Mike Fisher and Maxime Talbot are a lot alike. Both play center for their respective teams, neither are the most skilled players on the roster and both are routinely over-shadowed by more heralded teammates. But ask any player or observant fan and they’ll tell you that a guy like Fisher is basically the backbone of the Senators, while Talbot is almost as important for the Penguins on and off the ice.
For once, good news for the Pens when it comes to injuries, as Talbot has been medically cleared to play after suffering a bruised thigh last week. Fisher, however, left with a groin problem in Ottawa’s 4-1 win over Frolunda (Sweden) and his status for this weekends games are in doubt.
If Fisher couldn’t go that would be a huge hole for Ottawa to fill. After Jason Spezza, they don’t have much in the way of center depth minus Fisher. They do have Chris Kelly and could throw Antoine Vermette out there, but neither can bring what Fisher can to the table.