Senators’ Chabot leaves with injury vs. Islanders, won’t play Saturday

Ottawa Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot exited the game against the New York Islanders after a hit in the neutral zone by Matt Martin.

Ottawa Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot left Friday’s game against the New York Islanders and did not return after suffering what the team is calling an upper-body injury.

Chabot was on the receiving end of a high hit from Islanders forward Matt Martin, which saw Martin’s shoulder make contact with Chabot’s head and shoulder area.

The 21-year-old rearguard, now in his second NHL season, has been one of the few bright spots in Ottawa. His 28 assists, including a helper Friday in New York, leads the club in helpers this season, and he’s got the second-most points (38) behind only Mark Stone (41).

The Senators announced Thursday that they’ll be without goalie Craig Anderson and defenceman Justin Falk at least through the weekend, as both players recover from concussions.

Head coach Guy Boucher provided an update on Chabot after the game, telling reporters the young defenceman will miss Saturday’s meeting with the Washington Capitals.

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