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Altitude Check: Wednesday February 29, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here is what's in the news for Wednesday, February 29, 2012:

Breaking down the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Jets currently have a 20.3% chance of qualifying for the post-season. [WFP]

Doom and gloom from Paul Friesen: "If you’re scoring at home, without the rose-coloured glasses that show the Jets on a 4-1-2 "roll," you’ll know this team has won just one of its last four games. Coupled with overtime and shootout losses, the Jets have already let four home-cooked points get away on this critical home stand, with six of eight games in the books. That’s been just mediocre enough to fall behind Florida, which has a fistful of games in hand." [Winnipeg Sun]

The Washington Capitals did Winnipeg no favors last night, erasing a 2-0 deficit in the final four minutes of their game with the New York Islanders before Alexander Ovechkin won it for the Caps in overtime. [Washington Times]

The Florida Panthers also picked up a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, leaving the Jets third in the Southeast Division. [Miami Herald]

UFA to-be Jim Slater is fine with the fact contract talks have been put on the back-burner as the Jets fight and claw their way towards a playoff spot: "I like that... less distraction is better. Obviously we've got a job to do here and we've got to put our best foot forward day in and day out. That's what the summers are for, those negotiations, and right now it's about getting this team to a place where we want to be." [WFP]

Matt Eichel on doing thing "Chevy's way": "As trade deadline day is for teams to stock up for a playoff run and focus on the present chance of winning hockey's ultimate prize, Cheveldayoff took the introspective route and - along with his scouting staff and Jets Governor and Co-Owner Mark Chipman - decided to make sure the right decisions for future success were taken into account. Winnipeg hockey fans have seen this before with the MTS Centre's former tenants the Manitoba Moose. Moose fans had to endure a few losing seasons after the original Winnipeg Jets left before success came. The Moose failed to make the playoffs two out of their first three seasons before finally becoming a annual playoff contender." [Jets Nation]

The St. John's IceCaps were waxed last night by the Binghamton Senators by a score of 5-1. Head Coach Keith McCambridge on the loss: "We had passengers." [The Telegram]

Winnipeg's newest addition has arrived. [Twitter]

The former Winnipeg Jets (now Phoenix Coyotes) just completed an impressive month of February where the team went 11-0-1, capping it off with a 2-1 shootout win last night over the Vancouver Canucks. The Coyotes now lead the Pacific Division by two points. [Five For Howling, Arizona Central]

If you get the chance today, visit our SB Nation pals at Habs Eyes On The Prize and offer your best wishes to the great Jean Beliveau who suffered a stroke on Monday. They will be sending your messages on to Mr. Beliveau, care of the Montreal Canadiens. [EOTP]

Finally, the tragic life of the legendary Howie Morenz, told by the talented Ellen Etchingham. [Backhand Shelf]