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The Daily: Former Red Wings Smith Currently Ineligible For Stanley Cup Inscription; Mantha a Goner in Washington?

Smith doesn’t meet Cup inscription qualifications

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Former Red Wings forward Givani Smith needs to play in the final to get his name on the Stanley Cup should the Florida Panthers win.

Things are looking grim for the Florida Panthers and former Detroit Red Wings forward Givani Smith in the Stanley Cup final. They are trailing the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 following Saturday’s 3-2 Vegas victory.

Should the Panthers find a way to rally and win the Cup, it won’t do Smith any good unless he appears in a final series game. He only played 36 regular-season games this season. In order to qualify for a Stanley Cup inscription, Smith would’ve needed to play in 50% of Florida’s games, which would be 41.

The only other way he can earn a Cup inscription is to appear in a Stanley Cup final game. So far, Smith’s only game in these playoffs came in the first round against the Boston Bruins.

Smith took the warmup for Game 4 of the final series, but did nbot dress.

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