Winnipeg Jets: Jets Need a Miracle to Make Playoffs

Anthony CapocciContributor IApril 24, 2013

BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 22: Aaron Gagnon #21 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his second period goal against the Buffalo Sabres with teammates Antti Miettinen #20, Derek Meech #7, Chris Thorburn #22 and Dustin Byfuglien #33 at First Niagara Center on April 22, 2013 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Sean Rudyk/Getty Images)
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It was a valiant effort by the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, but they fell just short in a playoff-like battle against the Washington Capitals. The Jets lost by the final score of 5-3 and, as a result, their season is more than likely over.

The game was one of major importance as both are chasing a playoff spot late in the season. The Capitals gave it all they had and the Jets responded with all they had. In the end, the Capitals were too much to handle. The Capitals have clinched the Southeast Division title while the Jets are currently on the outside looking in.

The battle between the two will go down as the last meaningful game ever played in the Southeast Division. I guess you could say the division went out with a bang, but the Jets would have preferred a different outcome.

As for the Jets, they are still mathematically alive, but it would take a miracle for them to make the playoffs.

The Jets have one game remaining on their schedule. It’s a must win game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at the MTS Center. If the Jets want any chance at all, they have to win their final game.

That’s considered the easy part. They still need a ton of help as well.

The Jets are chasing two teams: the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers have two games left on their schedule while the Senators will see action in three more games. Here’s the hard part: if any of these two teams win at least one more game they will clinch a playoff berth. If they do so, the Jets will officially be eliminated.

The Rangers will be in Carolina on Thursday and finish their season on Saturday at home against the Devils. The Senators will be in Washington on Thursday, home against the Flyers on Saturday and finally end their season on Sunday in Boston.

One of the Rangers or Senators has to lose out. That’s the Jets only path to the playoffs. It’s not easy, it’s not convenient, but it’s still possible. If the Jets win on Thursday and the Rangers and Senators both lose, it will make things very interesting going into the weekend.

As you can see, it’s going to take a miracle for the Jets to get in.