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Sharks, Kings head outdoors in 2015

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 06 2014 02:07:05 PM CDT
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Outdoor hockey is returning to California for a second straight season, the National Hockey League announced Wednesday.

The San Jose Sharks will be the home team against the Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The game will be broadcast by NBCSN and Hockey Night in Canada.

No two teams in the NHL have played against each other more than the Sharks and Kings since the start of the 2010-11 season. They have played 41 games, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, in the past three seasons, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two postseasons.

The Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sharks in the Western Conference first round last season. Los Angeles went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.

"The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California hockey, the intensity of last season's playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi's Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "We thank the Sharks, the Kings, Coors Light, the San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium and everyone involved in producing the next episode of our Coors Light NHL Stadium Series."

The Sharks will be competing in their first outdoor game. They will become the 19th team in NHL history to play in a regular-season outdoor game.

The Kings will be playing in their second outdoor game. They lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in front of 54,099 fans at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.