Selanne returns to Winnipeg, and NFL picks

There’s a big NHL game tonight just three hours from Fargo. And for once, I’m not talking about the first-place Minnesota Wild.

Teemu Selanne returns to Winnipeg tonight to take on the Jets in the same city that he made his prolific splash in the NHL nearly two decades ago.

As a rookie with the Jets’ previous incarnation, Selanne enjoyed one of the great rookie seasons in North American professional sports history. He scored 76 goals in the 1992-93 season, shattering the previous NHL rookie record of 53 set by Mike Bossy. Selanne would go on to play 4 1/2 seasons with Winnipeg before being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks.

The Jets franchise packed its bags and headed to Phoenix after completing the season that saw Selanne get traded. But Winnipeg got a new Jets franchise this season, giving the 41-year-old Selanne an opportunity to play in front of his former home fans one more time.

Week 15 NFL picks

Went 2-3 last week.

  • Saints by 7 at Vikings: Saints
  • Bears by 3 1/2 vs. Seahawks: Seahawks
  • Titans by 7 at Colts: Titans
  • Patriots by 4 1/2 at Broncos: Patriots
  • Ravens by 1 at Chargers: Chargers

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