Smid will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Devils. This will be Smid's first appearance since Jan. 5, following time in the minors on a conditioning assignment. He won't help you much offensively, but Smid is averaging 9.5 hits per 60 minutes of play and that's where his value lies.
Smid has been sent to AHL Stockton on a conditioning assignment, Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports. Smid has only drawn into four games with the Flames this season, averaging 9:55 TOI over that span. Perhaps the conditioning assignment will prove effective and allow him to return to the parent club sooner than later, but we can't see him producing much in the way of offense given that he's only mustered 72 points in 565 career games between the Oilers and Flames.
Smid blocked four shots and had one hit in a 3-2 overtime victory against Detroit on Friday. Smid looked no worse for the wear after not playing for nine months with a neck injury, placing himself in harm's way on multiple occasions. He's a reliable defenseman for Calgary, albeit not a high-scoring one with 13 points over his last three seasons.
Smid (neck) will suit up for Friday's tilt against the Red Wings, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports. Smid hasn't played in an NHL game in over nine months, so he will definitely have some rust to shake off in the early goings of Friday's contest. He's expected to be paired with Dougie Hamilton on Friday, which should help Smid feel comfortable in his return to game action.
Smid (neck) is expected to return to the lineup Friday, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. Smid returned to practice with the team Wednesday, indicating a return to the lineup could be on the horizon. That continues to appear the case, as he should now return to the lineup Friday. He remains on injured reserve at this point, but the Flames still have until Friday to activate him.
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