Smith agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.4 million pact with Edmonton on Thursday, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Smith is coming off a solid regular season in which he went 21-6-2 with three shutouts, a 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage in 32 appearances. Unfortunately, the veteran netminder flopped in the playoffs, getting swept by Winnipeg while posting a .912 save percentage. Heading into the upcoming season, Smith should continue to see the bulk of the workload but may have to share some of the starts with Mikko Koskinen and/or Alex Stalock.
Smith allowed four goals on 43 shots in Monday's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg in Game 4.
After allowing five goals in Game 3, Smith had another tough regulation for the Oilers but was fabulous in overtime, stopping Nikolaj Ehlers in close late in the first OT. Unfortunately for Smith, a Kyle Connor breakaway in the third overtime snuck past the 39-year-old and eliminated the Oilers. The Kingston native allowed 12 goals in series, including three in overtime, and is a pending UFA this offseason.
Smith will start Monday's Game 4 in Winnipeg, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Starting a 39-year-old goaltender for the second time in as many nights with the season on the line isn't an ideal scenario for the Oilers, but they don't have much of a choice given how shaky backup Mikko Koskinen looked down the stretch. Smith imploded late in Game 3 as the Oilers blew a 4-1 third-period lead and suffered a third consecutive loss at the hands of the Jets, but Smith will need to put that disappointment behind him quickly and refocus for this elimination game.
Smith surrendered five goals on 37 shots in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets in Game 3.
The Oilers should have had this game after Jujhar Khaira put them ahead 4-1 early in the third period. Instead, they fell apart over the final 10 minutes of regulation, and Smith was unable to hang onto the lead. A set play off a faceoff in overtime led to Nikolaj Ehlers completing the Jets' comeback and Smith taking his third straight loss in the playoffs. Smith can't blame a lack of offense in Game 3, but now the Oilers will have to pull off a reverse sweep if they're to advance, starting with Monday's Game 4. A starting goalie for that contest has yet to be named.
Smith will start Sunday's Game 3 in Winnipeg, Paul Gazzola of the Oilers' official site reports.
Smith has stopped 53 of 56 shots through two games, but the Oilers find themselves in a 2-0 series hole due to an inability to solve Connor Hellebuyck at the other end. All Smith can do is keep holding up his end of the bargain and hope Connor McDavid and company get finally get going in front of him.
Smith made 35 saves on 36 shots in Friday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Jets in Game 2.
Smith carried a shutout through regulation, but he was beat on Paul Stastny's goal 4:06 into overtime. The 39-year-old Smith has played well in the first two games of the series, allowing just three goals on 56 shots, but the Oilers have only mustered one goal of support. He'll likely get another starting nod for Sunday's Game 3 in Winnipeg.
Smith is expected to tend the twine for Friday's Game 2 home clash with Winnipeg, per Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic.
Smith faced just 20 shots in Game 1, his third-lowest total this season, but still conceded a pair of goals and dropping Game 1 to the underdog Jets. While the 39-year-old Smith reached the 20-win mark for the third time in his last four seasons, he is still squaring off with the 2019-20 Vezina Trophy winner in Connor Hellebuyck and likely can't afford many bad outings, even with the high-powered offense in front of him.
Smith gave up two goals on 20 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Jets in Game 1. The last two goals were empty-netters.
Smith wasn't necessarily bad -- the goals against him came on a rebound and a deflection. The Oilers didn't give him much help in the contest. The 39-year-old netminder had a fair amount of success against the Jets in the regular season, posting a .936 save in five outings. He'll likely be back between the pipes for Friday's Game 2.
Smith will protect the home goal in Wednesday's Game 1 versus the Jets, per the NHL media site.
It comes as no surprise Smith gets the start in Game 1. The 39-year-old had a 21-6-2 record with a 2.31 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 32 regular-season outings, easily establishing himself as the Oilers' No. 1 option in goal. He won four of his five appearances against the Jets this year, allowing only nine goals on 140 shots in those games.
Smith stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Montreal on Wednesday.
Smith earned his second straight victory, and fourth in his last five starts, after teammate Dominik Kahun struck for the winner less than 30 seconds into overtime. After a rather middling first season in Edmonton in which he logged a .902 save percentage, the 39-year-old Smith has been slump-proof in 2020-21, going 21-6-2 with a 2.31 GAA and .923 save percentage. It remains to be seen if Smith will draw the starting assignment or get the day off for Saturday's regular-season finale.
Smith will defend the blue paint during Wednesday's road matchup with Montreal, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Smith wasn't great in his last start Saturday against the Canucks, surrendering three goals on just 25 shots, but he was still able to secure his 20th win of the season thanks to solid goal support from his teammates. He'll try to extend his personal winning streak to four games in a road matchup with a Canadiens club that will be resting a number of key players including Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Petry.
Smith stopped 22 of 25 shots in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Canucks.
A back-and-forth second period made it a close game, but Smith was perfect in the third period to preserve a one-goal lead. The 39-year-old improved to 20-6-2 with a 2.28 GAA and a .924 save percentage through 31 appearances. Smith has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career and will likely be leaned on heavily in the playoffs.
Smith will defend the blue paint during Saturday's home game versus the Canucks, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Smith was excellent in his last start Tuesday against Vancouver, stopping 28 of 29 shots en route to a comfortable 4-1 victory. He'll attempt to earn his 20th win of the season in a home matchup with the same Canucks club Saturday.
Smith stopped 21 of 23 shots in relief of Mikko Koskinen in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Canucks.
Smith came into the game after Koskinen failed to make a save on the first four Canucks shots. The 39-year-old Smith wasn't part of the decision Thursday. He has a 19-6-2 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 30 appearances, and the Ontario native figures to be the Oilers' primary goalie once the playoffs get underway.
Smith allowed only one goal on 29 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Canucks.
A somewhat fluky Brock Boeser goal in the opening minute was the only puck to get behind Smith on Tuesday. The 39-year-old goalie improved to 19-6-2 with a 2.25 GAA and a .925 save percentage through 29 appearances. He's likely to get another look against the Canucks on Thursday.
Smith will start Tuesday's game in Vancouver, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Smith continues to have one of the best seasons of his lengthy NHL career, putting up a sparkling .924 save percentage and 2.30 GAA across 28 games. He'll face a Canucks squad that's lost five straight contests.
Smith stopped 29 of 30 shots in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flames.
The final score made it look more lopsided than it was -- Smith had to protect a one-goal lead for the better part of half the game, The 39-year-old did so admirably, avenging a loss suffered versus the Flames on Thursday. Smith improved to 18-6-2 with a 2.30 GAA and a .924 save percentage across 28 appearances. The Oilers next play a pair of games against the Canucks on Monday and Tuesday -- Smith and Mikko Koskinen will likely split those contests.
Smith will face the Flames on Saturday, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
This comes as no surprise, as Smith has been an absolute workhorse between the pipes this season -- he's appeared in 27 of the team's last 35 games dating back to Feb. 8. He continues to have one of the best seasons of his career, as well (2.35. GAA, .922 save percentage), so he makes for a fantastic fantasy play behind the usually-potent Oilers offense.
Smith allowed three goals on 30 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Smith didn't get much help from his Oilers teammates Thursday, as opposing goalie Jacob Markstrom silenced the Edmonton superstars. The 39-year-old Smith dropped to 17-6-2 with a 2.35 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 27 outings. He'll likely get another look at the Flames in Saturday's rematch, as Smith should be favored to see most of the starts until the Oilers clinch a playoff spot.
Smith will draw the start for Thursday's home game against Calgary.
Smith will get his seventh start out of the past eight games, as he's gone 4-2-0 along with a 2.02 GAA and .937 save percentage over his past six appearances. The 39-year-old has enjoyed success this campaign against Calgary, going 4-2-0 along with a .903 save percentage and 2.85 GAA. It appears a strong matchup on paper Thursday, as the Flames offense sits 25th in the league in goals per contest this year (2.59).
|Last 7 Games|
|05/24||@ WPG||L 3-4 (3 OT)||1||4||39||43|
|05/23||@ WPG||L 4-5 (OT)||1||5||32||37|
|05/21||vs WPG||L 0-1 (OT)||1||1||35||36|
|05/19||vs WPG||L 1-4||1||2||18||20|
|05/12||@ MON||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||26||29|
|05/08||vs VAN||W 4-3||1||3||22||25|
|05/06||vs VAN||L 3-6||2||21||23|
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