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Fisher hoping to return by season’s end

With three games remaining in the season, Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is hoping to return to the lineup. Fisher has missed nine of the team’s last 11 games with a hand injury he suffered on Mar. 28 while blocking a shot.

The Predators will play at home Tuesday night against Calgary before hitting the road to face Detroit and Columbus in the final two contests. Fisher is hopeful he can return Tuesday in the home finale.

“That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow,” he said.

Following his first practice with the team in two weeks, Fisher said his hand feels a lot better and that he can shoot the puck better than he did when he initially suffered the injury. A week after that he tried playing in a couple games, which didn’t help matters.

“I probably shouldn’t have played but tried to get through it and couldn’t do it effectively. I needed to rest up a bit,” said Fisher, who has 19 points in 36 games this season. “Normal circumstances I wouldn’t have played, but I was doing what I could to stay in there [in the playoff hunt].”

As Fisher is on the mend and close to a return, another Predators forward has exited the lineup due to injury. Taylor Beck did not participate in Monday’s practice due to an upper-body injury and will not play in Tuesday’s game, according to head coach Barry Trotz. Neither will Patric Hornqvist, despite him participating in practice Monday. Hornqvist has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury.

In other news, Trotz mentioned there is “a good chance” that prospect Filip Forsberg will play in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the Milwaukee Admirals, along with some other current Predators. A decision might be made on Forsberg following Tuesday’s game. Milwaukee’s first-round series begins Friday.

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