Smith compiled a goal on four shots, two PIM and five hits en route to a 5-1 win over the Penguins on Wednesday. Puck possession was instrumental in Ottawa's victory, and Smith was perfect on a pair of draws in the defensive zone. However, the goal counted as his first point in the series, and he's going to have to keep it going to stay in the good graces of those fantasy owners still playing this late in the season.
Smith delivered a two-assist performance in the Senators' 5-4 overtime victory over the Rangers in Saturday's Game 5. Smith has been extremely productive against the Rangers -- he has four assists in his last four games.
Smith (upper body) will be a game-time decision versus New York on Thursday, TSN 1200 reports. After missing the final six games of the regular season, Smith has managed a mere two helpers in the playoffs. If the center is unable to give it a go, Tom Pyatt or Chris Neil will likely slot into the lineup.
Smith will not finish Tuesday night's road playoff game against the Rangers due to an upper-body injury. Smith exited Tuesday's contest near the end of the first period and was ruled out for the rest of the game almost halfway through the second. The team ought to provide an update on his status after the game or sometime Wednesday, but for the moment, Smith should at least be considered questionable for Thursday's Game 4.
Smith (upper body) practiced on the fourth line with Tom Pyatt and Tommy Wingels in practice Tuesday, Ian Mendes of TSN reports. Smith missed the final eight games of the regular season due to an injury. He will tag back in as a center, a departure from his role mostly as a winger over the past two seasons. "After our last game, (Guy Boucher) told me, 'Be prepared to be playing down the middle," Smith said. The veteran is helpful in certain postseason fantasy pools for his semi-frequent offense and his high quantity of hits (140 this year).
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