Joel Ward RW WAS 2 weeks ago

Ward scored two goals -- one on the power play -- Thursday against Montreal, giving him a three-game point streak.

With three markers and an assist over that span, Ward's on a bit of a late-season hot streak now. Never a very significant offensive contributor in the first several years of his career, Ward is now on the verge of his second consecutive 20-goal campaign.

Joel Ward RW WAS 2 weeks ago

Ward potted a goal during Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday.

The goal is Ward's second point in as many games after being moved to a reconstituted top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Although head coach Barry Trotz has done a great deal of line shuffling in recent weeks, the trio has looked very good in a pair of important games for the Capitals down the stretch, giving a boost to Ward's value late in the season. As long as he's playing with the highly skilled Russians (or at least getting more playing time), he's definitely worth adding in deeper leagues.

Joel Ward RW WAS 1 month ago

Ward netted a power-play goal in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Sabres.

Ward is averaging a minute for of ice time than he enjoyed a season ago, but he's still well behind his 2013-14 scoring pace. While he's still shooting above his career rate of 11.4 percent for a third consecutive year, Ward's dropoff in assist production probably represents the biggest explanation for his decline. Even so, he's still quite productive by third-line standards, and should continue to carry value in deeper formats.

Joel Ward RW WAS 2 months ago

Ward notched a power-play goal -- the game-winner -- and a power-play assist in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh.Ward's tally with under five minutes left in the third period untied a 1-1 game and sent Washington to the win. However, it's his first multi-point game since Dec. 6, and just his third of the year -- not a lot of production for a guy who's skating more than 17 minutes per game.

Joel Ward RW WAS 2 months ago

Ward assisted on Eric Fehr's third-period goal in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Kings.

With Ward's shooting percentage regressing back to his career rate (11.2%) this season, his goal totals have predictably taken a dive. Since Ward isn't especially proficient as a setup artist, either, it's resulted in a stark decline in his point totals, effectively taking him off the radar outside of deeper formats.

Joel Ward RW WAS 3 months ago

Ward gave the Capitals a 3-0 lead in Saturday's win over the Red Wings with his 11th goal of the season.

A popular regression candidate entering the season after he recorded a career-best 49 points in 2013-14 as a 33-year-old, Ward hasn't fallen off quite as much as many projected. For the third straight season, he's finding net on over 15 percent of his shot attempts, a remarkable achievement considering his career rate sits at 11.5 percent. With 19 points over 41 games, he'll have a legitimate chance at cracking the 40-point plateau for a second straight year.

Joel Ward RW WAS 4 months ago

Ward gathered two assists in Saturday's win over the Devils.

Ward makes his bacon for his ability to finish off scoring rushes, but he instead set up Evgeny Kuznetsov's power-play and Brooks Laich's empty-net goal this time around. Though he's seeing nearly a minute-and-a-half increase in ice time from a season earlier, Ward's scoring hasn't noticed a dramatic spike. He still has a respectable 15 points in 26 contests.

Joel Ward RW WAS 5 months ago

Ward scored a power play goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames.

After posting a career-high 24 goals last season, Ward is on pace to reach somewhere in the 30-40 range. He may not get there, but he seems to be building on last year's 49 point campaign, and could be a worthwhile pick up.

Joel Ward RW WAS 6 months ago

Ward netted two goals in 16:20 of ice time in Saturday's win over Calgary.

A dominant performance from Ward, who opened the scoring with a power-play tally in the first period, before scoring the eventual game-winning goal at even strength in the second period. Although his fourth-line role isn't ideal for fantasy owners, Ward has still managed four goals in seven games this season, making him worth a look in deep leagues. His great shot comes in use on the power play, where he lines up on the Capitals' second unit. Expect another 20-goal season from the 33-year-old.

Joel Ward RW WAS 6 months ago

Ward scored his second goal of the season in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Devils.

Ward's unassisted marker with 17:35 remaining in the third period resulted in Devils removing goalie Cory Schneider from the game. The winger is off to a respectable start to the 2014-15 campaign, but don't expect him to repeat last season's 24-goal, 49-point performance, which was aided heavily by an unsustainable 18 percent shooting rate.