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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks know plenty about the goaltender that they will face Sunday night -- but not much else about the Carolina Hurricanes. Cheap Nuggets Jerseys .Eddie Lack, who spent five seasons with the Canucks organization, will start in goal for the Hurricanes (0-1-0) as they visit the Canucks (1-0-0) at Rogers Arena. But the Western Conference-based Canucks seldom battle the Eastern Conference-based Hurricanes due to the NHLs imbalanced schedule.So Canucks winger Jannik Hansen needed only one word to describe what he knows about the Canes.Nothing, said Hansen on Saturday night. Maybe if Eddie Lack is in net, I know a little bit about them.He and the Canucks will soon discover that the Hurricanes are a young, fast offensively talented team considered to be on the rise -- and, sometimes, they have decent goaltending. Lack will make his first start of the season as the Hurricanes try to make amends for a season-opening loss to the Jets in Winnipeg on Thursday.Cam Ward will back him up after playing in Winnipeg.Im very, very excited, Lack told The Vancouver Province after the Hurricanes skated in Vancouver on Saturday. Just being back and seeing old friends, and getting the season going for me.As a team, the Hurricanes are not feeling that good about their season opener. Carolina squandered a 4-1 third-period lead before bowing 5-4 in overtime to the Jets.Lack will be looked upon to help his team tighten up defensively. That might not be difficult against the low-scoring Canucks, who won their season opener Saturday by edging the Calgary Flames 2-1 on former Hurricane Brandon Sutters winning goal in overtime.Although the Hurricanes have had a couple days of rest in Vancouver, the Canucks will be playing their second of back-to-back home games as they attempt to get off to a strong start at home.Its a quick turnaround, Hansen said. Lets get these back-to-backs out of the way early in the season when you are still feeling fresh and clear in the head.Hansen will try to beat the loquacious Lack on the ice after trading barbs with him in the dressing room during the goaltenders two full seasons with the Canucks before he was traded to Carolina prior to the 2015-16 season.Lack, who also spent three seasons with Vancouvers farm teams while getting occasional call-ups, will also try to get the upper hand on old friend and fellow Swede Jakob Markstrom, who will make his first start in goal this season for the Canucks.After being acquired from Florida in 2013-14 as part of the Roberto Luongo trade, Markstrom toiled mainly in the minors while he and Lack were in the Canucks organization together.But even after Lack played reasonably well in 41 stars in 2014-15, Vancouver general manager Jim Benning decided to send him to the Hurricanes in the offseason.Lack will make his second appearance against the Canucks since he was sent packing in exchange for a pair of 2015 and 2016 draft picks. A strong showing against the Canucks could launch his bid for more consistency this season.Lack went 1-4-1, with a 3.28 goals against average and a .874 save percentage, in his first seven appearances with Carolina in 2015-16. He rebounded to finish with a 12-14-6 record. But the numbers paled in comparison to the 34-30-9 mark, 2.43 goals against average and .917 save percentage that he posted in two seasons as a full-fledged member of the Canucks.The start I had last year was horrendous, he told The Vancouver Province. I feel like Ive done a good job this summer, putting everything behind me. I feel like Im ready to go.Lack prepared for the start by digesting some tacos Saturday afternoon. He became known for his love of the traditional Mexican dish during his days in Vancouver. So he had tacos waiting for his teammates after they finished their practice.They asked if I could order something, Lack told The Vancouver Province. Obviously, I had to order that -- right?If Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton has his way, the Canucks will dish out a strong effort against the Hurricanes.We know they are a good team, Hutton told reporters. Theyve got some good players and they are fast. We are going to have to come prepared.Hutton, a second-year rearguard who joined the Canucks after Lack left, is also known for his easy going nature. But he was stressing the need for self-discipline.Back-to-back, we have to come out of the gate strong, he said. Its a lot about us, not really them. We have to control us and stick to our systems and stay within our structure and it should be fine.Accordingly, he was not willing to allow his teammates to let the possibility of fatigue from two games in as many nights enter their heads.Its going to be tough, but its also good, said Hutton. You get right into it. There should be no excuses for being tired. Cheap Nuggets Jerseys China . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. Cheap Nuggets Jerseys Authentic . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. . -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.England captain Eoin Morgan says his World Twenty20 squad is a different proposition to teams that flopped badly in the past. England begin their campaign on Wednesday against the unpredictable West Indies in Mumbai, with Morgan bullish about the countrys chances.The Middlesex man was at the crease when England won the competition in 2010, still the countrys only major piece of ICC silverware. They reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup, but since then have not made an impression, embarrassingly bundled out of last years World Cup at the group stage.Of the 15 men on duty in India, six are contesting their first major tournament and just six others were at the last World Cup. Nick Knights Group 1 guide Who are England up against in India? I think this feels different, Morgan said on the eve of match. Weve a different group of players. Its a new energy.Its an exciting time for English cricket given the talent that we have in our group, and the attitude in taking the game to the opposition. It certainly feels different in that regard. England will be looking to get their World T20 campaign off with a win when they face the West Indies on Wednesday Were a developing side, a young side, and I think the more experience that we gain the smarter the cricket well play. I think in this tournament playing an aggressive brand of cricket and being brave, but playing smart cricket along the way, is part and parcel of it.Ten shirts appear to be accounted for in Englands first-choice XI, with the only debate seemingly between Yorkshire pair Liam Plunkett and David Willey for the final seamers slot. David Willey got a hat-trick against his England team-mates as he played for a Mumbai team to get some practice Plunkett was preferred for the warm-up win over New Zealand, conceding 19 runs off one disappointing over, while Willey took a hat-trick against his own team when he was inserted into a local Mumbai XI. Cheap Denver Nuggets Jerseys. ou can keep guessing, Morgan said. Plunkett is an important player in the squad, with his extra bit of height and different trajectory to everyone else.Wills swings it up front, comes back into middle and bowls change-ups. He has a canny knack of taking wickets and thats something weve struggled doing for a while. Thats one of his strengths. Liam Plunkett is vying with Willey for a place in England team Whoever earns the nod will know they face some explosive players in the West Indies line-up, with Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy all capable of brutal hitting.They have a number of dangerous players, the West Indies have been a strong side in the past, he said of the 2012 winners. They have a number of individual players who are very strong. But its important for us as a young talented side to focus on what we do best. Chris Gayle has a T20 international strike-rate of 142.59 The first game is a tough game, but certainly its not the be all and end all. Its not about getting out of the traps early and playing your best game first up. Its about pacing yourself, picking up confidence and putting in performances when they really matter.Sky Sports is the only place you can watch all 35 games in 27 days of the 2016 ICC World T20. Or watch from £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. 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