He also blocked a season-high four shots while skating 19:20, so Smith didn't miss a step after sitting out a few days with a concussion. It's been a tough start to the season for the 25-year-old winger, but his track record suggests a hot streak should be on the horizon. Actually, it may be in the works already -- he's got six points (four of those on the power play) in the last seven games.
Smith (concussion) was taken off injured reserve Friday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Since Smith was placed on IR retroactively, he is eligible to return against Dallas on Saturday. Where the winger slots into the lineup remains unclear as the Panthers made a handful of roster moves Friday which will shuffle up their line combinations. Having said that, the 25-year-old is a near lock to resume his role on the power play where he has managed four goals and an assist while averaging 2:36 of ice time per night with the man advantage.
Smith (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Dec. 22, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports.
Due to the retroactive designation, Smith is eligible to return as early as Saturday versus the Stars. The winger was rolling prior to getting hurt, as he'd registered five points in his previous six outings, including two goals and a helper on the power play. The 25-year-old's ability to contribute in all three phases of the game make him a solid option in most fantasy formats.
Smith's initial timeline was 7-to-10 days, but he appears to be progressing ahead of schedule. When healthy this year, the winger has garnered 15 points, five of them on the power play. Colton Sceviour will likely see an uptick in ice time while Smith remains out.
Mike Matheson directed an ill-timed pass to Smith, who turned around and was promptly met with a crushing blow from Detroit defender Niklas Kronwall. Smith had a bloody face as his visor had caught him on the play, but he was able to skate off to the training room without assistance. With consideration to the Christmas break, the report notes that Smith is likely to miss at least the next three games. In other words, he could be out for the remainder of the calendar year.