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Smith sat out the last four games as a healthy scratch after being recalled from the AHL and promptly made his season debut in two contests the Hawks lost by a combined score of 14-4 in Western Canada.
Quenneville didn't single out Smith for anything in particular in those losses but indicated he needed a few practices to get back in NHL shape.
"We'd like to get him up to that pace," Quenneville said. "Get him comfortable in our team game and his own game. I think he's useful, let's get him in there."
It's unclear who's place Smith would take in the lineup but Bickell didn't have a point in the month of November and is a candidate to be a healthy scratch for a second time this season.
"It's just a matter of working hard and playing with more confidence," Smith said. "It's not an easy transition coming up from the American League. That shouldn't be an excuse. I want to play. I want to play well and contribute."
Ben Smith is likely to face the Islanders on Friday in the United Center.