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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: 36-24-13, 85 pts. -- First in Southeast Division; 3rd in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 9 (4 home, 5 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 2

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

98.3%

(from www.sportsclubstats.com)

TRENDING: Are 6-3-1 in their last 10. Play their next two at home and then five of their last seven on the road.

 

Washington Capitals

RECORD: 37-30-7, 81 pts. -- second in Southeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 8 (5 home, 3 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 4

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

74.8%

TRENDING: Dropped a 2-1 shootout decision in Philadelphia Thursday night.

 

Buffalo Sabres

RECORD: 35-29-10, 80 pts. -- third in Northeast Division; 9th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 8 (3 home, 5 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 5

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

22.9%

TRENDING: They were in second-last place Feb. 17, 10 points away from a postseason spot, but are 11-2-4 since then.

 

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:

9.2%

TRENDING: Have dropped two straight. Must find points on the road with six of their final nine away from the MTS Centre.

 

Carolina Hurricanes

RECORD: 30-29-15, 75 pts. -- fourth in Southeast Division; 11th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 8 (3 home, 5 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 4

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

1.7%

TRENDING: The Hurricanes are unbeaten in four and 6-2-2 in their last 10.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 23, 2012 C2

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