6:06PM: Tortorella said before the game about the Rangers, "You are with an organization for five years, I live in the area during the summer. I have some great friends there. The team is different now as the league is, people are coming and going, but to me it's never been, 'it's the Rangers, lets kick them. I end up seeing a lot of good friends when they come in. I spent a number of years there so it's part of me. I'm coaching another team but that is still part of me, being part of that organization and I loved coaching there. That is all I can think of. It's not being upset about something, it's good to see the guys and I got a couple of texts last night but then once you start playing you are playing." (CBJ)
2:04PM: Columbus coach John Tortorella said on Thursday that the Rangers will be "champing at the bit" on Friday against the Blue Jackets. (The Athletic)
Tortorella said that the Rangers are a "good team," have "great goaltending" and that it will be a "hard game" for his Columbus team. (The Athletic)
He added, "when you play New York, it's a stiff division game. I know that when I coached New York a lot of people follow them on the road, there will be some people in our building for them." (CBJ)
The Blue Jackets are 2-1 to start the season and have scored 8 goals and allowed 6 goals.
The Rangers that played for Tortorella that are still on the team include Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller & Chris Kreider.