Reilly Smith RW BOS 2 Days

Reilly Smith will play in his first NHL playoff game Friday against Detroit.

Smith was a nice surprise this season. As the player added into the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal, Smith exceeded all expectations with 50 points. Boston coach Claude Julien is a big fan of Smith and believes he will have no trouble adapting to NHL playoff hockey. "I don't think that he gets overly excited to a point where it effects him", Julien said. "He's pretty even keeled. Like I said before, if there's anything, he has a tendency to get hard on himself and he demands and expects a lot, but I don't think this is going to be an issue for him". Smith may make a nice late round selection in playoff pools this post-season as he plays on a line with playoff wizard Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 12 Days

Reilly Smith reached the 20-goal mark on Tuesday night.

He snapped a 10-game goalless drought in the process. Smith has 50 points in 79 games this season, but he's been ice cold since the NHL returned from the Olympic break.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 13 Days

Reilly Smith was given Boston's Seventh Player Award before Saturday's game against Philadelphia.

The award goes to the player who performs "above and beyond" expectations and it's voted on by the fans. Smith's production has slowed considerably coming out of the Olympic break, with one goal and six assists in his last 21 games, but he has been a pleasant surprise this campaign. He has 19 goals and 49 points in 78 games during his first year with Boston.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 22 Days

Boston coach Claude Julien still has faith in Reilly Smith.

This, despite the fact that Smith has scored only one goal in the Bruins' last 21 games and has registered only one assist while playing alongside the white hot Patrice Bergeron. "I thought Reilly played well (in Thursday's 3-0 win over Chicago). I liked his game," said Julien. "He was on the puck more, he was creating things, and I thought the pace of his game was better. To me, Reilly took a step in the right direction (Thursday) night. We've got a few weeks to go here and, if he finds his stride like he was finding it (Thursday) night, he'll be OK." If Smith is not OK, look for Julien to move Loui Eriksson up a line and demote Smith to the Bruins' third unit.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 1 Month

Reilly Smith potted his 19th goal of the season on Monday night.

His marker snapped a 15-game goalless drought over which he produced just five assists. Prior to his slump, Smith had a seven-game scoring streak. He has 46 points in 68 contests this year.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 1 Month

As expected, Reilly Smith's production has tailed off since the Olympic break.

He had registered a very impressive 42 points prior to the Sochi Olympics but has managed to record only three assists in nine games since. If you were riding Smith and enjoying his surprise succes, it may now be time to cut bait.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 2 Months

Reilly Smith recorded an assist in Boston's 4-2 loss on Saturday.

Smith is now on a three-game point streak, dating back to before the Olympics. The sophomore forward has broken out this season with 18 goals and 44 points in 59 games. Barring an injury, he should end up with 10-15 more points in 2013-14.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 2 Months

Reilly Smith returned to action on Wednesday February 26.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 2 Months

Reilly Smith missed Boston's practice Friday due to the flu.

It does not seem serious and the Bruins are hoping Smith will be able to participate in Saturday's practice. It will be interesting to see if Smith holds on to his second-line role after the Olympics are over. Loui Eriksson, who is playing for Sweden and was ticketed to play on the Bruins' second unit, looks to be rounding into form and could re-gain his job at Smith's expense.

Reilly Smith RW BOS 3 Months

Reilly Smith netted his 18th goal of 2013-14 in Tuesday's win over Florida.

He leads the Bruins in goals this season and sits second in points with 40 in 52 games. Boston acquired Smith as part of the Tyler Seguin trade and his excellent play has made up for the disappointing and injury-plagued performance of Loui Eriksson, who was also obtained in the deal with Dallas.