Fisher returns to lineup

Posted on November 28, 2014

Mike Fisher had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The Nashville Predators centre returned to the lineup after recovering from a lacerated Achillees this past July.

Fisher had a solid outing in the Predators 1-0 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers.

He logged nearly 13 minutes of ice time on 20 shifts, was 9-for-14 on faceoffs and led the Predators with three hits.

"It's nice to get back out there," Fisher said. "It's only going to get better as I get comfortable in the games. Overall, anytime you win it's a good thing, and my foot felt pretty good."

Fisher had been skating on his own and then began practicing with the team, but was more than a little relieved to be back in action.

Coach Peter Laviolette said the plan was to ease Fisher back into the lineup, starting with the Edmonton game. Fisher centered a line with Derek Roy and Olli Jokinen on the wings, and played only during 5-on-5 against the Oilers.

"I thought he looked good - he went out early, and got some hits and had some contact," Laviolette said. "He had a couple of shifts where he's banging around in the crease and searching for goals."

The biggest challenge for Fisher will be to regain his timing and get a feel for the game. 

"I've been battling pretty hard the last two weeks testing it," Fisher said. "I'm probably going to get soreness here and there throughout the year, but that's going to be part of it."