According to a report from Calgary Flames broadcaster Ryan Leslie, Flames goaltender Mike Smith is practicing with the team this morning in Buffalo, New York.
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Wow… how saw this coming!? Just this past weekend Postmedia reporter Kristen Anderson reported that Smith would not travel with his team on their road trip.
On Sunday Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said that Smith would be better served by rehabbing his injury back in Calgary, rather than on the road. And now apparently that’s not the case.
The Flames have been awfully secretive on Smith’s return since the 35-year-old netminder went down with injury nearly a month ago. But one thing’s for sure: the Flames NEED their 2017-18 MVP back in the lineup ASAP. The veteran goaltender has been a revelation in Calgary this season after being acquired by the team from the Arizona Coyotes last offseason. In 47 games, Smith has put up 23 wins, a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
The Flames have struggled without their starting netminder in goal. Rookies Jon Gillies and David Rittich deserve some credit and kudos for their efforts over the past month, but the Flames have dropped four straight and are currently three points back of the Los Angeles Kings for the final Wild Card spot in the NHL’s Western Conference. This is a team that DESPERATELY needs to get Smith back into the lineup. The Flames play the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow and the Ottawa Senators on Friday before returning home for a three-game homestead starting on Sunday. Hopefully they can weather the storm for at least a couple more games and then get Smith back for their upcoming homestead.