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The Daily Chum: Previewing the Sharks’ long road swing

Let’s go to the Eastern Conference!

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Sharks begin their circus road trip on Saturday in Columbus against John Tortorella and the Blue Jackets to start a five-game swing through the Eastern Conference. San Jose will play one back-to-back (the Islanders and Rangers) and travel 5,162 miles when it’s all said and done.

That long trip means plenty of bonding on planes for the Sharks and a whole bunch of games you’ll have to start watching at work. So to prepare you for the long week ahead, here’s a little capsule for each game so you can plan accordingly. I’ve rated each based on their watchability so you can make an informed decision without reading much. I’m the best.

San Jose at Columbus

When: Sat., 4 p.m.

Why you should watch: The Sharks should win this game on account of the Blue Jackets being not-good. Need more reason than that? Tortorella might through a giant temper tantrum and that would be pretty funny.

Watchability: B-

San Jose at New York (Rangers)

When: Mon., 4 p.m.

Why you should watch: Henrik Lundqvist is good looking? This is another winnable game for the Sharks and any game played at Madison Square Garden has a cool vibe to it.

Watchability: C-

San Jose at New York (Islanders)

When: Tue., 4 p.m.

Why you should watch: John Tavares is great at hockey and the Islanders are a very good team. Two things hurt the watchability of this game. First, the Sharks will be tired midway through the road trip and playing on the second of a back-to-back; and second, you have to watch the god awful camera angle they use at Barclay’s Center.

Watchability: C+

San Jose at Pittsburgh

When: Thurs., 4 p.m.

Why you should watch: Are you serious? It’s a Stanley Cup Final rematch! Let’s lay out a couple of ground rules: Don’t act like this could possibly be revenge for losing in the Finals. If the Sharks win, don’t take the taunting-bait-crap that you’ll see on the Internet. Please? Do it for me.

Watchability: A+

San Jose at Detroit

When: Sat. Oct. 22, 4 p.m.

Why you should watch: Reliving the old San Jose-Detroit rivalry? This is also the last time the Sharks will play at the Joe Louis Arena (in the regular season). Other than that, I dunno, there’s probably some college football on.

Watchability: D+

In conclusion: Make sure you’re around on Thursday so watch the Penguins’ game and if you happen to be around for the other ones, awesome. The Sharks return to SAP Center on Oct. 25 to take on the Ducks.