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Tuesday, October 8th (All times Eastern)

Florida Panthers (1-1-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - An 0-3 start to the season was all the Philadelphia Flyers needed to see before sending head coach Peter Laviolette packing.

The Flyers hope the Craig Berube era can get off to a better start when Philadelphia host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Laviolette was fired just three games into the season after his team failed to gain a point in those outings. It's the quickest coaching change in the NHL since 1969 when the Detroit Red Wings replaced Bill Gadsby after two games. More recently, the Chicago Blackhawks fired Denis Savard after a 1-2-1 start to the 2008-09 season.

The Flyers played their last game under Laviolette on Sunday, when they were dealt a 2-1 loss in Carolina. That's when Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren decided to the pull the plug on Laviolette, who had been the club's head coach since December 2009 and led the Flyers to a surprising Stanley Cup Finals appearance later that season.

"I made the decision (Sunday) night on the plane," said Holmgren on Monday. "I did not like the direction the team was heading, so we made the change. It was a gut feeling on my part."

The Flyers hired Berube to take over for Laviolette and he'll make his NHL head coaching debut on Tuesday. Berube had just begun his seventh season as a Flyers assistant and is in his 17th overall campaign with the organization. He was a player from 1986-91 and again from 1998-2000, and also served as head coach of the club's AHL affiliate.

"I'm excited to have Craig coach the Philadelphia Flyers," Holmgren stated. "Craig is one of the smartest hockey guys I've ever been around. He demands respect, he's a no BS kind of guy."

Berube's first task will be to get the Flyers' struggling offense on track. Philadelphia has scored only three times in three games this season, posting a goal in each contest.

"We have some work to do," added Holmgren. "I'm not going to let the players off the hook. Things have to get better and they will."

Luke Schenn scored Philadelphia's lone goal on Sunday and Steve Mason was solid in defeat with 32 saves for the Flyers, who have gone 0-3 to start the season for the second consecutive year.

While the Panthers may not be ready to fire head coach Kevin Dineen just yet, it could get to that point if Florida has many outings like its last one.

Florida played Saturday night in St. Louis and was routed by a 7-0 score. The Blues led 1-0 after the first period before tallying four times in the second and twice more in the final stanza.

Tim Thomas, who signed with Florida just prior to the start of the regular season after taking all of last year off, allowed five goals on 28 shots in defeat. Jacob Markstrom took over between the pipes and gave up a pair of goals on six shots.

"We just never did anything to break their momentum once they finally got it," Thomas said.

Despite having seven power-play opportunities on Saturday, Florida still only managed to send 19 shots at Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

"We all have to take ownership in this one," Dineen told his team's website. "It was a butt kicking. We have to move on, get ready for the next one."

The Panthers are beginning this season on a four-game road trip. Florida will close the swing Thursday at Tampa Bay.

Florida won two of three meetings with the Flyers last season, but Philadelphia has taken six of nine overall in this series. The Panthers have won three straight and four of their last five games in the City of Brotherly Love.

10/08 10:47:08 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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