Bennett stretched his pointless streak to four games but dished out a team-high nine hits (along with Chris Kunitz) against Edmonton on Saturday. After seeing the less playing time (7:15 TOI) than any other Pittsburgh forward Friday, Bennett responded with a hard-hitting performance Saturday. While he was rewarded with more than twice as much playing time (14:51 TOI), fantasy owners are likely looking for better offensive production from the forward. Bennett has scored only six points (3G, 3A) in 18 games.
Bennett skated on a fourth line with Chris Kunitz and Nick Bonino during Thursday's morning skate. Coach Mike Johnston moved him from the first line to the fourth Tuesday against the Wild. Bennett did score his first power-play goal in three years Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how the team handles his time on the man advantage going forward.
Bennett scored his third goal -- and first in 10 games -- Tuesday against the Wild. He'll provide Pittsburgh with secondary scoring as the team finds its offense -- so long as he can stay healthy. Bennett now has five points (3G, 2A) in 13 games. The power-play goal was his first since his rookie season of 2012-13.
Bennett practiced with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz on Monday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Bennett has impressed coach Mike Johnston with his work ethic in recent games. "His competitiveness has picked up a little bit," Johnston said. "I saw some positive signs. He's a good puck possession guy. When he has the puck on his stick, he makes good plays. He controls the puck. I believe he started the season with some confidence and is carrying confidence." The winger has four shots and nine hits in three games since returning from an undisclosed injury but has been kept off the scoreboard.
Bennett (undisclosed) returned to action Wednesday and potted his second goal in four games. He played so well the team skated him on Sidney Crosby's line for several third-period shifts. Bennett has teased fantasy owners for several seasons but he's worth a look right now. The 2010 first-round pick missed several games after injuring himself while celebrating his first goal of the season.
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