Ekman-Larsson (knee) will join Team Sweden for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Sebastian Noren of NHL.com reports.
Ekman-Larsson's status for Worlds was considered in doubt after the blueliner played through knee and ankle issues toward the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The defenseman put together his fifth 40-plus point campaign this year and nearly propelled the Coyotes into the postseason. It seems the 27-year-old will have plenty of time to heal up and be ready when the tournament kicks off May 10 in Slovakia.
General Manager John Chayka said Monday that Ekman-Larsson had been playing through knee and high-ankle injuries during the season, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear when the injury occurred or how long he had been playing through it, but nonetheless Ekman-Larsson toughed it out. The 27-year-old had a solid season from a fantasy perspective, racking up 44 points in 81 games. Chayka neglected to mention whether Ekman-Larsson would need surgery and what the timetable was for the injury.
Ekman-Larsson scored twice in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Avalanche.
It wasn't enough for a win, but Ekman-Larsson's two tallies did earn the Coyotes a valuable point for the playoff race. He's up to 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games this season -- right in line with most of his previous five campaigns. With 152 hits and 164 shots this year, it's been another well-rounded seasonal output for the Swedish blueliner.
Ekman-Larsson scored a goal on his only shot and added two hits, two PIM and a blocked shot in Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Devils.
His 12th goal of the season opened the scoring in the first period, but it was the only one the Coyotes could get past rookie netminder MacKenzie Blackwood. Ekman-Larsson has now reached the 40-point plateau for the fifth time in his career.
Ekman-Larsson collected a power-play assist in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers.
Ekman-Larsson now has two goals and an assist in his last three games for a modest point streak. He did take a minus-3 rating, getting caught on the ice for every Oilers goal. Ekman-Larsson has 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists) in 71 games this season, with 18 of those points coming on the man advantage. He's also added 136 hits and 155 shots to boost his value a bit more.
Ekman-Larsson notched his 11th goal of the season while penalty killing in a 6-1 win over the Ducks on Thursday.
The goal gives Ekman-Larsson 38 points in 70 games this season, putting him on track for his fifth 40-point campaign. He added three shots and two hits in the contest. The blueliner has picked up 20 of his points on special teams -- 17 on the power play and three while down a man.
Ekman-Larsson notched a goal on two shots, a plus-2 rating and two hits over 19:30 of ice time during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Blues.
After a slow patch from Jan. 22 to Feb. 19 (two points in 11 games), Ekman-Larsson has returned to form as an offensive producer for the Coyotes, collecting nine points -- three goals and six assists -- over the last 10 games. While he will fall well short of his career-best 55 points in 2015-16, the blueliner has a chance to near or surpass his 42-point output from a season ago.
Ekman-Larsson posted a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory against the Red Wings on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has a point in five straight games, including consecutive multi-point outings. Despite the hot streak, Ekman-Larsson still has yet to reach double figures in the goal department and needs to continue this current pace to reach the 40-point plateau. He has nine goals and 35 points in 64 games this season.
Ekman-Larsson recorded two assists Thursday -- one coming on the power play -- in a 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Ekman-Larsson has found the scoresheet in five of his past six games, scoring a goal and adding five assists over that span. The dynamic defenseman is up to 33 points through 63 games but is a minus-13 to this point in the season.
Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal in a 4-3 shootout victory against the Panthers on Tuesday.
While his scoring is down this season, goals with the man advantage is nothing new for Ekman-Larsson. Of his eight goals in 2018-19, five of them have come on the power play. He's on pace for about 10 goals -- Ekman-Larsson hasn't scored under 12 goals since the lockout season. Overall, Ekman-Larsson has 23 assists (31 points) to go with his eight scores this season.
Ekman-Larsson was productive across the board in Sunday's win over the Jets, providing an assist, two blocked shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating on the night.
It hasn't been Ekman-Larsson's best season, as he has just seven goals on the year after topping out at 23 in his age-23 season, but he's up to 31 points in 62 games.
Ekman-Larsson (knee) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's contest in San Jose.
Ekman-Larsson has practiced the last two days after missing his team's last game back on Jan. 23. The Coyotes' captain will jump back into his role on the top defensive pair while quarterbacking the first power-play unit.
Ekman-Larsson (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's clash with the Sharks, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Ekman-Larrson returned to practice Thursday as a clear sign of progress, but he's been trying to overcome soreness as the supposed final obstacle in his recovery. Check back closer to puck drop (10:30 p.m. ET) to see if it looks like OEL ends up taking warmups with the intention of playing in the upcoming contest.
Ekman-Larsson (knee) returned to practice Thursday and will join the Coyotes on their upcoming three-game road trip, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
According to head coach Rick Tocchet, Ekman-Larsson is "still sore," but it appears as though he could receive clearance to play ahead of Saturday's game against the Sharks. Another update on the star blueliner's status should surface prior to that contest.
Ekman-Larsson (knee) is still day-to-day, but is slated to practice with the team Thursday, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
With the Coyotes not in action until Saturday's clash with San Jose, Ekman-Larsson still has time to get back to 100 percent. The blueliner notched three points in four games prior to getting hurt, so his continued absence would hamper an offense that is already fourth worst in the league (2.60 goals per game).
Ekman-Larsson (knee) is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
The Coyotes' best defenseman sat out Wednesday's contest in Montreal and quite likely will miss more time after Thursday's announcement. Until more details become available, consider the Swede questionable (at best) for Arizona's next game, scheduled for Feb. 2 in San Jose.
Ekman-Larsson (lower body) will return to Arizona to undergo an MRI, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Ekman-Larsson was forced to leave Tuesday's clash with Ottawa after logging just 10:15 of ice time due to his lower-body issue. The defenseman has been on a tear of late, as he racked up four points in his previous four contests prior to Tuesday. If the 27-year-old avoided any significant damage, he may not miss more than one game (Wednesday versus Montreal) with the All-Star break to get healthy.
Ekman-Larsson suffered a lower-body injury and won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Senators, Dave Vest of the Coyotes' official site reports.
Ekman-Larsson will finish the contest plus-1 without a point, ending the three-game point streak he had entering Tuesday night. The veteran blueliner hasn't missed a game since the 2016-17 season, but he could be in danger of losing that streak as well if he can't go Wednesday versus the Canadiens.
Ekman-Larsson scored a goal in a 6-3 victory against the Sharks on Wednesday.
It was his first goal of January, as he hadn't scored in seven straight games prior to Wednesday. The little scoring slump dropped Ekman-Larsson behind last season's goal-scoring pace, but he is still on track to match his 42 points from 2017-18. However, it's still costing owners in the plus-minus department, as Ekman-Larsson owns a minus-16 rating. Over the last two years, he's been one of the worst in that category with a minus-53 rating.
Ekman-Larsson scored a goal and assisted the game-winning score in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Ducks on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has four points in the last five games, but overall, he's been a disappointment this season. Closing in on the halfway point of the season, Ekman-Larsson only has five goals. He's been able to somewhat make up for the lack of goal scoring with 16 assists, but he's also been a liability in the plus/minus department, as he owns a minus-13 rating through 38 games. Ekman-Larsson has posted a minus-53 rating in the last two seasons combined, so the poor rating has to be somewhat expected, but combining that with a disappointing goal-scoring year hurts.
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