It’s not Mike Fisher’s aim that has improved. It’s his sense of direction. His current seven-game point streak is not the product of passes that find the tape more frequently or shots that are a little more precise. It has to do with where the veteran Nashville Predators center goes when he is on the ice. “I’ve just tried to be consistent and be in front of the net, get there for rebounds and try to be in the right spots,” Fisher said. “The puck is just kind of finding me right now. I think it’s just [being at] the right place at the right time. Hopefully I can keep going and battling in those areas.” Following Monday’s victory over Edmonton, in which he had an assist, he is second on the team in goals with nine, one behind Gabriel Bourque, and fourth with 18 points, two behind leader and linemate Martin Erat. Nearly half of those points (eight) have come during the past seven games. The streak started with a goal March 14 at Vancouver, in the second of a five-game road trip, and has continued with five goals and three assists total. “I think early Fish wasn’t getting to the net,” coach Barry Trotz said. “He didn’t have that focus. I don’t know if that was the lockout. … He’s made a conscious effort to get to the net, get to the middle of the ice and you’re seeing that he’s getting a lot of opportunities. “You see him have a lot more confidence with the puck right now. That’s been his focus.” His current run of consecutive games with at least a point already is one shy of his longest in 2011-12, his first full season with the Predators, and two shy of his career-best set early in 2007-08 with Ottawa.
Fisher goes in right direction, regularly winds up in scoring column
Nashville City Paper | Mar 28