NHL: Selanne's jersey retirement and more to know for Sunday
"The Finnish Flash" to be honoured in Anaheim
Teemu Selanne will see his No. 8 raised to the rafters in Anaheim tonight with a rather appropriate visiting team on hand to share the moment. While in Edmonton, the Oilers will take to the ice looking to build off their recent success.
Here are a few things to know for Sunday's NHL action:
Emotional night ahead for Selanne
Following a spectacular career that spanned 21 seasons in the NHL and came to a close at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, the Ducks will honour Selanne prior to their contest with the Jets at Honda Center.
Known as The Finnish Flash, Selanne spent the majority of his career with the Ducks. His first stint in Anaheim began in 1995 and lasted five-plus seasons. The right-winger then returned to Anaheim in 2005 where he remained for the final nine seasons of his career.
Selanne was part of the 2006-07 team that hoisted the first Stanley Cup in Ducks' history.
Of course, Selanne began his NHL career in memorable fashion with the Jets. He burst onto the scene in 1992-93, tallying 76 goals, which to this day is still a league record for rookies. Then a 22-year-old, Selanne tacked on 56 assists for a whopping 132-point season, a total that held up as the high mark for his career.
Selanne also recorded his first ever playoff hat trick for Winnipeg that season.
According to NHL.com, Selanne's family and 60 other people will make the journey from Finland for the ceremony as well as a large group of fans from Winnipeg known as the "Jets Army."
Selanne jokingly told the site that he won't be shedding any tears because "tough guys don't cry."
Another tough test for the Jets
When the game begins, it will be the second in as many nights for Winnipeg (21-14-7). After finding the net on their first three shots of the game against the Kings on Saturday, the Jets ended up grinding out a 5-4 victory that had to be resolved with a shootout.
But while the Jets escaped with a win over a Kings' team still trying to find its groove, they must now deal with the Ducks (26-10-6), who sit atop the Pacific Division standings with 58 points and are 14-5-3 at home.
However, the Jets have proven to be road warriors of sorts this season, posting an impressive record of 12-5-4 away from MTS Centre. The Islanders are the only team with a better record on the road this season.
Oilers can make a statement
The Oilers (10-23-9) will host the Panthers (19-11-9) tonight as they continue their swing through western Canada.
Florida has been piling up wins over the last month, including recent victories over the Canucks and Flames. With a record of 6-3-1 over their last 10 games, the Panthers have also given themselves a noticeable boost in the playoff picture and the Atlantic Division standings.
This will be the final instalment of a four-game homestand for the Oilers that has already produced two victories and featured three quality opponents.
The Oilers brushed aside the Islanders 5-2, fell 4-2 to the Red Wings, and then dealt the Blackhawks a 5-2 defeat.
The change behind the bench and several recent roster moves seems to have breathed some life into the Oilers.
If your preference is to see wins, then this a great sign. On the other hand, it may be trending the Oilers in the wrong direction as far as the "Connor McDavid Sweepstakes" are concerned.