Nov 23, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Martin Havlat (9) takes a shot on goal during the second period of the game against the New Jersey Devils at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Return From Holiday Break Minus Martin Havlat

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The San Jose Sharks resume their schedule Friday night in Phoenix, but won’t have winger Martin Havlat available because of a lower body injury.

According to CSNBayArea.com, Havlat did not travel with the team to Arizona for tonight’s third of four meetings between the Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes.

Havlat did not play in Monday’s shootout win over the Avalanche after participating in the morning skate and pregame warmups.

Coach Todd McLellan was less than forthcoming about the injury, offering only that it happened, “somewhere throughout the day, I guess.”

Havlat has played in only 22 games this season, with three goals and eight points. He missed the first 12 games recovering from pelvic surgery, was scratched Monday and has been a healthy scratch for two other games.

Havlat has been underwhelming for the Sharks since he was acquired in a July 2011 trade from the Minnesota Wild for Dany Heatley. After scoring 40 goals and 116 points in two seasons for the Wild, Havlat has played in just 101 games and scored 18 goals and 53 points over the last two-plus seasons in San Jose. He missed 43 games because of a lower-body injury in 2011-12.

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