Ottawa Senators winger Nick Foligno wants his kid brother, Marcus, to continue to shine with Buffalo, but there are limits to his brotherly pride.
“They’re on a magical run right now,” Nick said.
“They’re playing right at the right time. They’ve got a lot of bodies back (from injuries). I’m proud of Marcus. He has done a great job of helping that team, and coming in and giving them energy.
“Sometimes, a young kid can come in and energize a whole group. He’s playing hungry. I really don’t like to see them playing well, because they’re pushing up our bums, but I am happy for Marcus and the opportunity he’s getting, and I hope he makes the most out of it.”
Marcus Foligno, recalled from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, has six goals and four assists in nine games. He has a plus/minus rating of plus nine during that stretch.
So, does Nick want Marcus to play in the playoffs?
“As long as we make the playoffs, I would be happy for Marcus,” he said. “He’s my brother and I would be excited for the opportunity for him to play in the playoffs. That’s every player’s dream.
“It’s pretty impressive to see their run right now and they’ve done well, but I’m more worried about how we’re playing and what we’re doing.”
BISHOP MAKING STRIDES
Injured Senators goaltender Ben Bishop is hoping to be back skating this weekend and is optimistic he’ll see game action before the regular season ends. While Bishop wasn’t specific about what the team has described as the “lower body” injury he suffered during Saturday’s 8-4 win over Pittsburgh, it’s believed to be a groin injury.
“It’s feeling better, it’s moving along faster than we thought,” Bishop said. “It’s nothing serious, nothing bad.”
Bishop says he’s never had a similar issue, but he acknowledges he felt something early in the game that progressively got worse.
SENATORS SIGN WIDEMAN
Chris Wideman, drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (100th overall) of the NHL entry draft way back in 2009, has signed a two-year deal with the club. Wideman has just completed his four-year college career with the University of Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. He scored 12 goals and 83 assists in 161 career games, third most in school history. Wideman scored four goals and 20 assists during the 2011-12 season.