Mike Santorelli says he’s not getting too caught up in playing the Florida Panthers, his former NHL club, on Tuesday.

The coach is gone and so are a lot of the players, but channelling his 2010-11 season — when Santorelli scored 20 goals — doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

The Canucks, for the most part, are doing all the things that got them off to an 11-5-2 start to the season, but have lost their last four games.

The difference? Early on, the shots were going in. Lately, they’re not.

The Canucks’ shot attempts put them in the top half-dozen in the NHL, but heading into Monday’s games they are ranked 14th in the standings, though in a five-way tie for 10th.

It’s not hard to put together a list of Canucks who are mired in goalscoring slumps when a goal here or there could have made a difference in a particular game. Which brings us back to Santorelli, who would be at or near the top of such a list — with just one goal in his last 17 games.

Not that Santorelli hasn’t been making things happen, but the bottom line hasn’t been there. Same with the Canucks, who’ve outshot their opponents in three of the last four games but still managed to lose them all. In Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars, it was a great goaltending performance by Dallas’s Kari Lehtonen, and a dubious disallowed goal.

“I think we’re getting pucks to the net, we’re getting on the forecheck,” said Santorelli on Monday following practice. “We’ve just got to continue to do that. We’ve got to believe they are going to go in in bunches.”

It appeared from practice that head coach John Tortorella will make some significant changes to his forward lines, and Santorelli looks to benefit from one of them. He’ll line up with Ryan Kesler — for the first time — on the second line, apparently at centre, but was playing coy about it on Monday.

“Hopefully, we can create more offence and get some more chemistry going,” said Santorelli. “I think we both can play (centre). He’s good on draws, we can talk about it.”

The changes also put Jannik Hansen back to the third line with centre Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian.

Winger David Booth was skating with a fourth line that mixed among five players, including the returning Dale Weise, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Tom Sestito.

Santorelli — an off-season free agency signing with so little leverage he had to sign a two-way deal — has been the Canucks’ most pleasant surprise. But he’s scored 20 goals just once in his career, so it’s clearly unreasonable to expect him to produce at a rate remotely like his four goals in the first five games of this season.

Richardson has one goal in his last 11 games, but his five goals so far is nothing but a bonus for a defensive centre who plays some of the Canucks’ toughest minutes.

Alex Burrows has no goals in 10 games — including nine straight since coming back from a fractured foot, but he’s back with the Sedins and hit a post in Sunday’s loss.

“I think every year I’ve had a slump at some point,” said Burrows. “I’m getting Grade A chances. ... I feel like we’re doing a lot of good things. We’re right there. If a few of those pucks find a way to go in, we win the game.”