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Ekholm left Tuesday’s practice early because of an apparent upper-body injury; questionable for Wednesday’s game in San Jose.

Ekholm is coming off of a two-assist performance vs. the Islanders on Saturday, but left yesterday’s practice with an apparent upper-body/rib injury. There was no word on how serious the injury is and if he will even miss any time, but monitor his status during Wednesday’s morning skate.

Source: Robby Stanley 11/1/17, 5:37 am EST

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Nashville Coach Barry Trotz slightly backed off his hard stance on rookie defenseman Mattias Ekholm. One day earlier, Trotz said Ekholm was “absolutely horrible” against the Canucks. “He’s going to be a really good player, let’s get that straight,” Trotz said Friday. “He’s not a bad defenseman, he’s going to be a real good one, but he has to learn the North American game and adjust.”

Although coach Trotz hedged on his earlier comments regarding Ekholm, it likely means he draws out of the lineup the next time the Preds hit the ice. For the most part, the Swedish defender remains on the roster because of his options overseas. Jack Hillen probably becomes the sixth defenseman as Ekholm gets his feet wet in a smaller rink.

Source: Predators Insider 10/21/11, 7:10 pm EST

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There’s a possibility that Trotz could insert rookie defenseman Mattias Ekholm into the lineup for Thursday’s home opener. Ekholm was unavailable for Saturday’s game against St. Louis after catching the flu Friday.

Ekblom could fill in for Teemu Laakso on the blue line tonight. Last season he scored 10 goals and 33 points through 55 games with Brynas IF Gavle of the SEL. He could boost the team's offense from the third defensive pairing.

Source: Predators Insider 10/13/11, 6:43 am EST

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The Nashville Predators have finalized their opening day roster and in spite of what Mattias Ekholm's agent reported earlier, it appears that he will start the season in the NHL.

Ekholm sticks in the NHL as a bottom-pairing defender. Last season he scored 10 goals and 33 points through 55 games with Brynas IF Gavle of the SEL. Look for him to get his feet wet at the NHL level.

Source: Preds on the Glass 10/4/11, 4:02 pm EST

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