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Fisher scored his first goal of the year on a first-period power play Thursday in a 5-1 rout of the Coyotes. He also added an assist and went plus-1 over 16:41 of ice time.
Fisher opened with three quiet games after missing the start of the year with an Achilles injury, but now has four points in his last four contests and has generally looked more active on the offensive end. There's fantasy value in a variety of formats here.
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Fisher made his season debut for the Preds during Thursday's 1-0 overtime win against the Oilers. He logged nearly 13 minutes of ice time, was 9-for14 on faceoffs and had three hits. Fisher, who underwent surgery in July for a ruptured Achilles tendon, said after the game that his foot "felt better than I thought it would at this point".
Going forward, you should expect Fisher's ice time to increase as coach Peter Laviolette gradually eases him back into a top-six role. He may not see the 18-19 minutes he was used to seeing back when he was centering the Preds' top line, but 16-17 minutes per night is probably a reasonable expectation.
Mike Fisher C NAS 24 Days
Fisher (Achilles) will be activated from the non-roster injury list and make his season debut Thursday against the Oilers.
Fisher was a full participant in morning skate and was cleared for a return to action by the team's medical staff on Thanksgiving Day, just like he had been planning all along after suffering the Achilles injury back in July. He's set to center the third line with Olli Jokinen and Derek Roy, but it wouldn't be surprising if coach Peter Laviolette experiments with different mates for Fisher over the course of the game in an effort to determine where he fits in best.
Mike Fisher C NAS 24 Days
Fisher (Achilles) was on the ice for Thursday's morning skate, centering a line between Olli Jokinen and Derek Roy, according to Brooks Bratten of the Preds' official website.
Fisher has been targeting a Thanksgiving Day return to the lineup ever since undergoing surgery July 3, and here we are, right on schedule. We expect some sort of announcement regarding his availability against the Oilers Thursday evening, so stay tuned.
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Fisher (achilles) has been cleared for contact and was a full participant in Friday's practice, the Predators' official site reports.
Back in August, reports suggested that Fisher, who had surgery July 3, was targeting a late November return, so this week's news certainly suggests he remains on that timeline. Fisher will likely slot in as the Preds' No. 2 center behind Mike Ribeiro once he gets the green light to rejoin the lineup.
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Fisher (Achilles) was on the ice for practice Tuesday, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
It marked the first time Fisher has participated in organized team drills this season, though the center was still donning a gray no-contact jersey while doing so. Fisher, who has placed on the team's non-roster injury list prior to the season after rupturing his Achilles' tendon in June, isn't expected to return to game action until late-November.
Mike Fisher C NAS 3 Months
Fisher (Achilles) was designated a non-roster player Tuesday, according to the Predators' official website.
Don't worry, fantasy owners - this does not mean Fisher and the Preds are parting ways. It's just a way for the team to open up a roster spot given that Fisher is likely out until late November. Once he gets the green light to return, the Preds will shuffle the roster and find a spot for him. Until that time, keep him on your fantasy bench.
Mike Fisher C NAS 3 Months
Fisher (Achilles) skated Friday prior to the team practice, the Tennessean reports.
Although there has been no change to Fisher's timetable that targets a late November return, the fact that he is able to skate at this stage of his recovery is a good sign. The question is, with the Preds now much deeper at center following the offseason additions of Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Olli Jokinen, where will Fisher fit in once he's healthy? Fisher has been used almost exclusively as the team's top line center ever since his arrival in Nashville in 2011, however he could be looking at a checking line role once he returns to the lineup. For this reason, he remains a serious fantasy risk in our books.
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Fisher (Achilles) is targeting a return to the Predators around Thanksgiving Day, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
GM David Poile said that Fisher still remains under the four-to-six month recovery timetable prescribed for him when he ruptured the Achilles tendon in July, but the center is optimistic he can meet the short end of that time frame. With Fisher unavailable to act as the top-line pivot to begin the campaign, the Predators will likely try to break in either of their offseason acquisitions, Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, to assume important roles in the team's top six.
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Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while training.
Fisher will miss the next four-to-six months as a result. In other words, Fisher isn't expected to return until November at the earliest and he might end up missing half the season. Even if he does end up missing just the first month, this will probably have a significant impact on his offseason training regimen, so we wouldn't be surprised if he struggles once he is back.