With all the injuries in Detroit, they are desperate and have resulted to moving D-men up front. Smith says that he has not played forward since he was 15/16 and playing AAA on a line with Sam Gagner and John Tavares. Unfortunately for him, his linemates are likely going to be Cory Emmerton and Teemu Pulkkinen, a small step-down from Gagner and Tavares I'd say.
Smith (shoulder) returns to the Red Wings lineup tonight.
Smith missed the last six games, in which the Red Wings went 0-5-1. Smith has had a slow start to the season with just one assist and a minus-7 rating in 11 games. He will dress as the Red Wings seventh defensman vs. the Predators tonight. He has no fantasy value until he starts putting numbers on the stat sheet.
Smith has missed the last six games after suffering a shoulder injury on November 2. Once considered a top-prospect with loads of offensive upside, Smith had just eight assists in 34 games last season and has only recorded a single assist with a minus-7 rating in 11 games this year. The Red Wings may dress seventh defensemen tomorrow, so it is unknown where Smith will slot in.
Smith (shoulder) does not appear to be ready to return tomorrow vs. Washington.
Smith skated on the Red Wings extra pair this morning suggesting he will not be in the lineup tomorrow. Smith has missed the last four games after being injured on November 2. He has one assist and a minus-7 rating in 11 games.
Smith was ruled out of tonight's game on Monday but he could dress on Friday vs. Washington or Saturday vs. the Islanders. Smith has struggled to start the 2013-14 season with one assist and a minus-7 rating in 11 games. Xavier Ouellet will play again tonight.
Smith is eligible to come off of IR and play on Tuesday, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says he is not ready. Xavier Ouellet will stay in the lineup. Consider him questionable for Friday vs. Washington.
The Red WIngs have placed Brendan Smith (shoulder) on IR.
The Red WIngs announced that the injury will cost him at least a week, so the move to IR allows them to recall Adam Almquist. Smith has had a rough start to the season posting just one assist and a minus-7 rating in 11 games.
Babcock said Smith is back in the lineup tomorrow in place of White.
Smith was a minus-5 in his last five games which led to him being a healthy scratch in the Red WIngs last two games. He is Detroit's top-defensive prospect and at the age of 24. He has five assists in 26 games this season.
Brendan Smith says he has AC sprain of right shoulder. Out 3-4 weeks he estimates.
The original diagnosis for Smith's return was 10-14 days so 3-4 weeks isn't good news for Smith and Red Wings fans. Smith has played well for the Wings this year but it hasn't shown up on the scoresheet. He won't be fantasy relevant until he can score with some regularity.