|Mar. 23 7:21 AM PT8:21 AM MT9:21 AM CT10:21 AM ET14:21 GMT22:21 7:21 AM MST9:21 AM EST18:21 UAE10:21 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad is dealing with a stiff neck and headaches, though Panthers coach Tom Rowe said the defenseman's symptoms are unrelated to a recent concussion. He'll miss a second straight game when the Panthers host Chicago on Saturday.
Analysis: Ekblad returned Tuesday following a four-game absence caused by the concussion but began experiencing renewed soreness on Thursday. Rowe said the injury stems from a case of whiplash the 2015 Calder Trophy winner received while playing in the World Cup of Hockey in September, and that the team won't rush him back into action.
|Mar. 11 5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad sustained a concussion in the second period of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and did not return. Ekblad was hit by Lightning forward Gabriel Dumont along the boards. As Ekblad had the puck in the corner, he turned just before Dumont arrived and the contact sent Ekblad's head into the glass. He was at Florida's morning skate ahead and will play in Tuesday's game against Carolina.
Analysis: This the third head-related injury in the past 14 months for the 21-year-old Ekblad, named the NHL Rookie of the Year in 2015. He leads the Panthers in goals by a defenseman with 10 and also has 11 assists.
|Mar. 2 7:20 PM PT8:20 PM MT9:20 PM CT10:20 PM ET3:20 GMT11:20 8:20 PM MST10:20 PM EST7:20 UAE (+1)22:20 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad scored the only goal for the Panthers on Thursday.
Analysis: He has five points over a nine-game stretch.
|Feb. 22 6:44 PM PT7:44 PM MT8:44 PM CT9:44 PM ET2:44 GMT10:44 7:44 PM MST9:44 PM EST6:44 UAE (+1)21:44 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad had an assist against Edmonton on Wednesday.
Analysis: He has four points over his last five games.
|Feb. 16 10:28 AM PT11:28 AM MT12:28 PM CT1:28 PM ET18:28 GMT2:28 11:28 AM MST1:28 PM EST22:28 UAE13:28 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad had an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Ekblad ended a seven-game run without a point, which matched his season high.
|Jan. 19 6:34 AM PT7:34 AM MT8:34 AM CT9:34 AM ET14:34 GMT22:34 7:34 AM MST9:34 AM EST18:34 UAE9:34 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad had two assists Wednesday.
Analysis: He has four assists in his last four games.
|Dec. 30 9:57 PM PT10:57 PM MT11:57 PM CT12:57 AM ET5:57 GMT13:57 10:57 PM MST12:57 AM EST9:57 UAE0:57 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad was held without a point again Thursday in an OT loss to Montreal.
Analysis: It's been a rough season for Ekblad, who has no points in six games and just three in his last 14. He has only three assists in 37 games and is a minus-18 to rank among the worst in the league.
|Nov. 16 8:57 AM PT9:57 AM MT10:57 AM CT11:57 AM ET16:57 GMT0:57 9:57 AM MST11:57 AM EST20:57 UAE11:57 ETNaN:� BRT - Ekblad scored 2:59 into overtime to lift the Panthers to Tuesday's 4-3 win at Montreal.
Analysis: The 2014-15 Calder Trophy winner's first game-winning goal of the season was only his third overall, and he's yet to record an assist through the first 16 games. Ekblad's track record says he'll pick up the pace, as he finished his first two NHL seasons with 39 and 36 points, respectively.
|July 1 12:57 PM PT1:57 PM MT2:57 PM CT3:57 PM ET19:57 GMT3:57 12:57 PM MST2:57 PM EST23:57 UAE15:57 ET16:57 BRT - The Panthers have locked up Ekblad for eight additional years, the sides formally completing the work Friday on what will be a $60 million extension that keeps him in Florida through the 2024-25 season.
Analysis: Ekblad was an All-Star in each of his first two years with Florida, and now clearly becomes a face of a franchise that believes it is getting closer to finally hoisting the Stanley Cup.