Nick Foligno is a fan of playing against the other seven teams in the Discover Central Division because it’s a break from what the Columbus Blue Jackets captain had grown accustomed to after years in the Metropolitan Division.
“You know what, I’ve enjoyed it,” Foligno said on the “NHL @TheRink” podcast Wednesday. “I’m tired of playing the Washingtons and Pittsburghs and just having those battles on a nightly basis with those guys. It’s just nice to change it up. … It’s amazing how I don’t really know much about these teams anymore because we don’t play them as much. It’s enjoyable for me seeing some new teams, especially being in the League this long.”
Among other things, Foligno also talked with co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke about the addition of Patrik Laine and what he brings, the evolution of forward Alexandre Texier, and the benefits of playing under coach John Tortorella.
“He’s never going to stop pushing you,” Foligno said of Tortorella. “Even when you’re 35, 37 years old he’s going to find something that you can improve on to help our team. That’s the one thing too, it’s always geared toward how are we going to improve as a team? It’s not picking on you, or oh you don’t do this well. It’s, ‘No, we need you to do this well, so it helps our team have success.’ Sometimes, yeah, guys get burrs up about it, but for the most part it’s about what is going to help our team have success. It’s a reason why we’ve had success since he’s been here.
In addition, Tom Gulitti, a Washington-based staff writer for NHL.com, joined Rosen and Roarke for a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics to open the show. They touched on the potential of Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl, if not both Edmonton Oilers forwards, scoring 100 points this season, the Montreal Canadiens’ hot start, the Ottawa Senators’ struggles, Laine’s debut and more.
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