The warmups at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night will have each team looking at some familiar faces on the other end.
On one side, the New York Rangers will have former Columbus Blue Jackets Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett getting ready to face their former team for the first time. At the other end of the ice, Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov will be preparing to do the same. All six were involved in two major trades between the teams during the past 16 months; the Rangers and Blue Jackets didn't meet last season.
One key player missing among those traded will be Rick Nash, who holds most Blue Jackets scoring records. He was traded to the Rangers during the summer of 2012, but will miss his return to Columbus due to a concussion.
The Rangers started 2-6-0 but have won five of seven and come to Columbus after routing the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in New York on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets have dropped four in a row.
Here's a complete look at all the action on a busy Thursday: