Claude Noel doesn’t like what he sees and doesn’t sound like he has any answers for the frustratingly inconsistent play of the Winnipeg Jets. A day after the Jets were humbled 4-1 by the injury-ravaged Florida Panthers, the head coach remained perplexed by the team’s listless performance, at once talking about not dwelling on Tuesday’s game while sounding like he is. “Nothing feels better today,” Noel told reporters at the team’s hotel Wednesday in Tampa, where they will take on the Lightning Thursday. “You can’t throw that one out at all.” This is a stretch of the season that could define Noel as a coach. He believes his 10-11-1 team has the talent to be a playoff team. He’s seen them play well enough to beat the best teams in the Eastern Conference. But he simply can’t get that consistency out of his players every time out and Tuesday was the worst example as the Jets were outworked and outplayed from top to bottom by the Panthers.
Noel: Jets have enough talent, so what’s missing?
Winnipeg Sun | Mar 7