Ekman-Larsson will not play for the rest of the 2016-17 season following the death of his mother. Despite the Coyotes' struggles as a team this season, OEL turned in another productive stat line with 12 goals and 39 points in 79 games. When you consider that Ekman-Larsson put together this type of season while his mother was battling cancer, it becomes even more admirable.
Ekman-Larsson set up both goals in a 2-1 victory over the Kings on Sunday. The Coyotes only threw 15 shots on net all night, but it was all they needed, with Ekman-Larsson assisting on both tallies. The pair of apples snapped a five-game pointless streak for the 25-year-old, who is now up to 39 on the year -- which has largely disappointed owners looking for something closer to the 55-point showing from last season. What's worse, Ekman-Larsson's horrendous minus-25 rating has rubbed further salt in the wound.
Ekman-Larsson scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner in the third period against the Lightning on Tuesday. That's his second straight game with a goal, so OEL's finally warming back up after a horrendous slump that featured just a lonely assist in a span of 15 games. He's one of the most talented blueliners in the league, but this has been a tough campaign for the 25-year-old, who owns a career-worst minus-24 rating. The Swede won't come close to matching last season's 55 points, and his 135 shots in 73 games are nearly 100 short of last season's 75-game total (228), so there are some concerning warning signs here, but at his tender age, a bounce-back 2017-18 is to be expected.
Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal in Monday's 3-1 loss against the Predators. The Swedish rearguard posted his first goal since Groundhog Day. He and his fantasy owners are hopeful he'll be able to repeat the performance and get back on track after posting scant offensive production for the better part of the past five weeks.
Ekman-Larsson failed to register a point for the fifth consecutive game during Sunday's win over Buffalo. It's been a disappointing fantasy campaign for Ekman-Larsson, and after posting a career-high 55 points last year, his 10 goals and 23 helpers this season represent a significant decline. The 25-year-old defenseman has started 56.7 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone, and with Arizona shedding assets leading into the trade deadline, it's unlikely Ekman-Larsson heats up down the stretch. Outside of his minus-20 rating, he's still an excellent asset in all seasonal settings, but you'll want to continue keeping your expectations in check.
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