An untimely injury means that the Boston Bruins won’t be able to debut their top acquisition of the trade deadline.
The Bruins will be without newcomer Brett Connolly while Max Talbot will make his club debut in Wednesday night’s home matchup with the Calgary Flames.
Boston (31-22-9) made a flurry of moves by Monday’s trade deadline, picking up Connolly from Tampa Bay in the biggest one. Connolly, who has 12 goals and three assists in 50 games this season, was called a "a top-six forward" by general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Chiarelli won’t see Connolly on the ice for the rest of the regular season. The forward took a puck to the hand in Wednesday’s practice, broke his right index finger and will miss six weeks.
The Bruins lead Florida by two points in the race for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. They have played two fewer games than the Panthers.
They also acquired forwards Talbot and Paul Carey from Colorado at the deadline. Talbot, who practiced Wednesday, is most famous for scoring both goals in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final.
"He comes to play, and he’ll do whatever he has to to fulfill his role," coach Claude Julien told the Bruins’ official website. "So he’s definitely a good addition to have with us, without a doubt."
Boston has won four straight at home over Calgary (34-25-4), capturing the last three visits by the Flames by a combined 16-0. Tuukka Rask posted the last two shutouts.
The Bruins’ five-game overall win streak over the Flames ended with a 4-3 overtime loss Feb. 16. Boston blew a three-goal lead, as Jiri Hudler scored two in the third period for Calgary.
That kind of rally may not be unexpected since the Flames average a Western Conference-leading 1.22 goals in third periods.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, second among rookies with 45 points, will play at TD Garden for the first time as a professional after playing there during a stellar career at Boston College.
"I might go over to Boston College and have some campus food with my buddies," Gaudreau told the Flames’ official website. "We’ll see. It’s not too good anyways so it doesn’t matter."
Calgary is continuing to adjust to life without star defenseman Mark Giordano, out for the season with a torn biceps muscle. The Flames won for the first time since Giordano suffered the injury last Wednesday as they beat Philadelphia 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday to improve to 2-2-0 on this seven-game trip.
Hudler had a goal and an assist to give him 50 points, two more than Giordano for the team lead. Karri Ramo, who has a 1.26 goals-against average in starting every game of this trip, made 35 saves.
"Rams is the story of our past two weeks," coach Bob Hartley said. "He’s our best player. He’s giving us lots of confidence, he’s giving us key saves at the right time."
Calgary is tied with Los Angeles and San Jose for the final Pacific Division playoff spot.
The Flames lead the West with 9.10 takeaways per game and an average of 18.40 blocked shots. Kris Russell blocked eight shots Tuesday and leads the NHL with an average of 3.33.