Many of the CHL teams cannot afford a six-game ride late in the season and still feel there is a possibility of a playoff, but the Winnipeg Jets are at that club right now.
On their final road trip of the season, the Jets will play the Ottawa Senators in the Canadian capital on Monday night. This will be the teams’ final meeting, with a win over Winnipeg 6-2-0.
According to Moneypuck.com, the Slumping Jets (27-20-3, 57 points) have a 99.5 percent chance to sit out the remaining berths of the six-match post-season berth, which also explains how the flames of Calgary over themselves The weather wraps up.
Following Monday’s game in Ottawa, Winnipeg will travel to Calgary for the last match on Wednesday against the Flames, trailing Montreal by eight points for the final playoff spot in the North Division.
According to Moneypuck.com Calgary has a 5-percent chance of going into playoff status.
The third-ranked Jets decided 5-3 in Montreal on Friday night for their sixth consecutive defeat – all in regulation – with Winnipeg stuck on 57 points after a 5–2 win in Toronto on April 15.
Can weigh on teams for more than two weeks without a win, but coach Paul Maurice – who will win his 300th Winnipeg, the next time the club claims double-digits – does what he has to do to stop the Jets.
Winnipeg took a 3–1 lead in Montreal between the second and eventually four straight lengths for the Canadiens, but Maurice said her team had to be confident and realize that she could make the play.
“You are 3-1 ahead and you are feeling good in your game,” said Maurice. “And there is usually enough positive emotion on the bench that if something bad goes on you, you’ll be able to catch up. … Yes [loss] A hard one for sure.
“I won’t panic yet.”
Also recently beaten by the Canadiens, Ottawa (19–27–5, 43 points) has moved out of the North’s basement with a 6–2–1 run in their last nine games, although the last-ranked Vancouver Canucks have Six matches have been played last month with fewer competitions due to the shock of their COVID-19.
The Senators fell to 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday as prized Canadiens prospect Cole Cofield dropped his first NHL goal at 2:25 in overtime on a game-winning pass from Jeff Petrie.
The defeat drove the Senators out of playoff contention, leading to their fourth consecutive campaign recall. Their final appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 2016–17, when they advanced to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins and lost 3–2 in double-overtime.
Nevertheless, it was another good showing by Ottawa coach DJ Smith’s club, who edged the Canadians 2–0 in the third round after goals from Tim Stutzley and Thomas Chabot.
Smith said his team got into some old bad habits, but faced some serious frustration by the Canadiens.
“Too many mistakes in the third period,” Smith said. “Not just one thing.” It was a lot of things we haven’t done in a long time, which happened tonight against a desperate team.
“We are equally sharp and we work as hard as anyone in the league 99 percent of the time. [Montreal] Was desperate and we wanted it more than tonight. it was clear. “