Horachek took over as interim coach of the struggling Panthers on Friday after general manager Dale Tallon fired Dineen and his staff. The move came after Florida lost 4-1 to the Boston Bruins, extending its losing streak to seven games.
"He’s a no-nonsense guy, a good communicator," Tallon said of Horachek, who was coach of the Panthers' American Hockey League team, the San Antonio Rampage. "We'll give him a chance to show his wares."
The Panthers bring a 3-9-4 record with them to Canadian Tire Centre for a Saturday afternoon meeting with the Ottawa Senators, who've won two in a row and are coming off a 4-1 home victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.