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Playoff race update: Jets smash Stars, muddy West picture

Mar 16, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

Antoine Roussel, Blake Wheeler AP

With less than a month remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, winning against fellow playoff bubble teams matters … but winning in regulation is a much sweeter victory.

The Winnipeg Jets probably did so most emphatically, as they didn’t slow down after chasing Tim Thomas on Sunday, ultimately pounding the West’s current final wild card team by an eye-popping score of 7-2.

This win emboldens Winnipeg’s chances (even if only slightly) while making Dallas’ grip a little looser on that final playoff spot. Let’s take a quick look through both conferences to see where things are at heading into Monday.

  • It wasn’t pretty, but the Vancouver Canucks avoided a loss against Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers, taking an important 4-3 shootout win. Eddie Lack exhales.
  • Winnipeg’s win is good news for the idle Phoenix Coyotes, who are tied with the Stars points-wise, although Dallas has a game in hand. The Stars and Coyotes may very well have a playoff spot on the line when they meet in Glendale on April 13.
  • In the upper ranks of the Central Division, the Colorado Avalanche stayed a point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks after the Avs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 while Chicago bested Detroit 4-1.
  • Meanwhile, the idle Anaheim Ducks still hold a game in hand over the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks won 1-0 against the New York Rangers to give them six wins in a row and 97 standings points (the same as the Ducks, who have played 68 games to San Jose’s 69).

Here’s the West outlook, via NHL.com:

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Here’s an even quicker summary of the East action:

  • In the bubble, Detroit lost some ground to the Washington Capitals. Both the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes fell short against the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers respectively, leaving their outlooks that much dimmer.
  • In the Atlantic Division, the Montreal Canadiens won their game to leave them second in the division while the Toronto Maple Leafs squandered an opportunity to increase their breathing room at third. The idle Tampa Bay Lightning (first wild card spot) are only one point behind Toronto with two games in hand.
  • The Metropolitan Division saw a little upheaval. The Philadelphia Flyers’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins hurts other teams in the division, as the New York Rangers were pushed down to the East’s final wild card spot (thanks also to their 1-0 loss against the Sharks). The idle Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff hopes look a little safer after losses for Washington and New York.

Need the numbers and standings? Understandable enough:

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  1. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    HEY FLORIDA, HOW’S THAT 46 MIL ‘RUNNER’ WORKING OUT FOR YA ? :)

    • blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM

      LOL ! … the Panthers have won precisely ‘two of five’ games since big man Loo arrived in town … then again, their new owner is kind of like the guy in this video so perhaps one cancels out the other eh ? :)

    • jhaegs - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      A.) Don’t reply to your own post, tool.
      B.) Your CAPTAIN played 10min the other night, and was a scratch Saturday. (Not buying the injury/illness BS)
      C.) As always, STFU TODAY TOMORROW AND FOREVER, blumpkin.

  2. sonofsamiam - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Over/Under on the Canucks’ next playoff appearance: 8 years

  3. patshal - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    St.Louis is going to win the Stanley Cup. They were already, in my opinion the best team, but now that they’ve added arguably the best goalie in the league, they’re gonna win it.

  4. nhbsfan - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    You know, I’ve always liked the Kings since I was a Monarchs season ticket holder for a bunch of years, but every time I see another stupid blom-retard post it makes me dislike them…and I now have a deep seated hate of Elvis…

    • blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Kings are best.

      • cyggyx1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        “Anaheim is the first West Coast team to win the Cup since the National Hockey League took control starting with the 1927 playoffs”

        Suck on that Queens. :)

    • cyggyx1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Please don’t hate Elvis due to the idiocy of others. Thank you :)

  5. joey4id - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    According to some applied analytics and predictive models (performed from my mother’s basement) a team in the WC must earn 93 pts to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. Teams on the bubble are Stars, and Yotes. Jets are way outside the bubble. Unless a major melt down the Min is in. They need 7 wins of 15.

    Yotes must win 9 of their last 14 games
    Stars must win 9 of their last 15 games

  6. joey4id - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    According to some applied analytics and predictive models (performed from my mother’s basement) a team in the WC must earn 93 pts to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. Teams on the bubble are Stars, and Yotes. Jets are way outside the bubble.

    Yotes must win 9 of their last 14 games
    Stars must win 9 of their last 15 games
    Wild must win 7 of their last 14 games

  7. joey4id - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Teams on the bubble in the EC are Mtl, Tor, TB, Det, Phil, CBJ, NYR, Wsh.

    If Montreal and TBL play .500 hockey until the end of the season they should be in
    Toronto will have to go 7 & 6
    Flyers have to go 8 – 6 – 1 (or 9 wins and their in)
    Det needs to go 10-4-1 (or 11-3-1 and their in)
    CBJ needs to go 8-6-1 (or 9 wins and their in)
    NYR needs to go 8-4-1 (or 9 wins and their in)
    Wsh needs to go 9-3-1 (or 10 wins and their in)

    If Wsh loses 4 games they should be out.
    NYR loses 5 games and they should be out.
    Det loses 5 games and they should be out

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