Smith surrendered six goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Oilers. Smith seemed to be headed for his second career win when his team jumped out to a 4-2 lead through two periods, but five unanswered Oilers goals in the final frame squashed those dreams. The backup goalie for the last-place Avalanche carries nearly no fantasy value and has posted a save percentage below .900 in five of seven starts.
Smith will defend the cage against the Oilers on Thursday, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports. Smith will get his second start in the Avs' last three games, which is likely the result of the organization trying to figure out what it has in the 27-year-old. Colorado's season is all but over, and with Calvin Pickard continuing to struggle, it make sense that team brass would want to give Smith a look, considering that he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.
Smith gave up five goals on 33 shots in Sunday's loss to the Blackhawks. It sure was a tough night for Smith, who was burned for five goals in the third period as Chicago rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Avalanche 6-3. The 27-year-old has managed just one win in seven appearances with Colorado this season, posting an .890 save percentage. With Colorado eliminated from playoff contention, it's hard to see much fantasy value in Smith down the final stretch, so even when starter Calvin Pickard does get the night off, there are likely better options out there.
Smith will tend the goal for Sunday's game in Chicago, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Smith will start for the first time in six games and perhaps for good reason -- the rookie keeper has not allowed fewer than three goals in any of the five games he has started this season and has just one win to show for it. He's not a recommended play in the vast majority of formats and especially not against a red-hot Blackhawks team that has won its last four games.
Smith gave up three goals on 25 shots in Sunday's loss to the Blues. Colorado provided Smith with no offensive support in the loss, so it's hard to point fingers at the goaltender. The 27-year-old hasn't fared too well in the five starts he's made this season, posting a .898 save percentage. Although current starter Calvin Pickard was pulled in his last outing, Smith remains stapled to a backup role and hasn't shown anything to indicate he's worth looking at in fantasy -- especially when you consider the team's position in the standings.
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