After posting career-high numbers in goals (25) and points (53) last season Mike Fisher is anxious to get back to work this year and pick-up where he left off.
Fisher could have some familiar company on his left and right side as Alex Kovalev and Nick Foligno or Peter Regin line-up alongside forming the Senators second line.
Fisher spent parts of last season playing with all three players and says he would be more than happy to find himself looking at familiar faces.
Senators fans may have had a bit of a scare earlier this week when Fisher left practice with what was described as a minor groin pull, but after a couple of days rest Fisher will return to the Senators lineup Wednesday night when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I felt pretty good the first game, and good in practice and while the groin's given me a little bit of trouble I don’t think it's anything serious," said Fisher. "I think it's just your body getting used to the day-to-day stuff again."
Now in his 11th season and 30 years of age Fisher says he tries not to focus so much on the numbers of the game as much as making consistent contributions.
"Sometimes you can think too much about (the numbers)," he says. "I know there's room for me to do better and I will try to be better, but I just want to contribute as much as I can."
While many consider 30 to be getting on the older side of the spectrum of the game Fisher says he feels as good as ever and if anything much wiser about the game.
"I don’t feel like I've lost anything," he said with a laugh. "As you get older you get to be more patient, smarter and make plays when you need to. Sometimes when you're younger you just want to rush."