Reilly Smith opened the scoring Tuesday against Buffalo, added an assist, then sealed the deal with an empty-netter in a 7-4 win.
Smith followed a six-game point streak with a couple games off the scoresheet in which he didn't even manage a shot on goal -- both losses for Florida -- and he made up for the lost time in this one. Last season's disappointing 40 points are probably much of the reason that he's a Panther rather than a Bruin now, but Smith is now roughly on pace to match the 51 he put up two years ago. We'd still like to see him shoot more -- Smith's barely averaging two shots a game, and his 16.5 shooting percentage may not be sustainable. Nonetheless, owners in deeper formats can feel good about rolling him out on a daily basis.
Smith is riding a four-game goal streak and has five points in his last four games. The Ontario native is shooting at an incredible rate right now and is skating top-six minutes, helping him gain appeal in a wide variety of fantasy formats.
Smith went missing from the scoresheet to end 2015 and carried his slump into the New Year, going six games without a goal. However, the 24-year-old ended the drought with a fantastic wrister from the top of the circle Thursday -- the Panthers' first shot of the game -- 10 minutes in. The winger will look to carry the momentum into Sunday's matchup with the Oilers, who are allowing almost three goals per game.
Reilly Smith opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the year and added an assist while going plus-2 in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Islanders.
He missed Monday's practice with an illness, as did many Florida Panthers , but Smith didn't miss any game action. He's now scored goals in three of the last four games, emerging from a quiet month of November that had bled into a dead-silent start to December. It's nice to see the 24-year-old get back on the right track, but we're still looking for more. So are the Panthers, who are giving him easily career-high ice time, but have only been rewarded occasionally.
Reilly Smith was held out of practice Monday with an illness, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Smith was one of four Florida Panthers held out of practice with an illness, so it appears something may be going around the team. The club didn't provide an update on the status of any of the four for Tuesday's game against the Islanders, but more should come out on their availability closer to puck drop.