Senators’ Chabot out 4-6 weeks, Brannstrom returning to Ottawa

Defenceman Thomas Chabot has suffered a fractured hand and will be sidelined four to six weeks, Ottawa Senators coach D.J. Smith told reporters on Friday.

Smith also told reporters that defenceman Erik Brannstrom, who left Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders on a stretcher after a hit by Cal Clutterbuck, is returning to Ottawa after suffering what Smith said is “clearly a concussion.”

Chabot apparently suffered the injury in Thursday’s game as well after blocking a shot.

Chabot, 26, has had his career derailed multiple times by injuries, notably suffering a fracture to his hand in March 2022 and had his season halted by injury in 2020-21.

Ottawa was already without blue-liner Artem Zub, who is out with an upper-body injury.

The Senators will look to snap a three-game losing skid in the second leg of their two-game road trip on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

–with files from The Canadian Press