No I like Smith there. Smith is playing his best on that 2nd line. Sucks that SDC doesn't have more talented linemates, but the Michalek line needs a physical presence, and SDC needs defensively responsible wingers.
49 shots tonight or whatever. Forwards played well, need more finish but what can you do, hot goalie and they're mostly grinders.
Defense needs to be fixed though.
Zibanejad - Turris - Alfredsson
Michalek - Smith - Silfverberg
Condra - Da Costa - O'Brien
Greening - Regin - Neil
Love the guy, and he still does a lot of little things right (Phillips) ..But man, MacLean must pull his hair out trying to find the right 2nd and 3rd pairings on D where Phillips lack of speed won't be a big liability
i think he's been playing better overall and is going to get even better as he plays more. benoit is all over the ice (in a good way), skates all the way back and makes saves on the goal line, blocks more shots, is almost as good offensively. gonchar makes more mistakes.
only thing he is lacking in comparison is veteran leadership.
edit:maybe a bit harsh based on his first game back. let's see how they compare in the next 5. (5.5 mil vs .650)
Benoit has been very good. He's made maybe a couple mistakes and it just so happens that those mistakes were capitalized on for goals. Ottawa hasn't been able to do the same against other teams with consistency -- it's just a matter of opportunities. Benoit has been playing well and there's no reason to start piling on him because of one game.