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Predators' Matt Benning: Defense comes first

Benning played his 50th game of the season Saturday against the Stars, recording three shots on goal, a blocked shot and a pair of penalty minutes. He failed to crack the scoresheet, however, leaving him with just four points on the season (one goal, three assists). The 26-year-old blueliner has...
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Predators' Matt Benning: Suiting up Sunday

Benning (upper body) will be in the lineup for Sunday's tilt with Chicago. Benning missed just one game with his upper-body issue. The 26-year-old has two points and a minus-3 rating in 33 games this season. He'll return to a bottom-pair role Sunday.

Predators' Matt Benning: Out Saturday

Benning (upper body) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Blackhawks. Benning is considered day-to-day, so he could return for Sunday's rematch against the Blackhawks. Jeremy Davies will enter the lineup in his place Saturday.

Predators' Matt Benning: Collects first goal with new squad

Benning scored a goal on his only shot of the game in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina. He also had three hits and two blocks. Benning opened the scoring 61 seconds into the second period when his wrister from the point found its way through traffic and past Carolina netminder Alex Nedeljkovic. It was Benning's first goal in 25 games as a Predator and his first time lighting the lamp since Jan. 2020 with Edmonton. The 26-year-old Benning chipped in periodic offense during his four seasons with the Oilers but that hasn't materialized in Nashville; he has just two points and 21 shots on goal.

Predators' Matt Benning: Playing lots, scoring little

Benning extended his pointless streak to 14 games in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Red Wings. After coming over from Edmonton as a free agent, Benning has played in all but one of the Preds' 15 games this season, but he still hasn't found a way to contribute offensively. He continues to skate primarily on the third defensive pairing and doesn't see any time on the power play, so Benning's fantasy value is as close to zero as you can get in most formats.

#PredsCamp Player Profile: Matt Benning

Get to Know Benning with This Predators Training Camp Player Profile presented by Vanderbilt Health. Matt Benning used to list Nashville as his favorite road city. Now he'll just call it home. The Predators signed the 26-year-old defenseman to a two-year contract when free agency opened back in October, and...

Predators' Matt Benning: Cleared to practice

Benning is on the ice Tuesday after missing Monday's practice with an undisclosed issue, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports. Benning drew into 43 games with the Oilers last season, picking up eight points while averaging just 13:14 of ice time per contest. The 26-year-old will be in and out of the lineup as a bottom-pairing option for the Predators this year, so he won't be a viable fantasy option.