Smith stopped 21 of 24 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Winnipeg. Smith has cooled off over his last handful of starts, dropping three of his last five with an .883 save percentage in that time. Head coach Dave Tippett has rotated both Smith and Mikko Koskinen smartly throughout the year, but with Koskinen playing his best hockey of the season since the start of March, Smith may see his playing time dwindle down the stretch.
Smith will guard the home cage during Wednesday's matchup with Winnipeg, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Smith struggled in his last start Thursday against Chicago, surrendering four goals on just 21 shots before being replaced by Mikko Koskinen in the second period of the eventual 4-3 loss. The veteran backstop will attempt to bounce back in a home matchup with a hot Jets club that's currently riding a three-game winning streak.
Smith gave up four goals on 21 shots Thursday in a 4-3 loss to Chicago. It wasn't the sharpest night for Smith, who was beaten on a wraparound and two long shots through traffic among the four goals and was pulled just over midway through the second period. The loss was just Smith's second in regulation time since the turn of the New Year. He fell to 19-11-6 overall this season with a 2.88 GAA and .905 save percentage.
Smith will be between the pipes on the road versus Chicago on Thursday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports. Smith is riding a two-game winning streak in addition to being undefeated in regulation in his last six outings. During that stretch, the veteran netminder has posted a 4-0-2 record, 2.62 GAA and .911 save percentage. The Ontario native figures to continue carrying the load heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
Smith stopped 27 of 30 shots in Monday's 8-3 win over the Predators. The game was tied at three after two periods, but the Oilers' offense rattled off five goals in the third to secure a big win for Smith. The 37-year-old goalie improved to 19-10-6 with a 2.88 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 37 contests. It's not always pretty, but Smith is getting wins right now -- that carries value in fantasy.
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