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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
17-6-1 35
15-4-3 33
12-5-4 28
12-9-3 27
11-8-0 22
8-11-3 19
6-16-2 14
4-15-1 9

2021 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 5 13 11 18:08 16

Top Sam Bennett News

  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Continues to score against Metro

    Bennett recorded a power-play goal, an assist and six shots in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over Philadelphia.

    Bennett tied the game at a goal apiece 3:59 into the third period, then assisted on Aaron Ekblad's overtime game-winner. He has experienced a dramatic uptick in productivity ever since moving from Calgary to Florida at last year's trade deadline, with 13 goals and 27 points in 25 games as a Panther. If Bennett ever needs another scoring jolt, he should consider moving to the Metropolitan Division next, as five of his seven goals this season have come against foes from the Metro.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Game-time call Tuesday

    Bennett (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's clash with the Devils. Per the NHL media site, Bennett has been activated off injured reserve.

    Bennett missed the team's previous four contests due to his upper-body issue but appears to be trending in the right direction. Prior to getting hurt, the 25-year-old winger racked up seven points in his last eight contests, including two power-play points. If Bennett plays, it figures to be in a second-line role, which could push Anton Lundell to the bottom six.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Lights lamp in return

    Bennett (upper body) scored a goal on four shots and had two PIM in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Devils. He also had two hits.

    After missing the previous four games with his injury, Bennett wasted no time in making his presence felt, knocking home his own wraparound rebound to open the scoring less than four minutes into the game. Bennett has produced five goals and eight points with a plus-8 rating in nine games this season.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Returning Tuesday

    Bennett (upper body) is set to return Tuesday versus the Devils, Steve Goldstein of Bally Sports Florida reports.

    Bennett missed four games with the injury, but his activation from injured reserve earlier Tuesday was a good indication he would return. The 25-year-old will center the second line and should see significant power-play time.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Remains unavailable against Rangers

    Bennett (upper body) is considered day-to-day but won't play in Monday's clash with the Rangers, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Bennett was off to a strong start to the year before getting hurt, as he registered four goals on 27 shots and three assists in eight contests. The 25-year-old winger was stuck in a four-game goal drought when he sustained his upper-body injury. Once cleared to play, Bennett should retake his place in the top six for the Panthers.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Out Saturday

    Bennett (upper body) remains on injured reserve and won't play Saturday against Carolina, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Saturday marks the third straight missed game for Bennett, whose near-point-per-game scoring will surely be missed against the perfect 9-0-0 Hurricanes. His next chance to return will be Monday in a road matchup with the Rangers.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Lands on IR

    Bennett (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Bennett was likely placed on IR retroactive to Oct. 30, so he'll be eligible to return as soon as he's deemed fit to play. Once healthy, Bennett, who's racked up four goals and seven points through eight games this campaign, should return to a top-six role and a spot on Florida's No. 1 power-play unit.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Doubtful versus Washington

    Despite earlier reports, Bennett (upper body) is not expected to be in the lineup against the Capitals on Thursday.

    Bennett is poised to be sidelined for his second straight contest due to his upper-body issue. Prior to getting hurt, the Ontario native racked up four goals and three assists in eight games this season. Barring an extended absence, the winger should be capable of getting back over the 25-point threshold for the sixth time in his NHL career and could even challenge his career-high 36 set back in his rookie season.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Targeting Thursday return

    Bennett (upper body) is still day-to-day but could be ready to play against Washington on Thursday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Thanks to the team's multi-day layoff, the Panthers last played Saturday, Bennet could avoid missing any additional games due to his upper-body problem. If Bennett does miss it, Florida may need to promote a player from the minors depending on the health of Anton Lundell (upper body).

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Won't play Saturday

    Bennett (upper body) won't play Saturday versus Boston.

    Bennett is considered day-to-day with his upper-body issue, and the Panthers are off until Thursday versus Washington after Saturday's contest, so his absence could be limited to one game. With Bennett on the shelf, Zac Dalpe is expected to draw into the lineup against the Bruins.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Assists on pair of goals

    Bennett registered two assists and four shots in Monday's 5-3 win over Arizona.

    Bennett set up Aaron Ekblad's power-play goal in the second period that gave the Panthers a 3-1, lead, then assisted on Jonathan Huberdeau's tally in the third to make it 4-1. Bennett has points in three straight games (one goal, three assists) and has now produced 10 goals and 12 assists in 16 contests since joining the Panthers at last year's trade deadline.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Snaps tie with man advantage

    Bennett struck for a power-play goal on four shots and had two PIM in Thursday's 4-1 win over Colorado. He also had two hits.

    With the game tied 1-1 at the midway point of the second period, Bennett worked his way into the high slot and ripped a heavy wrist shot past Colorado netminder Jonas Johansson. It was already the fourth goal of the season for Bennett, who seems to have found another gear offensively since being acquired from Calgary at last year's trade deadline. Bennett has now scored 10 times in his first 14 games with the Panthers, totaling 19 points with a plus-16 rating.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Hat trick hero Saturday

    Bennett notched a hat trick Saturday in a 5-1 win over the Islanders. One goal stood as the game winner.

    Well, that was quite the way to prove his detractors wrong. Bennett exploded offensively last season after coming over from Calgary and there were many who thought he was due for a reversion back to his Flames ways. He was dominant Saturday, netting the game winner and leading the deep Panthers to the win. Continue to tread carefully -- Bennett perennially underperformed in Calgary after being selected fourth overall in 2014. But this looks promising.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Released from protocols

    Bennett (COVID-19 protocols) cleared the league's protocols and returned to practice Monday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Bennett should have plenty of time to get back to 100 percent ahead of the season opener against the Penguins on Thursday. The 25-year-old winger is expected to slot into a top-six role and figures to see plenty of opportunities with the No. 1 power-play unit as well.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Unavailable due to protocol

    Bennett is in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol and will not play Saturday's preseason finale against Tampa Bay.

    The Panthers' season-opener is Thursday against Pittsburgh, and it's unclear at this point if Bennett will be ready to return by then given that no further specifics have been provided. Look for further updates this week regarding the 25-year-old's status.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Signs four-year contract

    Bennett secured a four-year, $17.7 million contract from the Panthers on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.

    Bennett was one of the best trade deadline acquisitions this past season, as he racked up 15 points in 10 regular-season contests before adding another seven goals and 13 helpers in 15 playoff games. The 25-year-old forward should be a lock for a top-six role and should see plenty of action with the man advantage heading into the 2021-22 campaign.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Provides assist

    Bennett notched an assist, five shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5.

    Bennett helped out on MacKenzie Weegar's game-tying goal in the second period. The 24-year-old Bennett has been effective in the playoffs with a goal and four assists in four appearances. He's added six PIM, 16 shots on net, 13 hits and seven blocked shots as the Panthers' preferred second-line center.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Scores in return from suspension

    Bennett provided a goal and three hits in Thursday's 6-5 win over Tampa Bay in Game 3.

    After returning from a one-game suspension, Bennett scored his 12th career playoff goal on a cross-ice pass from Jonathan Huberdeau to open the scoring in the first period. The 24-year-old had 15 points in 10 games with the Panthers since joining the team at the NHL trade deadline. Bennett and the Panthers will look to build on this game Saturday in Game 4 with a chance to tie the series on the road.

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  • Panthers' Sam Bennett: Suspended one game

    Bennett has been suspended for Game 2 of the Panthers' first-round series against the Lightning.

    Bennett will serve the suspension Tuesday and should be eligible to return to the lineup for Thursday's Game 3. He received a two-minute minor penalty for boarding Blake Coleman on the play that led to his suspension. Alexander Wennberg or Noel Acciari will likely slide up to the second line in Bennett's absence.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Holland Landing, ON
Age: 25
Experience: 7
Shoots: Left