Predators forward Mike Fisher will probably return for Nashville’s Thursday game against the Detroit Red Wings. Fisher has missed Nashville’s last seven games with a hand injury.

Overall, he has missed 10 games with the issue. Fisher sustained the injury March 28 when he blocked a shot against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I’ll skate tomorrow, but the plan is to play tomorrow and Saturday,” Fisher said. “I’ve been feeling pretty good, but am excited to get back at it.”

Fisher’s return means forward Austin Watson will be sent down to Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. Watson, an Ann Arbor, Michigan native, scored his first goal of his NHL career Tuesday against Calgary. Thursday would have been his first NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, which is close to where he grew up.