Mike Smith has established himself as a playoff contender one game into the playoffs, but there is a long way to go. Smith recorded a 4-0 shutout and an assist in game one. Smith’s 26 save effort has earned him the starting spot for game two.
During the NHL’s last off-season, the Calgary Flames and the Carolina Hurricanes were very intertwined, where the Flames hired new Coach Bill Peters, signed forward Derek Ryan and, made a trade acquiring Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox.
When you think about goaltending in Calgary, you are often overwhelmed with distant memories of Miikka Kiprusoff, Mike Vernon and Reggie Lemelin. As of recent years there hasn’t been much to obsess over in the Flames’ net until last season when Mike Smith was hot … but the feeling quickly died off.