John Tortorella is allowing his players to hit the snooze button on game-day mornings — provided they start on time when the puck drops at night.

Applying a healthy two-hander to the ankles of hockey routine, the Blue Jackets coach no longer will require his team to show up at the rink on mornings of a game. Tortorella wants his players mentally and physically fresh during the course of an 82-game grind.

He enacted similar policy in previous coaching stops, but he becomes the first Blue Jackets bench boss to use it as a rule of thumb.

The coach said he is trying it on an experimental basis — beginning Tuesday ahead of a game against the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena — for at least the remainder on the month. The Jackets (7-4-2) have played a league-low 13 games, but their schedule is about to get much busier.

“We bring them in here one time a day on practice days, but on game days we bring them in twice,”

Tortorella said. “It doesn’t make any sense. With our schedule coming up the way it is, we are trying to get our guys out of the building as much as we can.”