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Mattias Ekholm | Defenseman | #14

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 4 (102) / NAS
Contract: view contract details

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Mattias Ekholm earned a pair of assists in a 4-3 win against Columbus Thursday night.
He got the primary helper on both goals by Craig Smith during the third period. Ekholm has collected 18 points in 49 matches this year. Jan 27 - 10:24 AM

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Mattias Ekholm led Nashville with 29:11 of playing time on Thursday night.

The Predators lost Roman Josi to an upper-body injury in the match, so Ekholm was called upon to step up with P.K. Subban also missing. "I don't know if (Josi's) back next game or how long it is," Ekholm said. "If he's not, then we'll manage that. I think we've got guys that can come up and step up, and we saw it tonight." He had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Nashville's 2-1 win.
Jan 13 - 10:14 AM

Mattias Ekholm accounted for a goal and an assist Tuesday night.

It was his first goal in 32 games this season along with his 10th assist. Ekholm is trying to bounce back from a slow start. He has six points in the last 10 outings after he had five points in his first 22 appearances.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:21:00 PM

The Nashville Predators have a group of defensemen that can move the puck and join the rush.

P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis make up the team's top four blue liners and each of those players is capable of moving the puck efficiently. "We’re that way," Ekholm said. "We still can defend, and we’re pretty solid at that, but our strength is carrying the puck up and wanting to go on the attack. … Maybe that’s what’s happening with a lot of the stay-at-home defensemen. The speed is too fast right now. All of the defensemen on this team can really defend and join the rush." There's no doubt that Nashville has one of the top groups of defensemen in the NHL right now.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 07:16:00 AM

It looks as if the Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban partnership is off to a good start.

The two looked great togehter in the Preds'4-3 win over the Lightning Saturday night. Subban registered a goal and an assist but was less impressed with his performance than that of Ekholm, whom he called a "stud". Look for this to be a successful pairing in Nashville this season which could result in a boost to Ekholm's five-on-five scoring totals.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 02:00:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm is projected to get a chance to play with P.K. Subban.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette could also use Subban with Roman Josi, which is where Shea Weber played. Nashville will probably play around with a few different combinations when training camp opens
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm will represent Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

He just played for Sweden at the World Championship after Nashville was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had one goal in two games at the tournament. Ekholm received the spot on the roster over John Klingberg and Hampus Lindholm.
Fri, May 27, 2016 02:08:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm has agreed to play for Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

He collected three goals and seven points in 14 playoff games for the Predators. During the regular season, Ekholm posted a personal best 35 points in 82 contests.
Sat, May 14, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm set up Mike Fisher's triple overtime winner during Thursday's Game 4 over San Jose.

After rushing back onto the ice in an effort to keep a matchup, Ekholm immediately jumped back into the play. He fired a shot on net that took Martin Jones out of position, which Fisher was able to slam home for the win. It was Ekholm's second assist of the game, giving him four this postseason and seven points.
Fri, May 6, 2016 02:36:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm is tied for the league lead in the postseason in goals among defensemen.

His three markers has him tied with John Carlson, Alex Goligoski and Duncan Keith. Ekholm has also contributed one assist and 15 shots in the playoffs. All three of his goals have either tied the game or put the Predators in the lead. "I'm just trying to do the most with the ice time I get," Ekholm said. "Getting a lot of confidence in the ice time I'm getting from the coaches. They're putting me out there in all sorts of situations and I'm just trying to make the most of it."
Mon, May 2, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm found the back of the net in Sunday's 3-2 loss to San Jose in Game 2.

The Preds have dug themselves quite a hole, as they're down 2-0 in the series. Fortunately for them, both losses have come on the road, which means they can get right back into the series with two good showings on home ice. Ekholm's goal at the 12:56 mark of the third period tied the game at one, but Joe Pavelski scored just minutes later to restore San Jose's lead. Ekholm has three goals and four points in nine games this postseason.
Sun, May 1, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Mattias Ekholm recorded his second goal of the postseason in Game 6 on Monday night.

He opened the scoring in Nashville's 3-1 victory over Anaheim. Ekholm is tied with James Neal and Shea Weber for the team lead in goals during the 2016 playoffs. All three of them scored in Monday's win.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 10:50:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm scored his first goal of the playoffs on Sunday night in a 3-2 win over Anaheim.

He tied the game at 1-1 with 56 seconds left in the first period. Ekholm has a plus-3 rating and two shots after two games in Nashville's first-round series.
Mon, Apr 18, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Mattias Ekholm posted his seventh goal in Tuesday's 5-3 win versus the Dallas Stars.

He was credited with his second game winner of the season. Ekholm has recorded a personal best 28 points in 64 matches.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 10:24:00 AM

The Nashville Predators have won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 19 and 21.

Despite their recent struggles, the Predators are just two points behind Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "We all know what kind of position we're in," said Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. "That's what's got to get better — our battle level, our urgency and our attitude to win games. That's the position we're in right now. We need the points. It doesn't have to be pretty all the time. This was a greasy win for us."
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 12:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Mike Fisher
3Vernon Fiddler
4Calle Jarnkrok
5Colton Sissons
LW1Colin Wilson
2Kevin Fiala
3Austin Watson
4Cody McLeod
5Harry Zolnierczyk
6Miikka Salomaki
7Pontus Aberg
RW1Filip Forsberg
2James Neal
3P. A. Parenteau
4Viktor Arvidsson
5Craig Smith
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Anthony Bitetto
6Matt Irwin
7Brad Hunt
8Yannick Weber
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros