By: Adam Gretz
Buffalo Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe is considered to be "day-to-day" after getting hit in the face by a skate on Friday night during his team's 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, an injury that required 25 stitches.
Following a faceoff at center ice midway through the third period, Sabres center Paul Gaustad lost his footing when his skate blade went up and caught Gerbe, the shortest player in the NHL, in the face.
It's hard to say a person is lucky when he's required to get 25 stitches in his face, but let's be honest, he's lucky this wasn't significantly worse than it was. In the cases of Richard Zednik and former Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk, we've seen how scary and terrifying injuries caused by skate blades can be when they're in the head or neck area.