Heat on Blue Jackets’ John Tortorella with Red Wings ahead

John Tortorella has coached the Columbus Blue Jackets since early in the 2015-16 season.Now there is speculation about how much longer the outspoken Tortorella will be on the Blue Jackets’ bench heading into the team’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.The Blue Jackets have been successful during Tortorella’s tenure but his message seems to be wearing thin. Columbus lost twice to Nashville over the weekend, extending its winless streak to five games.”I never worry about that,” Tortorella said of his job security. “I do my job the best I can. If people want to make decisions on me, that’s their (choice). I never worry about that. I go about my business and I’m going to coach this team the best way I possibly can.”Columbus got off to a 7-5-3 start but have gone 1-5-2 since mid-February. The offense has gone into a funk, producing just two goals over the last three games.”Throughout any season you’re going to have some rough patches,” Tortorella said.The Blue Jackets will have a little more support on Tuesday. For the first time this season, they’ll have some people cheering for them. The state of Ohio has approved 10 percent of capacity, nearly 2,000 fans, at Nationwide Arena.Columbus plays five of its next seven games at home. Perhaps that will give the Blue Jackets a spark.”Obviously, no one likes to lose, of course,” defenseman Seth Jones said. “We find ourselves in a situation that only the guys in the room can get us out of. We’ll continue to work at the things we need to do to win hockey games.”The Red Wings were missing several top players when they lost to Chicago 7-2 on Sunday.Team captain Dylan Larkin didn’t make the trip for the two-game series due to an upper-body injury. Another member of the team’s usual first line, Tyler Bertuzzi, is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

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