Posted on February 24, 2014
With the Olympic Break over the Nashville Predators are set to get back to work and make a big push to move into playoff contention.
The Predators, with 60 points, are currently four points back of the Dallas Stars who hold the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Four points back puts the Predators in decent position to move up, the bigger challenge will be leapfrogging the three teams who stand between them and the Stars.
Phoenix, Vancouver and Winnipeg will also be pushing to move into the final playoff spot and so the Predators will need to fight for every point possible in order to avoid missing the playoffs for a second straight season.
The Predators went into the break playing well and will need to be at their best in their final 23 games.
Like many of his teammates Mike Fisher took advantage of the break and enjoyed some down time travelling with his wife and enjoying a winter getaway, not often afforded to those playing in the NHL.
"It's always nice to be able to get away," said Fisher. "It's a good mental break and the good thing is everyone had to deal with it so all the teams will be facing the same challenges coming back."
The Predators still have a few more days of practice before resuming action Thursday as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be the first of a five-game home stand before the Predators play seven of their next eight on the road.
"We feel there's enough time (to make a playoff push)," said Fisher. "We know it won't be easy, but at the same time we're not that far back.
"We know we'll need a good run."
Fisher is hopeful that the team will return from the break energized and inspired and feels a good start will be key.