Smith signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Oilers on Saturday.
Smith played 39 games for the Oilers last season and posted a .902 save percentage and 2.95 GAA -- both marks worse than Mikko Koskinen's stats. However, Smith recorded a team-high 19 wins and served as a steady backup. The two netminders operated in a 1A-1B capacity last season and will likely follow a similar plan in the upcoming campaign. Smith won't be a dependable fantasy asset unless Koskinen gets hurt.
Smith was pulled after yielding five goals on 23 shots in a 6-4 loss to Chicago in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Saturday.
Perhaps the first goal he surrendered was the omen. The usually sure-handed playmaker gaffed with the puck and Dylan Strome banked it into the net off Smith's back. The Oilers were down 4-1 after one and it only took 6:32 for the Hawks to pot another power-play goal and send Smith to the bench. Given that he had been outperformed by Mikko Koskinen in the regular season, Smith may have seen his last ice this postseason.
Smith will patrol the crease during Saturday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Smith was outplayed by Mikko Koskinen during the regular season, but he has far more NHL playoff experience than Koskinen, which likely factored into coach Dave Tippett's decision to give him the nod for Game 1. The 38-year-old will attempt to pick up his first win of the postseason in a matchup with a Chicago club that he went 1-2-0 against in three starts during the regular season.
Coach Dave Tippett plans to use both Smith and Mikko Koskinen during the playoffs, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Smith and Koskinen split the load pretty evenly during the regular season, so although teams generally rely on one netminder during the postseason, this news doesn't come as a complete surprise. Smith has posted a 19-12-6 record while maintaining a 2.95 GAA and .902 save percentage through 39 appearances this campaign.
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.
Smith will defend the cage on the road for Monday's matchup with Nashville, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Smith hasn't suffered a regulation defeat in his last five contests, as he posted a 3-0-2 record over that stretch along with a 2.55 GAA. The netminder figures to face significant pressure from a Nashville squad that is averaging 33.3 shots (fourth highest in the league).
Smith made 39 saves on 41 shots in a 3-2 win over the Jets on Saturday.
Smith allowed the two goals in a span of 34 seconds during the second period. He righted the ship and made 18 saves in the third to lock up the win, his sixth in his last nine starts. The 37-year-old improved to 18-10-6 with a 2.87 GAA and a .905 save percentage through 36 outings. The Oilers hit the road, starting with a back-to-back in Nashville on Monday and Dallas on Tuesday -- expect Smith and Mikko Koskinen to split those starts.
Smith will start in Saturday's home game against the Jets, Ken Wiebe of The Athletic reports.
Smith has been superb at home in 2020, recording a .923 save percentage and a 4-0-2 record. This is a solid matchup for Smith to keep it up as well. The Jets have lost three of the last four games and totaled nine goals in that stretch, and they could be without Patrik Laine (foot) in this contest.
Smith gave up four goals on 21 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ducks.
Smith had arguably his worst game since the New Year on Tuesday. The 37-year-old slipped to 17-10-6 with a 2.90 GAA and a .903 save percentage in 35 appearances. The Oilers finish a back-to-back Wednesday in Vegas -- Mikko Koskinen will likely start that game.
Smith will tend the road twine against the Ducks on Tuesday, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Smith took over the starting job when the calendar flipped to 2020, and he's held onto it due to an impressive .920 save percentage and 10-1-3 record in 2020. The Oilers will likely continue to ride the hot hand into a hopeful playoff berth. The Ducks are a favorable matchup to keep it going, too, as they've lost five straight home games and averaged 1.8 goals per contest in that stretch.
Smith stopped 21 of 23 shots in a 4-2 win over the Kings on Sunday.
Smith kept the Kings off the board for most of the first two periods, but Anze Kopitar (on the power play) and Dustin Brown scored against him to make things close over the final 20. The 37-year-old improved to 17-10-5 with a 2.87 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 34 appearances. He's won five of his seven starts in February to establish himself as the Oilers' clear No. 1 option in net.
Smith will patrol the crease for Sunday's contest in Los Angeles.
Smith has allowed three or fewer goals in each of his last 10 outings. During that span, he's 7-1-2 with a strong .921 save percentage and 2.56 GAA. However, he's struggled against the Kings this season, yielding eight goals in two starts against the division rival. He'll look to flip the script against one of the league's lowest-scoring offenses.
Smith stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to Boston on Wednesday.
Smith put together another strong performance for an Edmonton team that was without its best forward (Connor McDavid) and best defenseman (Oscar Klefbom), among others. The only goals Smith allowed both came on breakaways, first by Patrice Bergeron in the opening period and by David Pastrnak in the extra frame. The 37-year-old Smith has lost just one game in regulation since the New Year, going 9-1-4 in that stretch.
Smith will defend the home net against Boston on Wednesday.
Smith has been excellent at home in 2020, recording a 4-0-1 record and .919 save percentage. The Oilers will need to rely on strong goaltending once again with Connor McDavid (quadriceps) out of the lineup, but Smith's in line for a tough battle. The Bruins rank fifth in the league this year with 3.21 goals per road game.
Smith made 28 saves in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes.
The veteran netminder was huge in OT, first denying Teuvo Teravainen then Sebastian Aho on clear breaks before Josh Archibald tucked home the winner for the Oilers. Smith is now 9-1-2 over his last 12 outings, posting a 2.63 GAA and .918 save percentage during that stretch.
Smith will guard the cage for Sunday's road matchup with Carolina.
Smith has performed well in his past five starts, going 3-1-1 along with a 2.75 GAA and .914 save percentage in that span. The 37-year-old will likely be busy in net Sunday, as the Hurricanes sit sixth in the league in shots per game this season (32.9). Smith has perhaps deserved a better fate in his career against Carolina (4-10-4 along with a .922 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in 18 appearances).
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