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The race

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

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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:

Winnipeg Jets� Kyle Wellwood (13) and Buffalo Sabres� Patrick Kaleta (36) fight for the puck during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, January 19, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

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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.

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