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12/03/23 Playoff Picture

Friday, 03.23.2012 / 10:05 AM CT / News Articles
By Eric Postma
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12\/03\/23 Playoff Picture
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...


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.


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!


  • 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)