Smith would like to return to the Flames next season, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Smith seized the starting job in 2019 after losing out to David Rittich earlier in the season. Smith went 13-12-1 with a 2.62 GAA and a .910 save percentage from the start of January to the end of their first-round series with the Avalanche, appearing in 26 games. Smith is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and at 37 years old, the Flames want to limit their commitment to the goalie to retain some cap flexibility.
Smith allowed five goals on 32 shots in Friday's 5-1 season-ending loss to the Avalanche in Game 5. Smith saw a ton of rubber in the series, allowing 17 goals on 205 shots for a .917 save percentage to go with a 3.20 GAA over five games. Smith can't be faulted much for the failures of the team in front of him, but he was also not good enough in Game 5 to keep its season going. Smith will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and it's unclear what the future holds for the 37-year-old coming off an up-and-down year.
Smith will guard the goal in Friday's Game 5 against the Avalanche in Calgary, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Smith was tested early and often during Wednesday's Game 4. The veteran netminder held up well, turning aside 49 of 52 shots, but he ultimately suffered a third consecutive loss due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The veteran netminder will look to stay sharp and help his team stave off elimination by picking up his second victory of this postseason at home Friday.
Smith made 49 saves on 52 shots, but took the loss in a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Avalanche in Wednesday's Game 4. Smith has stopped 99 shots in the last two games, but he has nothing to show for it with a pair of losses. With the Flames down 3-1 in the series, it would be justified for coach Bill Peters to turn to David Rittich for a change of pace, but none of Smith's losses have truly been his fault. No starter for Friday's Game has been confirmed at this time.
Smith will be between the pipes on the road against Colorado for Wednesday's Game 4 matchup, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Smith faced a barrage of rubber in the last two games (95 shots) while allowing nine goals to find the back of the net. The veteran will need some help if he is going to stop the Avs from running away with the series, particularly from his defensemen in limiting the number of shot attempts.
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