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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: 81.7%

(from www.sportsclubstats.com)

TRENDING: Lost two then beat Ottawa Sunday, now with tough games ahead; Pittsburgh and Philly are the next two.

Winnipeg Jets

RECORD: 31-27-8, 70 pts -- Second in Southeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 16 (7 home, 9 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 7

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 35.1%

TRENDING: The Jets are 4-1-2 on homestand; wrap it up Monday with Buffalo.

 

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: 10

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 42.4%

TRENDING: Washington, after winning three straight, was waxed Friday night at home by New Jersey. Division games vs. Carolina and Tampa Bay are next.

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: 20.2%

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

Buffalo Sabres

RECORD: 30-27-8, 68 pts -- third in Northeast Division; 11th in Eastern Conference

GAMES REMAINING: 17 (7 home, 10 away)

GAMES VS PLAYOFF TEAMS: 8

ODDS OF MAKING PLAYOFFS: 14.1%

TRENDING: Not going away, 6-3-2 in last 11 after beating first-place Vancouver on Saturday. After Monday's game in Winnipeg, Sabres still have six different road trips, all short, remaining.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 5, 2012 C1

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