Ottawa defenseman Thomas Chabot was likely one tired guy following last night’s game against the Florida Panthers. Chabot was on the ice for well over half the game, logging 37:43 of ice-time. That’s over 10 minutes more time than the next Ottawa player in that category, fellow blueliner Ron Hainsey at 26;12. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the only player to play more in a regular season game was Dennis Wideman while playing with the Calgary Flames in January of 2014.
Just to reiterate, players have played more in the playoffs, but for regular season ice-time, just Wideman is ahead of Chabot right now.
Unfortunately for the Sens, Chabot’s ice-time didn’t help much as the team took a 6-1 beating from the Panthers. Chabot failed to get on the scoresheet but did log three shots on goal. With 20 points in 33 games so far this season, Chabot should easily surpass his previous career high of 32 points set in 2018-19, barring any serious injury, of course. If he keeps logging ice-time like that, he might only need a few more games to do it, although he'd be pretty worn out at the same time. This season will continue to be a tough one for the Ottawa Senators, but there is hope for a brighter future, and Chabot is one of the key pieces.