Playoff picture: Jackets have 46% chance of making it

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The Columbus Blue Jackets earned a huge 4-3 victory last night in San Jose. As you can see below (courtesy Sports Club Stats), the win greatly helped the plucky Jackets in their unlikely quest for a playoff spot.

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Columbus has gone 4-1-0 in the first five games of a tough six-game road trip that ends Thursday in Dallas.

The biggest dropper yesterday was Minnesota, which looked like a lock to make the postseason a short time ago. The Wild have just three wins in their last 11 games.

Detroit earned a point Saturday in Vancouver, but the Red Wings (you may have heard they haven’t missed the playoffs in quite some time) may end up regretting the fact they outshot the Canucks, 34-14, and lost 2-1 in the shootout.

Remaining schedules…

Minnesota: Los Angeles, Edmonton, @ Colorado

Columbus: @ Dallas, Nashville

Detroit: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Nashville, @ Dallas

Dallas: @ San Jose, Columbus, Detroit

Phoenix: @ Detroit, San Jose, Colorado, @ Anaheim