The Nashville Predators will take the ice Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets for the first ever Game 7 in Bridgestone Arena. The Preds will also be without Mike Fisher.
Fisher underwent meniscus surgery on his left knee Wednesday in Nashville, a source close with the situation told A to Z Sports Nashville.
No timetable on Fisher’s recovery was disclosed.
The former Preds captain who returned from a brief retirement on March 2, left Monday’s Game 6 with an undisclosed injury. Fisher left the ice in the first period and did not return to the bench after the first intermission. The Preds went on to win that game 4-0 to force tonight’s win-or-go-home situation.
Fisher did not practice on Wednesday and did not partake in Thursday’s morning skate. Predators head coach Peter Laviolette has declined to give any update on Fisher’s status on numerous opportunities.
Preds move forward without Mike Fisher
The Preds will take the ice for Game 7 without one of the best leaders on the roster. Fisher hasn’t been very productive on the stat sheet, scoring only point in in 12 games (a goal in Game 3’s loss). Fisher’s physicality and face-off ability has been very strong in the Winnipeg series.
Adam Vingan, from the Tennessean projected what the Predators fourth line might look like without Mike Fisher in the lineup. Vingan also mentioned that the combination of Hartnell-Jarnkrok-Hartman is an extremely rare line.
The Predators’ morning skate today, by the way, is optional, so don’t expect much in the way of lineup news. Here’s how they practiced yesterday:
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 10, 2018
Hartnell, Jarnkrok and Hartman shared the ice for 19 total seconds at even strength this regular season. https://t.co/yUhbuU824Z
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 9, 2018
Both Hartnell and Hartman have been “healthy scratches” at times this postseason. Jarnkrok returned in Game 6 after missing three consecutive games. Jarnkrok has been limited to only six playoff games so far since recovering from an upper body injury that occurred on March 13 against Winnipeg.
Game 7 between the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets is set to start right after 7pm central.
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