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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:

Winnipeg Jets

RECORD: 30-27-8, 68 pts. -- Third in Southeast Division; ninth in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 17

(Eight at home and nine away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 11

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

20.8%

(from www.sportsclubstats.com) TRENDING: The Jets are 3-1-2 through six games of their critical eight-game homestand. Upcoming: Florida tonight and Buffalo Monday.

Florida Panthers

RECORD: 30-20-12, 72 pts. -- First in Southeast Division; third in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 20

(10 at home and 10 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 8

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

90.3%

TRENDING: Kris Versteeg did not accompany the Panthers on their two-game road trip with a lower-body injury.

Washington Capitals

RECORD: 32-26-5, 69 pts. -- Second in Southeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 19

(10 at home and 9 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 9

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

73.1%

TRENDING: Tuesday's victory over the Islanders was the first game of a five-game homestand, the Caps' longest of the season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

RECORD: 29-28-7, 65 pts. -- Third in Northeast Division; 10th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 18

(8 at home and 10 away)

GAMES VS. PLAYOFF TEAMS: 11

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS:

11.3%

TRENDING: Lost 5-4 in Chicago Wednesday night. The Leafs have now lost six in a row and 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2012 C2

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