Smith (undisclosed) is ready to perform backup duties in Sunday's game versus the Blues, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. Smith watched from the press box Saturday but is healthy enough to work as a backup in this outing, allowing David Rittich to start for the second straight afternoon. The veteran netminder's next chance to start will be Tuesday in Dallas.
Coach Bill Peters revealed after Wednesday's game against the Flyers that Smith was removed after two periods because he "wasn't right," Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports. Smith reportedly tried to play through the issue but couldn't. The team didn't disclose whether it was an injury or an illness that prevented Smith from taking the ice in the third period, but it could leave his status in doubt for Saturday's contest against the Wild. David Rittich took over for him and almost assuredly would receive the starting nod Saturday if Smith can't go.
Smith allowed four goals on 14 shots before getting pulled in a 6-5 victory against the Flyers on Wednesday. The Flyers scored four times in under eight minutes to begin the second period, so Smith's night ended after the period. It's too bad too because Smith appeared to be turning a corner. He had stopped 56 of 58 shots in his previous two games and came into the night with a six-game winning streak. That streak is still intact, but after Wednesday, Smith's other numbers worsened. He is 11-7-1 with an .888 save percentage and a 2.99 GAA this season.
Smith will guard the goal in Wednesday's home game against the Flyers, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Smith has been red hot over the past few weeks, picking up six consecutive wins while posting an admirable 1.59 GAA and .936 save percentage over that span. The 36-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and secure his 12th victory of the season in a home matchup with a Flyers team that's averaging 3.29 goals per game on the road this campaign, sixth in the NHL.
Smith allowed two goals on 27 shots in a 5-2 victory against the Predators on Saturday. The veteran goaltender laid a bit of a stinker but still won earlier this week, and that's been his only poor performance since Thanksgiving. Smith has won six straight, posting a .936 save percentage and 1.59 GAA. Unfortunately, Smith had such a bad start to the regular season, his season save percentage still sits below .900 and his GAA is hovering around 2.85. At least he's now rewarding those owners who stuck with him through the terrible start.
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