Smith (lower body) will miss Saturday's season finale against Boston, Mollie Walker of the New York Post reports. Smith finishes the season with 10 points in 48 games. The 32-year-old defenseman will be an unrestricted free agent. His toughness and experience should allow Smith to continue operating in a bottom-pairing role somewhere moving forward, but his time on Broadway has likely come to an end after 235 games with the Rangers.
Smith scored a goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders. Smith scored at 12:16 of the second period, tying the game at 2-2. The 32-year-old blueliner hasn't gotten involved much on offense with three goals and four helpers through 34 appearances. He's added 39 shots on net, 60 hits, 26 blocked shots and 39 PIM while mainly working on the third pairing.
Smith ended a seven-game point drought with his fourth assist of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Washington. Smith got in on the fun during New York's four-goal third period, springing Artemi Panarin on a breakaway with a pinpoint stretch pass. The offensive contribution was nice, but Smith's value comes primarily from his veteran presence and snarl on the Rangers' blue line.
Smith scored his second goal of the season in Thursday's 6-1 win over New Jersey. He rounded out his stat line with a shot, two blocks, a plus-3 rating and five PIM. Smith's goal from the high slot gave the Rangers a 5-1 lead, as backup Devils goaltender Aaron Dell failed to track the puck after it left the front of the net, giving the defenseman plenty of room to shoot at. He also dropped the gloves with Michael McLeod seconds after McLeod wasn't penalized for what looked like a hit from behind. Smith provides physicality from the blue line, having topped 60 PIM in each of the previous seven seasons, but he has never reached the 20-point mark.
Smith scored a goal on his only shot in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers. No. 42 scored his first goal in 42 games, dating back to Dec. 26, 2019. Smith didn't have to do much to give New York a 2-1 third-period lead, as a cross-crease Artemi Panarin pass off a rebound gave Smith an empty net to shoot at, though the veteran blueliner deserves credit for going to the net in the first place on what started as an innocent-looking play. While Smith could see bigger minutes in the short term with New York battling injuries on the blue line, his customary role is as a rotational piece between the third pairing and the press box.
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