I think Brent Henley would be an excellent captain someday. And, have you noticed, that he might wind up being an MVP candidate for the Komets?
"This time of year, you're supposed to be sharp," Henley said. "Everything is close. Every game is a one- or two-goal game. Even the bottom-end teams are playing close games against the top teams.
"After (57) games, there should be no questions about our systems or style of play. Everybody should be buying in or doing or doing their job because when you make mistakes at this time of year, you pay for them even more than you would have at the start of the year."
The Komets play Tuesday at Dayton, Ohio, before playing host to Evansville on Friday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
Fort Wayne is 7-3-0 against Dayton and 7-4-0 against Evansville, which has lost four in a row.
Fort Wayne and Evansville are tied for first place in the Turner Conference at 36-17-4.
Seven of the Komets' remaining nine games are at the Coliseum, where the Komets are 16-7-3.
That's a relief for a team that is about to play its 18th game in 33 days.
"The lack of travel will keep us healthy, especially some of the older guys who are banged up, and the younger guys who aren't used to this much travel and this long a season," Henley said. "It's always better to play at home, sleep in your own bed and eat your own food. It is an advantage. That being said, we can't take a step back because we are at home. We should be playing harder."