GAME: Florida Panthers (20-24-11-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (17-27-11-2).
TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.
Being short on talent hasn't helped the Florida Panthers. Having their
opponents short-handed on the ice hasn't been much fun either.
The Panthers, who may again be without star forward Valeri Bure, will look
to be more responsible on the ice when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at
the RBC Center.
Florida allowed its ninth short-handed goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to
Tampa Bay on Saturday. Only league-worst Pittsburgh, lowly Chicago and Boston
have allowed more short-handed goals than the Panthers.
"Every game it seems that other team gets chances on the PK," said Florida
goaltender Roberto Luongo, who stopped 33 shots against the Lightning. "We've
got to adjust somehow. It's not normal that we have let nine short-handed goals
against this year."
Bure, who leads the team with 38 points, is listed as day-to-day with a
Mathieu Biron and Mike Van Ryn did their part to make up for Bure's absence
on Saturday, scoring the Florida goals.
The Panthers, who trail the New York Islanders by nine points in the race
for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, are playing the second game of a
six-game road trip.
Carolina is coming in off a 4-1 loss to New Jersey on Saturday, dropping its
record to 9-15-3 since Peter Laviolette replaced Paul Maurice as coach.
"We were appalling from the time they dropped the puck to the time the
buzzer finally blew and we were able to exit the ice," Laviolette said.
"I'm talking about the effort that you put forth in the game and the
preparation you put forth in the game. There was absolutely none. Zero."
Hurricanes center Rod Brind'Amour missed the game with a strained left
elbow. His status is day-to-day.
Carolina is already without Justin Williams, who will be out for about six
weeks after breaking his left wrist in a 3-3 tie with Washington on Thursday.
The Hurricanes are beginning a three-game homestand.