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12/03/23 Playoff Picture

Friday, 23.03.2012 / 11:05 AM / News Articles
By Eric Postma
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12\/03\/23 Playoff Picture
There aren\'t enough ways to describe how crucial tonight\'s game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals is for the Jets playoff hopes. The Southeast Division foes continue their rivalry with the biggest game of the season as they both battle for the eighth and final playoff spot.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYR 73 46 20 7 201 161 99
2 BOS 73 42 28 3 237 180 87
3 FLA 73 36 24 13 183 201 85
4 PIT 73 46 21 6 244 185 98
5 PHI 74 43 23 8 234 207 94
6 NJD 74 42 27 5 201 191 89
7 OTT 74 37 27 10 221 214 84
8 WSH 74 37 30 7 199 210 81
10 BUF 74 35 29 10 190 207 80
9 WPG 73 34 31 8 196 211 76
11 CAR 74 30 29 15 197 218 75
13 TBL 73 33 33 7 205 249 73
12 TOR 74 32 34 8 210 232 72
14 NYI 73 30 32 11 174 218 71
15 MTL 74 28 33 13 191 206 69

There aren't enough ways to describe how crucial tonight's game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals is for the Jets playoff hopes. The Southeast Division foes continue their rivalry with the biggest game of the season as they both battle for the eighth and final playoff spot. Currently the Capitals hang on to that final playoff position with 81 points through 74 games, while the Jets trail with 76 points through 73 games. A win tonight would mean the Jets would trail by only three points with a game in hand, while a loss would put Winnipeg behind by seven points.

This game is huge.

Notes: Thanks to a 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators, the Pittsburgh Penguins have punched their ticket to the playoffs. They sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with 98 points (New York Rangers lead the Atlantic Division with 99 points)... By gaining a single point with their loss in the shootout to the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis has clinched a playoff spot with 101 points at the top of the Western Conference...

YESTERDAY'S GAMES:

Washington 1, Philadelphia 2 (SO)

The Winnipeg Jets were aided slighlty by the Philadelphia Flyers who were able to steal one point away from the Capitals by defeating them in the shootout last night. The Flyers, along with the rest of the Atlantic Division, continue to vault themselves beyond the rest of the Conference. Thanks to the timely shootout loss, the Capitals remain within reach for the Jets.

TONIGHT'S KEY MATCH-UPS:

Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers (6:00 PM)

The Sabres keep finding ways to win in the second half of the season, but they face a tough task against the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers. Buffalo could grab themselves a playoff spot if they win and Washington loses tonight, but the ideal situation for the Jets would be a loss by the Sabres tonight, keeping them within reach.

Ideal Jets Outcome: New York Rangers win

Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets (6:00 PM)

With their win on Wednesday night over the Florida Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes brought themselves within one point of the Jets in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hurricanes face the basement-dwelling Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night having now won four straight games.

Despite their horrendous start to the season, the Jackets are playing decent hockey down the stretch and shouldn't be overlooked. The Hurricanes chances at a playoff spot are slim, but for the Jets, it would be best to keep them well in the rearview mirror.

Ideal Jets Outcome: Blue Jackets win.

Winnipeg Jets at Washington Capitals (6:00 PM, TSN Jets)

There is no more critical a match-up tonight than this Divivision battle between the Jets and Capitals. Winnipeg can achieve two tasks in Washington tonight: First, they can gain key points in the standings, and second, they can help themselves by denying points to the Capitals.

It's a big game. Watch it tonight on TSN Jets or listen to TSN Radio 1290.

Ideal Jets Outcome: Jets win!

OTHER MATCH-UPS:

  • Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (6:00 PM)
  • Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (6:30 PM)
  • Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers (6:30 PM)

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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