Scott Hartnell knew when Kimmo Timonen's slap shot hit his left foot the damage was done. He'd be missing significant time.

"I didn't think Kimmo, my best buddy, would do that to me," Hartnell joked.

Good thing the All-Star left wing has a sense of humor because he'll miss at least a month with a broken bone in his foot, and when he comes back, he'll be wearing extra protection.

There's been a long debate among NHL players as to whether or not they should be mandated to wear shields protecting their faces. Hartnell's injury turns the conversation south.

Way south.

During practice, players such as Hartnell who set up shop in front of the net often wear clear shields on the outside of their skate boots. The 30-year-old will have to wear one for at least the first two weeks in game action upon his return.

"You see Kimmo and those guys blasting one-timers from the top," Hartnell said. "It's kinda weird how they always end up being four or five inches off the ice, right where your foot is, right where the least amount of padding on your body is."