Teemu Selanne admitted that he wasn’t at 100 percent when he returned to the lineup Wednesday night against Chicago after missing about a month with a lacerated quadriceps tendon. Which begs the question, if the Ducks’ playoff hopes weren’t so perilous, would he have waited to come back to the lineup?
In the 17 games Selanne missed, the Ducks went 6-9-2. Of course, they’re 0-1 with him back after the 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks, a game Selanne said “we totally dominated.” He even went so far as to say they should have been awarded a penalty shot when Patrick Sharp dislodged the net behind Nikolai Khabibulin as Selanne ripped off a shot. No penalty was called.
Meanwhile, Teemu said he’s not going to be back to 100 percent “for a while.”
“The skating shape is going to come by playing games,” he said. “Even last night, as the game went on I felt better and better, so that’s a (good) sign. I’m expecting improvement every day.”