While the club never officially acknowledged that there was an issue, Jamie Benn wasn't himself through the first part of the 2016-17 campaign, managing only 13 goals and 41 points in his first 46 games with a minus-10 rating as he seemed to have a slow recovery from abdominal surgery last July. His play picked up in the second half, though, including seven goals and 16 points through 12 games in February, and the Stars' offseason additions up front should provide the 28-year-old with an improved supporting cast that will allow him to rebound to his accustomed 85-90-point level. Benn remains the heart of the franchise, and if the Stars return to contention this season, he'll need to lead the way.
Benn delivered two assists and four shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago. Benn assisted on both of Ales Hemsky's goals, but missed in the shootout. While he entered the night mired in a season-worst five-game point drought, Benn is still on pace to top 70 points for the fourth consecutive campaign. His 24 goals and minus-6 rating have to be considered disappointing after the 27-year-old winger averaged 37 goals and a plus-10 mark over the previous three seasons.
Benn (eye) returned to the lineup for Monday's game against the Sharks, but failed to tally a point in the contest. Benn has now been held off the scoresheet for five consecutive games, but the 27-year-old forward has still racked up an impressive 63 points in 67 games this season, so it's safe to assume he'll return to form in short order. His next chance to add to his point total will come Thursday in a tough divisional matchup with the Blackhawks.
Benn (eye) will make his return Monday after missing Friday's contest. The superstar was pointless in four straight games before getting injured in a fight Thursday against Vancouver, but he still does have a fantastic 63 points in 66 games. Now that he's back, owners should feel confident rolling with Benn per usual.
Benn (eye) is officially considered a game-day call for Monday's contest against the Sharks, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports. Benn missed Friday's contest because of the eye issue, but Stars radio host Bruce LeVine indicates that he practiced without a face shield Sunday and should be considered a better than 50-50 shot at playing in the tilt. A confirmation of his status should come Monday, which will undoubtedly by a top concern of his fantasy owners.
Benn will miss Friday night's game in Calgary as a result of his upper-body injury. Benn will miss his fifth game overall on the season, but the silver lining is that coach Lindy Ruff expects the captain to miss only Friday's contest. There's obviously no guarantees, but wary owners should look for updates on the 27-year-old's status ahead of Monday's puck drop with the Sharks. Jiri Hudler will draw into the lineup with Benn on the shelf Friday.
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