At 6:38 of the first period, Simek collided with Winnipeg’s Andrew Copp along the boards. Copp appeared to have fallen on top of Simek, bending his leg at an awkward angle. Simek could not skate off the ice and required assistance to return to the dressing room.
In 40 games with the Sharks this season, Simek has posted one goal and eight assists while primarily skating on a pairing with Brent Burns and averaging 15:33 in ice time per game.
Simek missed two games with a head injury in January after taking a late high hit from Sam Bennett of the Calgary Flames on Dec. 31. If he needs to miss time again, the Sharks have a back up plan in Burns’ former partner, Joakim Ryan.