DeSmith stopped 12 of 13 shots after replacing Tristan Jarry midway through the first period in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Flyers.
The Pens' blue-line corps has been atrocious through their first two games of the season, hanging Jarry out to dry and not giving DeSmith much help either after he entered this one. It's not clear which netminder will be in the crease Sunday against the Capitals, but the defense will need to play better to give either one a fighting chance against Alex Ovechkin and company.
DeSmith, who was expected to be promoted from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, will remain in the minors after losing his passport.
The Penguins are traveling to Montreal, so DeSmith couldn't come on the trip without his passport. The team recalled Emil Larmi from ECHL Wheeling instead to back up Matt Murray so Tristan Jarry didn't have to travel. DeSmith still hasn't made his season debut at the top level this year, and he's posted a .909 save percentage and 10-8-2 record in the AHL ranks.
DeSmith will be promoted from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in order to serve as the backup against Montreal on Saturday.
Before Penguins fans jump to conclusions, DeSmith's promotion is only occuring to avoid having Tristan Jarry travel ahead of Sunday's matchup with Florida, rather than the result of an injury. The 28-year-old DeSmith will link up with the team in Montreal, slot in as the backup behind Matt Murray and then return to the minors. With the Baby Pens, the New Hampshire native is 10-8-2 with a 2.82 GAA and .909 save percentage.
DeSmith was designated for waivers by the Penguins on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
DeSmith may have been the preferred option behind Matt Murray, but he makes nearly double that of Tristan Jarry and the Penguins are hurting for cap space. If the club can make a salary dump at some point down the road, the 28-year-old DeSmith would likely find himself back in Pittsburgh, assuming he clears waivers ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
DeSmith will start and play the entire game Saturday against Columbus.
The fact that Taylor is expected to go the distance Saturday will make him a popular play in daily contests. The 28-year-old netminder was rock solid in his preseason debut Monday against Buffalo, turning aside 23 of 25 shots. He's' firmly entrenched as the Penguins' backup netminder heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
DeSmith will patrol the crease in Monday's preseason tilt against Buffalo, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
DeSmith will battle with Tristan Jarry to decide the Penguins' No. 2 netminder behind Matt Murray prior to the start of the regular season. The 28-year-old was the team's main backup option last season, recording a .916 save percentage and 2.75 GAA in 36 appearances.
DeSmith stopped 12 of 13 shots after replacing Matt Murray early in the second period of Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Blues.
The only goal the 27-year-old gave up came on the power play. DeSmith is dialed in right now -- he was coming off a shutout of the Sabres on Thursday -- and while Murray's recent play has been mostly sharp as well, the Penguins should be confident they can give their backup a little more work down the stretch if they want to try and get Murray some extra rest before the playoffs.
DeSmith made 26 saves in Thursday's 5-0 win over Buffalo for his third shutout of 2018-19.
DeSmith is the third straight netminder to blank the Sabres. The Penguins backup will see his record move to 15-11-5 following Thursday's win, to go along with a 2.77 GAA and .916 save percentage. DeSmith hadn't played since Feb. 21, but he could find himself back in net over the weekend, as Pittsburgh gets set to play a back-to-back with games Saturday and Sunday.
DeSmith will be between the pipes against the Sabres on the road Thursday.
DeSmith will be making his first appearance in goal since Feb. 21 versus San Jose. Coach Mike Sullivan went with starter Matt Murray in nine straight, including a pair of back-to-backs, but will finally give the No. 1 a night off. With the Penguins' playoff spot far from clinched, DeSmith could find himself watching more often than not down the stretch.
DeSmith stopped 29 of 33 shots in Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Sharks.
All four goals against DeSmith came on special teams -- three with the Sharks on the power play and one with San Jose shorthanded. San Jose put this one away early with a trio of first-period goals, and Pittsburgh's offense never showed up to bail DeSmith out.
DeSmith will work in the home crease Thursday against the Sharks, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
DeSmith has seen a steep decline in his play between the pipes recently, letting in three or more goals in seven of his last eight appearances and all of his last seven starts. Over that span, he owns a lackluster 4.13 GAA and .882 save percentage, though he's fared slightly better (3.64 GAA and .901 save percentage) on home ice. Next up is a Sharks club that leads the league in road scoring (3.65 goals per game) and ranks second in scoring during February, averaging four goals.
DeSmith stopped 39 of 44 shots in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Rangers.
All three periods followed the same pattern -- Pittsburgh would jump out to a lead before New York squared things up by intermission, and the Rangers simply ran out of time to close the gap after the Pens grabbed a 6-3 lead midway through the third. Despite the victory, DeSmith has now given up at least five goals in three of his last five starts, keeping him firmly behind Matt Murray on the depth chart.
DeSmith will protect the home cage in Sunday's game versus the Rangers, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
DeSmith will return to the blue paint after relieving Matt Murray during Saturday's loss to the Flames. He has struggled since the calendar flipped to 2019, posting a 1-4-1 record and an ugly .887 save percentage in the process. DeSmith will look to buck that trend against the league's 25th-ranked offense, although the Rangers have scored 13 goals over the last three outings.
DeSmith replaced Matt Murray to begin the third period Saturday and stopped all seven shots he faced in a 5-4 loss to the Flames.
The Penguins were down 5-2 when DeSmith entered the game, and while they weren't able to complete the comeback, the 27-year-old gave them a chance with a couple of big early saves. Expect him to be between the pipes Sunday afternoon against the Rangers as DeSmith looks for only his second win in eight outings since the calendar flipped to 2019.
DeSmith allowed five goals on 34 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Lightning on Saturday.
That doesn't really speak to how well DeSmith played at times in this one. The first goal the Penguins gave up came in a 2-on-0 situation, where DeSmith had no chance, and the Penguins also gave up their league-leading 12th shorthanded marker. For the most part, DeSmith played well enough to keep Pittsburgh close in the third period. Still, owners can't like his 1-4-1 record and .877 save percentage since Jan. 6. Overall, he is 13-10-5 with a 2.78 GAA and .916 save percentage this season.
DeSmith will get the starting nod on the road versus the Lightning on Saturday.
DeSmith will appear in consecutive games for the first time since mid-December due to an injury to Matt Murray (upper body), who is at least healthy enough to serve as the backup. The 27-year-old DeSmith will be making his 31st appearance in the nets for the Pens this season, having gone 13-9-5 with two shutouts and a 2.69 GAA. The New Hampshire native could see some extra work down the stretch in order to keep Murray rested for a postseason run.
DeSmith allowed three goals on 42 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Panthers on Thursday.
The Penguins managed to scrap together enough scoring to force overtime, but DeSmith wasn't able to capture the win in the extra period. While it was a better performance, he is still just 1-4-0 with an .882 save percentage since Jan. 6. Behind a strong start, DeSmith is 13-9-5 with a 2.69 GAA and .918 save percentage in 30 appearances, but he's hard to trust as a streaming option at the moment.
DeSmith will start in goal Thursday evening against host Florida, Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan's decision regarding who to start became a no-brainer once it was determined that Matt Murray would be unavailable due to an upper-body injury. Still, DeSmith only has one win in four games to go along with an egregious 4.35 GAA and .867 save percentage in 2019. He'll try to get back on track against a Panthers club that ranks 13th in the league in scoring by means of averaging 3.06 goals per game.
DeSmith allowed three goals on 40 shots in a 5-3 victory against the Senators on Friday.
Two of the three Senators goals came on the power play, and two of them were also late in the third period with the game seemingly in hand. It was a little disappointing to see those go in because DeSmith could have had a really big night, but he still snapped a three-game losing streak during which he posted a save percentage below .870 in each contest. DeSmith improved to 13-9-4 with the win, and he has a 2.69 GAA with a .918 save percentage this season.
DeSmith will start in the home goal Friday against the Senators, Josh Getzoff of Pens TV reports.
DeSmith's first half ended on a sour note, with the 27-year-old netminder allowing four or more goals in each of his final three starts. He will look for better results against a Senators team that averaged three goals per game in January.
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