Smith finished with an assist and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Islanders.
Smith was a healthy scratch for Thursday's opener but was inserted into the lineup with Anthony DeAngelo scratched for disciplinary reasons. The veteran blueliner played like a man who doesn't want to go back to the press box, and coach David Quinn could opt to stick with Smith over Jack Johnson on the third pairing when DeAngelo gets out of the doghouse. Smith's best sequence came on New York's second goal, as he blocked a shot in transition and immediately sent a stretch pass to spring Artemi Panarin on a breakaway, which the Bread Man converted low glove side on Ilya Sorokin.
Smith blocked a shot in 11:27 of ice time in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Boston, playing on the blue line for a third consecutive game.
Smith has been deployed primarily as a fourth-line forward this season, but injuries on the Rangers' blue line have forced him to shift back to his natural position on defense for the last three games. The veteran's versatility is probably his greatest asset, but Smith is a below-average option wherever he plays -- he has just six points in 53 games.
Smith skated just 5:44 in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Canucks.
Smith saw 1:02 as a defenseman on the penalty kill while logging 4:42 as a winger on New York's seldom-used fourth line. Despite his positional versatility, Smith's value is limited given his 3-3-6 line and 31 PIM through 40 games.
Smith scored a goal on one shot and posted three hits in a 2-1 loss to the Canadiens on Friday.
With another goal, Smith already has three this season, putting him only one behind his total last season and two short of his career-best mark. Smith's 12.0 shooting percentage is nearly 8.0 percent higher than his career norm, but that improvement could be due to his position switch from denfenseman to forward. Smith also has three assists, a minus-6 rating, 24 PIM, 11 blocks and 39 hits in 28 games this season.
Smith scored a goal on his only shot and posted three hits against the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
His shooting percentage sits at 9.1 percent, so this scoring pace is unlikely to continue unless he starts registering more shots on net, but Smith already has two goals and five assists. He hasn't recorded more than four goals or 15 points since 2013-14. Smith also has 34 hits in 23 games, putting him on pace for a career high in that category.
Smith dished out two hits and took a two-minute penalty in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Capitals.
Smith continues to operate as a fourth-line forward, but discipline remains a problem for the converted defenseman. The Capitals scored their only goal with Smith in the box, and he's up to 17 PIM in 19 games this season. Smith also has just one point in his past 15 games after starting the season with three points through four games.
Smith generated an assist, two shots on net, two blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Bruins.
As he occasionally does, Smith was bumped from the blue line to the fourth forward line. The Rangers seem content with leaving Smith at forward even when all their skaters are healthy, although his ice time is limited in the bottom six. He has performed well in that role, though, as the 30-year-old now has four points and 23 hits through nine games.
Smith scored a shorthanded empty-netter to seal a 6-4 win over the Jets on Thursday.
Smith opens the 2019-20 campaign in a peculiar role, skating as a fourth-line forward at even strength while being used as a defenseman on the penalty kill -- 3:33 of his 9:02 spent on the ice came while down a man. The swing man spent the offseason learning forward positioning from his brother Reilly of the Golden Knights, and Smith's eligibility at both wing and defense is a nice boon in the fantasy realm, but don't expect much scoring from a guy who has never reached the 20-point mark since cracking the NHL in 2011-12.
Smith finished with one shot over 19:10 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks.
Smith saw a team-high 8:10 of shorthanded ice time, as the referees handed out a pair of five-minute majors and game misconducts to the Rangers in this one, including one to Brendan Lemieux that most observers would agree didn't even deserve a two-minute minor. The versatile blueliner also saw some time among the forward ranks with the Rangers short two guys at the position, just as he had when injuries thinned the forward group earlier this season. Despite his occasional stints on the wing, Smith has just nine points in 52 games.
Smith dished out a helper in Friday's 6-2 win over the Sabres.
The Rangers dressed seven defensemen in this one, of which Smith ranked fifth with 17:01 of ice time, suggesting he's unlikely to be the odd man out should New York shift back to a traditional 12 up front and six on the blue line. Smith hasn't lit the lamp since Nov. 17 and has just two points in his last 18 appearances, so it's safe to keep ignoring him in the majority of formats.
Smith was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Smith recorded a helper Saturday against the Blue Jackets, but that wasn't enough for the oft-scratched blueliner to maintain his lineup spot. The opportunity for playing time created by Neal Pionk's upper-body injury is now being capitalized on by Ryan Lindgren, who was called up from AHL Hartford and plugged in on the blue line at Smith's expense. It appears that Smith -- despite carrying a $4.35 million cap hit -- is destined to watch from the press box more often than not.
Smith (upper body) is out for Saturday's game versus the Panthers.
He suffered an upper-body injury a few days ago but that doesn't appear to be the main problem. The official roster report has Smith listed as a scratch, so it's safe to assume he's healthy. Perhaps the Rangers elected to sit him to give him some extra rest, as a courtesy. Expect Smith to be good to go Monday in Tampa Bay.
Smith picked up an upper-body issue, which landed him in a non-contact jersey at practice Thursday, but he should be a full participant Friday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Smith garnered four points in his previous seven games prior to getting hurt. While it seems likely the blueliner will be available versus Florida on Saturday -- assuming he can ditch the non-contact sweater -- if he can't, Brady Skjei figures to slot into the blue line in his place.
Smith skated 14:06 in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Senators, finishing with one shot, four hits and a minus-1 rating.
The injury-riddled Rangers dressed seven defensemen for this one, with Smith getting some shifts on the blue line and some shifts as a fourth-line forward. Smith has been in and out of the lineup as he shuffles between a third-pairing and seventh defenseman role, so there isn't much to see here in terms of fantasy value.
Smith was held pointless during Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Flames.
Smith was deprived of a goal or an assist through 16:37 of ice time. He wasn't involved on the power play and only managed one shot. The veteran does have two points on the season -- good by his standards -- but hasn't pointed in his last three.
Smith scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks.
Smith's not known for his offense, but he wisely worked his way into the slot to score the tying goal with 2:39 left in regulation. After showing up out of shape and ultimately getting exiled to the AHL for poor play a season ago, Smith has come back hungry and looks like he'll be sticking around with the big club this year.
Smith did not register a point Thursday but managed to block four shots in a 3-2 loss to Nashville.
Finishing a minus-1, Smith was one of three Rangers defensemen to post a minus rating. After being demoted to AHL Hartford for poor performance last season, Smith was a minus-11 in 11 games with New York's AHL affiliate. Suffice to say, the 29-year-old needs to improve his on-ice play, or he could find himself demoted to the minors yet again, or perhaps put on waivers for the second time in as many seasons.
Smith was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Thursday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
While Smith is by no means an offensive force -- his career high is 19 points -- the defenseman's 10-game pointless streak likely factored into the club's decision. If the Ontario native does clear waivers, he will likely be reassigned to AHL Hartford.
Smith fired four shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Flyers.
Smith ranked second on the team in shots behind Rick Nash's seven and also brought a physical element without taking a penalty. He and Wayne Simmonds got into a few physical altercations in front of New York's net, as Smith worked hard to keep Henrik Lundqvist's sight lines clear. Between this effort and Sunday's strong showing against Pittsburgh in which he contributed a goal and a fight, Smith has likely earned himself a role in the lineup despite an ugly minus-5 rating in five appearances since the calendar flipped to 2018.
Smith is still looking for his first tally of the 2017-18 campaign.
Through 26 games, Smith has tallied six helpers, 37 PIM and 35 hits, but the back of the net continues to elude him. Considering the blueliner has never scored more than five goals in a year, long stretches without one probably doesn't phase him. The 2007 first-round pick is clearly more of a defensive-minded player and will offer minimal value even in the deepest of formats.
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