John Tortorella doesn’t look at statistics or standings or what challenges the opposition brings on any given night.
For him it’s all about prepping the Vancouver Canucks. That’s fine. But the coach may want to peek at the packed Pacific Division that looks more crowded than an interstate freeway at rush hour. The top three teams advance to the playoffs and with two wild-card berths in the conference, as many as five could advance from the Pacific Division.
“I don’t even know what the playoff stuff is — I don’t even care right now,” Tortorella said when told his club is fourth and on pace for 107 points. “I don’t even look. I just think if you’re taking care of your business on that particular day and not let anything slip, you’re going to be OK.”
The division derby has certainly caught the attention of Roberto Luongo. The Canucks open a four-game road trip here tonight against the 10-3-2 Phoenix Coyotes who sport the NHL’s fourth-ranked offence including seven players in double