Jets play the Oilers
The Winnipeg Jets can enter the New Year as the leaders in the Central Division should they be able to get the better of the Oilers on Sunday.
Tied for second in the Division with the St. Louis Blues, the Jets, 7.50 to win the Western Conference, are just a point adrift of the Nashville Predators with both their rivals idle following victories on Saturday.
St. Louis edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at the Scottrade Center to complete the season sweep while Nashville picked up their first win in three tries against the Minnesota Wild with a 3-0 triumph at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators, Jets and Blues have started to open a small gap over the chasing pack although both the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks maintain a positive goal differential.
Coincidentally both sides are also back on the ice on Sunday as Dallas entertains the San Jose Sharks while the Blackhawks are in Calgary to face the Flames.
Calgary continues to be one of the undersold stories of the season, out of the post-season places in the Pacific Division and frankly looking unlikely to change that.
With the comments made about free agency by captain Erik Karlsson, essentially he isn't taking a discount and expects full worth wherever he plays, there continues to be the suspicion that at some point the Flames blow it all up and start a complete rebuild.
In that regard the expansion Vegas Golden Knights will continue to be part of the problem for the other teams in the Division.
First year franchises just aren't suppose to lead the charge towards the play-offs and every other side is going to look worse by comparison.
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