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The Race Is On: This Is The Thunderdome

Ugly night on the out-of-town scoreboard. The only game of slight consequence to the Jets was the Calgary Flames 7-4 loss which made their playoff hopes a bit dimmer, but otherwise the result of every other game that the Jets had stakes in ranged from “ugh” to “damnit”

The Nashville Predators won (and punched their playoff ticket, becoming the first NHL team to do so) over the Colorado Avalanche by a 4-2 score. The slight blessing in that is that the Avs didn’t gain any points or ground.

The Minnesota Wild however did gain ground on the Jets with a 4-2 win in Vegas.

Maybe the Golden Knights are still trying to figure out ways to screw over the Jets and their playoff chances somehow.

The Wild win keeps the Jets magic number to clinch second place in the Central at 16.

The Dallas Stars lost in overtime so they gained a point and have pulled even with the Avalanche, but Colorado holds the first tie-breaker with more regulation time wins (37 to 34)

Joining the Stars and Avs with 84 points was the Anaheim Ducks who beat Detroit 4-2.

Ergo, the Jets magic number to clinch a playoff spot outright is still 12.

The Standings

The Teams

Winnipeg Jets

Last Game: Win vs Chicago 6-2 (03/15)
Next Game: Vs Dallas – March 18
Games Remaining:
 11
7 Home: DAL, LAK, ANA, NSH, BOS, CGY, CHI
4 Road: CHI, TOR, OTT, MTL
Headline: Less ice time has improved the Jets defence (Sportsnet)


Nashville Predators

Last Game: Win @ Colorado 4-2 (03/16)
Next Game: @Buffalo – March 19
Games Remaining:
 11
5 Home: TOR, MIN, SJS, BUF, CBJ
6 Road: BUF, MIN, WPG, TBL, FLA, WSH
Headline: Could the Preds face the Avs in the playoffs? (Predlines)


Minnesota Wild

Last Game: Win @ Vegas 4-2 (03/16)
Next Game: @ Arizona – March 17
Games Remaining:
 11
5 Home: LAK, NSH, BOS, DAL, EDM
6 Road: ARI, NSH, DAL, ANA, LAK, SJS
Headline: Vegas raised Zucker leads Wild over Knights (Fox Sports)


Colorado Avalanche

Last Game: Loss Vs Nashville 4-2 (03/16)
Next Game: Vs Detroit – March 18
Games Remaining:
 11
6 Home: DET, LAK, VGK, PHI, CHI, STL
5 Road: CHI, VGK, ANA, LAK, SJS
Headline: Avalanche find road identity in Minnesota (Mile High Sticking)


Dallas Stars

Last Game: OTL @ Ottawa 3-2 (03/16)
Next Game: @ Winnipeg – March 18
Games Remaining:
 10
4 Home: BOS, VAN, PHI, MIN
6 Road: WPG, WAS, MIN, SJ, ANA, LAK
Headline: Savor the late season push to playoffs (Blackout Dallas)