Smith-Pelly tied for the team lead with five shots on goal Tuesday against the Ducks.
Smith-Pelly was motivated against his former team, playing his best game of the young season. He's still yet to get on the score sheet after exploding for eight goals and 13 points in 18 games as a 2015-16 trade deadline acquisition.
Smith-Pelly returned from an upper-body injury Saturday, logging 13:41 of ice time in a 5-4 exhibition win over the Rangers.
Smith-Pelly didn't do any damage offensively, though he picked up a tripping penalty and spent close to five minutes on the man advantage. Fortunately, his ailment was never considered serious.
Smith-Pelly will sit out Thursday's preseason contest with New York due to an upper-body injury, Andrew Gross of The Recor reports.
Smith-Pelly, who came over from the Canadiens via trade last season, signed a two-year deal with the Devils during the offseason and figures to be in contention for a spot on the second line. In just 18 games with New Jersey, the winger notched 13 points, one more than he had in his previous 46 outings in Montreal. It seems the 24-year-old is better suited to coach John Hynes style of play, but fantasy owners utilizing Smith-Pelly will likely need to monitor his spot on the depth chart for the entire season given the uncertainty of where he will be lined up.
Smith-Pelly signed a two-year, $2.6 million deal with the Devils on Friday, reports TSN.
The energy winger split the 2015-16 season between Montreal and New Jersey, tallying 14 goals, 11 assists, and 30 PIM in 64 games. Smith-Pelly will likely toil on the third- or fourth-line in Jersey, thus limiting his fantasy value.
Smith-Pelly will not be receiving a qualifying offer from the Devils, making him a free agent, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Smith-Pelly will ultimately spend just one abbreviated season playing for the Devils after being traded from the Canucks in February. During those 18 total outings, the 24-year-old compiled eight goals and five assists. He will officially become a free agent on July 1.
Smith-Pelly scored a goal to go along with two PIM in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
It seemed Smith-Pelly never really got going this season until he was traded to the Devils, where he posted 13 points in 18 games with New Jersey, compared to just 12 points in 46 games with Montreal. Smith-Pelly finishes the season with 14 goals and 11 assists.
Smith-Pelly scored two goals and added an assist in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Wild.
This was the 23-year-old's first career three-point game. Smith-Pelly struggled in Montreal before being traded to New Jersey, but has racked up six goals and three assists in seven games with his new team. He's now equaled his goal production from 46 games with Montreal in only seven games with the Devils.
Smith-Pelly notched a goal and went plus-1 in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks.
While Smith-Pelly wasn't able to gain much traction in Montreal this season, the shores of New Jersey certainly seem to have been a boon to his production thus far. In the first four games with his new team, the 23-year-old has already recorded three goals and an assist. That's a third of the point total he tallied over 46 games with the Habs earlier this season. It's worth at least keeping an eye on Smith-Pelly over the new few games to see if he can keep up this level of production with the Devils.
Smith-Pelly found twine and added an assist in 18:10 of ice time, beating the Predators 5-4 in overtime Thursday.
Smith-Pelly came over from Montreal on Monday, bringing a relatively disappointing campaign with him. However, the winger was on ice for a season-high, which bodes well for his opportunities moving forward. The 23-year-old may only have 14 points on the year, but keep watch on the former second-round pick, as his potential increase in minutes could lead to improved production.
Smith-Pelly was traded by the Habs to the Devils in exchange for Stefan Matteau on Monday.
A second-round pick by the Ducks in 2010, Smith-Pelly has failed to break out thus far at the NHL level. He skated in 46 games for Les Habs this year, collecting only 12 points in 46 games while averaging 11 minutes. He did, however, score a goal the other day against Toronto, so there's that. The Devils will likely roll him out as a bottom-six winger; prospective fantasy owners should temper their enthusiasm accordingly.
Smith-Pelly scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday night's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
Smith-Pelly was in the right place at the right time, after P.K. Subban did the heavy lifting and threw a back-hander toward the net that caromed in off Smith-Pelly's skate. He got some extra TOI (13:51) due to an injury to Brian Flynn that will keep him out six-to-eight weeks.
Smith-Pelly scored Montreal's first goal in Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Smith-Pelly's been in and out of the lineup as a healthy scratch since the beginning of December and usually doesn't provide much when he's active. Tuesday night's goal was his first since Nov. 25 when found the back of the net twice against the Rangers.
Smith-Pelly will be a healthy scratch from Monday night's game against Tampa Bay, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien will activate Sven Andrighetto, who gives the team a better scoring touch than Smith-Pelly. The move makes sense as Montreal has been in an offensive malaise during a 2-10-1 stretch.
Smith-Pelly returned to the active lineup Tuesday after missing eight games with a lower-body injury.
Smith-Pelly skated on the fourth line and had two shots in 11:59 TOI in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
Smith-Pelly returns to the lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Wild, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
Smith-Pelly has missed Montreal's previous eight games with a lower-body injury. The winger hit a rough patch prior to being injured, registering just three points in his last 10 outings. The 23-year-old will look to help the Canadians end their four-game losing streak.
Smith-Pelly (lower body) participated in Monday's morning skate but won't fully rejoin practice for at least another week, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Smith-Pelly has missed the past four games and it appears he'll miss another three, with his earliest return date coming Dec. 21 against the Predators.
Smith-Pelly (lower body) won't play Thursday against the Red Wings.
Smith-Pelly is still dealing with a lower-body injury he likely suffered in last Thursday's game against the Capitals, and won't suit up for Thursday's matchup with Detroit as a result. The ailment isn't believed to be overly serious, so Smith-Pelly could return to action as soon as Saturday against Ottawa. He's still on injured reserve, however, so the Canadiens should announce his activation once the 23-year-old winger is fit to play.
Smith-Pelly (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The move is retroactive to December 3, meaning that Smith-Pelly won't be eligible to suit up until Thursday's tilt in Detroit. In Smith-Pelly's absence, Daniel Carr scored in his first-career game this Saturday.
Smith-Pelly (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Hurricanes, TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie reports.
The report describes the injury as "small", and notes that the Canadiens have simply opted to give Smith-Pelly a chance to rest, so it seems unlikely that the 23-year-old winger will be forced to miss any additional action beyond Saturday's contest. Recently recalled Daniel Carr will make his NHL debut Saturday evening against Carolina in Smith-Pelly's absence.
Smith-Pelly took advantage of his first-line role Wednesday, scoring his second and third goals of the year in a win over the Rangers.
After missing one game with a lower-body injury, Smith-Pelly slotted back in impressively, making the Habs forget all about the loss of Brendan Gallagher for a night. The 15:06 he skated in this one represents a major leap in usage for Smith-Pelly, who hadn't previously seen more than 13:44 of ice time this year. The 23-year-old's got some legit fantasy upside as long as he gets to skate with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.
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