Smith posted a 29-save shutout in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Kings in Game 7. This was the third shutout in the series between the two teams, and Smith had two of them. He's solidified himself as the Oilers' starter in the playoffs, allowing just 16 goals in seven appearances. Smith and the Oilers will take on either the Flames or the Stars in the second round depending on which of those teams wins their Game 7 on Sunday.
Smith will start Game 7 on Saturday against the visiting Kings, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. The 40-year-old netminder has been mostly fantastic in Round 1, ringing up a .931 save percentage and 2.67 GAA while facing a ton of rubber (38.5 shots per game, on average). Smith will be tasked with backstopping the Oilers to the second round in a winner-take-all Game 7 on home ice, where he went 10-4-1 with marks of .912 and 2.96 this season.
Smith stopped 30 of 32 shots in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Kings in Game 6. Smith had allowed eight goals over his last two games, both losses, but he tightened up Thursday to help the Oilers tie the series at 3-3. The 40-year-old netminder has allowed a combined four goals in the Oilers' three wins and 12 goals in their losses. He'll likely get the nod in a win-or-go-home situation in Game 7 on Saturday.
Smith is expected to start in Los Angeles for Game 6 on Thursday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Despite falling in a 3-2 series hole, the Oilers are sticking with Smith to try and force a Game 7 back in Edmonton. The veteran netminder has posted an impressive .930 save percentage this postseason but he's coughed up eight goals over his last two starts. Tuesday's 5-4 loss was the second time this series that Smith allowed four or more goals.
Smith surrendered five goals on 43 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Kings in Game 5. Smith has faced more than 40 shots in each of the last three games, and he's lost the last two. The Kings outplayed the Oilers for much of the contest, though Smith was able to stabilize things long enough to get the game to overtime, where Adrian Kempe had the decisive goal just 1:12 into the extra session. With 14 goals allowed in five outings, Smith has been just alright in the playoffs. He's likely to start again in a must-win Game 6 on Thursday in Los Angeles.
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