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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:

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Florida Panthers

RECORD: 36-24-13, 85 pts. -- First in Southeast Division; third in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 9 (4 home, 5 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 2

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

99.3%

(from www.sportsclubstats.com)

TRENDING: Lost to the Hurricanes Wednesday, who have won four straight, but still have non-playoff teams Edmonton, Islanders, Montreal, Minny and Columbus coming up on their sked.

Washington Capitals

RECORD: 37-30-6, 80 pts. -- second in Southeast Division; eighth in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 9 (5 home, 4 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 4

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

76.9%

TRENDING: Finish up a five-game road trip Thursday in Philly, then home for three straight, starting with Winnipeg on Friday.

Buffalo Sabres

RECORD: 35-29-10, 80 pts. -- third in Northeast Division; ninth in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 8 (3 home, 5 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 5

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

17.4%

TRENDING: Shut out the Habs on Wednesday and are 6-2-2 in their last 10.

Winnipeg Jets

RECORD: 34-31-8, 76 pts. -- third in Southeast Division; 10th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 9 (3 home, 6 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 5

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

10.5%

TRENDING: Face Washington in a critical matchup Friday, then to Nashville for a game Saturday. Now looking over shoulder to surging Hurricanes.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 22, 2012 D3

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