Would Dave Tippett’s “Schmiddy”, the Acrobatic One who got some Vezina trophy votes last year, stand as tall as his six-foot-five frame, or would Smith look like the Diminished One in net with his .891 save percentage? To riff on noted philosopher Yogi Berra with a bat in his hands, “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hittin’.’’

Change “hittin’” to “stoppin’” for the injury-plagued Smith, who badly needed a strong outing to show he can once again be a tandem with Mikko Koskinen.

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And against the Buffalo Sabres, Smith, who is 39 years and 360 days old, had a bead on just about everything coming his way (Victor Olofsson was the only one to beat him), out-duelling balding NHL greybeard Craig Anderson, who is 40 years and 301 days old, in a 6-1 Oilers victory.

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