It's not every day that two brothers get a chance to play against one another in the NHL.
Marcus Foligno will get the chance to do just that tonight when his Buffalo Sabres play Nick Foligno's Columbus Blue Jackets.
Foligno's style is a physical one, and says that he plans to treat Nick no different than any other opponent.
"Family and friends are all here, so it's going to be fun tonight," Foligno said after Buffalo's morning skate. "It's always fun playing your brother and I think it's just the competition from when we were younger, it always boils over. You've got to treat him like he's another opponent and that's how we look at it."
Foligno is coming off of a season-debut where he landed seven hits and also found himself in a fight, and says Nick will feel the brunt of his force if he's given the chance.
"He knows to keep his head up," Foligno said with a smile. "But at the same time, I've got to be careful that I don't over-commit because he's a pretty shifty player. He's fast too and he's got good hands. It's fun, it's always good to trash talk. It's definitely something we've always done when we were younger. There's always been a couple of times where someone ended up with a bloody nose or something. So we'll see what happens tonight."
While Foligno was all smiles when talking about competing against his brother and possibly getting a little rough against him, Sabres fans are doing anything but smiling lately. Buffalo has yet to win a game this season, and the team is looking at Foligno to provide a similar spark that he did on Tuesday, when Buffalo earned its first point of the season.
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