In his return to the Rangers lineup on Friday, Brendan Smith played 14:25, was a minus one and had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that missed the net and 2 hits.
Smith was also called for interference in the first period.
He played all 14:25 at even strength and by period he played:
- First Period: 4:46
- Second Period: 6:17
- Third Period: 3:22
When Smith was on the ice, the Rangers had 17 shot attempts for and only 9 against and 14 shots on goal for and 5 against, but one of those five against was a goal. (Natural Stat Trick)
Prior to the game, Alain Vigneault said of Smith,"need a good game, simple, high percentage with the puck and we need him to bring that physical element that he can bring to the table. He has been working really hard and he's gonna be ready and have a good game."
Following the game, Alain Vigneault said of Smith, "thought he had a good game. Played within his game. Had the opportunity in the first to give us a lead, had two really good looks but their goalie made the saves."