RALEIGH, N.C. -- When the Carolina Hurricanes face the Florida Panthers on Friday, they will look for a little more grit from the power play and a little less emphasis on style points.
The Hurricanes have fallen to 28th in the NHL with a 14.1-percent success rate on the man-advantage. They have three power-play goals in their past nine games.
"We've got to attack the net more," coach Kirk Muller said. "We're too much of a perimeter power play, looking for the nice plays and it just doesn't happen. [We need to be] more direct, have more urgency."
The Panthers also will try to shake the man-advantage blues. They enter the weekend 30th in the League at 9.1 percent. Florida comes into the game following a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.
"It's an important game for us," Muller said. "We're fresh, we're at home. We should take advantage of that [by] jumping on an opponent when they've played the night before. We want to get off to a good start. Play simple, play hard and have a lot of structure in our game."
The Panthers did not have a morning skate Friday.
Here are the probable lineups for the Panthers and Hurricanes:
Sean Bergenheim - Aleksander Barkov - Brad Boyes
Jonathan Huberdeau - Nick Bjugstad - Scottie Upshall
Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky
Shawn Matthias - Scott Gomez - Jesse Winchester
Brian Campbell - Tom Gilbert
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Ed Jovanovski – Erik Gudbranson
Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, Krys Barch, Dylan Olsen
Injured: Mike Mottau (lower body)
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Manny Malhotra - Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman - Riley Nash - Tuomo Ruutu
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Brett Bellemore - Jay Harrison
Scratched: Radek Dvorak, Mike Komisarek, Justin Peters