The Winnipeg Jets have been officially eliminated from qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Winnipeg Jets have been officially eliminated from qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

A Vegas Golden Knights overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night makes it impossible for Winnipeg to be one of the eight Western Conference teams still standing.

That’s because the Dallas Stars (10 points ahead of Winnipeg) and Vegas Golden Knights (eight points ahead of Winnipeg) play head-to-head next week. Someone is guaranteed to get two points.

And there is no longer any scenario that would allow Winnipeg, with just five games left in the regular-season, to finish ahead of both teams, which they would need to do.

Seven other teams — Colorado, Minnesota, St. Louis and Nashville from the Central Division, and Calgary, Edmonton and Los Angeles from the Pacific Division — are already beyond reach for Winnipeg.

That leaves the Jets playing for nothing more than pride at this point in the season. They play their final road game on Thursday night in Carolina, then come home for the final four starting Sunday against Colorado.

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Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre
Sports columnist

Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.