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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes dont mind the hard work and extra time, but they would like to start making it easier on themselves.Another chance to do that comes Sunday when the struggling New Jersey Devils visit PNC Arena.At some point when we get playing at home, we have to take advantage of that, Carolina coach Bill Peters said.Both teams are coming off Saturday night road games with different results.It turned out to be a late, yet successful night for the Hurricanes, who won in a shootout at Nashville.The Devils are trying to salvage something from a three-game Southern road swing. They lost 4-3 in overtime at Florida before Saturday nights 4-1 setback at Tampa Bay.The teams might benefit from the extra hour because of the time change.New Jersey has yet to post a victory on the road.Its always better and easier when you start (playing better) from the beginning, said Devils forward Pavel Zacha, pointing out one of the themes of slow starts to games involving New Jersey.Devils coach John Hynes said some rallies have been encouraging, but its not the best route to take and its not something that can be relied on.It builds some confidence, it can do that, Hynes said.The Hurricanes are looking for ways to produce better beginnings of games as well, particularly after some miserable shifts in Nashville.We knew that was as bad as it was going to get, defenseman Ron Hainsey said of a stretch in the first period.That has led to issues with low scoring and even though it worked out against Nashville that wont always be the case.If you keep scoring one goal (its not enough), Hainsey said. No matter how you do it, youre going to have to score two or three to win consistently.Peters said he intended to use both goalies this weekend, so that would mean going with Eddie Lack against the Devils.But Peters also likes to stick with a hot goalie and Cam Ward was strong Saturday night.He gave us a chance to get our feet underneath us, especially early, he said. Obviously, 3-for-3 in the shootout, which is huge.Sundays game marks the first time this season Carolina plays on back-to-back days.You have to show up every day no matter what happened the previous day and try to get better, Hurricanes center Jordan Staal said. Its a matter of fine tuning things and continuing to get better.If Devils defenseman Andy Greene plays Sunday, he will set the club record with his 322nd consecutive game.For Carolina forward Lee Stempniak, its the pursuit of a new milestone because he played in his 800th career NHL game Saturday night.This will be only the third home game for the Hurricanes, who opened with a two-week road schedule because of the North Carolina State Fair that takes place near the arena.This wraps up a three-game road trip for the Devils. The teams meet again Tuesday night in Newark, N.J. Nike Vapormax Plus Australia . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. 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Nike Epic React Flyknit Australia INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson spent another offseason investing heavily in Andrew Lucks protection plan.After four preseason games, its unclear what the payoff will be.The problems that ruined last seasons big plans resurfaced during an exhibition loss to Philadelphia when Luck was sacked three times and hit three more times in the first half. Fortunately for Indy, Luck avoided getting hurt.But everyone in the organization knows that must change quickly if the Colts are going to make a playoff push in 2016.Weve had some line issues. Theres nothing that we can do about it, Pagano said after Thursdays preseason finale, referring to injuries. We have to get healthy, and healthy in a hurry.There is hope. The Colts expect some growing pains because theyve plugged in two new starters -- rookie center Ryan Kelly and right guard Denzelle Good, a second-year player.Meanwhile, right tackle Joe Reitz (back) and left guard Jack Mewhort (knee) have been battling injuries. Its unclear whether either will be ready for Sundays opener against Detroit, but both should be back before the end of September.The concern is this: If the line doesnt improve soon, Luck could again pay a steep price.Pagano, Grigson and team owner Jim Irsay all know that keeping Luck healthy and upright remains the teams top priority, especially after Luck signed a record-breaking six-year, $140 million contract in June. Thats why they used four draft picks on linemen, including Kelly in the first round.Throughout training camp, there were promising signs.The results, however, havent changed much. After averaging 3.6 yards per carry in 2015, they averaged 2.7 in the preseason. And after allowing 37 sacks last season, they gave up in the first three preseason games.While Pagano, Grigson and Irsay cringe with every hit Luck takes, the franchise quarterback doesnt seem to mind.I feel like I played a half of football, he said two days after the pounding he took against Philadelphia. It feels good. I think its almost important to get hit a little in the preseason for your body to get used to what its like on a Monday after a game. I feel pretty good.Here are some other things to watch this season:COPING WITH INJURIES: The Colts arent just hurting on the offensive line. Indys top five cornerbacks all missed Thuursdays preseason finale at Cincinnati and lost another, Tevin Mitchell (hamstring), on Thursday.dddddddddddd. The spate of injuries forced the Colts to make some adjustments on their final roster, and Pagano still isnt sure who might play Sunday. Regardless, its certainly not a good omen to be this banged up this early.MANUFACTURED RUSH: New defensive coordinator Ted Monachino is looking for more consistency in the pass rush this season. Sure, at age 35, Robert Mathis remains one of the leagues most feared sack artists. But Monachino needs other players to complement Mathis. The Colts didnt add any notable pass rushers in free agency, and the draft picks might not be ready to make a major impact just yet. So expect Monachino to be aggressive with blitzes and stunts.STREAK BUSTER: Running back Frank Gore still is steamed he finished last season with 967 yards. Perhaps the Colts should be more upset. Since 2008, Gore has topped the 1,000-yard mark six times -- a span in which Indy has produced zero 1,000-yard runners. Indy also starts this season trying to snap a 50-game streak without a 100-yard rusher -- the longest drought in the NFL in nearly two decades. The 33-year-old Gore hopes to defy the odds by ending both streaks this year.ALLEN TOWN: Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski hasnt dropped many hints about the new offense. And while he stayed pretty vanilla in the preseason, the conventional wisdom is the tight ends will play a more prominent role in 2016. Thats great news for Dwayne Allen, who signed a four-year, $29.4 million contract in March. Allen has been slowed by injuries during his first four seasons and was overshadowed by Coby Fleener. With Fleener in New Orleans, Allen becomes the primary tight end -- and could have a breakout year.FAST START: Since 2012, Pagano is 1/3 in Week 1 and has started 0-2 each of the past two seasons. Coupled with Indys continually sluggish starts last season, Pagano changed things up at camp. He pushed them harder and faster, gave players fewer rest days and reiterated the need to start fast in September -- and each week. Will the new emphasis work? 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