RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes will try to break a scoring drought that has resulted in back-to-back shutout losses against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames when they face the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
To address their scoring issues the Hurricanes have reunited Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, the team's top line from last season. This season the trio has combined for 22 goals through 46 games; last season they had 54.
"I just want them to be one of our hardest working lines. That's all," coach Kirk Muller said Saturday morning. "They're capable of scoring and making plays. But if they put the work ethic into it -- discipline, short shifts and play hard -- hey, they might score this weekend, they might not. But when it finally kicks in, they've got the chemistry to be a very potent line."
The Panthers did not skate Saturday and are coming off a 3-0 home loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
Here are the projected lineups for the Panthers and Hurricanes:
Tomas Fleischmann - Nick Bjugstad - Scottie Upshall
Sean Bergenheim - Aleksander Barkov - Brad Boyes
Jonathan Huberdeau - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky
Jimmy Hayes - Drew Shore - Shawn Matthias
Brian Campbell - Tom Gilbert
Erik Gudbranson - Ed Jovanovski
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Scratched: Scott Gomez, Mike Mottau, Krys Barch
Injured: Jesse Winchester (bruised hand), Alex Petrovic (upper body), Dylan Olsen (lower body)
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Patrick Dwyer
Jeff Skinner - Elias Lindholm - Tuomo Ruutu
Manny Malhotra - Riley Nash - Radek Dvorak
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Jay Harrison - Mike Komisarek
Scratched: Brett Bellemore, Ryan Murphy
Injured: Cam Ward (lower body), Drayson Bowman (lower body)