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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: 31-22-12, 74 pts -- First in Southeast Division; 3rd in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 17 (8 home, 9 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 6

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 81.3%

(from www.sportsclubstats.com)

TRENDING:Stopped minor skid by beating Senators on Sunday; Philly and Pittsburgh on the road coming up next.

Winnipeg Jets

RECORD: 32-27-8, 72 pts -- Second in Southeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 15 (6 home, 9 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 7

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 43.4%

TRENDING: The Jets wrapped up their homestand at 5-1-2 and now head out on the road for games in Vancouver and Calgary.

Washington Capitals

RECORD: 32-28-5, 69 pts -- third in Southeast Division; 9th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 17 (8 home, 9 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 9

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 41.8%

TRENDING: Shutout twice on the weekend, play Carolina tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning

RECORD: 31-28-6, 68 pts -- fourth in Southeast Division; 10th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 17 (10 home, 7 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 8

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 19.8%

TRENDING: Pair of overtime wins have brought Lightning close, including Saturday's gift in Carolina; face Ottawa at home tonight.

Buffalo Sabres

RECORD: 30-28-8, 68 pts -- third in Northeast Division; 11th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 16 (7 home, 9 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 7

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 7.9%

TRENDING: Streak halted with setback against the Jets. Sabres still have six short road trips.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 6, 2012 D2

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