The San Jose Sharks have released their 2012-2013 schedule to the general public. The team will open the regular season versus the Ducks on Friday, October 12th in Anaheim before returning home to San Jose the following Monday to face the New York Rangers.

Some notable home games for Sharks fans to be aware of include:

November 1st and January 3rd vs. the St. Louis Blues – If you’re still mad about the Sharks’ first round exit and enjoy the hockey equivalent of a pitchers’ duel, grab your tickets for this one now.

November 20th and February 7th vs. the Chicago Blackhawks – Every team that knocks the Sharks out of Cup contention instantly becomes a rival for me, and I’m still smarting from the 2010 Western Conference Finals.

November 24th and February 9th vs. the Anaheim Ducks – Disney’s favorite hockey team comes marching into San Jose.  Never a shortage of bad blood in these series.

December 13th and April 1st vs. the Vancouver Canucks – Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins cross the border to visit what is sure to be a packed HP Pavilion.  The Sharks will try to turn the tides of power in a rivalry that has been all Vancouver for several years now.

December 15th and March 9th vs. the Dallas Stars – Sharks fans love to hate Steve Ott and the Stars.  These games are never lacking in fireworks (or penalty minutes).

December 20th and March 2nd vs. the Los Angeles Kings – the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions come to the tank to defend their crown.

January 9th and February 28th vs. the Detroit Red Wings – This is the Sharks biggest and highest profile rivalry.  Red Wings fans always show up for these games, which makes them all the more fun (and obnoxious).

January 5th vs. the Philadelphia Flyers and January 31st vs. the Boston Bruins – the two most notable interconference match ups, this will be Sharks fans’ only chance to see the big boys from the Eastern Seaboard live and in person.

Here is the entire 2012-13 San Jose Sharks schedule, barring an NHL lockout (home games in ALL CAPS; times subject to change):

OCTOBER

Fri 12 @ Anaheim 7:00 p.m.

MON 15 N.Y. RANGERS 7:30 p.m.

THU 18 EDMONTON 7:30 p.m.

SAT 20 CAROLINA 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 24 @ Colorado 6:30 p.m.

Fri 26 @ Detroit 4:00 p.m.

Sat 27 @ Chicago 5:30 p.m.

TUE 30 NASHVILLE 7:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER

THU 1 ST. LOUIS 7:30 p.m.

SAT 3 COLORADO 7:30 p.m.

Mon 5 @ Colorado 6:00 p.m.

THU 8 BUFFALO 7:30 p.m.

SAT 10 N.Y. ISLANDERS 7:30 p.m.

Tue 13 @ Phoenix 6:00 p.m.

Thu 15 @ Dallas 5:00 p.m.

SAT 17 COLUMBUS 7:30 p.m.

TUE 20 CHICAGO 7:30 p.m.

Fri 23 @ Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.

SAT 24 ANAHEIM 7:30 p.m.

Tue 27 @ Washington 4:00 p.m.

Thu 29 @ Pittsburgh 4:00 p.m.

DECEMBER

Sat 1 @ Detroit 4:00 p.m.

Sun 2 @ Chicago 4:00 p.m.

Tue 4 @ Buffalo 4:00 p.m.

Thu 6 @ Philadelphia 4:00 p.m.

SUN 9 COLUMBUS 5:00 p.m.

TUE 11 EDMONTON 7:30 p.m.

THU 13 VANCOUVER 7:30 p.m.

SAT 15 DALLAS 7:30 p.m.

Tue 18 @ Vancouver 7:00 p.m.

THU 20 LOS ANGELES 7:30 p.m.

Sat 22 @ Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.

Wed 26 @ Anaheim 7:00 p.m.

Fri 28 @ Edmonton 4:00 p.m.

Sat 29 @ Calgary 1:00 p.m.

JANUARY

THU 3 ST. LOUIS 7:30 p.m.

SAT 5 PHILADELPHIA 7:30 p.m.

WED 9 DETROIT 7:30 p.m.

Thu 10 @ Phoenix 6:00 p.m.

SAT 12 MINNESOTA 7:30 p.m.

Mon 14 @ Edmonton 6:30 p.m.

Tue 15 @ Calgary 6:00 p.m.

Thu 17 @ Minnesota 5:00 p.m.

Sat 19 @ Dallas 5:00 p.m.

Tue 22 @ St. Louis 5:00 p.m.

Sat-Sun 26-27 All-Star Weekend in Columbus

Tue 29 @ Vancouver 7:00 p.m.

THU 31 BOSTON 7:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY

SAT 2 NASHVILLE 7:30 p.m.

TUE 5 PHOENIX 7:30 p.m.

THU 7 CHICAGO 7:30 p.m.

SAT 9 ANAHEIM 5:00 p.m.

Tue 12 @ Columbus 4:00 p.m.

Thu 14 @ Tampa Bay 4:30 p.m.

Sat 16 @ Florida 4:30 p.m.

Mon 18 @ New Jersey 10:00 a.m.

Tue 19 @ Montreal 4:30 p.m.

Thu 21 @ Ottawa 4:30 p.m.

Sat 23 @ St. Louis 5:00 p.m.

TUE 26 WINNIPEG 7:30 p.m.

THU 28 DETROIT 7:30 p.m.

MARCH

SAT 2 LOS ANGELES 7:30 p.m.

TUE 5 TORONTO 7:30 p.m.

THU 7 CALGARY 7:30 p.m.

SAT 9 DALLAS 1:00 p.m.

SUN 10 PHOENIX 5:00 p.m.

TUE 12 COLORADO 7:30 p.m.

THU 14 LOS ANGELES 7:30 p.m.

Sat 16 @ Los Angeles 7:30 p.m.

Mon 18 @ Dallas 5:00 p.m.

Thu 21 @ Nashville 5:00 p.m.

Sat 23 @ Minnesota 11:00 a.m.

MON 25 ANAHEIM 7:30 p.m.

Wed 27 @ Anaheim 7:00 p.m.

THU 28 NEW JERSEY 7:30 p.m.

SAT 30 PHOENIX 7:30 p.m.

APRIL

MON 1 VANCOUVER 7:30 p.m.

WED 3 MINNESOTA 7:30 p.m.

FRI 5 CALGARY 7:30 p.m.

SUN 7 DALLAS 5:00 p.m.

Tue 9 @ Nashville 5:00 p.m.

Thu 11 @ Columbus 4:00 p.m.

Sat 13 @ Phoenix 6:00 p.m.