Ekholm picked up two assists and two shots Sunday in a 4-3 double-overtime win over the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Ekholm drew the secondary assist on Ryan Johansen's go-ahead goal early in the second period, then set up Nick Cousins' power-play strike that tied the game 3:15 into the final frame. The 30-year-old Ekholm has three points in the series, all coming in the past two games, while totaling 10 shots on goal and six PIM. He had 23 points in 48 appearances during the regular season.
Ekholm is a healthy scratch for Monday's game against the Hurricanes, per NHL.com.
With the Predators locked into their playoff position, several players will rest for Monday's season finale. Ekholm will finish the 2020-21 campaign with 23 points and a plus-19 rating in 48 games.
Ekholm notched an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Panthers.
Ekholm recorded the only helper on Ryan Ellis' opening tally 6:07 into the game. The 30-year-old Ekholm is up to 21 points, 97 shots and a plus-16 rating through 44 contests. The Swede provides steady offense and reliable defense, making him a decent option in deeper fantasy formats.
Ekholm scored a goal on two shots and had two PIM in Monday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. He also had two blocks and a plus-3 rating.
It was a solid all-around performance for Ekholm, who gave the Predators a 3-2 lead 5:39 into the second period with a snipe on a partial breakaway. It was the sixth goal of the season for Ekholm but his first since March 15, halting a 17-game drought.
Ekholm failed to crack the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive game in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
It's been a rough few weeks for Ekholm, as the 30-year-old Swedish blueliner has posted just three assists in his last 14 games. Now with just 17 points in 39 games with 10 left to play, Ekholm should just barely crack the 20-point mark this season, which is no doubt much less than what fantasy managers were hoping for. Keep in mind, however, that 21 points over 49 games equates roughly to about 35 games over a regular 82-game season, which is pretty much a standard level of output for Ekholm based on his history.
Ekholm recorded two assists and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Red Wings.
Ekholm had a hand in the first of Viktor Arvidsson's three goals as well as a Mikael Granlund tally in the contest. The 30-year-old Ekholm snapped a four-game point drought Thursday. The Swede is up to 17 points, 82 shots on net, 38 blocked shots and a plus-11 rating through 34 outings. He should continue to see plenty of ice time in a top-four role while the Predators battle a plethora of injuries to their defense corps.
Ekholm produced an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Ekholm saw a shot deflect off of Calle Jarnkrok's skate and into the net for the Predators' second goal Sunday. The 30-year-old Ekholm has done pretty well in March with three goals and seven assists in 15 outings. The Swede is up to 15 points, 71 shots on net, 34 blocked shots and a plus-12 rating in 29 contests overall as a key part of the Predators' defense.
Ekholm registered a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Stars.
Ekholm set up Ryan Johansen's first-period tally. In his last 13 games, Ekholm has racked up five goals and six assists. He's lifted his season numbers to 14 points (two on the power play), 64 shots, 31 blocked shots and a plus-6 rating in 25 outings. The Swede is likely to continue working on the top pairing with Roman Josi (upper body) still on injured reserve.
Ekholm scored an empty-net goal and added a short-handed assist in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
It's Ekholm's third multi-point performance in eight March games, but he managed only one assist in the other five contests. On the season, the 30-year-old blueliner has a solid five goals and 12 points in 22 games.
Ekholm had a goal on four shots and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Panthers.
Ekholm put together his third two-point game in the last four contests while leading the team with a plus-3 rating. His goal at 12:23 of the second period got the Predators on the board after trailing 3-0, and he also assisted on Filip Forsberg's goal in the final minute of the frame. The 30-year-old has racked up four six points with 18 shots during his current four-game run, and he's already halfway to the eight goals he scored in each of the previous two seasons.
Ekholm scored a goal on six shots and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Ekholm had the secondary helper on Calle Jarnkrok's power-play tally in the third period. Just 2:17 later, Ekholm tallied a goal of his own to get the Predators within one, but they couldn't tie the game. The 30-year-old defenseman has four points in three games since he returned from an undisclosed injury. Ekholm is up to seven points, 40 shots on net and a plus-3 rating in 15 contests overall. He may have been dropped in some fantasy pools when he got injured, but he's looking better since he returned, so check the waiver wire if you need help on the blue line, especially now that Ryan Ellis is on the injured reserve.
Ekholm scored twice Saturday in a 2-1 win over Columbus.
It was his first game back after missing six because of a lower-body injury. He scored early in the second on a slapper from the point; it was Ekholm's first goal of the season. The second was a bit of a muffin -- he threw a shot at the net and it ricocheted off the stick of a Blue Jackets' defender and went in. Reactivate Ekholm immediately.
Ekholm (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Ekholm is expected to play in Saturday's game versus the Blue Jackets. It's been a slow start for the 30-year-old blueliner, as he posted just three points through the first 12 games after recording 33 points through 68 contests last year. He should handle a role on one of the top two pairings with power-play duties as well.
Ekholm (undisclosed) isn't traveling with the Predators on their six-game road trip, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
In turn, Ekholm isn't expected to play until Feb. 27 at the earliest. He produced three assists and 26 shots on net through 12 games before this injury. As long as Ekholm is out, Jarred Tinordi likely will stay in the lineup.
The Predators placed Ekholm (undisclosed) on injured reserve Thursday.
Ekholm was labeled week-to-week by his coach John Hynes on Thursday, and this news will keep the blueliner out for at least a week. Ekholm has been solid this season on the back end, recording three assist while averaging 20:54 of ice time in 12 games. As long as the 30-year-old is sidelined, look for Mark Borowiecki and Matt Benning to enter the lineup in his stead.
Ekholm (undisclosed) won't be in action versus Detroit on Thursday and was labeled week-to-week by coach John Hynes, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
Ekholm's absence will create a hole in the Preds' blue line considering he is averaging 20:54 of ice time in 12 appearances this year. Both Mark Borowiecki and Jarred Tinordi figure to see an uptick in ice time with Ekholm on the shelf. Based on the club's timeline, fantasy players should probably expect Ekholm to miss a minimum of four games, which will likely result in him being designated for injured reserve soon.
Ekholm (undisclosed) did not play in the third period of Tuesday's game versus the Lightning, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Ekholm went into the boards hard in the first period, but eventually returned to play in the second. After the second intermission, the Swede did not join the rest of the Predators on the bench. Ekholm is a key component of the Predators' top four on the blue line, so it'll be a big loss if he can't play Thursday versus the Red Wings. He has three assists and 15 blocked shots in 12 appearances this year.
Ekholm -- who missed Monday's matchup with the Lightning for the birth of his child -- will be back in the lineup versus Tampa on Tuesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Ekholm was a late scratch Monday, which certainly caused concern among the Predators faithful, but it appears there is no reason to panic. The blueliner figures to continue logging between 20-22 minutes per game as he looks for his first goal of the season despite registering 24 shots in 11 contests thus far.
Ekholm (undisclosed) will not be available for Monday's game against the Lightning.
Ekholm was a late scratch Monday and it's unclear what he's dealing with. The veteran defenseman has just three assists in 11 games this season. He's questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay until another update is available.
Ekholm recorded an assist and eight shots in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win over Florida.
Ekholm tied Filip Forsberg for the team lead in shots, though the rest of his production didn't come close to matching Forsberg's output of two goals and three assists. The veteran defenseman is a solid all-around player, but Ekholm's not known for his offense and has just three helpers through 10 games.
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