Smith could ascend to the top-six group of forwards, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill hinted at the possibility of breaking up the second line, which would involve Filip Zadina moving down the depth chart in favor of Smith, whom Blashill calls a "net-presence, big-body guy (joining) a playmaking center with a shooter in (Robby) Fabbri." There's no guarantee that Smith will be in the top six for Saturday's game against the Sabres, but the gritty winger really needs a push given that he's recorded only one goal to go with a minus-6 rating through 15 contests.

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