6-4 win over Capitals

2013: 3-2 win over Blues*

2011: 5-2 win over Stars

2010: 5-2 loss to Red Wings

*Lockout shortened season