Playoff Push #80: Winnipeg Jets take momentum into St. Louis

Angelo Montilla
April 07 2015 12:06PM

Winnipeg's playoff push tour will make a stop in St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Coming off a massive 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild, the Jets will take on the Central Division-leading Blues at the Scottrade Center.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Jets (41-26-12) hold the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference at 94 points -- one ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and two behind the Wild, who hold the first wild-card.

"There's so many big games right now, I don't think you have time to sit back and think about it," Jets captain Andrew Ladd told the Winnipeg Sun.

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Playoff Push: Comparing the Winnipeg Jets to the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings

Garret Hohl
April 07 2015 09:34AM

Nothing is guaranteed.

Indeed while the Winnipeg Jets have their best shot at making the playoffs in the version 2.0 era, there remains a good chance that the club will miss the playoffs yet again for the fourth consecutive time since relocating to Manitoba.

We previously looked at how the Jets match up against their most likely playoff opponents. Now we turn our series to the competition.

Let's take an an in-depth look at the players in the race after the jump.

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Jets Nation Recap: One down; three to go!

Garret Hohl
April 06 2015 09:25PM

The Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild in the goalscoring contest.

Winnipeg started the game in typical Jet fashion we have become accustomed to: fast, hard hitting, and tenacious forechecking. The Jets kept the pressure going, eventually forcing the Wild to take a penalty. Blake Wheeler capitalized on the power play, scoring his 26th of the season.

The game got physical and intense as emotions rose with the high stakes. Jets didn't slow down or stand down and Drew Stafford got the insurance goal.

The Jets went into defensive shell mode for the third period and the Wild picked up the pace, but Ondrej Pavelec stood tall and closed the door, picking up another shutout.

Let's break it down.

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Jets' Enstrom day-to-day with upper-body injury; Chiarot to return Monday vs. Wild

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 02:10PM

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The Winnipeg Jets will be without big minutes defenseman Tobias Enstrom for Monday night's crucial matchup against the Minnesota Wild.

Enstrom, who leads all Jets defenders in minutes played per game this season, sustained an upper-body injury late in Winnipeg's 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon. Though he's dinged up, Enstrom's injury isn't believed to be serious and he's still traveling with the team on their current road trip.

On Monday though he'll be replaced in the lineup by Ben Chiarot, who hasn't played since Feb. 21. Chiarot is expected to lineup in Enstrom's usual slot on Tyler Myers' left side.

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Playoff Push #79: Jets kick off three-game road trip against Wild

Angelo Montilla
April 06 2015 02:10PM

The Winnipeg Jets remain outside of a playoff position, but that could change on Monday night.

With just four games left in the regular season, the Jets (40-26-12) hit the road to face the Minnesota Wild as both teams look to secure post-season berths.

The Jets are tied with Los Angeles  at 92 points apiece but the Kings hold the final wild-card berth heading into action Monday.

If the Jets win in regulation, they'll be two points behind the Wild for the first wild-card berth. But there will be a lot riding on Monday's game for the Wild too, as they can lock up a playoff spot with a win over the Jets.

It should make for a fun night of hockey.

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