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by Monica McAlister on 10/12/13 at 11:20 AM ET
Changes coming to Detroit's blueline tonight as Brendan Smith will sit.
added 1:34pm (Paul), Smith not sure why he is not playing..
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Smith is a minus-4 through four games this season and has yet to register a point.
“There’s always things to improve but I don’t know what I need to do to get myself back in the lineup,” said Smith, who added he was never told why he was being sat. “I’m just going to keep plugging away. I am a minus-4 but if you watch those goals, I don’t think there’s a breakdown on my side. It is what it is. I’m just going to keep plugging away.”
Brian Lashoff will replace Smith on the blue line.
Smith was one the ice for a number of Phoenix’s odd-man rushes in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
“Last game I got caught twice and that definitely could have been the reason (why I’m) not in the lineup,” Smith said. “(Kyle) Quincey backed me up and saved me there but that happens all over the game where we’re backing guys up. I guess that game (he wasn’t good), I think I’ve been good in the other games, so I don’t know.”
Smith was a minus-2 in the game.
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