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Deep Blue Sea: Schedule changes and late starts

If you’re an out-of-market fan — particularly those of us in the Eastern time zone — the San Jose Sharks’ 7:30 p.m. local starts mean late nights waiting for the final horn to sound.

The 7:30 p.m. start serves a purpose in the bustling Bay Area in prior seasons, allowing fans enough time to get into SAP Center prior to puck drop. But this season, without the pressure of a sold-out crowd, the Sharks have been the only team to hang on to regular 7:30 p.m. starts. Both the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks have typically started their home games at 7 p.