DeSmith stopped 23 of 27 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks. Chicago's last two tallies came into an empty net, softening the blow to DeSmith's stats. It's just the second time this season the 27-year-old has given up more than three goals in a game, and only his second regulation loss in his last 10 starts (6-2-2). The timing may not have been great with Matt Murray freshly off IR, but DeSmith has likely earned enough credit to hang onto the No. 1 job for now.
DeSmith will get the starting nod on the road versus Chicago on Wednesday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports. While Matt Murray (lower body) has been taken off injured reserve, DeSmith will continue to defend the cage while Murray serves as the backup. The 27-year-old Smith has registered a 9-4-4 record in 20 appearances this season, along with a pair of shutouts and a 2.34 GAA. The backup netminder was taking starts away from Murray prior to the Thunder Bay native getting hurt and may have played his way into a goalie split moving forward.
DeSmith stopped 25 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime during Monday's 2-1 shootout win over the islanders. The 27-year-old only got beaten once during the five-round shootout to cap another strong performance. DeSmith has now allowed three goals or fewer in eight straight starts, posting a 6-1-1 record, 2.10 GAA and .927 save percentage over that stretch, and even with Matt Murray (lower body) close to returning to action, DeSmith will be tough to dislodge from the starting job given his current form.
DeSmith will be between the pipes on the road against New York on Monday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports. DeSmith is coming off a tough overtime loss, in which he gave up just two goals on 29 shots. The netminder has been solid in his previous three tilts, a 2-0-1 record and 2.32 GAA, and should continue to carry the load until Matt Murray (lower body) is cleared to return -- although the 27-year-old DeSmith had been starting over Murray before the Thunder Bay native was injured, so how coach Mike Sullivan deploys the two remains to be seen.
DeSmith made 27 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators on Saturday. DeSmith did everything he could Saturday night, other than score. He was coming off two straight wins over the Avs and Isles, but his teammates gave him no help at all. DeSmith remains the starter in Pittsburgh while Matt Murray rehabs from yet another injury. Keep DeSmith on a leash, even when Murray returns. Another ouch is inevitable.
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