Ward extended his pointless streak to seven games and skated to a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers. Given Team Teal's high-scoring output, it's a shame that Ward fell on the undesirable side of the plus-minus. He's been a huge liability in the defensive zone, going minus-8 over the scoreless stretch. The Sharks and fantasy owners alike depend on the 36-year-old for special teams contributions, including work on the penalty kill, but he's fading at arguably the worst possible time.
Ward has managed just three points on the power-play so far after a 12-point effort with the man advantage last year. The lack of production isn't terribly surprising considering his power-play time has been more than chopped in half (1:07 vs. 2:32 last year). Even worse, Ward has found twine just seven times after scoring 21 goals in 2015-16, and his 23 points are well off the pace of the impressive 43 he put up in his first season in NorCal.
Ward scored a goal and added an assist during Monday's win over Winnipeg. After posting 21 goals and 43 points last year, the second-year Shark has just four goals and 16 points through 42 games this season. It's been a disappointing campaign, and Ward's deservedly been off the fantasy grid. One obvious explanation of his offensive decline is his lack of power-play production. He has failed to register a point with the man advantage after scoring 12 power-play points in 2015-16. Still, this was Ward's third multi-point showing in six games, so perhaps he has a strong finish ahead. It's probably still ill-advised to rely on him in most fantasy settings at this point, though.
Ward collected a pair of assists in Saturday's win over Detroit. Ward has now put put back-to-back multi-point games after managing just one assist in his previous eight outings. The 36-year-old has struggled this season with just three goals and 14 points in 38 games, but hopefully these two games are a sign of what's to come. Ward skates in the bottom-six, but he plays on the power play and has a decent shot, so he could be worth a look in some very deep leagues if he continues to heat up.
Ward will not be in the lineup Friday night against the Canadiens, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Ward has really struggled this season, namely in the scoring department. He's found twine only twice on 42 attempts for a 4.8 shooting percentage -- for comparison's sake, he manufactured 21 goals thanks to a 15.2 conversion rate on shots last season. More concerning, his power-play ice time has dropped by nearly two minutes per game, leaving countless fantasy owners in search of more attractive options on the waiver wire.
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