Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/24/2013 2:10 PM | Comments: 0
They are behind on points and sporting a nasty black eye. But the Winnipeg Jets vow to go down swinging in their final regular-season game Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
And they’ll likely do some heavy-duty praying at the same time.
The Jets, despite losing 5-3 to the Washington Capitals Tuesday night, have not yet been officially eliminated from the NHL playoff picture. They remain in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 24-20-3 record for 51 points — one back of the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, teams with have two and three games remaining on their schedule, respectively.
Winnipeg will need to dispatch the Habs at home Thursday (7 p.m./TSNJets, TSN 1290) and then hope they get some help in order to have their season extended.
The Jets do hold the tiebreaker on both the Sens and Rangers if they were to end up tied in points, having picked up more regulation and overtime wins this season.
"It’s as simple as that: we have to win, it’s a must-win game for us," said centre Nik Antropov after an optional skate Wednesday that featured just five skaters and goaltender Al Montoya. "Everybody knows it in this dressing room. We’re going to come out and make it happen.
"It’s the last game of the season. We have to win and then hope and see what’s happening afterward. You want to control your own destiny, but for us there is one task and that is to win the game tomorrow night."
The Habs have their own issues, having dropped five of their last six games. But they do have their playoff spot secured at least.
"We can only control our last game so that’s where our focus is," said Jets winger Blake Wheeler. "If we don’t come out and play a strong game and give ourselves a chance to win it doesn’t matter. We are guaranteed one game and even if we had nothing to play for in terms of playoffs I think this group has a lot of pride with where we’ve come from. We’re right on the bubble so I still think we feel like we have a lot to play for."
Other bits from Wednesday’s optional skate:
-The players on the ice were Anthony Peluso, Jim Slater, Paul Postma, Jacob Trouba, Zach Redmond and goaltender Al Montoya;
-Head coach Claude Noel said defenceman Zach Bogosian remains ‘day-to-day’ but "I’m not sure he’ll be in the game tomorrow. It’s not quite THAT day. How do you like that?"
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Community members in shock over death of child
Coming attraction: pop-up downtown drive-in theatre
Winnipeg's crime rate continues to drop
Teen takes responsibility for killing fellow high school football player with surprise punch
Scottish identity celebrated as Glasgow Games open
Shoppers Drug Mart becomes drive-thru
Teen hockey players facing assault charges
Florida man fined $13,000 for trying to smuggle gun into Canada
NFL suspends Jaguars WR Sanders 4 games
Blue Bombers prepare lineup for Friday match against BC Lions
History is not on their side
A future for the Lac-Megantic locomotive?
Crash kills US teen pilot seeking world record
US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
Repurpose pay phones for truly public Wi-Fi
Setback for Nygård in Bahamas
Seattle's Sidney Rice announces his retirement
Crime rate down, so is severity; StatsCan
Holmes lawyers question firearms analysis
More out-of-province fire crews sent to B.C.
Tyrannosaur a team player? B.C. fossils say yes
Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach
Harper gov't proposes easing gun law
Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's
Report recommends ways to improve STARS
When in Rome...
Man charged after human trafficking investigation
6 indicted in U.S. in StubHub accounts case
Jets sign Chiarot to new two-way contract
Trump: Hotel in capital to be among world's best
European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
PepsiCo raises outlook, looks to new Lay's flavours
Lockdown lifted at US Air Force base
Thousands of accused people being needlessly detained: civil rights advocates
Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing
Winnipeg's decline in crime rate well ahead of national average
Pallister says the province can build Lake Manitoba outlets much faster
Another arrest made in Omand's Creek robbery
Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd
Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site, 48 dead