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Panthers' Sam Bennett: Massive four-point game
Bennett had two goals and two assists in a 9-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday.
The first star of the game was well deserved. Bennett scored in the first on a one-timer off a pass from Matthew Tkachuk, who also put up four points on the night. The 27-year-old Bennett pushed the score to 8-1 early in the third on the power play. He snapped a six-game point drought with the explosive night, which probably means he was on a lot of fantasy benches.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Three helpers Monday
Bennett recorded three assists in Monday's 4-1 win over Nashville.
Bennett set up Sam Reinhart's opening power-play tally in the second period and Carter Verhaeghe's marker in the final frame before adding a third helper on Matthew Tkachuk's empty-netter. It's the second three-point game of the season for Bennett, who now has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last six contests. The 27-year-old forward is up to 10 goals and 21 points through 34 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Supplies two goals vs. Anaheim
Bennett contributed two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim on Monday.
Bennett's first goal was scored on the power play. He's up to 10 goals and 17 points in 31 outings in 2023-24, including seven points with the man advantage. Bennett's scoring pace is a bit below that of 2022-23 -- 16 goals and 40 points in 63 outings -- but he has a regular role on the second line, potentially giving him the opportunity to modestly increase his offensive pace over the second half of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Good to go
Bennett (upper body) will play Tuesday versus the Blues, per Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.
Bennett won't have to miss any additional action after logging just 10:58 of ice time in Saturday's 8-4 win over Colorado. He has registered seven goals, 14 points, 49 PIM, 59 shots on net and 39 hits over 27 outings this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Game-time call Tuesday
Bennett (upper body) will be reevaluated ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Blues, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Bennet told reporters he feels good, so all signs point to the center avoiding an absence with the injury. In his last 10 contests, the Ontario native racked up four goals and four assists, including a trio of power-play points. If Bennett can play, he should feature in in a top-six role and on the power play.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Suffers upper-body injury
Bennett sustained an upper-body injury Saturday against Colorado, according to Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now.
Coach Paul Maurice said after Florida's 8-4 win that the team is "not too concerned about it." Still, it's unclear at this time if Bennett will be available for Tuesday's matchup versus St. Louis. He picked up an assist and logged 10:58 of ice time in Saturday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Strikes on power play
Bennett scored a power-play goal on four shots, added two PIM and logged two hits in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Bennett tied the game at 1-1 in the first period, and it was all Panthers after that. He saw 18:43 of ice time Thursday, his third-highest total since the start of December, in part due to Aleksander Barkov (upper body) leaving after the first period. Bennett could be in line for a move to the top line, though Anton Lundell is also in contention for that spot if Barkov misses time. Bennett has seven goals, 13 points, 59 shots on net, 49 PIM, 39 hits and an even plus-minus rating through 26 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Two-point night in win
Bennett had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Montreal on Saturday.
He redirected Oliver Ekman-Larsson's shot from the left point at 15:26 of the third period to push the score to 3-1. Bennett has six goals and six assists in 24 games this season, but seven of those points have come in just three outings. He also has 52 shots on net and 36 hits this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Three-point effort versus Oilers
Bennett scored a power-play goal on three shots, dished two assists and went plus-3 in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Oilers.
Bennett had gone eight games without a multi-point effort. He matched his production from that span in this three-point performance. The 27-year-old has yet to get on the scoresheet in consecutive contests, which has put a damper on his offense. He's at four goals, five helpers, 35 shots on net, 25 hits, 31 PIM and an even plus-minus rating through 18 appearances. Bennett's continued presence in a top-six role bodes well for his offense coming around as the season progresses.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Nabs helper in narrow in
Bennett recorded an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Stars.
Bennet was the primary distributor on a Carter Verhaeghe breakaway goal to put the Panthers up 3-1 in the 2nd period. This has been a rough season for Bennett due to a lower-body injury that's limited him to 13 games so far, but he's starting to regain his form based on two goals and two assists over the past five games.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Records two points Monday
Bennett had a goal and an assist in Florida's 5-0 win over Ottawa on Monday.
Bennett entered the contest with just a goal over eight contests this season. He missed Florida's first seven games of the campaign due to a lower-body injury, which also caused him to miss an additional five contests from Nov. 2-10, so it's understandable that the 27-year-old would need some time to regain his rhythm once his injury issues were behind him. For that reason, Bennett's showing Monday was particularly encouraging and might mark a turning point in the campaign. He had 16 goals and 40 points in 63 appearances last season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Ready to rock
Bennett (lower body) will return to the lineup Sunday against Chicago, Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida reports.
Bennett has been activated from injured reserve, per the NHL media site. He logged just 7:54 of ice time versus Boston on Oct. 30 during his season debut after missing the first seven games of the 2023-24 campaign. Bennett will likely center the second line and work on the second power-play unit in Sunday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Surfaces on IR
Bennett (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, per the NHL media site.
Bennett, who is considered week-to-week, was injured in his season debut against Boston on Oct. 30. He logged just 7:54 of ice time versus the Bruins after missing the first seven games of the 2023-24 campaign. Anton Lundell has been filling in as Florida's second-line center during Bennett's absence.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Considered week-to-week
Bennett (lower body) is considered week-to-week, coach Paul Maurice informed Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site Friday.
Bennett missed the first seven contests of the campaign due to a lower-body injury. He attempted to return Monday but logged just 7:54 of ice time before exiting that night's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. When Bennett is ready to play, he'll likely serve in a top-six capacity and receive a role with the man advantage. The 27-year-old had 16 goals and 40 points in 63 outings last year.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: More than day-to-day
Bennett's (lower body) timetable is seen as more than day-to-day, coach Paul Maurice told Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site Wednesday.
Bennett started the season on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury. He was activated Monday, but he logged just 7:54 before exiting the night's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. The 27-year-old forward had 16 goals and 40 points in 63 contests last season. When Bennett is healthy, he will likely serve on the second line and second power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Suffers injury Monday
Bennett (lower body) will not return to Monday's game against Boston.
Bennett made his season debut Monday but logged just 7:54 of ice time before exiting the contest. He fell awkwardly near the Bruins' net with an opposing skater landing on his left leg. It's unclear if this is related to the injury that held him out of the first seven games of the regular season. An update should be available in the coming days.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Removed from IR
Bennett (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Monday, per the NHL media site.
It appears as though Bennett is ready to make his season debut Monday against Boston after being labeled a game-time decision following Florida's morning skate. He is projected to play on the second line between Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe. Bennett produced 16 goals, 40 points, 193 shots on net, 150 hits and 54 PIM in 63 appearances last season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Game-time call Monday
Bennett (lower body) will be a game-time decision versus Boston on Monday with coach Paul Maurice telling reporters, "Yeah, he's possible for tonight. We had two or three really good days with him. We kept him off the ice and got him back out. He feels very strong. We'll see how he comes back. He skated this morning, so we'll see how he comes back to the rink tonight," per Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.
Bennett looks poised to suit up for the first time this season after missing seven contests while on injured reserve. If Bennett does get into the lineup, it will likely be in a top-six role, though he could be tasked with carrying his own line. Last season, Bennett recorded his second straight 40-point campaign and should still have enough time to reach that mark again this year considering he also missed 19 contests in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sam Bennett: Won't play Saturday
Bennett (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Kraken, Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida reports.
Bennett isn't quite ready to make his season debut Saturday against the Kraken, though it appears he'll have a good chance to play Monday in Boston. The 27-year-old winger tallied 16 goals and 40 points in 63 games with the Panthers last season.... See More ... See Less
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