Last Game
Sat, Feb 24
vs Washington Capitals (26-21-9)
  • Amerant Bank Arena
Final / OT

Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
34-12-13 81
38-16-4 80
33-16-8 74
31-20-6 68
31-23-5 67
26-27-4 56
25-27-3 53
22-28-8 52

2023 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 11 15 21 21:26 44

Top Aaron Ekblad News

  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Set to return Tuesday

    Ekblad (lower body) is expected to be in the lineup versus the Senators on Tuesday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Ekblad has been struggling to produce offensively of late, as he has managed just one point in his last nine outings while adding 25 shots on goal, 15 hits and 12 blocked shots. The blueliner's return to action will likely lead to Josh Mahura getting scratched Tuesday.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Not playing Saturday

    Ekblad (lower body) won't play Saturday versus the Lightning, according to Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.

    Ekblad, who is considered day-to-day, will be replaced in the lineup by Josh Mahura. The 28-year-old Ekblad has three goals, 14 points, 79 shots on net, 45 blocked shots and 60 hits across 37 appearances this season.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Takes seven shots

    Ekblad recorded seven shots against Washington on Thursday.

    Despite Ekblad putting up a season-high seven shots, he remains stuck in a six-game pointless streak dating back to Jan. 19 versus Minnesota. At his current pace, the defenseman could record his second-lowest point total over the seven campaigns.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Drops four even-strength points

    Ekblad earned a goal, three assists, and a plus-4 rating in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Wild.

    Ekblad was a man on a mission in this home clash, but the Wild manufactured five power-play goals, plus an empty-net tally, to counter the defenseman's fiery attack. This was only the second multi-point game from Ekblad this season, and all of his offensive magic happened during 5-on-5 play. Ekblad has been downgraded to the No. 2 power-play unit, resulting in him netting just three man-advantage points -- with all of them being assists -- so far in 2023-24. Of course, a shoulder injury that required surgery caused Ekblad to get off to a late start to the campaign, and a minor lower-body issue crept up in December as well, so the Panthers are doing their part to manage the star blueliner's workload.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Picks up power-play helper

    Ekblad notched a power-play assist, four shots on goal and four PIM in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.

    Ekblad has started to find his way on offense with a goal, three assists and 10 shots on net over the last five games. The defenseman missed the start of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery. He's up to eight points, 44 shots, 26 blocked shots, 25 hits, 26 PIM and a plus-6 rating through 21 appearances. Ekblad continues to play on the top pairing and second power-play unit.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Good to go

    Ekblad (lower body) will return to the lineup Monday against Calgary, per Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.

    Ekblad is slated to be back on the top pairing and second power-play unit Monday after sitting out Saturday's 5-1 win over Edmonton. He has picked up four assists, 28 shots on goal, 21 blocked shots and 14 hits across 13 outings this campaign. Ekblad's return is expected to make Josh Mahura a healthy scratch.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Won't play Saturday

    Ekblad (lower body) is out for Saturday's game against Edmonton, Doug Plagens of the Panthers Radio Network reports.

    While Ekblad's injury was deemed minor after he left Thursday's game in Vancouver, it'll keep him sidelined Saturday against the Oilers. The 27-year-old blueliner has four assists and a plus-6 rating through 13 games this season. Josh Mahura will slot back into the lineup in Ekblad's absence.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Dealing with lower-body injury

    Ekblad exited Thursday's game versus the Canucks due to a lower-body injury, Colby Guy of Florida Hockey Now reports.

    Ekblad's injury could be "less than day-to-day," per head coach Paul Maurice, but the team took him out of Thursday's game since they dressed seven defensemen. This sounds like a cautionary move, so Ekblad should be considered questionable to play Saturday in Edmonton.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Nabs first points Tuesday

    Ekblad picked up an assist while adding three shots on net, two blocked shots, two hits, two PIM and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.

    The point was his first in six games since making his belated season debut following summer shoulder surgery. Ekblad is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign in which he managed only 38 points in 71 games, but even if he's able to stay healthy for the rest of this season, he could have trouble returning to the near point-per-game pace he produced in 2021-22 without regaining his spot on the top power-play unit from Brandon Montour.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Removed from injured reserve

    Ekblad (shoulder) has been taken off injured reserve ahead of Friday's matchup with Anaheim, per the NHL media site.

    Ekblad looks set to make his season debut against the Ducks. Last season, the Ontario native managed 14 goals and 24 helpers, a significant drop in production from 2021-22 when he racked up 57 points. Ekblad should immediately see minutes with the man advantage after recording 19 of his 38 points last year on the power play.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Could return during road trip

    Ekblad (shoulder) may be available to play before the end of Florida's three-game road trip, per Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.

    Coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday that Friday's contest versus Anaheim could be a potential return date for Ekblad and Brandon Montour (shoulder). Ekblad hasn't played yet in 2023-24 following offseason shoulder surgery. He racked up 14 goals, 38 points, 216 shots on net, 80 blocked shots and 77 hits in 71 games last season.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Returning to practice Sunday

    Ekblad (shoulder) will practice with the Panthers on Sunday and accompany the team on next week's road trip, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    The blueliner will be in a non-contact jersey Sunday as he takes a significant step forward in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Coach Paul Maurice indicated Saturday that both Ekblad and Brandon Montour (shoulder) could be back in the lineup by the end of November, rather than the mid-December timeline the two defensemen were originally given.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Moves to long-term injured reserve

    Ekblad (shoulder) was placed on long-term injured reserve on Tuesday, per PuckPedia.

    Ekblad's move to LTIR shouldn't have an impact on his recovery schedule from shoulder surgery -- he's already been ruled out for at least the first month of the season. The Panthers now have a bit more wiggle room with the salary cap. Look for Gustav Forsling and Oliver Ekman-Larsson to see larger roles in early going.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Won't be ready at start of season

    Ekblad (shoulder) is expected to be available at some point between November and January, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    General manager Bill Zito declined to give a specific timeline, but mentioned that both Ekblad and Brandon Montour (shoulder) will be out of action in October. Ekblad is recovering from shoulder surgery while also on the mend from a broken foot and an oblique tear that he played through in the postseason. With Ekblad out to begin the season, Gustav Forsling figures to take on a larger role in all situations, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson could be a candidate to pick up some power-play time.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Will undergo shoulder surgery

    Ekblad, who also played through a broken foot and an oblique tear during the playoffs, will undergo shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the start of training camp, per Tim Reynolds of Associated Press.

    Despite all the injuries, Ekblad had two goals, eight points, 20 PIM, 36 hits and 29 blocks in 20 playoff games while averaging 23:57 of ice time. The 27-year-old is a threat to record over 40 points in 2023-24 if he plays the full season, but his recovery from multiple injuries might throw a wrench in that. He's set to enter the seventh campaign of his eight-year, $60 million contract.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Dealt with multiple injuries

    Ekblad played through a broken foot, two shoulder dislocations and an oblique tear during the playoffs, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    The broken foot occurred during the first round, where Ekblad missed Game 4 versus the Bruins. That was his only absence during the playoffs, and he finished with two goals and six assists in 20 contests. Given the severity of the various injuries -- most notably the oblique tear -- the defenseman could be in danger of missing the start of the 2023-24 campaign.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Windsor, ON
Age: 28
Experience: 9
Shoots: Right