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Markstrom gets the start for Canucks vs. Hurricanes

Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 09: Goalie Jacob Markstrom #25 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on February 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Jacob Markstrom had 29 saves as the Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The Vancouver Canucks get to start the 2016-17 season with a set of back-to-back games as part of a four-game homestand.

Just one night after Ryan Miller stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 2-1 win (that one goal against was a weird one) he is going to get an early night off.

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins announced that backup Jacob Markstrom will get the start on Sunday night when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes.

Markstrom, acquired in the blockbuster trade that sent Roberto Luongo back to Florida a couple of years ago, was once one of the most prized goaltending prospects in the league but has since settled into more of a backup role. He was solid in that role for the Canucks last season, appearing in 33 games and recording a .915 save percentage.

Whether it’s Miller or Markstrom in net for the Canucks they are going to need both of them to play at a really high level this season if the team is going to exceed the low expectations that have been set for them this season.