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Jets take Rangers’ spot in East’s top eight

Mar 14, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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By beating them 3-1 on Thursday, the Winnipeg Jets took the New York Rangers’ eighth spot in the East – for now, of course.

Nik Antropov started off the scoring with a power-play marker in the first, while Ryan Callahan tied things up early in the second period. Antti Miettinen notched the game-winner 14:52 into the middle frame while Andrew Ladd scored the empty-netter.

As usual with the NHL standings, it’s important to consider context, particularly the fact that the Rangers hold a game in hand. Here’s a closer look at the two teams’ records after the Jets beat the Rangers:

Jets overall record: 14-11-2 (30 points) in 27 games played, 6-6-0 at home, 8-5-2 on the road
Rangers’ overall record: 13-11-2 (28 points) in 26 games played, 9-5-1 at home, 4-6-1 on the road

Beyond New York’s game in hand, it’s interesting to note the disparity in home vs. road games. The Rangers have played 15 of 26 games at Madison Square Garden while the Jets have played 15 of 27 away from home. Even with the Jets’ surprisingly mediocre record in Winnipeg in mind, that could be a factor if it all comes down to the two teams earning one of the final spots.

Whether John Tortorella compliments them or not, it looks like the Rangers need to take the Jets seriously.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Game was great. Torts’ presser was boring. Usually it’s the other way around.

    PRESS: What did you think of the “Tor-To-Rella” chants?

    Hahaha!! Some jack wagon squashed it. I would’ve loved to hear that one.

  2. ludacrish05 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Tort is a comedian, dude make me chuckle every time

  3. steelers88 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Man I really want to see the Jets in the playoffs. It would be great for the city of Winnipeg, the Jets franchise, and the Jets fanbase.

  4. blackfoot11 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Watching on T.V, the “Tortorella” chant by the Winnipeg fans was funny as he11.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Good for the Jets! Looking forward to seeing them a ton next year in St. Paul

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Aye, I’ll drink to that!

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    “For now” is the key here. I feel like there’s going to be five or six playoff spots up for grabs in both conferences right up until the 48th game. The last week of the season should be absolutely insane.

    • 19to77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      I feel somehow traitorous for saying it, but the partial lockout has made this season really, really interesting. Compressing to 48 games and losing most of the normal training/preseason schedule has made for a lot of unexpected excitement and upset.

  7. Stiller43 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Well one things for sure, the flyers are not going to make it!

    • govtminion - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      Troll a Flyers article then, not every article on here needs to be overrun with this crap, does it?

  8. Stiller43 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Its about eastern conference playoff positioning…its not like i turned a blackhawks article into flyers-pens. Get over it.

  9. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Much rather see the Jets in the playoffs than the Rangers, anyway.

  10. c1md6 - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Tortorella has got to go, he lost the locker room and it’s obvious the team stopped believing in the system.

  11. capsfan19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Id like to see the rags, assuming caps make it, so we can knock then out again.
    I feel bad for any team that has to play the penguins. They look f’in scary as hell.

    • thecheeman - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      LOL wut?

      Alex Semin isn’t walking through that door. Jose Theodore isn’t walking through that door. and Mike Green’s groin isn’t walking through that door.

  12. c1md6 - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    How did that work for ya last year?

  13. gbar22 - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    But I thought according to all the hockey experts who contribute here that the rangers were the best team in the east easily.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      the atlantic division has really fallen off as the season has gone on. used to seeing 3 or 4 teams in the top 8. devils are hanging on for dear life though

  14. ragsrus - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Perspective please – The best team in the East will be decided in late June not March. As for that delusional caps fan, what in hell are you smoking?

  15. tfaltin - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    How many big name scoring stars do the Rangers need to bring in to score two goals in a game? The last two road losses to Buffalo and Winnipeg, two teams you have to beat to make the playoffs, the Rangers have scored a combined 2 goals, both a product of Stepan and Callahan (who are playing great hockey). Maybe it’s time to consider that the scoring problems may not lie in the composition of the roster. The Rangers will get a couple chances per game (and their best players had the best looks last night), but have been unable to apply consistent pressure all season.

  16. pwilson264 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    ok fellow ranger fans, am tired of hearing everyone saying, that you have to have faith and believe in the rangers. can’t make or stay in the playoff picture by win one lose two win two lose three, it’s time to face the facts the rangers suck, suck suck, end of story, am tired of there lackluster performances on the ice.

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