Ekblad is healthy and available for Saturday's clash with the Islanders, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. Ekblad didn't play in Wednesday's exhibition with the Lightning but appears to be fully fit. The defender figures to log big minutes during the playoffs, including suiting up with the No. 2 power-play unit.
Ekblad is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's exhibition match against the Lightning, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. Ekblad was a full participant in practice Monday, so at this point it's safe to assume the Panthers are just being overly cautious with their star blueliner ahead of Saturday's Game 1 against the Islanders. The six-year vet racked up 41 points in 67 games during the regular season and is expected to skate on Florida's top pairing and second power-play unit once the playoffs get underway.
Ekblad (undisclosed) was back on the ice for Monday's practice session in Toronto, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. Ekblad hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 23 versus Carolina, a stretch of 45 games, but did manage to rack up 11 helpers in the 13 contests prior to the shutdown. The blueliner figures to split the power-play duties with Keith Yandle and should provide solid fantasy value in both DFS contests and postseason pools.
According to coach Joel Quenneville, Ekblad (undisclosed) was unfit to participate in Friday's practice, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports. Quenneville is confident Ekblad will be ready to go "when games count," so at this point there's zero reason to believe he won't be available for Game 1 of the Panthers' qualifying round series against the Islanders. The 24-year-old blueliner racked up five goals and 41 points in 67 games during the regular season.
Ekblad (undisclosed) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports. Ekblad's been a full participant in camp up until now, so it wouldn't be surprising if he's simply getting a day off Wednesday. Another update on the 24-year-old blueliner will undoubtedly surface once he's able to return to the ice with his teammates.
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