For his entire career we have had the pleasure of watching Teemu Selanne light the lamp over and over again. In fact, his scoring prowess has him currently ranked 11th on the all-time goal scoring list.
Seeing Selanne scored with such ease makes it that much harder to watch the current slump he is going through. After deciding to give it one more go around this year, Selanne has been met by one of his toughest stretches of his career.
For a player who scored 76-goals his rookie season and 31 just three years ago, Selanne has taken a nose dive this year – only scoring three goals in his first 21 games.
The month of November has been one that Selanne will look to forget the second that the clock strikes midnight Sunday morning. With just one game left in the month, he is on his last chance to get on the scoreboard this month.
October 27 against the Columbus Blue Jackets was the last time Selanne registered a point, and a week before against the Dallas Stars was the last time he scored a goal.
The last time Selanne went through a streak like this? 2006. That year (the 2006-07 season), Selanne went from October 9-October 30 (scored the first of November), a stretch of ten games between goals.
At age-43, most are going to blame father time for finally catching up with Teemu, and maybe it has, but having played over 1,400 games I have a hard time believing this is how Selanne is going to go out. He came the closest he has in a while yesterday, ringing one off of the crossbar against the Calgary Flames.
Something playing in his favor? He has scored more goals against the San Jose Sharks (who they play today) than they have against any team in his career, and has only scored more points overall versus the Los Angeles Kings.