Craig Smith played a total of one shift over the final two periods of the Predators' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Saturday.
"He's got to play better," coach Barry Trotz said. "He has to be better on the wall - way too many turnovers, so I didn't play him. He wasn't ready, plain and simple." That isn't an encouraging description of the young forward's play, but the this could serve as the low point of the season for Smith, who should be counted on more in the absence of the injured Patric Hornqvist.