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The Daily Chum: Top five San Jose Sharks games in 2016-17 regular season

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We take a look at the must-see games at SAP Center this season.

San Jose Sharks v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

We’ve got the schedule, so now let’s take a look at some of the best games coming up for the Sharks in the 2016-17 season.

I put together a list of five of the top home games for the Sharks this year, since half the fun of these lists is that we might actually go to some of them. It’s a mixture between important rematches, games against rivals and potential Stanley Cup Final matchups — which is something I’m going to say every time the Sharks play an Eastern Conference team this season. Hope springs eternal.

5. Panthers at Sharks, Feb. 15

Hear me out. The Panthers figure to be pretty darn good this year, especially if they sign Keith Yandle. They have a lot of fun players and after making the playoffs a year ago seem poised to make a deep run in 2017. Plus you get to see Jaromir Jagr (probably) and Roberto Luongo!

4. Capitals at Sharks, March 9

The Washington Capitals are a fun team filled with fun players (no, not TJ Oshie) and you’ll only get one chance to see them at SAP Center* this year. If Alex Ovechkin playing at the Shark Tank doesn’t get you excited, then you are probably Don Cherry and I don’t know why you’re reading this website.

3. Ducks at Sharks, March 18

This figures to have playoff implications, for the Sharks anyway. Randy Carlyle-destroying-the-Ducks jokes aside, this is a fun rivalry that might shape the way the Pacific Division looks at the end of the season. Plus, there’s a chance you’ll get to see Corey Perry throw a temper tantrum! Fun!

2. Penguins at Sharks, Nov. 5

You knew this was coming. The Sharks and Penguins get a little Stanley Cup Final rematch action going on — it’s a great opportunity to remind yourself you still kind of hate Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby or try to delude yourself into thinking a win equates revenge. It’ll be a good time, I promise.

1. Kings at Sharks, Oct. 12

How did this beat out the Penguins game, you ask? Pretty easily, actually. The Sharks will raise their first ever Western Conference Champions banner on opening night against the team they bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. It’ll be a night of celebrating the best season in San Jose history — hopefully it’ll be capped off with a win against the Kings.

*During the regular season