It was as though Claude Noel was taking a preemptive strike as he began his latest post-game press conference.

The thoughtful head coach of the Winnipeg Jets was understandably frustrated by his team’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre.

Although the Jets have been full value during a recent stretch which has seen them pull out five wins over their past seven games, there’s one aspect of the team’s game that has basically been running ice cold.

The elephant in the room, if you will.

The Jets power play has gone 1-for-32 during the past 12 games and plummeted from the top half of the NHL to near the bottom, operating at only 14.3% (10-for-70) for the season.

“We probably could have used one on the power play,” said Noel. “The power play will probably be a topic, because you (media) guys can’t think past the stats.”

In the case of the Jets, the stats are difficult to ignore and centre Olli Jokinen said himself that the recent trend can’t continue.