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.
Ekblad tallied a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over San Jose on Sunday.
Ekblad's two assists versus the Sharks give him 17 points in 28 games this season. The defenseman had been held off the scoresheet the previous four games. He and the Panthers next face the Lightning on Tuesday, a team who he's produced two assists in two previous meetings with this year.
Ekblad scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, and added an assist in a 5-4 win over Anaheim on Thursday night.
Ekblad is on pace for a 50-point season. This could finally be the year this guy becomes the stud we've all expected. It's hard to believe he's just 23 years old -- Ekblad has already played in 412 NHL games.
Ekblad scored 50 seconds into the third period to spark a four-goal comeback in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over Boston.
Ekblad powered a one-timer through Tuukka Rask to put one on the board for the Panthers after they fell down 4-0. The Cats put up three more in the third to send the game to extra time before winning in the shootout. Ekblad is on pace to have his best season offensively, with two goals and 10 points through 17 games.
Ekblad fired five shots on goal for the third game in a row, as the Panthers won 6-5 in a shootout against the Rangers on Sunday.
It's only 16 games in, and Ekblad already has a quarter of the shots he had last season. His 47 shots on goal are 11th among defensemen, but Ekblad hasn't had much luck converting on his chances with only one goal to his name so far. He seems to have more luck when he picks his spots -- his career low in goals (10) came in the 2016-17 season, which featured a career-high 225 shots.
Ekblad managed two assists, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche.
Ekblad set up Colton Sceviour in the first period and Jonathan Huberdeau in the third. Both of Ekblad's assists came on the Panthers' two equalizing goals in the game. The 23-year-old defenseman has eight points and 29 shots on goal in 12 contests this year. He's yet to cross the 40-point threshold in his first five seasons, but 2019-20 is seeming like the best chance to do just that for the first-overall pick from 2014.
Ekblad (illness) will return to action against the Flames on Thursday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Ekblad is still looking for his first goal of the season, but he's racked up five helpers. The blueliner is averaging a career-high 25:20 of ice time to start the year and should continue to eat up big minutes, including time on the power play, making him a top-end fantasy option.
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