Smith will guard the goal in Thursday's road game against the Panthers. Smith hasn't been great of late, suffering three consecutive losses while posting an ugly 2.97 GAA over that span. To be fair, the 35-year-old netminder has also posted a solid .913 save percentage over his last three starts, so his struggles can largely be attributed to the lack of talent playing in front of him. He'll look to pick up his 19th win of the campaign in a decent road matchup with a Panthers team that's 16-17-3 at home this season.
Smith allowed three goals on 31 shots in Monday's 3-1 loss against the Predators. Smith has allowed three or more goals in nine of his past 12 appearances, which isn't great when you're playing for the team that owns the NHL's second-worst goal differential. The Coyotes don't provide nearly enough offensive support to mask the goals Elliott allows, so he's only worth keeping around as a low-end No. 2 in deeper fantasy leagues.
Smith is slated to start Monday's road game against the Predators, the Coyotes' official site reports. Smith, who stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, is in line to make his 49th start of the season Monday. He's dropped his last two decisions, while the Predators had a three-game roll halted by Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Smith turned aside 38 of the 40 shots he faced in Saturday's 3-0 loss against the Blues. Smith actually looked pretty good, yielding just a power-play goal and an even-strength goal. As has been the case most of the season, the Coyotes offense did not lend much of a helping hand, getting outshot 16-3 in the first period to set the tone for the entire game. The All-Star continues to be a decent low-cost option in DFS play when the matchup is favorable, but don't expect much in the way of offensive support from the league's 29th-ranked team in goal differential.
Smith will tend twine as Saturday's home starter versus the Blues. Smith allowed four goals on 33 shots on the way to a shootout against the Red Wings on Thursday, so he'll vie for a tidier performance Saturday, this time facing a St. Louis squad that's gone 6-2-0 for 12 points in March.
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