As the San Jose Sharks head into their final contest ahead of the 2015 Christmas Break, they’ll do so without forward Joel Ward.
Don’t expect that to be a long-term thing, though.
Ward reassured fans that he’s sitting out the game on Tuesday evening, as the Sharks face the Los Angeles Kings, but plans to be back in the lineup in time for the team’s first game following the holiday hiatus. That puts his return to the lineup on December 28th, as the Pacific Division club takes on the Colorado Avalanche.
Inked over the summer as a free agent, Ward has produced 10 goals and 23 points in just 32 games this year. He’s on pace to likely see his production fall somewhere between his 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, during which Ward produced 24 goals and 19 goals, respectively. That’s solid for a 35 year old forward, especially one who’s sitting out his second consecutive game this season.
Joel Ward doesn't expect to be out long term. Hopes to play in first game after Christmas on Dec. 28 #SJSharks
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 22, 2015
The Sharks will see puck drop on Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm PST, as they play one of ten games slated for the final day before the break. Both teams are coming into the contest off losses, as the Kings recently fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-0 shutout and the Sharks dropped an overtime decision on Sunday to the Chicago Blackhawks.