Fisher wins fan award
Posted: June 3, 2013
Mike Fisher has always been a fan favorite and now he has the hardware to prove it.
Saturday night the Nashville Predators forward received the sports impact award at the inaugural K-LOVE Fan Awards.
The Christian radio network K-LOVE held its fan-voted award show in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. Awards were given to Christian performers, sports figures, movies and books.
The evening included performances by Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and TobyMac, who was named Artist of the Year.
Fisher's award was one of three non-musical awards.
The evening's hosts included Duck Dynasty's Kay, Phil, Jase and Missy Robertson.
Tough season, bright future
Posted: May 9, 2013
This was hardly the season Mike Fisher or the Nashville Predators expected when the lockout finally ended in early January.
Expectations were high and a trip to the playoffs was anticipated.
Unfortunately things rarely go as planned, especially in hockey.
"It's disappointing," said Fisher. "The good thing is we have some good young guys coming up and I think we'll be even better next year."
Fisher admits things started to unravel a little for the team during a lost Western road trip when the team failed to collect any wins and struggled to score goals.
"With it being such a short season you really couldn't afford any kind of long losing streak and we just seemed to struggle on that trip," said Fisher. "There were just too many nights where we relied on our goaltending, but you have to score some goals too."
Fisher finished the season with ten goals and 21 points, but was forced to miss a number of games down the stretch due to a hand injury.
"That was tough," admitted Fisher. "I really wanted to play, but it just wasn't the right decision, especially once we knew we had been eliminated."
Aside from the hand injury Fisher said he had been feeling great physically and looks forward to working hard over the summer and reporting for training camp.
"I'll take a little time off, but I always still do some light workouts," said Fisher. "There's a few guys that stay in Nashville and I'm sure we'll get together."
As for his off-season plans Fisher says he'll just try and relax and enjoy some of the downtime.
Datsyuk does in Preds
Posted: April 25, 2013
For 11 seasons, Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk has been a prime Predators antagonist as a division rival. His hands, his skating, his defensive presence have found different ways to sink Nashville over than span.
And it was fitting that Datsyuk was the guy who pushed the Red Wings to a 5-2 win over Nashville at Joe Louis Arena Thursday, in the last Central Division game between the two opponents, with a goal and two assists.
"That's what he does, that's why he's a great player," Predators coach Barry Trotz said with a shrug.
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Fisher to play in last game
Posted: April 23, 2013
Anyone who knows Mike Fisher knows there's nothing he hates more than missing games due to injury.
A fierce competitor by nature, Fisher has been known to play though injury and while he would have loved to help the Predators down the final stretch of the season he knew it was in his best interest to stay off the ice.
But he couldn't be happier to at least find himself back in the lineup for the final two regular season games.
Fisher had been sidelined with a hand injury and admits it was tough watching from the sidelines.
"It was just a weird injury and I knew it needed rest, but that didn't make it any easier," said Fisher. "I just wanted to be out there helping the guys out."
This was hardly the end the Predators were looking for, as the team had been hopeful for a return to the postseason, but some struggles over the course of the year will see the Predators wrap up the season Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"It's been tough, and we definitely wanted to make the playoffs, but with this being such a short season it was hard to make up ground at times," said Fisher. "I think we have lots to build on though for next year."
For now Fisher will just enjoy being back at the rink and on the ice with his teammates.