Ekblad spent a team-high 24:29 on ice during Thursday's 5-2 win over the Senators.
This is not an unfamiliar event for the Cats as Ekblad has been their clear No. 1 defenseman for a few seasons. However, Ekblad has never ended the season with the highest average time on ice over his five campaigns with Florida. As of now, he averages 23:36, almost a minute higher than Keith Yandle, who is second on the team with 22:40.
Ekblad potted his 13th goal of the season in Sunday's loss to the Ducks.
Ekblad continues to produce around the same level that he's been at during four of his five seasons, with 34 points through 72 games so far. His goal Sunday night briefly tied the game in the third period, only for the Panthers to see the Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg ultimately score the game-winner.
Ekblad finished Sunday's 6-1 win over Detroit with a pair of assists, including one on the power play.
Ekblad has four assists over his past four games but has not scored a goal since Feb. 28. With 13 games remaining, he needs only eight more points to set a new career high. Right now, Ekblad has 12 goals and 20 assists on the season.
Ekblad registered an assist on the power play during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Ekblad now has 29 points on the season to go along with a respectable minus-3 rating considering Mark Pysyk is the only other Panther to play more than 50 games and have a better rating -- an even zero. Now in his fifth season in the NHL, it was expected for Ekblad to have more of an offensive impact than he currently has. He has never topped his rookie season output of 39 points and doesn't look like he will this season either despite the league-wide spike in offense.
Ekblad capped a three-goal first period with his tally, although the Panthers went on to lose 6-5 in a shootout to the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Ekblad now has points in three straight games, giving him 28 in 63 skates this season. He added three shots on goal and four blocked shots in Thursday's contest. Over his first four full seasons, he has averaged 33.5 points per year, and will likely be around that mark again this year.
Ekblad scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche on Monday.
The goal was Ekblad's 11th of the season, which gives him 26 points in 61 games. The first overall pick from 2014 skated 24:24 in the contest, 1:02 higher than his season average entering the night. He's coming up a bit short of his usual pace for point production this season, but he can still add value with 97 hits and 137 shots on goal.
Ekblad skated a game-high 25:25 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
With an early injury to Mike Matheson (lower body), Ekblad's ice time took a bump in the contest. Ekblad also ended the night a plus-3 for his efforts, the first time he's ended a game with that high of a mark all season. Although he's gone pointless in five games, Ekblad and the Panthers have been playing well, winning three straight.
Ekblad tallied two assists, a plus-2 rating and two shots during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals.
Ekblad has been heating up with two goals and seven points in his last seven games. The first overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has yet to crack the 40-point mark in his NHL career but has an outside chance to do so in 2018-19 if he can produce consistently down the stretch. Keep playing him as you normally would.
Ekblad picked up an assist during a 3-1 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Ekblad has been the definition of streaky this season, as all of his scoring has come in clumps of games. Despite that, he is still on pace to end the year with 36 points, which would better his career average of 34 points per season.
Ekblad scored a power-play goal and added an assist in a 4-2 victory against the Predators on Saturday.
This was Ekblad's first multi-point game since Nov. 19, as he badly needed to pick up some points for his fantasy owners. He came into the night with one goal and five points in the last 18 games. Ekblad's scoring is about on par with last season, but he has fewer assists, which means if he doesn't increase his pace, Ekblad won't repeat his point totals from 2017-18. He has nine goals and 20 points in 47 games this season.
Ekblad registered an assist in Sunday's 5-1 loss to Vancouver.
The assist moves Ekblad up to 18 points through 44 games. It's been a down year for the young blueliner, as he's managed just one multi-point game to this point in the campaign. On Sunday, Ekblad once again found himself spared of primary power-play duty, finishing with just 59 seconds of PP time. Ekblad's usage on the team's power play will be something to monitor over the next few games, considering that in four of his last five, he's finished with less than a minute of power-play ice time compares to his season average of 1:51.
Ekblad recorded an assist in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Penguins.
Ekblad appeared to score a power-play goal to cut the deficit to three, but it was overturned after the refs found the play to be offside. His assist late in the second period and with it, the 22-year-old extended his point streak to four games. He's up to 17 points in 41 games this season.
Ekblad scored a goal during a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday, extending his scoring streak to three games.
After going nine games without a single point during the middle of January, Ekblad now has points in three straight. He has been streaky this season, scoring in groups of two or three games before falling off the scoresheet, so do not expect his current streak to continue much longer.
Ekblad has gone nine games without a point despite the Panthers being in the top 10 in goals for per game.
With only 13 points in 37 games, Ekblad is on pace for one of his worst seasons to date. Fellow defenseman Keith Yandle has taken the first-unit power-play quarterback role, leaving Ekblad in a more defensively focused position in the lineup.
Ekblad tied the game with a goal late in the second as the Panthers went on to lose 5-4 in a shootout to the Rangers on Saturday.
Despite failing to score a goal during the first 14 games of the season, Ekblad now has seven goals. He has 11 points in his last 14 games, as the Cats have not had trouble putting the puck in the net. The 22-year-old also extended his streak of 30 straight games with a shot on goal, which reaches back to the end of last season.
Ekblad recorded a point for a third straight game with an assist during a 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday.
This three-game streak comes after a four-game point streak in mid-November, giving him eight points in his last nine games. The Panthers may be struggling to stay .500, but Ekblad has done well. He should end the season close to 40 points, as he has in three out of his four seasons in the league.
Ekblad scored a goal during an eventual 5-4 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Ekblad finally broke out offensively in November, as he has had four goals and six points in his last seven games. However, he ended the game against the Blackhawks with a minus-3 rating.
Ekblad added two assists to the regular-season ledger Monday, showing well in a 7-5 road win over the Senators.
The fun didn't stop there, as Ekblad also secured a game-high three blocked shots. Overall, the Finnish defenseman has been unspectacular by his own standards -- he's averaging 0.39 points per game -- but Ekblad remains a quality possession player with a Corsi For percentage of 54.0 over 327 career contests.
Ekblad scored in his third straight game during a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
After going goalless in 14 games to start the season, Ekblad has found the back of the net once in his last three games, all on the power play. The 22-year-old fired five shots at the net and added three hits as the Panthers dropped their second straight.
Ekblad got his first of the season during Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Flyers.
The goal was a flukey one that went off of Flyers' goalie Brian Elliott twice before ending up in the back of the net, but it is about time Ekblad's puck luck turned around. So far this season he has 35 shots, good for seventh on the team for shots. That puts his shooting percentage at 2.9%, well below last season's 8.5%. Expect this goal to open somewhat of a dam when it comes to scoring points as the Panthers continue to cruise after early-season struggles.
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