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An offseason coaching change has helped the Florida Panthers reach the top of the Southeast Division.
The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping an in-season one will help them climb out of last place.
Kirk Muller makes his debut as Hurricanes coach Tuesday night when these division rivals meet for the first time in 2011-12.
Under first-year coach Kevin Dineen, Florida (12-7-4) has emerged as the surprising early Southeast leader as it attempts to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
The Panthers were likely taking notice Monday on a day of upheaval in the division. Washington replaced Bruce Boudreau with Dale Hunter while Carolina (8-13-4) got rid of Paul Maurice in favor of Muller.
Muller's first NHL head coaching job begins with a slumping team that has made one playoff appearance since 2006, and has lost 10 of 13 games.
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