The date was already circled on his calendar.
Traded from Edmonton to the Calgary Flames eight days ago, Smid said he is thrilled to be facing his former Oilers teammates so soon.
"I'm really excited for this game," the defenseman said. "You obviously have to get it going here at home. It's always fun to get out there in the Battle of Alberta and especially for me. It's going to be a little bit different since I'm part of the Flames now."
Smid played all 474 of his NHL games over parts of eight seasons with the Oilers before swapping allegiances in the Battle of Alberta and joining the Flames.
Understandably, the game will hold an extra significance for Smid, but Calgary coach Bob Hartley suspects his player can handle the jitters.
"You know who you're dealing with and we'll find out about Ladislav even more," he said. "He's a pretty even-keeled guy. He's on his toes, you can tell. He's always talking and bringing good energy. I just reminded him to look at the schedule and he said, 'Don't worry, I know.'"
Smid (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) already has some Oilers' targets in mind.
"I can't tell. You'll see," he said, giving a wry smile. "Nobody really, I'm just going to play my game. That's it."
As for former teammates trying to get the better of him?
"I don't know, probably," he said with a laugh. "They're going to be dumping a lot of pucks in my corner, maybe. We'll see."
Smid has seen each side struggle this season.
The Oilers had won once in the seven games prior to Smid's trade, and the Flames are winless in two with the 27-year-old in the lineup.
The slumps don't stop there, however.
The Oilers have dropped five straight and have one win in their past 11 games en route to an NHL-low 10 points this season. Calgary hasn't fared much better, also losing five in a row, and have two wins in 11 tries.
With the teams struggling, Smid knows the heightened importance of coming out of the Battle of Alberta on a winning note.
"I don't think at this stage, it doesn't matter who you play against," he said. "We each have to focus on ourselves, play a really structured, disciplined game and especially at home we've got to get it going here and get some points."
Here are the projected lineups for the Flames and Oilers: