The Calgary Flames blue line was dealt another blow on Wednesday night.
Already without defenseman Dennis Wideman (suspended), T.J. Brodie left the game in the second period.
The 25-year-old was injured blocking a slap shot from Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk. Brodie struggled to get to the Flames bench and was favoring his right leg.
Brodie played another shift before eventually leaving the game.
The Flames announced during the third period that Brodie would not return due to a lower body injury.
"Just hope it’s something that will take a couple of days to recover and he’ll be back," Flames captain Mark Giordano told Aaron Vickers. "A guy like that you can’t replace.”
Entering Wednesday’s action, Brodie was first among Flames blue liners in average ice time per game (25:27) and second in points (25).
"He took a puck so we don't know yet the extent of the injury," Flames coach Bob Hartley said postgame. "We'll probably know more tomorrow."
The Flames recalled blue liner Jakub Nakladal from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat on Wednesday.
With seven defensemen on the active roster (including Brodie), Nakladal could make his NHL debut on Friday when Calgary plays host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, if Brodie is unable to play.
The 28-year-old, undrafted defenseman, out of the Czech Republic had 14 points in 35 games with the Heat prior to his recall.