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12/03/30 Playoff Picture

Friday, 30.03.2012 / 9:34 AM / News Articles
By Eric Postma
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12\/03\/30 Playoff Picture
Tonight could be the final (official) nail in the coffin for the Winnipeg Jets playoff hopes. Currently with only five games remaining in their season, the Jets could earn a maximum of 88 points. The Sabres and Capitals both currently hold 86 points. Because of the NHL tie-break rules, this means that Buffalo needs only three points, while Washington needs only two points, to officially eliminate the Winnipeg Jets from playoff contention.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYR 77 49 21 7 213 172 105
2 BOS 77 45 28 4 251 189 94
3 FLA 77 37 24 16 191 211 90
4 PIT 77 47 24 6 259 205 100
5 PHI 77 45 24 8 248 214 98
6 NJD 78 44 28 6 214 205 94
7 OTT 77 39 28 10 236 227 88
8 BUF 77 38 29 10 202 210 86
9 WSH 78 39 31 8 209 221 86
10 WPG 77 35 34 8 207 227 78
11 TBL 77 35 35 7 220 266 77
12 CAR 77 31 31 15 205 228 77
13 NYI 77 33 33 11 190 230 77
14 TOR 78 33 36 9 218 249 75
15 MTL 77 29 34 14 199 214 72

Tonight could be the final (official) nail in the coffin for the Winnipeg Jets playoff hopes. Currently with only five games remaining in their season, the Jets could earn a maximum of 88 points. The Sabres and Capitals both currently hold 86 points. Because of the NHL tie-break rules, this means that Buffalo needs only three points, while Washington needs only two points, to officially eliminate the Winnipeg Jets from playoff contention.

YESTERDAY'S GAMES:

Washington Capitals 3, Boston Bruins 2 (SO)

Everything was working against the Capitals on Thursday night when they took on the Boston Bruins. Caps forward Jason Chimera was handed a game misconduct in the first period and just minutes later starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun left the game with an injury. Despite theses challenges, the Captials held a 2-1 lead late in the third period until Andrew Ference tied the game with 16 seconds remaining.

The Capitals went on to earn the shootout victory. The Washington win puts them back into a tie for eight spot in the Eastern Conference with only five games remaining, and also pushes the Jets to within two points of elimination.

TONIGHT'S KEY MATCH-UPS:

Winnipeg Jets at Carolina Hurricanes (6:00 PM, TSN Jets)

The Jets opened their season series against the Hurricanes by winning their first three match-ups of the season, but have now dropped their last two meetings. The last time the two teams met was on Sunday, March 18 when the Jets were dropped in a disappointing 4-3 loss at MTS Centre. That loss was the beginning of a late-season slide for the Jets.

With a win tonight, the Hurricanes would leap frog ahead of the Jets in the Eastern Conference standings, and at the the same time put the Washington Capitals out of reach and officially eliminate the Jets from playoff contention.

Ideal Jets Outcome: Jets Win!

Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres (6:30 PM)

The Buffalo Sabres only need three points to secure their spot above the Jets in the final Eastern Conference Standings. This means that a Jets loss, coupled with a Sabres win would give Buffalo the final edge in the standings, officially making it a two-horse race for eighth place in the Conference.

The Sabres have been outstanding lately, earning five straight wins and seven of their last ten. Pittsburgh continues to prove that they should be a favourite heading in to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ideal Jets Outcome: Penguins Win

OTHER MATCH-UPS:

  • Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets (6:00 PM)
  • Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers (6:30 PM, TSN)
  • Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings (6:30 PM)
  • Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames (8:00 PM)
  • Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers (8:30 PM0
  • Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks (9:00 PM, TSN)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 49 32 11 6 149 115 70
2 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
3 STL 49 32 13 4 160 120 68
4 CHI 50 31 17 2 155 115 64
5 SJS 50 27 17 6 139 135 60
6 WPG 51 26 17 8 142 132 60
7 VAN 48 27 18 3 131 124 57
8 CGY 50 27 20 3 144 129 57
9 LAK 49 21 16 12 134 132 54
10 DAL 49 23 19 7 157 159 53
11 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
12 MIN 49 23 20 6 135 140 52
13 ARI 50 18 26 6 116 170 42
14 EDM 50 13 28 9 115 166 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 51 18 24 11 42
B. Little 51 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 51 13 24 11 37
D. Byfuglien 51 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 48 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 51 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 51 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 36 10 12 2 22
A. Lowry 50 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 35 5 10 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 6 2 .927 2.15
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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