Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

Height/Weight: 6' 4"/215 lbs
Born: Windsor, Canada
Draft: 2014 1st round (1st pick) by the
Shoots: R
  • The Canadian Press

    Florida visits Tampa Bay after overtime victory

    Florida Panthers (27-12-4, third in the Central Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (28-12-2, second in the Central Division) Tampa, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host Florida after the Panthers beat Dallas 3-2 in overtime. The Lightning have gone 28-12-2 against division opponents. Tampa Bay is fourth in the Nhl averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Steven Stamkos with 17. The Panthers are 27-12-4 against the rest of their division. Florida ranks 19th in the Nhl with 33.9 shots per game and is averaging 3.1 goals. In their last meeting on March 21, Tampa Bay won 5-3. TOP PERFORMERS: Stamkos leads the Lightning with 17 goals and has 34 points. Yanni Gourde has 9 points over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay. Aleksander Barkov has 44 total points while scoring 18 goals and totalling 26 assists for the Panthers. Carter Verhaeghe has five goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Florida. LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 4-6-0, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with an .898 save percentage. Panthers: 7-3-0, averaging 2.9 goals, four assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while allowing two goals per game with a .935 save percentage. INJURIES: Lightning: Steven Stamkos: day to day (undisclosed). Panthers: Noah Juulsen: out (undisclosed), Carter Verhaeghe: day to day (upper body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Vatrano's power-play OT goal leads Panthers past Stars 3-2

    DALLAS — Frank Vatrano scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime, and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night. Aleksander Barkov and Radko Gudas scored in regulation, and Chris Driedger made 24 saves for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and matched Tampa Bay and Carolina with 58 points atop the Central Division. Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski scored, and Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots for the Stars, who are seven points out of the division’s last playoff spot with 15 games to remaining after playing in last season’s Stanley Cup Final. Vatrano scored his 14th of the season from near the right boards after Dallas’ Jamie Benn took a tripping penalty in the neutral zone. Barkov opened the scoring from close range, slipping the puck through Khudobin’s pads at 11:50 of the first period for his team-high 18th goal of the season. Only 52 seconds later, Roberson tied the score by lifting the puck over Driedger from the low slot. Gudas’ goal on a shot from the right point deflected off the stick of Dallas forward Rhett Gardner between the circles and caught the bottom of the crossbar 2:45 into the second period for the physical defenceman’s first goal since January 2020 with Washington. Pavelski scored his team-high 16th, his first in 11 games, at 8:26 of the third period to tie the score at 2-2. About two minutes later, Driedger sprawled backward to make a stop with his stick on the goal line after a rebound caromed back off the skate of Panthers defenceman Anton Stralman. UP NEXT Panthers: Visit Tampa Bay on Thursday for the fifth of six straight road games. Stars: Begin a two-game home series vs. Columbus on Thursday. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

  • Panthers continue to bulk up with Sam Bennett acquisition
    Yahoo Sports Canada

    Panthers continue to bulk up with Sam Bennett acquisition

    Calgary has finally given up on Sam Bennett, trading the former top pick to the Panthers.