Fisher not quite ready

Posted on March 31, 2013

The Nashville Predators are dealing with good and bad news when it comes to Mike Fisher.

The good news is Fisher didn't break his hand in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the bad news is he missed Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche and remains questionable for Monday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fisher injured his hand blocking a shot and left the game immediately, but thankfully x-rays showed no broken bones.

The bad news doesn't end with Fisher missing a game. At this point Fisher really has no idea when he'll make it back in the lineup.

"I'm not really sure when I'll be back in," Fisher said. "Obviously hoping this week, but we'll see how it goes.
"It's still pretty sore and swollen, but it does feel better."

The timing couldn't come at a worse time for Fisher and the Predators,who are on the outside of the playoff picture at this point.

On a personal note Fisher had finally broken through. Fisher had nine points in eight games leading up to the injury and was easily one of the Predators best forwards.

Predators' teammates are hopeful Fisher will only be sidelined for a short period of time, but in the meantime want to do their best to keep the team in the playoff hunt.

"In this shortened season injuries you have so many injuries you have to deal with," said Martin Erat. "It's tough, but we just have to try and adjust."

With just 12 games remaining the Predators will need every point they can get to climb their way back into the top eight.