BARONS GAME NOTES - MAY 13
By Jim Byers,
Texas Stars at Oklahoma City Barons, Game 3
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TONIGHT: After splitting 2 games in Texas with identical 2-1 scores, the Barons and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) resume this best-of-7, second-round series at the Cox Center. OKC is 1-1 at home in the Calder Cup playoffs this season, splitting the first 2 games of an opening-round matchup with Charlotte. The Barons finished the regular season 8-3-0-1 against Texas, including a 4-2-0-0 record in OKC. The Barons entered the playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference with 91 points. Texas had a conference-best 97 points and the AHL’s best road record, 25-9-3-1.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons feature 4 of the AHL’s top 9 playoff point scorers: Josh Green (tied for 5th with 10 points), plus Mark Arcobello, Teemu Hartikainen and Toni Rajala, who are tied for 7th with 9. OKC has scored 26 goals in its 7 playoff games, second only to Providence’s 31. Randy Jones is the league’s playoff plus-minus leader at +8, while Arcobello and Hartikainen are part of a 4-way tie for 2nd at +7. Anton Lander’s overtime goal in Thursday’s series opener improved OKC’s all-time Calder Cup sudden death record to 4-1. The Barons are 1-1 in OT during this season’s playoffs. Thursday’s game was the only one of 34 all-time meetings between the Barons and Stars to end in overtime. Saturday’s 2-1 Texas win halted the Barons’ 3-game road winning streak, which matched the club’s playoff record set during the final 3 games of last season’s second round at San Antonio. Rajala’s 6-game point streak was snapped on Saturday, but he shares the longest playoff point streak with an active 6-gamer for Providence’s Carter Camper.
PLAYOFF PATTER: OKC is 15-for-15 on the penalty kill in its 4 playoff wins against Charlotte and Texas. After killing off 4 of 5 Texas power plays on Saturday, the Barons are 11-for-17 on the PK in their 3 losses. The Barons have yet to score on the power play in this series in 5 chances and are 0-for-8 on the man advantage over the past 3 games. Yann Danis has started 20 straight playoff games over the past 2 springs. With OKC, Danis is 12-9 in the playoffs with a 2.42 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
WE MEET AGAIN: The Barons and Stars met 12 times in the regular season, with OKC winning 8, 4 in each city. Each team had a shootout win. All 3 of Texas’ regular-season regulation wins were shutouts, 2 by Jack Campbell and the other by Cristopher Nilstorp. OKC won the final 3 matchups in the regular season. This is the first playoff series between the teams. All-time including playoffs, the Barons are 21-10-0-3 against the Stars, 10-4-0-2 at the Cox Center.
RED RIVER ROUNDUP: Texas had a winning record against 11 of its 14 opponents this season. The only teams the Stars had losing records against were Hamilton (0-2-0-0), Chicago (1-3-0-0) and OKC (4-7-0-1). The Stars had the league’s best road record at 25-9-3-1 (.711), but went 2-4-0-0 at OKC. The Barons were 11-for-49 (22.4%) on the power play against Texas in the regular season, 10-for-27 (37.0) in the first 6 games when Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were in the AHL. OKC was 1-for-22 in the final 6 games after the aforementioned players returned to the NHL. Texas was 11-for-51 on the power play against OKC (21.6), 5-for-25 in the first 6 meetings and 6-for-26 in the final 6. The Barons were 5-1-0-0 against Texas with Eberle, etc., in the lineup and 3-2-0-1 without them.
WINS AND LOSSES: OKC has not had a 2-game losing streak since Jan. 13-18 (in the AHL, only regulation and overtime defeats count toward losing streaks). Including the playoffs, the Barons have gone 44 games without a 2-game losing streak. From Jan. 19 through the end of the regular season, the Barons went 22-9-0-6, a .676 standing point percentage second only to Providence’s .800 mark (31-7-0-2).
FINISHING WITH A FLOURISH: The Barons finished the regular campaign by winning 3 straight, 4 of their last 5 and 6 of their final 8 contests. Their 8-2-0-1 record in April made it their most successful month of the campaign. Yann Danis went 10-2-3 with 2 shutouts, a 1.78 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his final 15 games to finish the regular season after being loaned by Edmonton in mid-March.
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