• Retirement lasted just a few months for Mike Fisher. The former Predators captain announced this week he’s resuming his career and intends to play just for the rest of the season. He’s expected to sign a contract with Nashville before the trade deadline. The Predators were already considered a Stanley Cup contender before bringing back Fisher, who certainly has to regain game shape. But the emotional lift a player like him could provide, along with the help up the middle, could make the Predators even more dangerous this postseason.
• The Golden Knights set the NHL record for most wins by a team in its inaugural season with win No. 34 on Thursday in overtime against the Jets and show no sign of slowing down. Much of the team’s success has come on home ice, and Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin says the atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena helps explain the Golden Knights’ dominance. “It’s not a regular rink,” Ovechkin said during All-Star weekend. “It’s got an unbelievable show. You get excited. It’s like a nightclub, like a party. Everybody dancing over there. Am I at a hockey game or like a pool party?”
• Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon will be sidelined two to four weeks with an upper-body injury, a loss that could wreak havoc on Colorado’s postseason pursuits. MacKinnon has 24 goals and 61 points, which ranked second in the NHL into Friday. But don’t count out the Avalanche. In its first test without MacKinnon, it got by the Oilers in overtime.