Fisher to make Nashville debut

Posted on February 12, 2011

Fisher to make Nashville debut

It's the beginning of a new era for Mike Fisher tonight.

After 11 seasons wearing an Ottawa Senators uniform Fisher will slip on a Nashville Predators jersey for the first time.

Fisher was traded to Nashville Thursday and will make his music-city debut tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

The 30-year-old took to the ice Saturday morning at Bridgestone Arena for an optional skate and admitted it was definitely a litttle different.

"It felt a little weird," said Fisher. "Most of the guys took part and so it was a chance to meet them and figure out how they play."

Fisher spoke to head coach Barry Trotz and was told he could expect to see some time on the penalty kill, but he may not play as many minutes as he's used to. Trotz knows Fisher has spent the last few days travelling and doesn't want to push him.

After more than 650 games in the NHL nerves aren't usually an issue for Fisher, but he expects to be feeling a few butterflies Saturday night.

"I'm normally not nervous, but tonight will have a different feeling for sure."

The Predators have made this Mike Fisher night, with certain tickets priced at $12 in honour of Fisher's arrival.

Fisher will still be wearing the familiar number 12 with the Predators and he'll also have some friends cheering him on his debut.

"Yeah it's kind of nice I've got a bunch of friends here and they're coming to the game."

The last few days have been emotional, but Fisher has found some comfort in the fact that he's already familiar with the city and has a home here. He's also excited to be part of a playoff run with the Predators looking to move up in the Western Conference standings.

"There's a lot to play for here, it's a different feeling," he said. "All these games are so important with the team in a playoff race."