Fisher registered the Preds' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Sabres on Saturday, notching a first-period power-play goal. It was his third goal in as many games. Fisher appears to be heating up lately, as he's on a nice little scoring run right now following an eight-game pointless drought. Coach Peter Laviolette recently bumped Fisher from the first line to the second line, and the move appears to be paying dividends. Despite the demotion, Fisher is still seeing healthy amounts of ice time in excess of 19 minutes per night with a good dose of power-play minutes, so the scoring chances should continue to be plentiful going forward.
Fisher failed to register a point for the fourth consecutive game during Saturday's 7-0 demolition of the Jets. It was yet another disappointing night for fantasy owners, as 11 other Predators recorded at least a point on this night, yet Fisher failed to show up for the party. With just four points in 16 games, Fisher is proving he may not have what it takes to center the Preds' top line between James Neal and Filip Forsberg. That said, coaches don't usually shuffle their lines in the wake of 7-0 wins, but don't be surprised if it happens eventually, with Fisher getting demoted to a lower line. At this point, feel free to bench him in favour of a more viable fantasy option.
Fisher registered just his third point of the season - an assist - during Saturday's 5-4 OT loss to the Kings, skating on the Preds' top line with Filip Forsberg and James Neal. Fisher, who was previously centering the second line, has seen an uptick in his ice time over the past few games - he saw a season-high 23:04 versus the Kings - since taking over for Mike Ribeiro on the top line. Hopefully the move will be enough to get him going and allow him to put a few more points on the board. Keep him in your active lineup and monitor closely.
Fisher has been held off the scoresheet through his first three games this season, and has just a single shot on goal. A bit of a slow start for Fisher, who missed the first two months of last season with a ruptured Achilles, but returned to score 39 points in 59 games. At 39 years old, Fisher is certainly nearing the end of his NHL career, but he should still have enough left in the tank to put up 40+ points this season, assuming he can stay healthy. For now, he continues to anchor the Preds' second line in between Craig Smith and Colin Wilson.
Mike Fisher signed a two-year, $8.8 million contract with the Predators on Friday, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
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