The Predators were spared some bad news on Friday when they learned that center Mike Fisher did not suffer a broken hand while blocking a shot late in Thursday’s loss to Phoenix.

Fisher left the game immediately, but X-rays on Thursday had been inconclusive.

Fisher didn’t practice Friday, but Coach Barry Trotz said he’d been informed the veteran forward didn’t break any bones in the hand. Fisher was scheduled to make the trip to Colorado, with Trotz listing him as questionable for today’s game.

“I don’t think it will be too long,” Trotz said of how much time Fisher could miss. “That’s a good thing. If he’s in (today), great. If he’s not, then I’m looking for Chicago (on Monday). He’s making the trip and he wouldn’t make the trip if there was no chance of him playing.”

Fisher has an eight-game points streak (five goals, four assists), which is one shy of tying his career best.

If Fisher can’t play against the Avalanche, the Predators could turn to forward Craig Smith, who was recalled Friday from his conditioning stint in Milwaukee. Smith posted five points (one goal, four assists) in four games with the Admirals.