Bruins forward Brett Connolly, who was acquired at the trade deadline form Tampa Bay, could see his first game action with the Bruins soon. Connolly, who was acquired for two second round picks, broke a finger in one of his first practices with the Bruins and has been sidelined since.
Connolly could figure in at right wing on any line. He also will be useful on the power play and has been slotting in to David Krejci’s power play role in practice recently. Coach Claude Julien would not confirm when Connolly would return, but all indications point to sooner rather than later. He took contact in practice for the first time since injury on Wednesday. The Bruins have also benefited from Krejci’s return from injury last week.
Connolly, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft, will most likely play alongside Patrice Bergeron or David Krejci but could end up with time on the fourth line depending on how the Bruins want to work things. It is not likely the Bruins will shake up the Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak line that was been on fire lately, but that could change come playoff time.
The Bruins take on the Red Wings in Detroit Thursday followed by a home game against Toronto on Saturday.