Smithson Adds Quiet Stability To Florida’s Fourth Line

The life of a 4th line center in the National Hockey League isn’t exactly one of glamour. You don’t get a lot of ice time and when you do, it’s generally to kill penalties, throw your body around or ‘provide energy.’ You don’t pile up the points because the wingers on your line aren’t exactly Patrick Kane or Thomas Vanek. Reporters aren’t flocked around your dressing stall after every game, wanting your input on just happened. In spite of that, it doesn’t diminish the value they add to a team. Case in point: Florida Panthers 4th line center Jerred Smithson.
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Home Stand Ends With A Thud As Leafs Blank Panthers

Maybe the road will be kinder to the Florida Panthers than the confines of the BB&T Center have been. The Panthers were shutout for the third time in five games as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Toronto Maples Leafs Monday night. The loss closes out a disappointing home stand that saw the Cats lose all four games, collecting three out of a possible eight points.
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