Jets need wins on Eastern swing to get into playoff picture

Jets captain Andrew Ladd looks for a penalty call from referee Brian Pochmara during a break in...

Jets captain Andrew Ladd looks for a penalty call from referee Brian Pochmara during a break in play against the Flyers at MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

NEWARK, N.J. - Sink or swim?

As the Winnipeg Jets head out on the road for a season-long six-game trip, it's not off base to suggest that the next two weeks could go a long way toward determining if the Jets can stay within striking distance of the elusive playoff line.

Considering it's an 82-game schedule and the Jets just passed the quarter-pole, there will be plenty of people who dismiss this premise as hyperbole.

But given that most pundits -- and even players -- believe it's going to take at least 96 points to get into the playoffs in the Western Conference, is it really a stretch to think the Jets need to secure eight or more available points to consider the swing a success?

I think not.

In fact, it's the type of trip that could define the Jets' season.


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