BARONS GAME NOTES - DECEMBER 8
By Jim Byers, on 12/08/2012
Oklahoma City Barons (11-6-1-2) at San Antonio Rampage (8-11-0-3)
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TONIGHT: The Barons visit the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) in the first of back-to-back games at AT&T Center and the third of 12 meetings this season. Tonight begins a stretch where 4 of the next 5 Barons games are against San Antonio. The teams also meet Dec. 14-15 at the Cox Center. They’ve split 2 meetings this season, each winning at home. The last matchup featured a 27-save shutout by San Antonio’s Dov Grumet-Morris in a 2-0 game Nov. 4. OKC has not played since a 4-3 loss at Houston Nov. 30. San Antonio has won 2 straight and 4 of 5.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have gone 7 full days without playing since a 4-3 loss at Houston Nov. 30. The 7-day break is the Barons’ longest stretch without a game this season. OKC saw an 8-game standing point streak snapped in their last outing. The Barons had been 6-0-1-1 in their previous 8, one shy of matching the club record for consecutive games with a standing point established last March (6-0-2-1). OKC has not played a home game since Nov. 17 and wraps up a stretch of 7 straight road games this weekend. The Barons are 3-1-0-1 through the first 5 games of the swing, which ends tomorrow. The Barons have killed 36 of their last 41 times short spanning the past 9 games, an 87.8 percent rate. OKC has the AHL’s seventh-best standing point percentage (.625) and is tied for the 11th in standing points (25).
POINT RACE UPDATE: OKC has the AHL’s top two point scorers Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle. Schultz leads the AHL with 31 points, on 11 goals and a league-leading 20 assists. Schultz has collected multiple points in 11 of 20 games played. He has at least 1 point in 18 of 20 Barons games and the only games where he was held off the scoresheet were opposing shutouts. Jordan Eberle is second in the AHL with 27 points, 12 goals and 15 assists.
EBERLE, SCHULTZ RECOGNIZED: Jordan Eberle is the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for November, marking the second straight month a Baron has won that award. Justin Schultz took home the honor for October. Last month, Eberle led all November scorers with 10 goals, 21 points and a +13 rating in 13 games, including 7 multiple-point games. Schultz is the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November. The rookie defenseman maintained his league scoring lead last month with 5 goals and 14 assists for 19 points and a +10 rating in 13 games.
MESSIN’ WITH TEXAS: OKC is in a stretch where 13 of 14 games are against teams based in Texas. The Texas-heavy slate runs from Nov. 29-Jan. 1. The only break is Tuesday’s home game against Peoria, the only visit by the Rivermen to the Cox Center this season. Of OKC’s 76 games, 36 are against Texas clubs.
POWER PLAYERS: OKC has 2 of the 6 players tied for the AHL lead in power play points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz, each with 3 goals and 9 assists, share the lead with 4 others. Jordan Eberle is part of a group 1 point back with 11 power play points, on 3 goals and 8 assists.
MORE SCHULTZ: Justin Schultz brings his second 9-game point streak of the season into tonight. He has 5 goals and 11 assists during the current streak, which began Nov. 10. Schultz also collected points in each of his first 9 games this season. He shares with 2 other players the second-longest point streak in the AHL this season behind Syracuse’s Richard Panik, who had a 12-game streak halted on Sunday.
STACKING THE DECK: The Barons signed second-year defenseman Nathan Deck to a PTO on Monday. Deck has spent this season and last with Stockton of the ECHL. This season, Deck was the Thunder’s leading scorer among defensemen with 5 goals and 12 assists in 19 games. His first game with OKC will be his AHL debut.
PLUSSES: Justin Schultz is tied for third in the league in plus-minus at +14. Martin Marincin is seventh at +12. Jordan Eberle is part of a group tied for eighth +10.
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