Ward dished out an assist in Monday's loss to the Senators. Ward helped set up what was the game-tying goal at the time in the third period, but both sides ended up scoring again before the Senators grabbed the contest in a shootout. The 35-year-old has seen his scoring pace slow down after a hot opening two months, but he's still on his way to topping the 40-point plateau for just the second time in his career.
Ward didn't record a point and just had a single shot in Saturday's 7-0 rout of the Maple Leafs. Ward's torrid pace from the start of the season has not held. Over the last 14 games he has just two goals and four assists. In his first 15 games this season he posted eight goals and six assists. Don't be fooled by his season totals, production has been hard to come by lately.
Ward registered San Jose's loan goal in a 2-1 defeat Thursday against Detroit. Ward will be relieved to have put an end to his nine game goalless streak. Its been a difficult stretch for the 35-year-old, tallying just four points in his last 10 contests, despite averaging almost 18 minutes of ice time per night. Even though the winger has been ice cold lately, he has been having a productive first season with the Sharks, notching 25 points in 36 outings.
Ward had a minus-3 rating and three shots in Sunday's loss to the Jets. With no points yet again, Ward's slump stretches on. He is without a goal in nine games and has just three assists over that stretch. He's still having a solid year, but it's bringing his numbers back down toward what you expect from him. This may not be the career year Ward was on pace for. At 35, it shouldn't be surprising that he's not going to blow the doors off his personal best marks.
Ward is ready to return to the lineup on Monday against the Avalanche, reports Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. Ward missed the last couple of games with an undisclosed injury after taking a high dirty hit on December 18 against Ottawa. Hopefully he was able to hit the reset button over break. His production on the season has been strong, but he's gone six straight games without a goal. It will help that he'll jump right back onto Patrick Marleau's second line.
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