Ekholm had an assist and three shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Stars in Game 1.
Ekholm had a career year with 44 points in 80 appearances, but he went cold with only a goal and three helpers in his last 22 games of the regular season. Ekholm will be expected to play a solid two-way game as a second-pairing defenseman, which may come at the expense of some of his offense.
Ekholm recorded a shorthanded assist in Monday's 1-0 win over the Wild.
Before coming through with a shorthanded helper in Monday's win, Ekholm had gone nine games without a point. He's only found the scoresheet twice in the month of March, but with 42 points, Ekholm already has set a new career high in 2018-2019 -- before this season, his best campaign, in terms of production, came in 2015-16 when Ekholm finished with 35 points.
Ekholm recorded his ninth straight game without a point in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Jets.
You can't fault Ekholm entirely in this one, as none of his teammates cracked the scoreboard either. Nonetheless, with just two points in his last 16 games, the last few weeks have been brutal. Earlier in the season, Ekholm looked like a lock for 50 points after needing just 58 games to hit the 40-point mark, but that no longer seems to be the case. That said, with 42 points under his belt, it's still been a career year for for the 28-year-old Swedish defender, consistency issues aside.
Ekholm registered four points in 13 games in February.
For the Swedish defender, the slump took a little shine off his career year. He started March on the right foot, scoring his eighth goal of the season in a 5-3 loss to the Jets on Friday, giving him 42 points in 65 contests overall. The Predators will need Ekholm at his best as they battle with the Jets for the Central Division crown down the stretch.
Ekholm (illness) will suit up for Saturday's game versus the Golden Knights, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Ekholm missed last game but participated in Saturday's morning skate. The 28-year-old already has a career-high 40 points through 58 games, and he'll slot back onto the second pairing with P.K. Subban. Ekholm is pointless in five career games versus the Golden Knights.
Ekholm won't play Thursday against the Canadiens due to an illness.
With Ekholm under the weather, Matt Irwin will draw into the lineup against Montreal. The Swedish blueliner will hope to recover in time for Saturday's matchup with the Golden Knights.
Ekholm scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
The Swedish rearguard now has six goals and 33 assists on the season, putting him just one point away from reaching the 40-point plateau for the first time in his career. Ekholm remains one of the Predators' top four defensemen, currently playing on the second unit opposite P.K. Subban, where he averages roughly 23 minutes per game in ice time.
Ekholm recorded two assists, two shots and a plus-2 rating during Tuesday's 6-1 rout over the Capitals.
Ekholm continues to build on a breakout season, having managed three goals and 13 points over his last 10 games. Keep playing him regularly.
Ekholm tallied a goal, an assist and six shots during Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Ekholm has been sizzling with three goals and nine points in his last six games. Overlooked due to the presence of P.K. Subban, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, the 28-year-old could be another star in the making for Nashville, as he's on track for 61 points at this current pace. Those fortunate enough to snag the Swedish defender late in the draft or on the waiver wire should continue to play him regularly.
Ekholm notched two assists while adding three blocked shots, two hits and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
He helped set up the Preds' first and last goals of the evening, giving Ekholm his third straight multi-point performance. The 28-year-old came into this season with a career high of 35 points, set in 2015-16, but he's enjoying a breakout offensive campaign without losing any of his defensive acumen -- Ekholm has five goals and 32 points through only 44 games with a plus-20 rating that has him just outside the NHL's top 10.
Ekholm scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Monday's 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs.
His second-period tally opened the scoring and proved to be the game-winner, but Ekholm's contributions extended beyond the offensive zone as he added five hits, two blocked shots, two shots and a plus-1 rating to his ledger. The blueliner has an impressive two goals and eight points in his last six games, and with 30 points on the season he's now just six points shy of establishing a new career high on the season.
Ekholm scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.
The goal was Ekholm's first since Nov. 10, but the 28-year-old blueliner's been racking up plenty of helpers lately and has 12 points in 15 games since the beginning of December. Ekholm's never mustered more than 35 points in a season, but he's poised to shatter that mark in 2018-19 -- he's already got 28 points (four goals, 24 assists) through 42 contests.
Ekholm notched two assists -- one on the power play -- in Monday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
With 25 points in 39 games, Ekholm now sits third in team scoring behind Ryan Johansen (34) and Roman Josi (29), and remains on track to crack the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career. He continues to skate on the team's second defensive pairing opposite P.K. Subban, delivering excellent value in all fantasy formats.
Ekholm (illness) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Bruins, NHL.com's Matt Kalman reports.
The Predators and fantasy owners will both be happy to have Ekholm back in their lineups Saturday, as he's been red hot recently, racking up seven assists in his last nine games. The 28-year-old Swede is expected to return to a prominent role, skating on Nashville's second pairing and second power-play unit against Boston.
Ekholm won't play Thursday against Philadelphia due to an illness, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
With Ekholm under the weather, Yannick Weber will draw into the lineup against the Flyers. The 28-year-old blueliner will hope to recover in time for Saturday's matchup with the Bruins.
Ekholm finished Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Chicago with an assist.
The 28-year-old Swede continues adding to what's looking more and more like a career year. The assist, despite coming in a loss, gives Ekholm 22 points. The mobile blueliner has been effective virtually every time he's stepped on the ice in 2018-19, and through 35 games, sits second on the team with a plus-14 rating. (Colton Sissons leads Nashville at plus-17.)
Ekholm recorded an assist for the fifth time in the past six games in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks.
Apart from a four-game dry spell in the middle of November, Ekholm has been a model of consistency on the Preds' blue line this season. He is now up to 20 points in 32 games, putting him on pace for a career-high 50-point season. If the 28-year-old Swede is still somehow available on your league's waiver wire, do not hesitate to snap him up.
Ekholm notched an assist for the fifth time in his last seven games Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Often overlooked on a team that also features the offensive prowess of Roman Josi, P.K. Subban and Ryan Ellis, Ekholm is no slouch from the back end either, currently ranking second among Preds blueliners with 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists). Given his current pace, Ekholm should easily surpass the 40-point mark which would be a new career-high for the 28-year-old Swede.
Ekholm generated a power-play assist and another at even strength in Monday's 3-2 home win over the Lightning.
Only 11 NHL defensemen have more points than the second-pairing Swede, who's produced three goals and 10 assists between 21 games. Ekholm's rocking a career-best 0.62 points-per-game pace, yet he still seems to be flying under the radar since he plays for a Nashville team that is chocked full of offensive weapons.
Ekholm recorded an assist in Nashville's 4-1 win over Colorado on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old's assist came off of a beautiful backhand pass after carrying the puck deep into the offensive zone, eventually setting up teammate Colton Sissons for an easy rebound score. The Predators find themselves playing their next four games on the road, and despite only registering 10 points on the season, Ekholm has recorded all but two of those points in road games. Nashville heads to Dallas on Saturday to take on the Stars.
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