Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30: Head coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 30, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
John Tortorella has got at least one thing right. Obviously it’s not the power play. It’s his emphasis on striving to win every game, every point, even if it means Mike Santorelli gets more ice time than Sidney Crosby and the Sedins get more than your average woolly mammoth. The Canucks have played a quarter of their season and it’s gone better than expected. They’ve clobbered the east (7-3-1) and had their most successful road trip in team history (5-1-1). They have just about every player — save David Booth, Jason Garrison and Alex Burrows — close to meeting expectations, or surpassing them. Yet, they are fifth in the Pacific Division, and ninth in the west, in winning percentage (at .600). This making the playoffs thing is going to be complicated. How would you answer this brain teaser: What’s more likely this season, the Canucks win the division or miss the playoffs? The NHL has managed to do the impossible with its realignment. It’s made the regular season matter again i...
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