Losing in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche might be something for some teams to hang their hat on with how well the Avs have played.
Not Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel, however.
Following the 4-3 loss, Noel told reporters he’s not happy with a proud loss regardless of who it’s against as Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press shares.
“I don’t deal in moral victories,” Noel said. “Right now, we’re a .500 hockey team and .500 isn’t good enough. It’s not going to cut it and it hasn’t cut it in the past. It’s put us below the line and this year in the conference we’re in, it won’t come close. You’re going to be really scrambling.”
The Jets have dropped two in a row and four of their last six and sit tied for fifth in the Central Division with Dallas and Nashville, eight points behind the fourth place Minnesota Wild. The opportunity to climb is there, but the game-to-game inconsistency they’ve shown hasn’t helped.
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Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel wasn’t too happy with their shootout loss to Colorado. “I don’t deal in moral victories, I deal in reality. .500 isn’t good enough.” Reality bites, it seems. (Winnipeg Sun)
The Devils’ Peter DeBoer would love nothing more than to frustrate the Penguins yet again when they face off tonight. (Star-Ledger)
The St. Louis Blues are winning a lot this season so why aren’t they selling out any games? (Post-Dispatch)
The road ahead for the Edmonton Oilers isn’t going to get any easier. Uh oh. (Edmonton Journal)
The Winnipeg Jets have had their struggles yet again this season. They’re currently sixth in the Central Division and 15 points behind first-place Chicago and one Winnipeg columnist says there’s a lack of accountability from a certain clique of players.
Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press says Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, and Tobias Enstrom make up a group he calls the “Atlanta Association.” Those players, Lawless says, don’t hold themselves accountable for mistakes made and the team is suffering because of it.
There is a hierarchy in the Jets dressing room and at the top is a group of players who bonded together in Atlanta. Those friendships are taking precedence over results and they are rotting away any chance of success for the Jets.
While those five are called out, players like Mark Stuart, Olli Jokinen, and 20-year-old Jacob Trouba are held up as better examples of what players should be doing in Winnipeg.
The grumbles concerning anyone who has come from Atlanta is nothing new in the ‘Peg. With team captain (Ladd) being called out, as well as most of their top players and scorers from last season, this is a new shot across the bow.
If nothing else, a column like this might keep the heat off of coach Claude Noel while the team struggles.