DENVER -- The Winnipeg Jets are in position to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; TSN3, ALT), but you'd be hard pressed to know that by their demeanor.
"The game's got to get played and how we focus won't change," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "It's not about winning, it's about playing the game. We've been good in our last long stretch of games. We've played pretty hard, pretty well. That's the key to our focus, it's the process of winning a game, what it takes. We've talked about it all year and they know what those things are. Making your mind focused isn't on winning but on playing."
The Jets (42-26-12) can earn the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a win in any fashion against the Avalanche (37-31-12), who have been eliminated from playoff consideration.
The Jets would clinch with a point against Colorado if the Los Angeles Kings lose to the Calgary Flames. The Jets can also lose and get in if the Kings lose in regulation.