Ottawa Senators top defenseman Thomas Chabot could miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season. The 22-year-old broke his toe after blocking a hard shot from Ivan Provorov in Monday’s 3-2 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers. Following the game, Senators head coach Marc Crawford listed his star defender as ‘week-to-week’.
Despite his toe breaking in the second period, Chabot soldiered on to finish the game. Playing 24:32, the 6-2, 196-pound blueliner earned one assist, three blocks, and a shot on goal. Over the course of this season, Chabot has 49 points in 62 games. This includes 13 goals and 36 assists. He was named as the Senators only representative at the 2019 All-Star Game in San Jose.
The broken toe is Chabot’s second injury this season that has caused the native of Sainte-Marie, Quebec to miss moderate time. During a match against the New York Islanders on Dec. 28, Chabot was knocked out of action for eight games after receiving a heavy hit from Matt Martin.
Despite the sour news of being listed week-to-week, Chabot remains optimistic he’ll return before the 2018-19 campaign closes out. The Senators have 12 games remaining and less than a month of hockey left. Their final game this year is against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Apr. 6.
One’s Loss is Another’s Opportunity
Losing Chabot to injury is another major blow to the Senators. He logs major ice time, drives offense from the back-end, and quarterbacks Ottawa’s top power play unit.
Although his absence significantly weakens Ottawa’s roster, it will not affect their overall standings in the NHL. After 70 games, the Senators sit comfortably in last place. They own a cringeworthy record of 23-41-6 with just 52 points. The Detroit Red Wings are the next worst team, and they hold a six-point margin ahead of the Senators.
Chabot’s loss to injury also creates more opportunities for other Senators on the blue line. Players like Cody Ceci and Dylan DeMelo may benefit by seeing a bump in ice-time. In addition, Christian Jaros will suit-up when Ottawa welcomes the St. Louis Blues to Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.
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Billy Morrison lives in Ottawa and covers the Ottawa Senators for Full Press Coverage. Follow Billy on Twitter, @BillyMorrison01.