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12/03/20 Playoff Picture

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 8:32 AM CT / News Articles
By Eric Postma
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12\/03\/20 Playoff Picture
1 NYR 72 45 20 7 199 160 97
2 BOS 72 42 27 3 236 178 87
3 FLA 71 35 23 13 180 197 83
4 PIT 71 44 21 6 231 180 94
5 PHI 72 42 22 8 231 204 92
6 NJD 73 41 27 5 200 191 87
7 OTT 73 37 26 10 221 213 84
8 WSH 73 37 30 6 198 208 80
10 BUF 73 34 29 10 187 207 78
9 WPG 72 34 30 8 192 203 76
11 CAR 73 29 29 15 194 217 73
12 TOR 73 32 33 8 208 227 72
13 TBL 72 32 33 7 202 247 71
14 NYI 72 29 32 11 169 216 69
15 MTL 73 28 32 13 191 203 69

There is no doubt that wins by both Washington and Buffalo on Monday night did some damage to the Winnipeg Jets' playoff picture, but tonight presents the best opportunity possible to improve that outlook. At this time of year, we spend immeasurable time analyzing all the potential outcomes, studying the match-ups, and hoping for help from other teams, but the only true way to secure a spot in the post-season is by winning!

The Jets will have an opportunity to improve their outlook tonight when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Consol Energy Center. After Monday night, Winnipeg has a game in hand on their fellow playoff racers, so this is the time to take advantage.


Buffalo Sabres 7, Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Tampa Bay has really suffered from the injury bug lately, and it showed last night, as the Sabres walked all over the Lightning for most of the night. Jason Pominville and late-season call-up Marcus Foligno both scored two goals to pace the Sabres past the Lightning. The win vaulted the Sabres over the Jets into ninth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Washington Capitals 5, Detroit Red Wings 3

The Capitals jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period, which proved to be insurmountable for the struggling Red Wings. Alex Ovechkin seems to be back on his game lately, notching two goals (both on the powerplay) and two assists to lead his team over the Detroit squad. The win jumps the Capitals to 80 points on the season, four ahead of the Jets. The victory also gets the Caps within three points of the Southeast Division leading Florida Panthers, who could suddenly become a major part of the playoff-race conversation.


Winnipeg Jets at Pittsurgh Penguins (6:00 PM, TSN Jets)

In reality, there is no match-up more key to the Jets playoff hopes than this one (or, whichever game is next on the Jets' schedule). The Penguins have been red-hot lately, which has only been buoyed by the return of Sidney Crosby to the Pens' lineup. This game will mark Crosby's first home game since stepping back into the lineup, and will certainly be an emotional affair for the Pittsburgh squad.

The Jets put together a couple of outstanding wins at home last week against Dallas and Washington before faltering on Sunday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. This is the game in hand that the Jets hold over the Capitals and Sabres, and represents two critical points that are needed to keep the playoff hopes alive.

Ideal Jets outcome: Jets Win!

Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers (6:00 PM)

If the Florida Panthers go into enough of a slide at the end of the season, we could see a dogfight for the Southeast Division lead down the stretch between the Panthers, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets. Currently Florida is holding down first spot in the division with 83 points, but Washington is not far behind with 80, while Winnipeg remains in the picture, currently with 76. A slide seems unlikely at the moment, with Florida playing some great hockey as of late, winning their last four games.

Ideal Jets outcome: Flyers Win


  • New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs (6:00 PM)
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets (6:00 PM)
  • New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators (6:30 PM)
  • Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators (7:00 PM)
  • Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars (7:00 PM, TSN2)
  • Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche (8:00 PM)
  • San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (9:30 PM, TSN2)