Smith averaged 15:17 of ice time in 11 playoff games -- including a 30:19 triple-overtime output against the Sharks in the conference semifinals -- but his performance left a lot to be desired. The 26-year-old had just two points in the playoffs and was held off the scoresheet altogether in the last nine contests. Despite the unfortunate end to his campaign, Smith can take solace in the fact that he exceeded the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season -- he had 21 scores in 2015-16.
Craig Smith (lower body) will play in Game 3 on Tuesday against the Sharks.
Smith was considered a game-time call for the evening's contest, but the fact that he dressed for Game 2 seemed to bode well for his chances despite the nagging issue. He will indeed dress again for Game 3 as the Nashville Predators look to avoid falling behind the dreaded 3-0 in the series. The Predators also made some lineup changes for the contest and, as a result, he will play alongside Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson on the second line.
Craig Smith is questionable for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose with a lower-body injury, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
Smith has been in and out of the lineup as he continues to battle this nagging ailment. Since being hurt, the winger has failed to tally a point, although he did fire seven shots on goal in Game 2. The 29-year-old's absence will certainly be felt in the locker room where his veteran presence could help the team dig out of their two-game deficit. If he does sit out, a potential replacement could be found in recently recalled Pontus Aberg.
Smith has already missed three games during the playoffs, including Game 1 of Nashville's Round 2 series against the Sharks. He'll likely step back in on the second line Sunday night.
Smith has been dealing with a lower-body injury throughout the playoffs and apparently won't be able to skate so soon after Nashville finished off the Ducks in Game 7 on just Wednesday.