Mike Fisher doesnít have any gripes with getting backing from Don Cherry and Glenn Healy for a spot on Team Canada Saturday night.
The Senators centre knows the opinion of the two Hockey Night in Canada analysts means little in the grand scheme.
ďNot as much as (Steve) Yzermanís,Ē said Fisher with a wide smile following the clubís 45-minute skate yesterday at Scotiabank Place.
Itís nice to have the host of Coachís Corner and a well-respected former NHL goalie on your side, but the only opinion that matters is Canadaís executive director and Yzerman isnít going to make his choices public until Wednesday at noon.
ďTo be picked by hockey guys like that is nice for sure, but you want to be picked by Yzerman. Weíll see what happens. Itís going to be not too long before we find out.Ē
Fisher, who has 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 36 games, is up against some tough customers like Bostonís Patrice Bergeron, Dallasí Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow for a fourth-line role
ďEverybody is looking forward to (the announcement). Itís going to be an exciting, but nerve-wracking time,Ē said Fisher. ďIím approaching it like whatever happens, Iím just trying to playing as hard as I can and to control what I can control. I canítí worry about it.Ē
Senators coach Cory Clouston said he wanted rookie D Erik Karlsson to sit back and watch, so thatís why he was a healthy scratch Saturday in Buffalo. ďI thought that Erikís game has dropped off in the last few games,Ē said Clouston. ďThe intensity level has dropped off. For the most part, up until the last few games, he had played well since we recalled him. I thought it was best him to sit back, refocus and get ready to play the next game.Ē Karlsson said he is still learning. ďIím a young guy so I donít take it too hard. I just have to work even harder. I just need to get as much as experience as I can. Thereís going to be ups and downs,Ē said Karlsson, who was the last one off the ice.
The Canadiensí next goal will be the 20,000th in team history. Oddly enough, Newsy Lalonde opened the scoring for the Habs on Jan. 19, 1910 just up the line vs. the Renfrew Creamery Kings in the National Hockey Association, the NHLís precursor. The Habs lost 9-4. According to Montreal Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs, this will be the 6,065th game in Habsí history.