Attacking Port coach winding back clock: Demons coach

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As a former Port Adelaide player now in opposition coaching ranks, Troy Chaplin takes close interest in the Power.

And the Melbourne assistant coach reckons Port boss Ken Hinkley is winding back the clock a decade.

"If you're looking at the way they're playing this year, they're trying to move the ball a lot quicker, looking for the corridor," Chaplin said ahead of Melbourne's Friday night fixture against the Power at Adelaide Oval.

"Probably it's a little bit more circa 2013/14 when Kenny took over.

"They're playing with a lot more freedom and trying to get it in there and give their forwards some opportunities ... they have probably wound back the clock a little bit and they're playing an exciting brand."

Statistics support Chaplin's view - while his second-placed Demons are the league's highest-scorers, the Power are fifth-best.

But Hinkley will be without his tall attacking tandem of Todd Marshall (concussion) and Charlie Dixon (thigh) on Friday night.

The Power coach summoned ruckman Scott Lycett, who was dropped a month ago, to replace Brynn Teakle, while Jackon Mead has been axed with utility Darcy Byrne-Jones returning after illness.

The Demons recalled tall forward Tom McDonald for his first AFL game since round five and halfback Christian Salem with Harrison Petty (foot) and Tom Sparrow (suspension) out.

Port called on Lycett for ruck duels against Melbourne's Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy.

"It's an area that we hope to exploit, obviously we have got two genuinely talented rucks who are a huge advantage for us," Chaplin said.

"But at the same time you have got to respect the other guys ... we will make sure that our mids are switched on and give us some real ascendancy in there, but it's no no easy walk in the park especially here (in Adelaide).

"They (Port) have won six in a row now so we know that we're coming into a pretty hostile environment.

"The crowd definitely get into it here and they can cause some momentum for Port Adelaide so we need to make sure that we come with our best game."