The Winnipeg Jets are gaining momentum under new head coach Paul Maurice, winning six out of the seven last games, prompting some fans to wonder if it's not too late for the team to make the NHL playoffs.
The Jets are taking on the Nashville Predators at the MTS Centre Tuesday night, days after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Sunday and edging out the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.
For fans like Ryan Baldwin, the team's performance is a welcome change from the losing skid the Jets experienced before Maurice replaced Claude Noel as head coach earlier this month.
"It's been exhilarating again. It's been exciting," Baldwin said Tuesday.
"We were all kind of down in the dumps when they were taking that slide, and the players have turned it around."
But could this turnaround mean a chance at a playoff spot?
Some hockey experts say teams will need 95 points during the regular season to make that happen, meaning the Jets would have to win 20 of their remaining 28 games.
"If they can keep that momentum going, they've got a chance. But to win 20 games of the next 28 is going to be pretty tough," said another fan, Derek Penner.
Following practice on Tuesday, Jets defenceman Mark Stuart said for now, he's concentrating on the upcoming game.
"This league's still tough. Every team's good. Every night is a challenge, so we just got to concentrate on that next one," he told reporters.
At the same time, team captain Andrew Ladd said making the playoffs is definitely a goal.
"We know what's ahead of us and we know we're going to have to string a bunch of wins together, but I think that's an exciting challenge for this group," Ladd said.
Fans like Theodore Mariash agree, saying there's no reason why the Jets can't make the playoffs given how they've been doing on the ice lately.
"We can go in there and beat Chicago, we can go in there and beat Anaheim, we can go in there and compete with San Jose. Those are, you know, three of the top four teams in the Western Conference," he said.