San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward will be out indefinitely because of a shoulder injury. Ward left a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday at 7:43 of the second period after Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt hit him into the half-wall in the Vegas zone, injuring his right shoulder. Ward, who said it is the same shoulder he had rotator cuff surgery on during the offseason, said he will have X-rays and an MRI when the swelling subsides, and hopes to return this season. "Yeah, for sure," he said Saturday. "I think even this morning getting a little more movement so I'm kind of optimistic for sure. Just waiting to hopefully get better as quick as possible. ... Pretty lucky actually, because I thought the way it felt after, I thought I kind of had some numbness too in my arm. I felt actually pretty lucky the next day when I woke up. "I took a good little pop there. Right now it's just kind of re-evaluating. It's kind of day to day. At first I was a little worried for sure, but kind of woke up a lot better. Just basically come in here and get some treatment done again and hopefully kind of get back in, hopefully soon, but I don't know when. ... No surgery needed, which is good. I was thankful for that." Ward, 37, has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 46 games this season, the last on a three-year contract he signed July 3, 2015.