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Panthers' Ekblad out against Canucks with injury

by Kevin Woodley

VANCOUVER -- Defenseman Aaron Ekblad will not play because of an upper-body injury when the Florida Panthers try to extend their 12-game winning streak Monday against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Ekblad was injured on a hit by Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks early in the second period of a 2-1 Florida win on Monday. There was no penalty of the play, but Eklbad went to the dressing room before returning later.

The NHL Department of Safety said Monday that Hendricks will have a phone hearing for boarding Ekblad.

Florida coach Gerard Gallant said he doesn't know how long Ekblad might be out of the lineup.

Ekblad won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie last season. He leads the Florida defense with nine goals, 19 points and a plus-17 rating this season, and his 20:46 average ice time is second to defenseman Brian Campbell.

Steven Kampfer, who has missed 13 games with a lower-body injury, is the only extra defenseman on the Panthers roster. He skated Monday in Vancouver and is expected to draw into the lineup with Ekblad out.

Florida's 12-game win streak is the longest in its history and tied for the 10th longest in League history. The Panthers can become the ninth team in NHL history to win 13 straight with a victory against the Canucks.

Florida's win streak is the longest in the NHL since the Boston Bruins went 12-0-0 from March 2-22, 2014. If they defeat the Canucks, the Panthers will have a chance to tie the 1929-30 Bruins and 2009-10 Washington Capitals at 14 consecutive wins when they play the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

After that, the Panthers would be chasing the 1981-82 New York Islanders and 2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins, who each had a 15-game win streak.

The 1992-93 Penguins hold the NHL record with 17 wins in a row.

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