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Playoff picture: Jets desperate for win in Washington

Apr 23, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

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:

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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

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