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March 3, 2020 12:36 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Nabs helper in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith recorded an assist and three shots on net in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.

Smith had a mid-February scoring binge with six goals over five games, but he then went six straight games without a point before Monday. The 30-year-old Wisconsin native now has 29 points, 167 shots and a plus-18 rating through 65 appearances this year.

February 17, 2020 01:04 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Remains locked-in offensively
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored a goal on a pair of shots in a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Sunday.

Smith swiped home a Rocco Grimaldi rebound to open the scoring just under eight minutes into the second period. The 30-year-old has found the net six times in his last five games, shooting a ridiculous 60 percent in that stretch. Smith's 17 goals and 28 points in 58 games more or less put him right in line to match last season's 21-goal, 38-point output. His fantasy owners have also been rewarded with a career-high plus-21 rating.

February 13, 2020 10:36 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Records first hat trick of career
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored three goals during Thursday's 5-0 win over the Islanders.

What a night for the 30-year-old veteran, as Smith managed to light the lamp three times and needed only two periods to do so. Whatever he's doing has been working, because Smith has now scored five goals in three games and is up to 27 points in 56 games in 2019-20. These types of nights won't come around very often, but Smith is still considered a reliable fantasy asset and has been particularly valuable as of late.

February 11, 2020 02:00 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Scores with man advantage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith potted a power-play goal on two shots in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Canucks.

His 13th goal of the season broke up Jacob Markstrom's shutout bid midway through the second period. Smith has tallied in consecutive games and now has 24 points, 139 shots and a plus-16 rating through 55 appearances this season.

February 9, 2020 12:08 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Trending toward modest point totals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season Saturday in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Oilers.

Now with 23 points through 54 games, Smith is on pace for something resembling the 38 points he posted last season. Unfortunately for most owners, 35-40 point forwards are a dime a dozen in fantasy, so there's little value in holding on to him outside of very deep leagues.

January 19, 2020 09:28 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Tallies on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Sabres.

Smith's third-period marker was a little fluky, as it bounced off Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark before crossing the goal line. It was a much-needed tally for Smith, who had gone without a point in his last five games. Smith's now at 21 points (11 goals, 10 helpers), 125 shots on goal and a plus-12 rating through 47 contests. He'll need to show head coach John Hynes a little more consistency before moving off the fourth line, though.

January 6, 2020 01:56 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Pots pair in shootout loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored two goals, one on the power play, in Sunday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Ducks.

Smith is enjoying the Predators' trip through California -- he's posted four points in two games versus the Kings and the Ducks. The 30-year-old now has 20 points (10 goals, 10 helpers) through 41 games this season. That includes a run of 11 points in his last nine games for the winger.

January 5, 2020 01:40 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Delivers two-point outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored a goal and provided an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Kings.

Smith set up Rocco Grimaldi's opening goal at 10:21 of the first period, and the wingers switched roles as Smith tallied in the third. After an ice-cold start to the year, the 30-year-old has six goals and three helpers in his last eight games. Smith is at 18 points, 107 shots on goal and a plus-13 rating through 40 contests. He's only shot 7.4 percent this season, compared to a 9.3 percent rate in his career, so the Wisconsin native could be in line for positive regression in the second half.

December 17, 2019 11:24 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Best performance of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored twice and added an assist in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Islanders. He also racked up six shots and 12 PIM.

Smith entered the night with only two goals in 32 games this season and managed to double that total by the end of the second period. The three-point night was his first of the year and his six shots were also a season high. Smith wasn't likely rostered by many fantasy owners, let alone in the starting lineup, due to his season-long struggles. However, he scored 20-plus goals in five of the previous six seasons, so he can still be a useful waiver wire add if Tuesday's performance jump-starts his game.

December 8, 2019 02:16 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Supplies helper in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith collected an assist and went plus-3 in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Devils.

Smith had the secondary assist on a Dante Fabbro goal in the first period. The winger will take the points where he can get them -- Smith has just two goals and six assists through 28 appearances this season. The helper snapped a six-game pointless run for the Wisconsin native. He hasn't finished with fewer than 29 points in a non-lockout campaign, but that run of solid middle-six production is in serious danger given the 30-year-old's slow start to 2019-20.

December 2, 2019 02:28 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Zero scoring touch this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith notched just two points in 13 games during the month of November and is averaging the lowest ice time of his career (13:28) while skating on the third line.

Just two seasons removed from a 51-point season, the decline in Smith's offensive numbers has been nothing short of dramatic. He is currently in the final year of a five-year, $21 million contract, leading to speculation he will not be back with the Predators next season. Either way, he should not be in anyone's fantasy lineup right now.

November 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Nabs PP helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith snapped a four-game pointless streak with his first power-play assist of the season in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Canucks.

With just seven points on the season, it's been a steady decline for Smith following his 51-point campaign two years ago. Now 30 years old, Smith is no longer the player he was -- or the one the Preds hoped he would be -- and he now spends most of his time skating on the team's third line. He's best left on the waiver wire in standard fantasy formats.

November 8, 2019 01:32 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Scores second goal of year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored a goal on two shots in a 9-4 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday.

It was only the second goal of the season for the veteran Smith, whose only other tally came Oct. 24 against Minnesota. It's a frustrating start to the season for the 30-year-old, who eclipsed 20 goals in five of the previous six seasons. His track record is too consistent and his supporting cast too talented for him not to get it going sooner than later. Keep an eye on him in case he gets hot.

October 30, 2019 01:16 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Chips in with two assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith picked up a pair of assists and was plus-3 with five shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Chicago.

Smith's line with Nick Bonino (3g) and Rocco Grimaldi (3a) were responsible for every Nashville goal on Tuesday, and Smith seems to have found a bit of a groove with three points in his last three games. He had opened the season with just one assist in his first nine games, and that lone assist came way back on opening night. The 30-year-old has provided 20-plus goals in five of the previous six seasons and there's no reason he can't approach that territory again this season despite the slow start.

October 25, 2019 07:28 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Scores first goal of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored in Thursday's 4-0 win over Minnesota.

Smith's goal came at the 6:58 mark of the third period and was the veteran forward's first twine tickler of the 2019-20 campaign. Smith's struggles in the early stages of the season have seen him move down in the lineup, a development that undeniably hurts his fantasy prospects. Until he rediscovers the form he had back in 2017-18, the year he finished with a career-high 51 points, Smith should remain on the outside looking in as far as fantasy lineups go.

October 13, 2019 11:02 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Struggling on fourth line
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith posted his fourth straight game without a point Saturday against the Kings.

After recording an assist in the season opener, Smith has been very quiet in the last few games. Once a top-six option for the Preds, he has been skating on the fourth line recently with Kyle Turris and Daniel Carr. Last season, Smith took a major step back scoring-wise with just 38 points following a 51-point effort the season before. Expect his numbers to fall even further if his role as a checking-line grinder continues.

April 14, 2019 01:12 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Plays overtime hero
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored the game-winning goal in overtime Saturday in Game 2's 2-1 win over the Stars.

Smith scored off a bouncing puck inside the left circle after a shot hit Stars defender Roman Polak. He came into the postseason with four points (two goals, two assists) in his last five regular-season games, and it looks like Smith is still on the same warm streak.

March 29, 2019 11:32 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Reaches 20 goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins.

The 29-year-old now has four goals and seven points in the last 10 games, giving Smith his fifth career 20-goal campaign. While he remains stuck on a checking line at even strength, he is seeing semi-regular ice time on the power play, so Smith could remain productive through the final games of the regular season and into the playoffs.

March 15, 2019 10:28 AM
Predators' Craig Smith: Nets game-winner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored his 19th goal of the season in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Kings.

The goal turned out to be the game-winner as Pekka Rinne held strong in the crease for the Predators. Smith had three shots and went plus-2 in the contest. He's at 32 points in 66 appearances this season, as well as 188 shots. The third-liner also sees traces of power-play time, where he has picked up seven of his points this year.

March 10, 2019 02:36 PM
Predators' Craig Smith: Gets Preds on scoresheet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith scored a goal in the second period of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes.

Smith has scored in consecutive games, and he also pumped six shots on goal in Saturday's contest. He's up to 18 tallies and 31 points in 64 games this season, as well as 182 shots on goal. Smith's likely to fall short of the 51 points he had last season, but the shot volume makes him a solid addition for owners in deeper formats while he's wielding a hot stick.

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