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Mike Fisher owns all of Predators' experience in Stanley Cup Final

Captain believes he'll return from injury for Game 1 against Penguins to add to his total

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Five games.

That is the grand total of Stanley Cup Final experience on the Nashville Predators roster. And it all belongs to center Mike Fisher from when he played for the Ottawa Senators.

Sunday was the anniversary of Game 1 between the Senators and Anaheim Ducks in the 2007 Final. It was Fisher who brought it up at 2017 Stanley Cup Final Media Day, despite the fact the Ducks won the championship in five games.

"It was 10 years ago actually today," said Fisher, who had two goals and two assists in the 2007 Final. "I look back on that whole journey. You remember the guys you played with and how long the playoffs are and how much of a grind it is. You look at both teams and guys are banged up and trying to get healthy. 

"Right now, it's making sure you're taking care of your body. Don't look too far ahead. You can't win the Cup in Game 1."

Video: Subban asks Fisher some questions of his own

Fisher, the Predators captain, is one of the players trying to get healthy in time for Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). He was injured in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Ducks and missed the final two games of the series but said he has been cleared to return and is "ready to rock."

Fisher's advice to his teammates experiencing the Stanley Cup Final for the first time?

"I tell everyone just make sure they enjoy it," he said. "I think our team has done a great job all playoff long of staying in the moment and just enjoying the process and making sure we're putting in the work. Guys have done that, and we've only gotten better and better as the stage has gotten bigger too. That excites me."

On Feb. 10, 2011, Fisher was traded from the Senators to the Predators. Now 36, he has a greater appreciation for what it takes to win the Cup after coming up short with Ottawa in 2007.

"I've got a lot of great memories," he said. "The journey was great. It just probably makes you more hungry the second time. I'm a lot older and I think I appreciate it more being older now and how hard it is to get to the Final and win it."

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