Smith stopped 25 of 26 shots in Friday's overtime win over the Flames. Smith is rolling right now, having won three straight games and having suffered just two losses in his past eight appearances. The 33-year-old is now 10-5-1 on the season as he continues to see a heavy workload in the Coyotes crease. Smith's .909 save percentage is on the rise and he can be rolled out with confidence right now.
Smith will start in net Friday against the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Smith has made 17 starts in 21 games for the Desert Dogs, compiling a 2.95 GAA and .906 save percentage on the season. It's an above-average matchup for Smith on Friday because the Flames have allowed 27 more goals (80) than they have scored (53) this season.
Smith improved to 9-5-1 by stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Ducks The young Coyotes have significantly outperformed expectations this season, and Smith has capitalized with 9 wins despite an ugly 2.95 GAA. Arizona has won six of its last 10 games while scoring 2.9 goals per game over that span, and the veteran goaltender should continue to provide value as long as the team in front of him keeps scoring.
Smith will start in net Wednesday against the Ducks. After sitting out a game Saturday due to a lower-body injury, it appears the issue is behind him, as Smith return to the net Wednesday. He'll face a Ducks team that scored five goals against the Flames on Tuesday, but will now play on back-to-back nights. The 33-year-old netminder can be a bit streaky, but his last outing was a good one, which could bode well heading into Wednesday.
Smith (lower body) will be available to play Wednesday against the Ducks, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports. Initially the Coyotes planned on reevaluating Smith on Wednesday morning, but it appears as though that will no longer be necessary, as general manager Don Maloney told reporters Tuesday that the 33-year-old netminder will be available for Wednesday's matchup with Anaheim. Although it hasn't been confirmed, Smith will likely receive the starting nod for Wednesday's tilt, as Anders Lindback struggled in Smith's absence Saturday against the Jets.
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