No more jokes from Lack - he doesn't know how Vancouver will react

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How’s that for a crazy sports headline? It’s obviously not true, by the way. Eddie Lack’s still being himself and making people laugh.

Speaking on TSN 1040 today, one of Lack’s funnier responses came when asked if putting Roberto Luongo’s face on his mask is what’s inspired his ex-teammate’s stellar play (Luongo is on a 10-game winning streak).

“He’s playing unreal right now. He was actually very surprised when I put him on the mask,” said Lack “I don’t think he really believed it either until I showed him. He was like, ‘Are you sure about this, bud? We’re not going to be on the same team anymore.'”

Lack had another one when asked if he’s enjoying the anonymity in Carolina after being in Vancouver.

“Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. My girlfriend definitely doesn’t miss it.”

But when talking about his matchup against Markstrom tonight, Lack became more serious.

“He said we’re going to face off at centre ice after the opening face off, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen. He’s got a little bit of reach on me.”

Okay, that was a joke too.

Canucks fans will be happy to know one thing that does make Lack pause is thinking about how he’ll be received tonight.

“Obviously this is a game I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and to be honest, I’m not sure what to expect yet,” Lack said.

“Like I said yesterday, I’m not really Kesler or Bieksa or Luongo coming back so it’ll be interesting to see what’s going to happen.”

When asked if he’s an “emotional guy,” Lack responded, “Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah…”

And on how he plans to keep his emotions in check if fans start chanting his name, “I’m just going to wing it.”

Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see how fans react to the return of one of the most popular players in recent history.

Perhaps surprisingly, Marstrom led TSN 1040’s poll question asking who Canucks fans would rather have – Markstrom or Lack – for most of the day. If nothing else, it shows the city’s loyalty to its current roster players.

Still, if Lack plays like he has recently – he’s 4-0-2 in his last six starts with a .923 save percentage – you have to think they’ll break into an Eddie Eddie chant a few times over the course of the evening.

Lack spoke about that recent stretch too:

“Since the middle of December I feel like I’m getting better and better. I feel like my game’s going the right way right now. I feel comfortable with my teammates and everyone on the team, so things are starting to (come) together.”

Pretty sure that wasn’t a joke, but you can never be sure.

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