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Panthers' Bennett out for Game 1 vs. Bruins

Sam Bennett Panthers Sam Bennett - The Canadian Press

Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett will not be available to the team when they open their second-round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday, according to head coach Paul Maurice.

Bennett, 27, hasn't played since the Panthers's Game 2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 23 due to an upper-body injury.

The six-foot-one centre skated on his own prior to the Panthers' Sunday practice and Maurice labelled him day-to-day.

Bennett tallied 20 goals and 41 points in 69 regular-season games in 2023-24 and had two goals and three points against the Lightning in the first round.