The Winnipeg Jets are starting to straighten their path, yet they are managing to do so at the very last stage of the stretch. As the official NHL season approaches its end, the Jets have no choice but to continue fighting for a spot in the playoffs which is very unlikely to come their way.
The Jets are ready to go to Florida and visit the Panthers at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise tonight.
For the Panthers, their focus is now on what lies ahead of the end of the regular season. The Panthers are leading the Atlantic Division and are doing so by a 10-point margin between them and second seed Toronto.
The Panthers must now stay in line with their intentions to pursue a Stanley Cup. Although their spot in the playoffs is guaranteed, the Panthers may still be convinced to finish the season strong before the playoffs.
The Jets may be too late into the race. Yet, with a 4-3 win over the Senators and a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens, the Jets are on a roll. Despite being almost entirely away from reaching the playoffs, the Jets are still willing to put up a fight.
Thanks to leading players like Kyle Connor, it has been that the Jets have remained on such a strong upswing. The left-winger continues to lead Winnipeg with 42 goals and 43 assists for 85 points.
This leaves Winnipeg with very few alternatives. Yet, finishing off strong is perhaps the best one and the one the team is currently showing all intentions to pursue. With a chance to face the top seed, the Jets might have the perfect opportunity to continue building winning momentum.
Aside from just facing a top seed, the Jets are also facing one of the best teams in the league. Winnipeg is also up against the Panthers, who have not dropped a game in quite some time and have eight consecutive wins.
Jonathan Huberdeau has led the Panthers to a series of solid wins. The center is now on top of the league with 34 goals and 77 assists for an outstanding 105 points throughout the regular season.
There is no question the Panthers seem unstoppable. However, with just a handful of games left in the season, the Panthers want to make sure they arrive at the postseason with solid numbers, which is why every game counts.
The Jets might be on a roll, yet the Panthers have managed to stretch that almost four times longer than their rival today.
The total has gone over for the Jets in six of their last seven games when Winnipeg is the underdog. For the Panthers, the total has gone over in 10 of their last 15 games against the Jets.
The Panthers are clearly on a much more solid path than their rival for today. Florida is now sixth overall in the league with a 24.2% power-play percentage and looking to stretch its winning streak to nine games.
With just a few games left in the regular season, the Panthers still have time to build even stronger momentum as they reach the playoffs.
Godds Pick/Prediction: ThePanthers to win and theover hits.