BARONS GAME NOTES - JANUARY 13
By Jim Byers,
Texas Stars (21-11-3-2) at Oklahoma City Barons (18-14-2-3)
Barons Game 38 | Home Game 20 | AHL Game 552
TODAY: The Barons host the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) in the final leg of a 3-in-3 weekend for both clubs. OKC dropped an OT decision to Charlotte last night, 4-3, and is 0-1-1-0 so far during a 5-game homestand. Texas has won 5 straight, including last night’s 3-1 victory over San Antonio at Cedar Park Center. This is the 7th of 12 meetings in the season series. OKC has won 3 straight over the Stars and 5 of 6. The Barons enter today’s game 4th in the South Division with 41 points and tied for 7th in the conference. Texas has 47 points and is 4th in the conference.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter today sporting their first 2-game home losing streak of the season, with regulation and overtime defeats to Charlotte the past 2 nights (OT losses are considered part of losing streaks in the AHL). OKC’s home record of 11-5-2-1 is sixth in the AHL by standing point percentage, .658. This is the fourth of 8 sets of 3 games in 3 days and the Barons’ second straight weekend featuring a 3-in-3. Their next 3-in-3 isn’t until early March. This is the first of a pair of 3-in-3s to involve only home games, the other encompassing the final 3 games of the regular season April 19-21.
SETTING GOALS: The Barons have allowed a first-period goal and trailed after the opening period in 4 straight games after going 17 straight with a lead or tie at the first intermission from Nov. 24-Jan. 4. OKC has allowed a first-period goal in 4 straight dating to Jan. 5, following a previous run of 7 straight games without surrendering a goal in the opening period. Despite facing a deficit after 1 period each of the last 4 games, OKC has trailed the fewest times (7) after 1 period of any AHL team this season, going 2-3-2-0. The Barons’ 45 first-period goals are the most in the AHL. Springfield is second with 43.
SEEING STARS: The Stars are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 games and OKC has handed them all 3 of their regulation defeats in that span. The Stars are 1-5-0-0 against OKC and 20-6-3-2 against the rest of their schedule. Texas is tied with Toronto for the 4th-most standing points (47) in the league. The Stars’ standing point percentage of .635 is 8th-best. The Barons are 10-for-24 on the power play in the season series with Texas, while Stars are 5-for-25 against OKC.
SPECIAL ATTENTION: OKC is No. 1 in overall power play percentage at 25.6, with 41 goals in 160 opportunities. The Barons have at least 1 power play goal in 9 of the last 10 games, during which they’re 9-for-25. OKC is also No. 1 in home power play percentage at 31.2.
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY: Jordan Eberle last played for OKC Jan. 5, departing the AHL leading in points (51) and goals (25), distinctions he still holds. Eberle was the back-to-back winner of CCM/AHL Player of the Month Awards for November and December. He collected points in each of his last 7 Barons games, scoring 6 goals and 7 assists in that span. Justin Schultz, a rookie defenseman, left OKC’s lineup last weekend leading the league in assists with 30 and power play points with 25 (Eberle was second with 23), while second overall in points with 48. Those rankings remain in place entering this afternoon’s game. Schultz left the league 2 goals shy of matching the record for goals by an AHL rookie defenseman, 20, by John Slaney of Baltimore in 1992-93. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, Schultz had multiple points in 17 of 34 games and compiled 10- and 9-game point streaks. Taylor Hall did not play until Nov. 2 while recovering from shoulder surgery. He had 34 points in 26 AHL games and remains tied for the AHL lead with 9 power play goals.
TIDBITS: OKC hits the halfway point of its 76-game schedule today...the Barons reached the midway mark of their home slate last night...Antti Tyrvainen has been cleared to play after recovering from a wrist injury...Tyrvainen has missed 23 straight games, the first 21 while recovering from the injury sustained Nov. 16 vs. Milwaukee...after today, 4 of the 5 remaining games between the Stars and Barons will take place at Cedar Park Center.
Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Jan. 4 @ GR L, 2-5 Danis (L, 5, 14) / Roy Mrazek (2, 17) 7,452
Jan. 5 @ Mil SOW, 3-2 Roy (2, 15) Smith (2, 35) 3,685
Jan. 6 @ Chi L, 3-6 Danis (5, EN, 33) Climie (3, 42) 6,329
Jan. 11 Cha L, 0-7 Danis (L, 4, 9) / Roy Peters (0, 24) 3,772
Jan. 12 Cha OTL, 3-4 Danis (4, 15) Peters (3, 32) 3,494
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Jan. 18 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 19 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 23 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 25 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 26 Rockford BMO Harris Bank Ctr 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
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