Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson were two of the main difference-makers for the Nashville Predators on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, and that was true once again on Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Predators got a 6-4 victory over the Red Wings to complete the season sweep. Fisher had one goal and two assists on the night, plus a fight against Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader for the Gordie Howe hat trick. Wilson scored two goals and added an assist.
Fisher is finally being rewarded offensively after playing very well in games prior to the last two where he’s found the back of the net. He had 21 shots on goal in the five previous games before Saturday night’s contest against the Kings and didn’t score a single goal during that span. He’s scored three goals in the last two games.
“I knew it was just kind of a matter of time,” Fisher said. “Keep putting it there, especially with the guys I’m playing with. They’re around the net making plays, and you’ve just got to keep doing that. We’ve been getting rewarded, and we’ve been finding the net.”
Fisher has played well pretty much all season long for the Predators. When the results haven’t been coming offensively, Fisher has been a steady presence defensively. However, now he seems to be clicking both offensively and defensively, which is a very good sign for the Predators. They need their veterans to lead the way for this team on both sides of the ice.
“The defensive part of the game is really strong for [Fisher], and he’s getting rewarded with some offense right now,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz.
Wilson has also played very well for the Predators in the last two games. He set up the game-winning goal by Fisher on Saturday night and recorded two goals and one assist with six shots on goal. Wilson can be a dominant player on the ice for the Predators when he’s moving his feet all game long and shooting the puck. That’s what he did on Monday night.
“He’s played great,” Fisher said. “He’s got a lot of skill, and he can make real good plays. He’s really played well for us.”
Nashville is going to need both Fisher and Wilson to continue to click offensively for them. This is a team that needs all of the offensive help it can get. Fisher and Wilson producing offensively were both in the preseason plans for this team. Neither one of them had been doing a very good job of scoring on a consistent basis, but that has now changed.
Fisher and Wilson’s contributions are going to be extremely important for the Predators if they want to creep back into playoff positioning this season.