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, N.Y. (AP) With the Flames slipping out of playoff contention, goalie Mike Smith would prefer nothing more than to be back in net for Calgary’s next game, at Buffalo.Knowing that’s not in the cards, Smith settled on accepting the next step in recovering from a lower body injury by practicing with the Flames for the first time in nearly a month on Tuesday.”It’s the worst feeling as a guy who wants to be in there every game and wants to help the team win,” Smith said after taking part in an optional practice a day before Calgary plays the Sabres.”A piece of you feels like you’re letting the team down by sitting there and watching,” he added. ”That’s the sucky part of the position and the sport. But that’s part of the deal. So you’ve got to deal with it.”Though still experiencing some soreness Jordan Nolan Jersey Womens
, Smith was encouraged following the half-hour session while saying it’s premature to determine how much more time he’ll miss.”I’d like to tell you that, but your guess is as good as mine. I think it’s just day by day,” he said. ”I’m trying to improve every day, strengthen, get comfortable, and when I’m ready I’ll know.”Smith has been out since being hurt in the final seconds of a 3-2 win at the New York Islanders on Feb. 11.After spending much of the past week skating on his own Zack Smith Jersey
, Smith at least felt healthy enough to travel from Calgary to rejoin the Flames, who are in the midst of a three-game road swing that closes at Ottawa on Thursday.The Flames could use any type of boost after having gone 0-3-1 in their past four following a 4-3 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Monday. And they’re 3-6-2 while allowing 40 goals in 11 games since Smith was hurt.In that time, Calgary has gone from sitting third in the Pacific Division to 11th in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff picture. With 15 games left, the Flames entered Tuesday with 74 points, three behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Kings.”There’s still time left and games left,” Smith said. ”I think we’re a good team. It’s time now to put all the chips in Ryan O'Reilly Jersey Womens
, and we need every guy working on all cylinders here.”With a 23-16-6 record, Smith has provided the Flames much-needed stability in net after being acquired in a trade with Arizona in June. His 2.53 goals-against average ranks 12th and 0.921 save percentage is ninth among goalies with 30 or more games played.Without the 12-year veteran, the Flames are leaning on a rookie tandem of Jon Gillies and David Rittich, who have combined to appear in 25 career NHL games.Gillies is 2-2-1 in six games, including a 35-save outing in a 5-2 win at Arizona on Feb. 22. Rittich is 1-4-1, and allowed seven goals on 26 shots in a 7-3 loss at Vegas on Feb. 21.Coach Glen Gulutzan defended his goalies by saying the team has to play better as a whole. And yet Brian Elliott Jersey
, he acknowledged how much of a difference Smith can make both in stopping shots and being one of the league’s best puck-handling goalies.”There’s no scapegoat on goaltending here,” Gulutzan said. ”We’re still fighting. And if we get him back, I think it’s great. It helps you win when you get an elite guy back.”— EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings goalie Jack Campbell will be out for at least a month after surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, dealing another blow Monday to the NHL’s last-place team.Los Angeles (5-10-1) is without its top two goalies after Campbell’s injury followed Jonathan Quick’s surgery last month to repair a meniscus tear in his own knee.Campbell will be out for four to six weeks after getting hurt in a 1-0 loss to Calgary last Saturday. Quick is two weeks into his own recovery period, which is also estimated at four to six weeks by the Kings.Campbell had played well in his first extensive NHL experience after coming into this season with just two career games in the league. The 26-year-old former first-round draft pick is 5-7-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.Peter Budaj http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-claude-giroux-jersey
, who excelled during a stint as the Kings’ starter during Quick’s last major injury absence two seasons ago, is the Kings’ likely starter until Quick returns. Budaj has appeared in just one game for the Kings this season, relieving Campbell midway through a loss at Ottawa on Oct. 13.The Kings also recalled goalie Cal Petersen from their AHL affiliate in Ontario. The former Notre Dame netminder is the organization’s top prospect at the position despite an unimpressive statistical start to this season with the Reign.Los Angeles returns to the ice against powerful Toronto at Staples Center on Tuesday night.