Eastern Edge: Players on hot streaks like Kreider, Chabot, and Tatar

Brennan Des

2021-03-09

In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll look at players riding hot streaks across the conference. I used Dobber's Frozen Tools to come up with this list of players and I can't express how useful the platform is. In addition to hot/cold streaks, you can look at line combinations and how certain players perform against certain opponents, as well as player usage charts to understand if a player's deployment allows them to score more easily. Check it out for yourself over here!

Thomas Chabot

The 24-year-old defenseman had a modest start to the season, posting seven points in his first 15 games. He's been excellent since then, tallying 12 points – all of which have been assists – in his last 10 appearances. This increased production seems to be a product of the team's improved offense. During that first stretch of 15 games, Ottawa averaged 2.13 goals a night. Only Detroit (2.06) and Anaheim (1.93) averaged fewer goals in that timeframe. In contrast, Ottawa has a top-10 offense over that second stretch, during which they've scored 3.33 goals per game.

I mentioned how all of Chabot's recent points have been assists. Seeing as Drake Batherson has been scoring at a crazy rate recently – posting eight goals in his last 12 games – I wondered if Chabot's assists were largely a product of Batherson's goal-scoring tear. In short, the answer is no – Chabot has assists on goals scored by a wide variety of players. Of those 12 recent assists, three came from goals scored by Evgeny Dadonov, two from each of Connor Brown, Colin White, and Brady Tkachuk, and one from each of Tim Stützle, Ryan Dzingel and Drake Batherson. In other words, Chabot's recent production is more a result of his own strong play than Batherson's hot streak, making it more sustainable as the season progresses.  

Despite Chabot's recent hot streak, his power-play production remains unimpressive. He has just four points with the man advantage through 25 games. It's not for lack of opportunity either as he sees 70-percent of the team's total power-play time. Ottawa just isn't very good with the man advantage, sporting a success rate of 14.4-percent through 28 games. Despite the team's lack of success, I think it's reasonable to expect more power-play production from Chabot. Batherson plays on the same unit and has managed eight points with the man advantage through 28 games. Hopefully Chabot factors into the power-play offense a bit more going forward.

Chris Kreider

The Rangers power forward has been on a tear with 11 points in his last eight outings – including two hat tricks. That represents an incredible bounce back performance as he had just five points in his first 15 games of the season. It's worth noting that Panarin has been out of the lineup for seven of the eight games comprisin