Ward (lower-body) will not play in the final two preseason games; but expected to be ready for the season opener.
It appears as if keeping Ward out of the final two preseason games is just a precaution so that he is ready for the start of the regular season. Ward is coming off of a 43-point (21G / 22A) year in his debut season with the Sharks.
Ward (undisclosed) will return to the Sharks lineup on Thursday.
Ward missed Tuesday’s game in Vancouver, but he will return tonight. There is no indication what was ailing Ward, but it obviously wasn’t serious. Ward has 21 goals and 21 assists (42 points) in 74 games this season.
Ward will be held out of Sunday’s game with an undisclosed injury, which opens the door for Ben Smith to play in his first game since October 31st. There is no word on the nature or severity of Ward’s injury, but he is listed as day-to-day and questionable for Tuesday’s contest. With the Christmas break looming, he could be held out of that game just to give him and additional six days of rest.
Joel Ward took part in the Washington Capitals’ morning skate Thursday but will not play against the Ottawa Senators.
Ward will miss his eighth straight game with a bruised left knee suffered when he blocked a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo on April 7. He has skated gingerly a few times solo since then, but Thursday appeared to mark some progress.