“We were scoring four or five goals a game, but we dropped by more than a goal a game,” Nelson said. “We have to play better on defense and try to get back to where our offense is cranking it up again.”
Veteran goaltender Richard Bachman has started 19 of the past 21 games. Nelson plans to ride Bachman down the stretch, but Ty Rimmer, recalled Monday from Quad City of the Central Hockey League, might need to provide occasional relief.
“I think Richard was maybe getting a little fatigued, so we gave him the game off last Saturday,” Nelson said. “We’ll play it by ear. (Rimmer) will get one game this weekend when we play at Charlotte Saturday night and a quick turnaround Sunday afternoon.”
Regardless who is net, the Barons need to string some wins together if they’re to reach the playoffs.
“We’re still playing pretty good hockey,” Nelson said. “Those losses came against the top two teams in the conference. We’re right there. We now have an opportunity to get some wins against teams below us. The bottom line is we have to take care of business.”