NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 23: Derek Dorsett #15 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on January 23, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
This "Hero Of The Week" series puts the Nashville Predators season in an interesting perspective, as it seems to show how a different guy steps up at different times throughout the campaign. For a while, Jordin Tootoo was the hottest hand in the lineup. Pekka Rinne, of course has his periods of domination. Martin Erat has been an especially reliable performer of late, and Sergei Kostitsyn put together one of the hottest goal-scoring streaks we've seen in a while earlier this month.
This last week, it was Mike Fisher's turn to shine, as he led the Predators to a 2-0 record. First, he scored twice against Columbus in a 4-1 victory on home ice (including the 1st GooGoo Goal in franchise history), then added the game winner in a 3-1 triumph at Chicago to send Nashville into the All-Star break as the hottest team in the league.
My favorite of his three goals came in the Chicago game, off a nice kick-pass assist from Patric Hornqvist:
He's currently riding a four-game scoring streak with four goals and assist since January 19th, and has 5 goals with 7 assists in his last 10 games. Can Fisher keep things rolling, and make a run at his career-best numbers of 25 goals and 53 points in a season?