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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: 34-23-13, 81 pts. -- First in Southeast Division; 3rd in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 12 (5 home, 7 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 3

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

94.4%

(from www.sportsclubstats.com)

TRENDING: Won Tuesday's bingo spot over Toronto and beat Boston Thursday night; having only one playoff-bound team in the next eight games.

Washington Capitals

RECORD: 36-28-6, 78 pts. -- second in Southeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 12 (5 home, 7 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 6

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

77.6%

TRENDING: Started a five-game road trip Tuesday night with comeback win vs. Islanders; second game of five-game road trip tonight at the MTS Centre, with Chicago, Detroit, Philly to follow.

Buffalo Sabres

RECORD: 33-29-9, 75 pts. -- third in Northeast Division; 9th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 11 (4 home, 7 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 6

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

8.2%

TRENDING: Sabres, who squandered big point in final seconds and shootout Wednesday, face Florida and Tampa Bay on the road next.

Winnipeg Jets

RECORD: 33-29-8, 74 pts. -- third in Southeast Division; 10th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 12 (5 home, 7 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 7

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

20.3%

TRENDING: Solid spanking of Dallas sets up large match tonight at the MTS Centre.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2012 C2

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