Benn was moved from the third defensive pair to the first for Saturday's game against the Capitals. He had two shots, one hit, two blocked shots and was minus-1 over 19:42 of ice time in a 6-1 loss. Head coach Claude Julien moved 19-year-old Victor Mete off the top pair after the entire defensive corps allowed 45 shots to get to Carey Price during Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo. If Benn remains aligned with Shea Weber, that would mean more ice time and opportunities to add hits and blocked shots. Offensively, there isn't much to Benn's game, although he could skate his way into additional scoring by virtue of playing with Weber.
Benn (upper body) is healthy and will be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Rangers. The midseason acquisition sat out Montreal's final six games of the regular season, but he'll be paired with Jeff Petry on the second defensive unit as playoff action begins. Benn finished 2016-17 with 17 points in 71 games; just two of those came in the 13 games he played for the Habs.
Benn (upper body) is projected to be an injured scratch for Saturday's tilt in Detroit, NHL.com reports. This report notes that Claude Julien hopes to have Benn ready for the playoffs -- reading between the lines, that effectively rules out the defenseman for the regular-season finale Saturday evening. Either way, fantasy owners aren't likely to be too bent out of shape over this news since Benn must be sparsely owned as the holder of just two points in 13 games since arriving from Dallas via a trade at the deadline.
Benn (upper body) could play Saturday night against Detroit and will definitely be ready for the postseason next week, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports. Benn has missed five straight games with potential to miss a sixth, but coach Claude Julien is confident he'll be ready for the first-round playoffs series against the Rangers.
Benn (upper body) is day-to-day and targeting a return for the playoffs, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. Reading between the lines, this could mean that Benn will be out for the final three games of the regular season. The proficient shot-blocking defenseman doesn't figure to be a popular option in playoff pools since he's only averaged 16:50 of ice time with a pair of points in 13 games since a trade from Dallas.
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