“Right now, since we're having success, guys are starting to take shortcuts,” Nelson said. “I saw it in practice (Thursday), and it doesn't work. In the third period, we started doing the little things and started battling and we ended up getting more scoring opportunities. It's kind of weird how that works, hey?”
The Barons don't have much time to figure out a solution for whatever is causing the complacency. Oklahoma City will face this same tough Checkers team Saturday night before hitting the road to face Milwaukee on Sunday.
“I think we need to play a little bit more aggressive,” Danis said. “I think we were a little bit soft along the boards. … We have a game plan and when we follow it, things go well for us.”
The results have been mighty impressive. With Houston idle Friday night, the win moved the Barons into sole possession of first place in the West Division. But Nelson needs to see improvement in the route by which the Barons get the results.
“It's great to be where we're at right now,” Nelson said. “I'm happy with the two points. I'm always happy with the win however we get it. But right now we got to focus on the process. The outcome will always take care of itself. We have to just focus on the little things that we talked about. If we do take shortcuts and it continues on, then things will turn south real quick. I've seen it happen many times.”