Three Talking Points as the Winnipeg Jets Lose To the Senators 5-2

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1. The playoffs look like a distant dream

With the Dallas Stars shootout victory last night against the Carolina Hurricanes the team moved five points ahead of the Jets for the final Western Conference Playoff spot with two games in hand. The general consensus is that to make the final Wild Card playoff spot a team will need to get 96 points.

The Jets have 17 games remaining and currently sit at 70 points. To hit the magic 96 point threshold the Jets basically have to win 13 of their remaining 17 games this season. Plus, the Jets would have to hope that the Dallas Stars experience some kind of extended losing streak.

At this point, the Jets making the playoffs looks virtually impossible. Kevin Cheveldayoff’s trade deadline strategy was to obtain assets for pending UFA Andrew Copp and to ensure that the team had enough to continue to compete for the final playoff spot by obtaining roster players and holding on to pending UFA Paul Stastny.

I think it is time for Cheveldayoff to wave the white flag, and start looking towards next season. It’s time for the team to see what they have in some of their prospects like Ville Heinola, David Gustafsson, Dylan Samberg.

It’s also time for Cheveldayoff and his staff to start reaching out to potential head coach candidates and arranging interviews starting when the regular season ends. The team may also want to start thinking about some kind of incentives for fans to attend the remaining meaningless home games.

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