Smith led all Rangers in ice time with 22:44 in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 4 victory over Montreal. He failed to record a shot or a point, but he did dish out three hits and go plus-1. Smith's line score also shows four giveaways, so it wasn't exactly an impressive performance, but he also had to deal with some extremely physical -- perhaps line-crossing -- play by the Habs that went unpenalized, especially in the third period. That's playoff hockey, though. The 28-year-old Smith doesn't seem like he's ever going to realize the offensive upside he flashed in college and the AHL, but he's grown into an important piece of the Rangers' blue line since coming over at the trade deadline.
Smith managed two assists, a plus-1 rating and a blocked shot in Friday's 4-3 shootout loss against the Panthers. The points were Smith's first in eight games in a Rangers uniform. Smith is a stay-at-home defenseman who rarely finds his name onto the scoresheet, so don't get terribly excited about this performance. He still has just seven points overall this season, and his career best was 19 points in 2013-14. Avoid him in all but the deepest of fantasy pools.
Smith was traded to the Rangers on Tuesday, with second- and third-round picks moving the other way to Detroit, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The former Wisconsin Badger had increasingly been the subject of trade talks in recent days, with many teams rumored to be interested. Smith can play both the left and right side, so he'll provide the Rangers with some much-needed depth on the blue line. As for his fantasy value, Smith has demonstrated some offensive potential in the past, but he has only five points in 33 games this season.
Smith (knee) was activated from injured reserve Saturday. Smith has pitched in five points (two goals, three assists) in 24 games this season, as well as 33 hits and 24 blocked shots. He's a no-frills blueliner, but obviously held in higher regard than Alexey Marchenko, who the Red Wings waived -- he ended up getting claimed by Toronto -- in order to pave the way for Smith's return.
Smith (knee) could return Saturday night versus the Islanders. Primarily a stay-at-home defender, Smith has missed the past 12 games with his sprained knee, but this latest report notes that coach Jeff Blashill has been pleased with how he's progressing. The Red Wings need all the help they can get on the blue line, as goalies Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau have a combined save percentage of .897 this season, while starter Jimmy Howard (knee) is being eased back into the mix.
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