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Could the Jets actually make the playoffs?

Feb 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Hey, remember this?

Actually, considering that was 20 years ago, you might not. But that’s what playoff hockey used to look like in Winnipeg.

And yes, those are the coats the Hockey Night in Canada crew used to wear.

We only mention this because the Jets are making a run at the postseason. They’ve won three in a row, and combined with the struggles of Washington, Florida and Toronto, have moved into a tie for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

“We’re right on the bubble here of making the playoffs,” said forward Blake Wheeler, the NHL’s second star of the week. “And not only for this being a first-year thing for this city but for this organization to be right in the mix with 20 games left is a huge stepping stone.

“I’ve had experience with these playoff runs and having to battle to the very end to make the playoffs and I’m telling you, if you end up getting into the tournament, anything can happen.”

The Jets are also just one point back of first in the Southeast Division, meaning it’s entirely possible they could snag the third seed in the East with home-ice advantage in the first round.

Speaking of home ice, Winnipeg plays its next six games at the MTS Centre, where it’s 18-9-2 in front of arguably the most raucous crowd in the league.

The Jets host the Flyers tomorrow.

Related: Southeast Division: As wide-open as it is pathetic

  1. cowboyscanada - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    If Montreal doesnt make the playoffs, I hope Winnipeg does.

    • odj810 - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      montreal is not going to make the playoffs. I think winnipeg does though

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I would care alot more if the NHLPA didn’t screw up realignment for next season. I guess it makes sense WINNIPEG is in contension for the SOUTHEAST. Watching them against the Wild 2 times this year makes me realize how bad the NHLPA goofed this up. Trying to a ruin what would be a great rivalry.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Can’t wait for Winnipeg & Minny to be in the same division – it will be a great rivalry

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Oh what a wonderful thing it will be. Both those teams are in need of a rivalry.

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