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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
38-7-5 81
31-12-8 70
32-15-1 65
26-19-4 56
24-22-6 54
21-19-8 50
23-23-3 49
20-26-4 44

2022 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 16 24 -15 23:36 42

Top Aaron Ekblad News

  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Three points in OT loss

    Ekblad scored a short-handed goal and added two even-strength assists in Tuesday's 7-6 overtime loss to the Penguins.

    After picking up two helpers in a wild first period, Ekblad gave Florida a 4-3 lead midway through the second frame by finishing off a rush started by Matthew Tkachuk at the Panthers' blue line. Ekblad has three multi-point performances in the last 11 games, and he's put his December slump behind him with four goals and nine points over that stretch -- all four tallies (three power-play markers plus Tuesday's shortie) have come on special teams.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Playing Monday

    Ekblad (upper body) will be in the lineup Monday against the Rangers.

    Ekblad logged just 1:50 of ice time in Saturday's contest versus Minnesota. Fortunately, he won't miss any additional game action. Ekblad has generated seven goals, 20 points, 97 shots on net, 49 blocks and 34 hits in 37 games this campaign. He is projected to be back alongside Gustav Forsling on Florida's top defense pair Monday against New York.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Could be available Monday

    Ekblad (upper body) has not been ruled out for Monday's game versus the Rangers, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Ekblad didn't finish Saturday's game versus the Wild, but head coach Paul Maurice's comments after the contest suggest the injury isn't severe. For now, Ekblad can be considered day-to-day.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Suffers upper-body injury

    Ekblad suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday's game against Minnesota and is doubtful to return to the contest.

    Ekblad logged just 1:50 of ice time before exiting the game. He entered Saturday's action with seven goals and 20 points in 36 contests this season while averaging 24:00. If he can't play Monday against the Rangers, then Casey Fitzgerald might draw into the lineup for the first time since Dec. 19.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Two PP points Saturday

    Ekblad scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Canucks.

    Both points came as part of a three-goal eruption by Florida in just over eight minutes during the second period, as Ekblad blasted home a one-timer from the faceoff circle before starting the play that resulted in Aleksander Barkov's eventual game-winner. After a rough stretch that saw Ekblad find the scoresheet just once in 12 games in December and early January, the 26-year-old blueliner is heating up, collecting three goals and five points in the last five contests.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Dishes helper in loss

    Ekblad notched an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Ekblad had been limited to just a two-goal effort Jan 6. versus the Red Wings over his last 10 games. The helper came on Nick Cousins' tally in the first period. Fantasy managers would probably want to see a bit more offense out of Ekblad -- he's at 17 points with a minus-18 rating through 32 contests. The 26-year-old has added 85 shots on net, 44 blocked shots, 38 PIM and 29 hits to supplement his lackluster scoring numbers.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Snaps seven-game point drought

    Ekblad netted a pair of power-play goals in Friday's 3-2 win against Detroit.

    Ekblad is up to six goals and 16 points in 29 contests in 2022-23. He entered the contest averaging 3:36 of ice time with the man advantage, and that role has been critical to his offensive production, given that 10 of his points have come on the power play. Ekblad's strong performance versus Detroit might help spark him after the 26-year-old was been held off the scoresheet in his previous seven games.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Logs plenty of ice in return

    Ekblad (upper body) returned to action Thursday in a 7-2 win over Montreal. He played 23:24 and finished plus-3 with two shots on net and one hit.

    He played 5:31 on the power play, so it's only a matter of time before he starts to tally points. Ekblad has yet to find his feet after 57 points in 61 games last season, but the talent is there. Activate him ASAP.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Playing Thursday

    Ekblad (upper body) will play Thursday against Montreal.

    Ekblad was injured Friday in the Panthers' last game before the holiday break, but he ended up being the beneficiary of the league's schedule as Florida has had the last five days off. Ekblad has four goals and 14 points in 24 games this season, but he's only picked up two assists (both against New Jersey on Dec. 17) in his last eight games.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Questionable for Thursday's game

    Ekblad (upper body) might be cleared for contact Wednesday, according to Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida.

    Ekblad did wear a non-contact jersey during Tuesday's practice for precautionary reasons though. Depending in part on how Wednesday's morning skate goes, there's still a chance that Ekblad might be able to play Thursday versus Montreal. He has four goals and 14 points in 24 contests this season while averaging 24:03 of ice time.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Injured Friday

    Ekblad (upper body) is considered day-to-day, Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida reports.

    Ekblad will be further evaluated Saturday and that should provide a better outlook on what he's dealing with. The 26-year-old logged two PIM through 4:04 of ice time before exiting Friday's game against the Islanders. He has 14 points with a minus-14 rating through 24 games on the year.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Nabs power-play helper

    Ekblad recorded a power-play assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Kraken.

    Ekblad saw a five-game point streak end Thursday versus the Canucks. The only time he's gone multiple games without a point was when he was held scoreless on each side of his 11-game absence with a lower-body injury. The 26-year-old blueliner continues to munch big minutes on the top pairing while picking up four goals, seven helpers, seven power-play points, 40 shots on net, 20 blocked shots, 16 hits and a minus-5 rating through 14 contests.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Point streak up to five games

    Ekblad notched an assist, five shots on goal, two blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Flames.

    Ekblad helped out on a Nick Cousins tally in the second period. During his five-game point streak, Ekblad has three goals and four assists, though he's also posted a minus-4 rating in that span. The 26-year-old blueliner has 10 points, 38 shots, 18 blocks, 13 hits, 12 PIM and a minus-7 rating through 12 contests overall.

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

    Ekblad notched a power-play assist, three blocked shots, two hits and a minus-3 rating in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers.

    Ekblad set up Brandon Montour for a goal at 15:16 of the third period. The helper was Ekblad's sixth point during his four-game point streak. The 26-year-old defenseman hasn't missed a beat since returning from a lower-body injury sustained Oct. 17 versus the Bruins. He's at four goals, five helpers, six power-play points, 33 shots on net, 16 blocked shots, 13 hits and a minus-5 rating in 11 contests this season.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Three-game goal streak

    Ekblad scored a goal Saturday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Blues.

    He scored just over a minute into the game on a turnaround wrist shot after he picked up a loose puck in the slot. Ekblad is on a three-game, five-point scoring streak that includes a goal in each of those games. And he has seven points in seven games since his return from injury.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Three-point ourburst against B's

    Ekblad scored an empty-net goal and added two power-play assists in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Bruins.

    Both helpers came in the second period before Ekblad chipped the puck from his own blue line with just under three minutes left in the third and watched it curl into the empty cage. The 26-year-old has looked none the worse for wear since returning from a lower-body injury, collecting two goals and six points in six games.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Nets goal vs. Columbus

    Ekblad scored a goal in Florida's 5-3 loss to Columbus on Sunday.

    Ekblad has been held off the scoresheet only once in his last four contests. He has two goals and four points in eight games in 2022-23. He missed 11 straight contests from Oct. 17-Nov. 9 because of a lower-body injury, but now that he's healthy, he's resumed his role as a core part of the Panthers' blue line and top power-play unit. He does have a significant injury history, but when he's playing, he's one of the league's top offensive defensemen.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Ready to rock

    Ekblad (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday against Edmonton, Doug Plagens of the Panthers Radio Network reports.

    As expected, Ekblad is ready to return to the fold after being sidelined since Oct. 17. He had one goal, seven shots on net, four hits and one block in three appearances prior to getting hurt. Ekblad should return to his regular spots on Florida's top defense pairing and quarterback of the first power-play unit.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Activated from injured reserve

    Ekblad (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve, according to Panthers reporter Katie Engelson.

    Ekblad was injured Oct. 17 and is expected to return to action Saturday when the Panthers face the Oilers. He'll regain his spot on the first pairing as well as his spot on the top power-play unit. Ekblad had a goal in three games before his injury during the opening week of the season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Windsor, ON
Age: 26
Experience: 8
Shoots: Right