The Anaheim Ducks have gotten back on track after a 1-4-1 finish to March, and the play of veteran winger Teemu Selanne has been a big help. The Ducks have recorded a pair of impressive wins against the Dallas Stars this week, and will face that same reeling Stars team on Friday night. Selanne has a goal in each of the last two games, bringing his season total to 10, a mark he has now reached in 20 consecutive seasons.
Selanne’s production has been streaky this season as he failed to score in nine straight games in March before scoring in two consecutive games and then going cold again for the next five games. Selanne has now scored 763 goals in his career, and on Wednesday night notched his 251st power play goal. A Ducks team loaded with young talent up front has benefited greatly by having Selanne and Saku Koivu around this season, and at this point Selanne looks like he could still play another season. Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are one of the most dangerous top-line combinations in the league, but now even if an opposing team can shut them down they still have to worry about Selanne and the rest of the Ducks’ offensive weapons.
The Ducks sit second in the Western Conference standings, trailing the Chicago Blackhawks by only three points. With another favorable match-up against the Stars on tap for Friday night, Selanne and his teammates have a great opportunity to increase the gap between the Ducks and the 13 teams trailing them in the standings.