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Playoff picture: Jets desperate for win in Washington

Apr 23, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Only nine teams are left in the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight in Washington, ninth-place Winnipeg can move into the No. 3 seed with a regulation victory over the Southeast Division-leading Capitals. A regulation loss and the Jets would need a lot of help to even make the postseason.

So yeah, it’s a pretty big game.

“I think it’s been circled on our calendar for a long time now,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said last night after a 2-1 victory over the Sabres. “We wanted to put ourselves in a position where tomorrow’s going to be a meaningful game, and we’ve done that. So here it is.”

Here’s how it looks at Sports Club Stats:


The Rangers and Islanders are also in action tonight. The former is in Florida; the latter in Carolina.

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators have to wait until Thursday’s game in Washington before they get back at it. The Sens have lost two straight in regulation and finish with the Caps, Flyers (at home) and Bruins (in Boston).

Related: Ovechkin, Caps prep for ‘huge’ playoff-clinching game vs. Jets

  1. pens87 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Wish one of the national networks would pick this one up. This is actually the game I want to watch tonight, it should be the most intense. It’s like getting playoff hockey a week early!

    • jpelle82 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      shhhh…if you google i think its pirlotv or something like that…you can see just about any game any sport any time…i didnt tell you that though

      • nyrnashty - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Not the same as watching on TV though watching on the computer sucks compared to tv it’s not 100% lag free

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Easy fix. Just head to a local bar with the Center Ice package. If you can’t, google use First Row Sports TV and download the program to watch on your computer.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    WPG is like the little train that could. Lost Enstrom previously. Saturday lost Jokinen and Bogosian. Now Wellwood is gone for the season. Do they have enough left in the tank to defeat WSH & MTL? Will that be enough if they do? Stay tuned.

    A win at #CAR should all but wrap up a playoff spot for the Isles. They’ll need just one more point vs PHI or BUF or a lost point by WPG to seal it.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Ah, but the Jets got Antro back! That counts for something, right?…right? Sheesh, who am I kidding… GO JETS GO!

  3. jpelle82 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    looks like wpg needs the division or they’re gonna be out all together. i dont see the rangers or islanders losing tonight and wpg has only 2 games left including tonight’s. then again ottawa is floundering right now so i guess the could still blow it. either way its a must win for the jets…playoff hockey comes early!

  4. capsrockva - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Let’s go CAPS CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. caps4cup - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Let’s go caps.

  6. blackfoot11 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Looking forward to tonight. Go Caps!

  7. billobrienschindimple - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I also don’t use and/or don’t tell people about

  8. nyrnashty - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    How is this game not flex? It’s only biggest regular season game since Rangers Flyers 2010 We play Florida tonight but ill be watching this on Gamecenter I guess. Philly done Boston sitting pretty NHL pull that game for this one at least put it on NHL net biggest game of the season so far right here

  9. jcmeyer10 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I’m a Bruins fan and I want to see this game bad.

  10. jpelle82 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    come on j bro – pull some strings at nbc and get this game on the network for these guys!

  11. rockthered1286 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Isn’t there something to be said about the caps still having a game in hand? So yes a win would put the Jets back in first, but the Caps will have the extra game for dos puntos. Sorry, 2 points. I’m out of town and picked up some local lingo. Fortunately there’s a sports bar 2 blocks away! Stumbling distance!

    • jpelle82 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      games against ottawa and boston left for the caps after this one…still a tough 2 pts left to get if they lose tonight. a jets win makes it interesting at least – jets would still have to beat mtl and hope the caps lose to either ott or bos in regulation. caps have home advantage in all 3 games they have left (theyve won the last 5 in verizon center) – so yeah its tough sledding for wpg no matter how you look at it…not just a win and youre in scenario.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Games in hand are inconsequential my fellow Caps fan. Lets seal it tonight and punch our ticket.

  12. prosportswashington - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Look out for Holtby tonight…he brings it in the big games!

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