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The Race

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The playoff push is on and the Winnipeg Jets have two potential routes to the post-season, winning the Southeast Division outright and qualifying as the third seed in the Eastern Conference or by finishing in the top eight in the conference. Here’s a look at the Jets and the teams they are battling at this stage:

 Florida Panthers

 RECORD: 32-23-13, 77 pts. — first in Southeast Division; 3rd in Eastern Conference GAMES REMAINING: 14 (7 home, 7 away)

 GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 4 ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 78.9% (from www.sportsclubstats.com)

 TRENDING: Shutout Carolina 2-0 Sunday to stay atop the Southeast.

 Winnipeg Jets

 RECORD: 32-29-8, 72 pts. — third in Southeast Division; 9th in Eastern Conference GAMES REMAINING: 13 (6 home, 7 away)

 GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 7 ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 23.2%

 TRENDING: Momentum from a 5-1-2 homestand gone after two losses on road trip. Three in a row at home coming up this week.

 Washington capitals

 RECORD: 35-28-6, 76 pts. — second in Southeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference GAMES REMAINING: 13 (6 home, 9 away)

 GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 6 ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 77.2%

 TRENDING: Sunday’s 2-zip victory over the Leafs was their third straight and the Caps now embark on a five-game road trip that brings them to Winnipeg on Friday

 Tampa Bay Lightning

 RECORD: 31-30-7, 69 pts. — fourth in Southeast Division; 11th in Eastern Conference GAMES REMAINING: 14

 (8 home, 6 away)

 GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 6

 ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 5.1%

 TRENDING: Six games remaining on seven-game homestand that started Saturday night with a 4-2 loss to Carolina.

 Buffalo Sabres

 RECORD: 32-29-8, 72 pts. — third in Northeast Division; 10th in Eastern Conference GAMES REMAINING: 13 (6 home, 7 away)

 GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 6 ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 12.2%

 TRENDING: Sabres hanging in there after going 7-2-1 in their last 10.

 

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