Martin Havlat’s had a long history of injuries over the course of his career.  He’s never played a complete 82-game season, and he’s only had two seasons of 75 or more games.   Once again, he’ll miss out on perfect attendance.

The New Jersey Devils forward missed Saturday’s game against the San Jose Sharks after suffering facial lacerations in the Devils’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Havlat is currently day-to-day.

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera checked Havlat awkwardly into the boards.  Instead of the boards, though, Havlat collided with referee Darcy Burchell.  Havlat’s helmet pitched forward, his visor slicing through his nose and upper lip.


From Rich Chere at

The facial damage was extensive. Havlat was badly cut across the bridge of his nose, which likely is broken.

But the more worrisome cut was a long, deep gash below his nose that evidently went completely through the skin. It appeared that Havlat’s visor may have caused the worst of the injury by slicing into his face just below his nose

Referee Darcy Burchell was not injured on the play.

As for the extent of Havlat’s injuries:

Hopefully, he’ll be back in the lineup soon for the Devils.