Ekblad is healthy and available for Saturday's clash with the Islanders, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Ekblad didn't play in Wednesday's exhibition with the Lightning but appears to be fully fit. The defender figures to log big minutes during the playoffs, including suiting up with the No. 2 power-play unit.
Ekblad is listed as a scratch for Wednesday's exhibition match against the Lightning, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Ekblad was a full participant in practice Monday, so at this point it's safe to assume the Panthers are just being overly cautious with their star blueliner ahead of Saturday's Game 1 against the Islanders. The six-year vet racked up 41 points in 67 games during the regular season and is expected to skate on Florida's top pairing and second power-play unit once the playoffs get underway.
Ekblad (undisclosed) was back on the ice for Monday's practice session in Toronto, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Ekblad hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 23 versus Carolina, a stretch of 45 games, but did manage to rack up 11 helpers in the 13 contests prior to the shutdown. The blueliner figures to split the power-play duties with Keith Yandle and should provide solid fantasy value in both DFS contests and postseason pools.
According to coach Joel Quenneville, Ekblad (undisclosed) was unfit to participate in Friday's practice, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Quenneville is confident Ekblad will be ready to go "when games count," so at this point there's zero reason to believe he won't be available for Game 1 of the Panthers' qualifying round series against the Islanders. The 24-year-old blueliner racked up five goals and 41 points in 67 games during the regular season.
Ekblad (undisclosed) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.
Ekblad's been a full participant in camp up until now, so it wouldn't be surprising if he's simply getting a day off Wednesday. Another update on the 24-year-old blueliner will undoubtedly surface once he's able to return to the ice with his teammates.
Ekblad set a new career high in assists (36) and points (41) in 67 games before play was paused in mid-March.
How on earth is this guy still just 24? Ekblad has now skated in six full NHL campaigns and finally looks to be the 50-point threat the Panthers hoped they were drafting first overall back in 2014. It probably helps that he's not expected to shoulder the majority of the offensive load from the back end thanks to veteran Keith Yandle and his 45 points, and first-year Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville historically knows how to get a lot out of his blueliners (see: Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook). For an influence of Coach Q on Ekblad's game, look no further than the hit column -- he's recorded just 34 after 114 last year, suggesting a renewed, more disciplined focus toward offense. It also doesn't hurt that Ekblad has Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, who sit 10th and 30th in league scoring (respectively) to dish the puck to on a regular basis, either.
Ekblad picked up two assists Saturday in a 4-1 win over Montreal.
Ekblad reached 40 points (41; five goals, 36 assists) for the first time in his NHL career. And at this rate, he will flirt with 50 points on the season. He's always been a solid, top-four guy, but this year, Ekblad is taking the next big step.
Ekblad notched an assist and two shots on net in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Ekblad has racked up nine assists in his last nine games. The defenseman is up to 38 points (five goals, 33 helpers), 139 shots and 73 blocked shots in 61 games this year. His next point will put him level with his career-best production from his rookie year of 2014-15.
Ekblad notched two power-play helpers in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Kings.
Ekblad has been working the orchard lately -- he's racked up seven apples during a five-game streak. He matched his 37-point output from last year in just 59 games in 2019-20. The first overall pick from 2014 has added 135 shots, 73 blocked shots and a plus-9 rating this year.
Ekblad posted an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.
Ekblad had a shot attempt go off the end boards, and Aleksi Saarela tucked it in for the goal. The 24-year-old defenseman is mired in a 36-game goal drought, but fantasy owners won't mind too much since he's produced 21 helpers and 72 shots in that span. Ekblad has 35 points, 134 shots and a plus-9 rating through 58 contests this season. While he'll likely finish with a career-low goal total, he's got a realistic chance to top 40 points for the first time in his six-year career.
Ekblad picked up two assists in Monday's 5-3 win over the Sharks.
The 24-year-old blueliner recorded his first multi-point performance since Dec. 16, notching secondary helpers on the Panthers' first and third goals of the afternoon. Ekblad has still been on something of a roll, racking up 10 assists in the last 14 games, and he's now only five points shy of tying the career-high 39 he scored as a rookie in 2014-15.
Ekblad picked up his 24th helper of the season in Monday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
Mike Hoffman may have potted the game-winning goal, but Ekblad created the opportunity by shooting purposely wide to get the puck to Hoffman on the doorstep. Ekblad has been dishing the puck better than ever this season and is now only three helpers behind the career high of 27 he put up in his rookie year. Through his last eight games, Ekblad has registered six assists, 13 shots and 12 blocks while averaging 21:20 of ice time.
Ekblad posted an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and two PIM in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Ekblad took a tripping minor in the second period, but as he exited the sin bin, he set up the second of Frank Vatrano's three goals in the game. That makes it four straight games with a helper for Ekblad, who is up to 28 points and 107 shots in 47 appearances this season. The 23-year-old has added 62 blocks, 20 PIM and a plus-12 rating.
Ekblad provided an assist in Monday's 5-4 win over the Wild.
Ekblad set up Noel Acciari for the game-winning goal in the dying seconds of the contest. The first overall pick from 2014 has dished helpers in four of the last five games. He's at 27 points, 104 shots on goal and a plus-11 rating in 46 outings.
Ekblad picked up an assist with two shots and a hit in a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Thursday.
Seven minutes into the third period, Ekblad took a big slapshot from the blue line that Noel Acciari deflected into the goal for his second of the game. The assist snapped a six-game point drought for Ekblad, who now has five goals and 24 points in 42 games.
Ekblad (shoulder) will play in Sunday's game against the Canadiens, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Ekblad wasn't supposed to be ready for this game, but coach Joel Quenneville revealed the 23-year-old blueliner beat his initial timeframe for recovery. According to Olive, Ekblad will be utilized in all situations but his minutes will be monitored. The 2014 first-overall pick has averaged 23:25 of ice time per game this year, including consistent power-play minutes, and he's capitalized well with 23 points over 35 outings.
Ekblad (shoulder) won't be in the lineup for the Panthers' back-to-back versus Detroit and Montreal on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Ekblad is not expected to be sidelined long term but will miss the Cats' upcoming two contests with an apparent shoulder injury. Mark Pysyk figures to move back to defense with Ekblad unavailable while Josh Brown or Riley Stillman will also slot into the lineup. In 35 appearances this year, Ekblad has notched five goals and 18 helpers, including a trio of power-play assists.
Ekblad suffered an undisclosed injury and is questionable for Saturday's game against the Red Wings, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Ekblad left in the second period of Monday's loss to Tampa Bay and didn't return. Head coach Joel Quenneville said 6-foot-4 blueliner will be evaluated after the holiday break but his status for Florida's back-to-back set this weekend is up in the air.
Ekblad notched two assists in Monday's 6-1 win over the Senators.
The blueliner has recorded two helpers in back-to-back games, and three of the last five. Ekblad's surge has pushed him up to 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) through 32 games, and he seems poised to finally surpass the career-high 39 points he set as an 18-year-old rookie in 2014-15.
Ekblad had two assists and five shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins.
Ekblad recorded the secondary assist on each of Florida's goals, both coming in the third period. The 23-year-old has a pair of two-assist games in the last week and now has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 31 games this season.
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|08/07||vs NYI||L 1-5||0||0||0||-2||24:24|
|08/05||vs NYI||W 3-2||0||0||0||0||25:15|
|08/04||@ NYI||L 2-4||0||0||0||+1||25:39|
|08/01||@ NYI||L 1-2||0||0||0||+1||25:34|
|03/09||@ STL||W 2-1||0||0||0||+1||24:45|
|03/07||vs MON||W 4-1||0||2||2||+3||21:36|
|03/05||vs BOS||L 1-2 (OT)||0||0||0||+1||26:26|
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