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Mike Smith named NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week

This morning, the NHL released their three stars of the week and Edmonton Oilers goaltender, Mike Smith, slid in at number three after a pair of fantastic starts in net.

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When Mike Smith was signed as a free agent this past summer, plenty of us questioned whether or not it was wise to bring in a veteran goaltender whose best days appeared to be behind him. Don’t those concerns seem silly, at this point? Outside of a few gaffs here and there, Mike Smith has been absolutely brilliant between the pipes and a major reason the Oilers are off to one of their best starts that this website has ever seen. With that in mind, I can’t think of a more deserving recipient for a little league recognition based on the week he just had. After stopping 74 of 76 shots, posting a .974 save%, and a 2-0 record, Smith was a force in net for the Oilers and is certainly a worthy candidate for the NHL’s weekly award as one of the league’s top performers.

So far this season, the 37-year-old native of Kingston, Ontario, has played in nine games for the Oilers (5-3-1), and ranks fifth in the NHL with a 2.12 GAA and seventh with a .931 save%.

MIKE SMITH’S SEASON SO FAR

Season GP GS W L T OT SA GA GAA Sv% SO MIN
2019-20 9 9 5 3 0 1 262 18 2.12 .931 1 509
NHL Career 580 560 248 239 69 16,969 1,487 2.69 .912 39 33,186