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Sharks' Radim Simek to miss about two weeks for minor knee procedure

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Sharks' Radim Simek to miss about two weeks for minor knee procedure

The Sharks have dealt with their fair share of knee issues over the last few seasons, and they're going to have to work through another one over the next few weeks.

Defenseman Radim Simek will miss about two weeks as he needs to undergo a procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told reporters in Tampa on Sunday before San Jose's game against the Lightning. 

Simek tore his ACL and MCL in March, and had surgery soon after. He initially was projected to rejoin the team at the start of the season, but Simek didn't return to game action until Nov. 5. In 16 games this season, Simek has scored four points (one goal, three assists) and posted a minus-12.

[RELATED: Sharks lament 'poor, poor effort' late in loss to Lightning]

Despite those pedestrian numbers, Simek's presence in the Sharks lineup makes a big difference. San Jose is 4-10-1 when Simek has not played this season and 11-4-1 with him in the lineup.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said Tim Heed would play in Simek's place Sunday. Although Heed has played well in his last couple of games, it's still possible Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson will play more and share Simek's responsibilities, much like they did at the start of the season when Simek initially was out.

Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson named to NHL's All-Decade Second Team

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Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson named to NHL's All-Decade Second Team

The 2010s were pretty good to Erik Karlsson.

The Sharks defenseman was named to six All-Star teams, won two Norris trophies and signed a lucrative eight-year, $92 million contract last summer to stay in San Jose.

Now, Karlsson has been named to the NHL's All-Decade Second Team.

Paired with Karlsson on the Second Team blue line is Boston's Zdeno Chara.

Los Angeles' Drew Doughty and Chicago's Duncan Keith were named as the defensemen on the NHL's All-Decade First Team.

From Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2019, Karlsson played in 623 games with the Ottawa Senators and Sharks. He recorded 120 goals and 422 assists during that span.

Last month, NBC Sports ranked Karlsson as the third-best player of the decade behind Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

[RELATED: Wilson defends signing of Karlsson]

At just 29 years old, Karlsson has plenty of good hockey ahead of him, and the Sharks are hoping he can help bring the first Stanley Cup to the Bay Area sometime in the near future.

NHL All-Star Skills Competition live stream: How to watch event online

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NHL All-Star Skills Competition live stream: How to watch event online

It's time to see who's got the skills in the NHL.

That's right, All-Star weekend officially is here and the NHL's best will descend on Scottrade Center and see who's got the goods.

The fun starts Friday with the All-Star Skills Competition as the league's best compete in a variety of events such as Fastest Skater, Save Streak and Accuracy Shooting where Sharks All-Star Tomas Hertl will try and get the W.

It should be a lot of fun.

[RELATED: Hertl honored to be All-Star, not giving up on Sharks]

Here's how to watch the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition online.

When: Friday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. PT (coverage starts at 3:30 p.m.)
Live Stream: NBC Sports