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(John Woods | The Associated Press) Winnipeg coach Claude Noel, right, and assistant coach Perry Pearn were fired by the Jets on Sunday. Noel was, replaced by Paul Maurice.
NHL: Jets fire Noel
First Published Jan 12 2014 09:20 pm • Last Updated Jan 12 2014 11:00 pm

Winnipeg, Manitoba • Claude Noel has been fired as coach by the Winnipeg Jets and replaced with Paul Maurice.

Noel was fired amid a five-game losing streak that dropped the Jets to 19-23-5 and 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18 during his tenure with the Jets.

At a glance

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Boston 45 29 14 2 60 129 98

Tampa Bay 45 27 14 4 58 132 109

Montreal 46 26 15 5 57 117 107

Detroit 46 20 16 10 50 118 127

Toronto 47 22 20 5 49 128 143

Ottawa 46 20 18 8 48 131 146

Florida 45 17 21 7 41 105 139

Buffalo 44 13 26 5 31 77 121

Metropolitan Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Pittsburgh 47 33 12 2 68 152 112

Washington 45 22 16 7 51 136 135

N.Y. Rangers 47 24 20 3 51 118 124

Philadelphia 46 23 19 4 50 121 129

New Jersey 47 19 18 10 48 108 117

Carolina 45 19 17 9 47 111 128

Columbus 45 21 20 4 46 126 129

N.Y. Islanders 47 18 22 7 43 130 152

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Central Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Chicago 48 30 8 10 70 175 132

St. Louis 44 31 8 5 67 161 99

Colorado 45 28 12 5 61 132 115

Minnesota 48 25 18 5 55 118 119

Dallas 45 20 18 7 47 127 139

Nashville 47 19 21 7 45 109 141

Winnipeg 47 19 23 5 43 128 145

Pacific Division

GP W L OT Pts GF GA

Anaheim 48 35 8 5 75 161 119

San Jose 46 28 12 6 62 148 116

Los Angeles 46 27 14 5 59 119 96

Vancouver 46 24 13 9 57 123 114

Phoenix 44 21 14 9 51 133 136

Calgary 45 15 24 6 36 101 144

Edmonton 48 15 28 5 35 126 169

Two points for win, one for OT loss.

Sunday’s Games

Buffalo 2, Washington 1 (SO)

Toronto 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)

N.Y. Islanders 4, Dallas 2

N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1

Chicago 5, Edmonton 3

Minnesota 4, Nashville 0

Anaheim 1, Detroit 0

Monday’s Games

Calgary at Carolina, 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Phoenix at Winnipeg, 6 p.m.

Vancouver at Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games

Toronto at Boston, 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m.

San Jose at Washington, 5 p.m.

Philadelphia at Buffalo, 5:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Montreal, 5:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 5:30 p.m.

Colorado at Chicago, 6 p.m.

Phoenix at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Calgary at Nashville, 6 p.m.

Ottawa at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Edmonton at Dallas, 6:30 p.m.

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"I think it always comes as a shock," Jets captain Andrew Ladd said at a local rink after Jets’ practice was cancelled in the wake of the news. Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also fired along with Noel.

Maurice inherits a team that has struggled in its third season in Winnipeg thanks in part to inadequate goaltending and defensive breakdowns. The 46-year-old has been behind the bench as an NHL head coach for 1,084 games.

"I don’t think anyone expected it this morning so it’s not an easy day," Ladd said. "Two good people lose their job. Ultimately, it came down to the performance of all the guys in here. It’s tough for everyone."

Noel was fired after the Jets lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Saturday in a game in which Ladd said he played "awful" and the fans booed the players off the ice.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Maurice’s deal is only until the end of this season.




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