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12/03/26 Playoff Picture

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 8:48 AM CT / News Articles
By Eric Postma
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12\/03\/26 Playoff Picture
After a day off on Sunday, the Jets are right back in action where they will hope to use the energy that the MTS Centre crowd brings to build some momentum in the playoff race. The other racers, Washington and Buffalo have extended the gap with Winnipeg over the course of the weekend, but the Jets do have a game in hand and hope to keep that magical eighth-place line within four points.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYR 75 47 21 7 206 168 101
2 BOS 75 44 28 3 244 184 91
3 FLA 75 36 24 15 186 206 87
4 PIT 75 47 22 6 253 195 100
5 PHI 75 44 23 8 238 208 96
6 NJD 76 42 28 6 206 200 90
7 OTT 76 38 28 10 230 223 86
9 WSH 76 38 30 8 205 214 84
8 BUF 76 37 29 10 197 209 84
10 WPG 75 35 32 8 201 217 78
11 TBL 74 34 33 7 209 252 75
12 CAR 76 30 30 15 198 223 75
13 TOR 76 33 34 9 217 239 75
14 NYI 75 31 33 11 180 224 73
15 MTL 76 29 34 13 197 211 71

After a day off on Sunday, the Jets are right back in action where they will hope to use the energy that the MTS Centre crowd brings to build some momentum in the playoff race. The other racers, Washington and Buffalo have extended the gap with Winnipeg over the course of the weekend, but the Jets do have a game in hand and hope to keep that magical eighth-place line within four points.

On the horizon for the Jets is a home match-up on Wednesday night against the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers. Wednesday will be a big test for Winnipeg, and after that the Jets head out on the road for four games that they should be able to use to make up some ground in the playoff race.

YESTERDAY'S GAMES:

Minnesota 0, Washington 3

Alex Ovechkin was looking like his two-time MVP self last night, wreaking havoc on the Minnesota Wild all game long. Ovechkin scored a goal and added an assist, but was all over the ice as the Capitals prevailed. Call-up goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout.

Washington's win brings them back into eighth spot in the Eastern Conference (Buffalo had temporarily grabbed it with their win on Saturday night). However, both the Capitals and Sabres sit neck-and-neck in the playoff race with 84 points through 76 games. The Jets are six points back, having played one less game.

TONIGHT'S KEY MATCH-UPS:

Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets (7:30 PM, TSN Jets)

Tonight is another 'game-in-hand' situation for the Winnipeg Jets. Over the weekend, both Buffalo and Washington were able to gain valuable points and now sit six points up on the Jets. The Jets having played one less game than both the Sabres and Capitals must use tonight's game against the Senators to gain that lost ground.

Ottawa meanwhile has slid slightly over the last little while. At one point this month they sat in second place in the Eastern Conference, but now sit in seventh. Wtih 86 points, the Senators could easily find themselves in a dogfight for a playoff spot if they continue to struggle down the stretch.

Tonight's game is a terrific opportunity for the Jets to gain ground while the Capitals and Sabres are idle. Winnipeg must capitalize!

Ideal Jets Outcome: Jets Win!

OTHER MATCH-UPS:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers (6:30 PM, TSN2)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings (6:30 PM)
  • Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames (8:00 PM)
  • Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks (9:00 PM, TSN)
  • Colorado Avlanche at San Jose Sharks (9:30 PM)

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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