Canucks' Tortorella alters line combos after Panthers loss

TSN.ca Staff
11/21/2013 5:48:38 PM
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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella wasn't happy with his team's effort in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Florida Panthers and he's ready to go back to square one.

"We're just throwing s--- at the wall hoping something sticks," said Tortorella about the possible line combinations for Friday's game against Columbus.

The Canucks have lost five straight games and six of their last seven, leaving them in a logjam in the Pacific Division, currently sitting fifth - good for ninth in the Western Conference.

"I'm not going to sit here and...say well, this guy's doing this, that will work," said Tortorella, in his first year as Canucks bench boss.

Tortorella appears open to shuffling any of his lines, and that includes potentially splitting up the Sedin brothers. At Thursday's practice at the University of British Columbia, Henrik Sedin centred a line between Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins, while twin Daniel found himself with Ryan Kesler and Mike Santorelli. Tortorella was noncommittal, though, as to how long these changes would stay in effect or even if he would employ them in a game scenario at all.

"I'm not sure where it goes, how long it goes and we see if we can find our way," said the coach.

Friday's opponent, the Blue Jackets, have lost seven of 10 games but came away with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

John Tortorella (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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