Smith surrendered four goals on 28 shots in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Monday. It was yet another loss for the veteran netminder, who has now dropped six starts in a row. The losing streak has brought his record down to 18-25-8, and while he hasn't been a reliable source of wins, Smith has started 52 games this year, making him serviceable in deeper leagues based on a .913 save percentage.
Smith will start Monday's matchup with St. Louis, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Smith's losing streak has now extended to five games, during which he has logged a 3.00 GAA and .914 save percentage. It is hard to lay all the blame for the Yotes' struggles at the feet of the netminder, though, considering he faced 30-plus shots in each of those five defeats. The Blues are averaging a mere 28.1 shots per game -- fourth fewest in the league -- which means the veteran should face a slightly diminished workload Monday.
Smith allowed three goals on 32 shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss against the Capitals. Smith has allowed three or fewer goals in seven of his past nine appearances. Unfortunately, Arizona's offense has provided him with a grand total of three goals over the past four appearances. He is playing well and deserves a much better fate.
Smith will draw the road start versus the Capitals on Saturday evening. Smith hasn't won since shutting out the lowly Avalanche on March 13, spanning four games. There's inherently some level of trust in a veteran goalie like Smith, but the matchup against the Capitals is far from ideal. After all, Alex Ovechkin's club is averaging 3.34 goals per game at home, good for second in the entire league.
Smith saved 36 of 39 shots during Thursday's loss to Florida. It was a solid outing from Smith, but Arizona was overwhelmed by a three-goal second period from the Panthers. The veteran netminder has won just two of his past 11 starts with a disappointing .898 save percentage and 3.29 GAA, so at this point, he's nothing more than a speculative flier. The Coyotes don't project to win many games going forward, and they're still allowing the most high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes (13.07) in the league. It's not a favorable fantasy scenario.
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