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Get to Know a Blue Jacket: Nick Foligno

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As part of the build-up to the first-round playoff series between the Capitals and the Blue Jackets, Japers' Rink will be looking at some of the important Jackets players and how they might impact the series.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foligno

#71 / Center

Height: 6’0” | Weight: 205 | Born: October 31, 1987

Birthplace: Buffalo, NY, USA | Acquired: Traded to Columbus by Ottawa for Marc Methot, July 1, 2012.

Assets: Displays outstanding work ethic and grit. Has all-around ability and a willingness to learn and improve. Pays the price to put up offensive numbers. Can play anywhere needed, and any role. Is a natural leader, too.

Flaws: Lacks a little consistency from game to game, including in the physical department. Is not as gifted as his father Mike in terms of scoring goals in the NHL, nor is he as big (and imposing) as his brother Marcus.

Career Potential: Excellent, versatile scoring forward.

(Via The Hockey News)

Why You Should Know Who He Is: Well for one, he’s scored 20 points against Washington in 34 career games, good enough for hish fifth highest total against any team in the League, although the Caps have held him off the scoreboard in three engagement this season. Foligno will also be returning to the Blue Jacket’s lineup on Thursday night for game 1, after taking some time off in the second half of the season to nurse a lower body injury. All in all, it’s been a down year for Foligno who, even accounting for missed time, is only 11th on the team in 5v5 P/60, and 12th in P1/60 despite drawing in with some pretty talented most-frequent linemates in Artemi Panarin and Alexander Wennberg.

How the Caps Can Stop Him: Well, they did a pretty good job of it during the regular season, and that involved serving Foligno a tablespoon of John Carlson and Christian Djoos in addition to the Kuznetsov line (though it’s worth noting that Foligno enjoyed an easy possession advantage). In fact, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were the only two Washington skaters who saw a season possession advantage over Foligno. Meanwhile, Jay Beagle surrendered 19 shot attempts while Foligno was on the ice, and generated only two. So, if nothing else, maybe the Foligno line draws a top-6 matchup, eh?