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FRISCO, Texas -- Former division rivals Anaheim and Dallas are both ready to start the 2016-17 season on Thursday night at American Airlines Center and look forward to doing so for similar reasons. Walt Tkaczuk Jersey .The Ducks won the Pacific Division title last season with 103 points but lost in the first round of the playoffs to Nashville, a stinging seven-game defeat that was a big reason why coach Bruce Boudreau was fired after the season.Randy Carlyle, who has the most wins in franchise history and led the Ducks to win the Stanley Cup in 2007 during his previous stint in Anaheim, returns for a second go-around in SoCal.And after a tough training camp, Ducks regulars like defenseman Cam Fowler are ready to kick off the second Carlisle era in Anaheim.Weve all come together for the last month or so and gotten through a tough training camp, Fowler told the teams website on Wednesday. Its an exciting time and hopefully the start of good things to come.Its a similar story for Dallas, which won the Central Division last season, the Stars first division title since 2008 and was the top seed in the Western Conference.The Stars also won their first playoff series since 2008, eliminating the Minnesota Wild in six games in the opening round before falling to division rivals St. Louis in seven games in the conference semifinals, a series punctuated by a 6-1 loss in Game 7 in Dallas on May 11.But any thought about that disappointing defeat lingering with the Stars to start this season is misguided, according to Dallas forward Patrick Eaves.Thats in the past and we just have to worry about whats in front of us, Eaves said. Its exciting to get ready to start a new season. Well be ready to go. It should be another good year, but were looking for another good start.Dallas, who led the NHL with 267 goals last season, heads into the season with injuries already being a factor.Cody Eakin, who centered the Stars top line for much of last season, is out until at least mid-November with a knee issue. Veteran forward Ales Hemsky, who had 39 points last season, will miss the first few games with a groin injury.And even with key offensive cogs Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin both missing time during preseason, the Ducks know that the Stars mentality remains a simple yet effective one.They like to play that track-meet game, Carlyle told the media after practice on Wednesday in Dallas. If you allow them to continually enter with speed, youre going to be in trouble. They can put the puck in the net and play at a high pace.Their defensemen like to join the rush. We cant allow their defensemen to be consistently up the ice. Thats creating havoc for us.Both teams were active in the offseason, but the Ducks made more moves. In June, Anaheim traded goaltender Frederik Andersen to Toronto and then acquired Jonathan Bernier from the Maple Leafs in July.The Ducks also added veteran forwards Jared Boll, Mason Raymond and Antoine Vermette along with defensemen Nate Guenin and Jeff Schultz while re-signing Sami Vatanen to a multiyear contract.Anaheim is currently at an impasse in negotiations with defenseman Hampus Lindholm and forward Rickard Rakell, who are not with the team, creating a noticeable void.Despite all the changes the Ducks made to their roster this summer and fall, Stars coach Lindy Ruff has coached against Carlyle enough to know exactly how he likes his teams to approach each game.Well, (theyre) tough teams to play against, (have) real good structure, Ruff said. We really feel that the chances will be limited. Were going to have to use our speed to try to get in behind that defense.Were going to have to win our share of one-on-one battles down low to create opportunities because theyll be a tough team once theyre inside their own end.Dallas made only a few changes to its roster from last season, notably in the back end, where Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski and Kris Russell all departed and Dan Hamhuis came in. The Stars also added veteran forwards Jiri Hudler and Lauri Korpikoski.After experiencing several offseasons earlier in Ruffs tenure where plenty of changes were made, Benn likes looking across the dressing room and now seeing continuity in the form of plenty of familiar faces.Weve got a good group in here and I think we made another step last year, but its a whole new year, Benn said. I dont think were going to be a surprise to anyone anymore. Teams know how good this team is. Its just up to us to back it up, have that same killer instinct and mentality that were going to go far every year, were going to be a tough team to play against and a tough team to beat. Andy Bathgate Jersey . LOUIS -- The New Orleans Saints looked like a team playing out the string. James Patrick Jersey .R. Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore. http:///...-mark-messier-jersey . -- Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville. LINCOLN, Neb. -- This weeks game at No. 11 Wisconsin couldnt come at a better time, as far as Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is concerned.The Cornhuskers are 7-0, ranked No. 7 -- and have been doubted at every turn.We have a lot of critics about whether we really are good or not, Armstrong said Monday. This is what we work for. This is one of the great teams in our conference, and a lot of people are saying this is the determining factor of whether we go to the Big Ten championship or not.If Nebraska wins Saturday night, it would improve to 5-0 in the Big Ten and have a minimum of a full-game lead over Northwestern in the West, in addition to its head-to-head victory over the Wildcats.The Badgers (5-2, 2-2) would have their division hopes take a huge hit if they lose.Nebraskas only win over Wisconsin since joining the Big Ten five years ago was in 2012 in Lincoln, and that result was all but forgotten two months later when the Badgers beat the Huskers 70-31 in the Big Ten championship game.In fact, three of the four losses to the Badgers have been blowouts. The last time Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, in 2014, Melvin Gordon ran for a then-NCAA record 408 yards and the Badgers came back from a 17-3 deficit to win 59-24. Bo Pelini was fired two weeks and a day later.Last year in Lincoln, Wisconsins Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 46-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to beat Nebraska 23-21.The past means little to second-year coach Mike Riley.This is the 2016 Husker team, he said.Nebraska has won its two road games this season. There was a big Nebraska fan contingent at Northwestern, and the atmosphere at Indiana was gentle. Camp Randall will be an entirely different story.We have to win on the road if we want to be that team we want to be, Riley said. Weve done that twice, and now its going to be a bigger, tougher environment. Mats Zuccarello Jersey. . As we all know, the more you win, the bigger the games get. This will be a great game that way.The Huskers have drawn skeptics because of the unimpressive fashion in which theyve beaten what should have been overmatched opponents. Theyve come back from halftime deficits three times, including this past week against a Purdue team that had just fired its coach.Riley said his offense must become more consistent. On first-down plays, the Huskers are averaging 4.65 yards per rush to rank 67th nationally and completing 49 percent of their passes to rank 117th. Whether because of a missed block or another mistake, they have been prone to blowing chances to break big plays. Though the Huskers are third in the Big Ten in total offense, at 447 yards a game, their average has slipped to 397 over the last three games.Part of the reason has been injuries. Riley said he expects tackles Nick Gates and David Knevel to play. Each has a bad ankle. Gates played the entire Purdue game on his, and Knevel left early from a third straight game. Receiver Jordan Westerkamp (back) will play for the first time since Oct. 1, and tight end Cethan Carter (elbow) will remain out.Weve been in a whole bunch of hard games, and Ive loved our team and how weve competed, Riley said. Even though it hasnt always been pretty, this team has fought. I expect nothing different. I expect a real competitive game.So does Armstrong.We need to get a test like this to see how well we do, he said. Our team is excited for it. Were looking forward to going up there and getting a win.---Online:AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org Wholesale Authentic JerseysWholesale NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticCheap Jerseys 2018Cheap Nike NFL JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2020Jerseys From China ' ' '