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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
56-19-7 119
53-22-7 113
49-22-11 109
46-30-6 98
45-30-7 97
39-32-11 89
28-42-12 68
25-50-7 57

2021 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 25 31 14 23:29 44
Post Season 2 2 -2 22:49 0

Top Mattias Ekholm News

  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Chips in with helper

    Ekholm managed an assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche in Game 4.

    Ekholm picked up assists in both of the Predators' home games, but they still were eliminated in a four-game sweep. The 31-year-old defenseman added eight shots on net, 11 hits and eight blocked shots in a top-four role. Ekholm inked a four-year, $25 contract extension with the Predators in October, so he'll remain a top-four fixture on their blue line for the foreseeable future.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Out Friday

    Ekholm (rest) will not play Friday against Arizona, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

    Ekholm will sit for Nashville's final game of the 2021-22 campaign. The 31-year-old blueliner finishes the season with six goals and 31 points through 76 appearances. He should be back in the lineup to begin the postseason.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: One of each in Thursday's win

    Ekholm scored a goal on four shots, logged an assist, went plus-2 and added two hits in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over the Avalanche.

    Ekholm's goal tied the game at 4-4 early in the third period, and that was enough to force overtime. He also helped out on a Ryan Johansen tally earlier in the contest. Ekholm has been steady in April with a goal and seven helpers through 14 contests in a second-pairing role. The Swede has 31 points, 145 shots, 96 blocked shots, 79 hits and a plus-14 rating through 76 appearances.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Dishes pair of assists

    Ekholm notched two assists, five hits and five blocked shots in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Wild.

    Ekholm helped out on goals by Roman Josi (on the power play) and Philip Tomasino in the contest. With five assists in his last three games, Ekholm's finally showing some pop on offense. The 31-year-old blueliner has 25 points, 117 shots on net, 82 blocked shots, 59 hits and a plus-14 rating through 64 contests. He should continue to absorb big minutes in a top-four role.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Bags three apples against Sens

    Ekholm dished out three assists -- one shorthanded -- in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Senators.

    Fellow Predators defenseman Roman Josi saw his 13-game point streak come to an end in this one, but Ekholm put forth his best Josi impression as the offense kept pouring in from the Nashville blue line. His first two helpers came on goals by Michael McCarron, while Tanner Jeannot finished off Ekholm's third assist. This was Ekholm's first multi-point game since Jan. 1 against Chicago, when he also posted three assists.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Back in action

    Ekholm (illness) will suit up Tuesday versus the Kings, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

    Ekholm will return to the lineup after just one missed game with this illness. He'll replace Dante Fabbro (upper body), who is out week-to-week with an injury suffered Monday. Ekholm should also picked up some power-play time while playing in a top-four role.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Sidelined by illness Monday

    Ekholm (illness) won't play Monday in Anaheim, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

    Ekholm will sit out for the fifth time this season. He was hot over the past three games, with two goals and 11 shots, so the Predators will miss his all-situations presence in a top-four role on defense. Nashville will be right back in action Tuesday in Los Angeles, so Ekholm will need to feel better quickly to avoid missing additional game action.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Helper overshadows sloppy play

    Ekholm collected a primary assist and wound up with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Blues.

    Ekholm helped his own cause with the apple, but he also had six giveaways in the contest, making it a small miracle that the Preds bailed him out and kept him on the better side of the plus-minus category. The Swede has three goals and 15 assists through 54 games, and fantasy managers may still find him useful as a depth option in his 11th season with Nashville.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Adds helper in win

    Ekholm posted an assist, four shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.

    Ekholm had the secondary assist on Filip Forsberg's second-period tally, which stood as the game-winner. The assist was Ekholm's second in his last three games after he went seven contests without a point. The 31-year-old blueliner has 17 points, 86 shots on net, 62 blocked shots and a plus-10 rating in 53 appearances overall while continuing to log top-four minutes.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Ends seven-game point drought

    Ekholm logged an assist, went plus-3, blocked two shots and fired two shots on goal in Saturday's 8-0 win over the Sharks.

    Ekholm's contribution came on the latter of Matt Duchene's two goals in the contest. The assist ended Ekholm's seven-game point drought -- he hadn't gotten on the scoresheet since the first game out of the All-Star break. The 31-year-old blueliner is up to 16 points, 80 shots on net, 61 blocked shots and a plus-8 rating through 51 outings overall. His offense has slipped over the last couple of years, and he's on pace to miss the 30-point mark for the second season in a row.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Deposits game-winner Tuesday

    Ekholm scored a goal and added two PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kraken.

    Ekholm was able to bank a wraparound attempt off a Kraken blueliner to give the Predators their first lead of the game at 16:31 of the second period. It was the defenseman's first goal and second point in three games since returning from the COVID-19 protocols. The 31-year-old is up to three tallies, 13 points, 63 shots on net, 20 PIM, 46 blocked shots and a plus-7 rating in a top-four role this season.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Clears protocols, eligible to play

    Ekholm has cleared the COVID-19 protocols and is on the ice for warmups ahead of Thursday's game versus the Jets, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.

    This is a good indication that Ekholm will suit up for Thursday's game, though Matt Tennyson is also on the ice as an emergency depth option. Ben Harpur is most likely to exit the lineup upon Ekholm's return.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Lands in protocols

    Ekholm has entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols and won't be available Saturday versus Boston, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

    Ekholm will need to submit two negative COVID-19 tests before rejoining his teammates. Alexandre Carrier will likely have an expanded role until Ekholm is cleared to return to the lineup.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Collects another helper

    Ekholm logged an assist, five hits and two PIM in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights.

    Ekholm has four assists in two games since the calendar flipped to 2022. The Swede's season numbers remain lackluster -- he's got 10 points, 55 shots on net and a plus-5 rating in 33 appearances. The defenseman will still routinely play in a top-four role, and he's only shooting 1.8 percent so far, so some of his struggles can be attributed to a bit of bad luck that may be turning around.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Trio of helpers in win

    Ekholm had three assists in a 6-1 win over Chicago on Saturday.

    All three helpers came in the first period. Ekholm's offense has been quiet this season -- the three points were a 50 percent increase on his season total and he now has just nine points (32 games). Four of his nine points have come in his last five games, so perhaps Ekholm will turn this spark into an offensive flame. Until then, use caution if you need to activate him.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Fills empty cage

    Ekholm scored an empty-net goal on four shots and went plus-3 in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche.

    The tally was Ekholm's first of the season. The Swede hasn't been as involved as usual on offense this year, logging only six points in 28 contests. He's added 47 shots on net, 29 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in a top-four role, but without an uptick in scoring, he's not doing much to help fantasy managers.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Ready to rock

    Ekholm (illness) will return to the lineup Thursday versus the Islanders, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.

    Ekholm missed Tuesday's game versus the Red Wings, but his absence won't stretch beyond that. The Swede should return to a top-four role with some power-play time.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Out with illness

    Ekholm (illness) won't play Tuesday versus the Red Wings.

    Ekholm is not dealing with a COVID-19-related illness, so he shouldn't be sidelined for very long. Ben Harpur and Philippe Myers are expected to enter the lineup Tuesday, with Matt Benning (upper body) also out.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Pair of helpers in Saturday's win

    Ekholm snapped a 10-game pointless drought with two assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canadiens.

    Ekholm has certainly been scuffling this year after posting 23 points in 48 games last season along with a plus-19 rating. While Saturday's two-point effort is a step in the right direction, Ekholm is notoriously streaky, so don't expect a huge offensive outburst. Bottom line, manage your fantasy expectations accordingly.

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  • Predators' Mattias Ekholm: Firing blanks this season

    Ekholm failed to register a point in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes, giving him just three points in 15 games this season.

    After notching 23 points in 48 games last season, Ekholm was projected to be a lock for a 30-plus point campaign this year, but so far that is not materializing. He continues to see a decent amount of ice time (23:36 TOI) and fires a ton of shots (22, tied for fifth on the team), but he just can't seem to capitalize on his scoring chances so far. We think it's just a matter of time before things start going his way -- don't give up on him just yet.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Borlange, Sweden
Age: 32
Experience: 10
Shoots: Left