As the Nashville Predators return to action and begin the final march towards the post-season Mike Fisher reflects on the team's fortunes.
Prior to the All-Star break the Predators were one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference winning ten of their last 12 and head into the final 32 games holding on to fifth place in the Conference.
While no one can deny the importance of the play of goaltender Pekka Rinne, Fisher feels much of the team's success should also be attributed to head coach Barry Trotz.
Trotz has been with the Predators since their inaugural season in 1998 and the fact he remains behind the bench is nothing short of amazing.
This season alone the NHL has seen seven coaching changes and the regular season isn't even over.
Fisher believes Trotz' longevity is due to a number of factors.
"He's always so well prepared," said Fisher. "He knows the game so well and he's a great teacher. He communicates with his players really well and guys know what to expect from him."
Fisher admits he has thoroughly enjoyed his experience of working with Trotz and feels comfortable talking to the coach on both a personal and professional level.
"You know that he really cares about the players," added Fisher. "He's fair and he's honest and he holds players accountable."
Fisher knows much can change in the next few weeks, but feels confident the Predators will be able to handle any adversity that comes their way with Trotz at the helm.
The Predators final push gets underway Tuesday in Minnesota as they take on the Wild.