Fisher shouldering the load

Posted on March 18, 2012

Fisher shouldering the load

It's a good thing numbers don't lie because Mike Fisher would never admit to how great he's been playing.

Despite missing training camp and the first seven games as he recovered from shoulder surgery Fisher is on the brink of his best NHL season. With 22 goals and 22 assists, Fisher is just four points shy of tying a career high of 48 points.

Fisher had his best season while with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07, and while he's pleased with the way things are going, he's still not ready to call it his best.

“I’ll tell you at the end of the year,” he said. “The team’s been playing well, I’ve been playing with some great players and obviously that helps. But points and those things don’t really matter if you don’t win in the playoffs.”

This month alone Fisher has points, 4G, 2A, in six of seven games and has been instrumental in helping lead the Predators playoff charge.

Fisher is tied for third in scoring with his 44 points and tied for first in goals with 22.

“Having points are nice for sure,” Fisher said. “They make you feel more confident.”

Head coach Barry Trotz has given Fisher more offensive opportunities this season by playing him on the first line and giving him more power play time. The additional responsibilities have paid dividends for both Fisher and the Predators.

“Mike has been great,” defenseman Shea Weber said. “He’s getting every opportunity here and done well with it. He’s been healthy this year, which has been key for him because he’s been banged up a lot in the past.”