Winnipeg Jets: Upcoming Four-Game Road Trip Could Make or Break Jets' Season

Anthony CapocciContributor IMarch 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates a goal with teamates as Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on  during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 26, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Winnipeg Jets recently came off a five-game road trip where they recorded four wins. That impressive road trip put them back into the playoff picture.

After that, the Jets split with a win and a loss on home ice. Now they’re set to go on another road trip—this time for four games. On top of that, the next three games are against divisional opponents which makes them all the more important.

Not only are the Jets a threat to make the playoffs as an eighth seed, but they can still fight for and win the Southeast Division.

With that being said, the Jets have to continue winning games if they want to remain in the playoff picture. There’s no time to slip or go into a slump. The Jets have to break out the road magic again and win at least half of these games to feel good going back home.

Each game is as important as the last. 

The Jets are still underdogs. However, they could make a strong statement to the rest of the league with another impressive road trip. The Jets have an opportunity to separate themselves from the rest of the division with a successful road trip.

The upcoming four-game stretch, as small as it may be, could set them back or push them forward. The results of the road trip could also determine or at the very least give Jets management an idea on where they stand come trade deadline.

Certainly, if the Jets win the majority of these games, their management will start to think about additional depth. However, if a long slump is on the horizon, Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t be so fast to pull the trigger.

It’s stretches like this upcoming one that make or break seasons. Not only will we know if the Jets are playoff-ready, but we’ll begin to know whether or not they’ll be buyers or sellers come April’s trade deadline.