The Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets are heading into a do or die seventh contest in their second round series of the Western Conference, and it is not surprising as both teams have been neck in neck all series long. Or almost. Filip Forsberg scored two incredible goals, star goalie Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for his second shutout of the playoffs and the Predators defeated the Jets 4-0 to avoid elimination and tie their second-round series 3-3 on Monday night. You can say they had the edge there…
However, on Wednesday, concerning news made it out of the Predators’ practice as veteran forward Mike Fisher did not attend the skate along with his teammates, according to The Tennessean’s Adam Vingan. This might be in the favour of the Jets here...
Fisher was injured in the first period of the sixth game and did not return. After the contest, head coach Peter Laviolette was unable to provide any update of the condition of his veteran forward.
There are some images that may explain what happened to Fisher in Game 6. The forward was victim of a headshot by crosscheck in the goalie crease and was also at the other end of a heavy hit during the game. You can see the two incidents here below:
If Fisher cannot be in the lineup tomorrow night, Calle Jarnkrok is expected to center the fourth line. We might not know until game time if Fisher is available as coach Laviolette did not provide any update on his condition on Wednesday either.
It was also noted that defenseman Matt Irwin left practice early, with no signs explaining what might have happened.
While most of the team exited the ice to head back to the dressing room, Vingan noted that Kyle Turris and Kevin Fiala remained on the ice and were working on their shots with assistant coach Dan Muse.
The decisive Game 7 goes Thursday night in Nashville, with the winner taking on the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference finals for a shot at making the Stanley Cup final.