By Jim Byers, on 05/15/2013

Texas Stars at Oklahoma City Barons, Game 4    

Calder Cup Playoffs  |  Series “K” Western Conference Semifinal  |  OKC leads 2-1
May 15, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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TONIGHT: The Barons and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) resume their best-of-7, second-round Calder Cup playoff series with Game 4 at the Cox Center. OKC leads the series 2-1 after a 30-save shutout from Yann Danis on Monday in a 4-0 Barons win. The Barons have won 10 of 15 meetings with the Stars this season, combining regular season and playoffs. OKC was 8-3-0-1 against Texas in the regular season. At the Cox Center, OKC has taken 5 of 7 overall matchups in 2012-13. Game 5 is tomorrow at 7 pm CDT at the Cox Center, the final OKC meeting of the series.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons feature 4 of the AHL’s top 9 playoff point scorers: Josh Green, Mark Arcobello, Teemu Hartikainen and Toni Rajala. All are tied for 5th with 10 points (Providence’s Jamie Tardif also has 10). OKC has scored 30 goals in its 8 playoff games while allowing 18. The Barons’ 30 goals are second only to Providence’s 31. Randy Jones is the AHL’s playoff plus-minus leader at +10, while Arcobello and Hartikainen tied for 2nd at +8. 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 these playoffs.

STREAKS: Mark Arcobello brings a 3-game goal streak into tonight’s contest, tallying 3 times in that span. Arcobello shares the league mark for longest goal streak during this season’s playoffs with the Barons’ Anton Lander (May 3-9) and two Providence Bruins: Carter Camper (April 28-May 5) and Jamie Tardif (May 8-present). Arcobello has points in 5 straight (3G, 2A) and 7 of 8 playoff games this spring. Toni Rajala has a point in 7 of 8 Calder Cup games, including a 6-game point streak to start the playoffs. He shares the league high with Camper, who takes a 6-game point streak into the Bruins’ game tonight at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

PLAYOFF PATTER:  By killing all 5 times short on Monday, OKC is 20-for-20 on the penalty kill in its 5 playoff wins and 11-for-17 on the PK in their 3 losses. The Barons are 1-for-9 on the power play this series, while Texas is 1-for-13. Yann Danis has started 22 straight playoff games over the past 2 springs. With OKC, Danis is 13-9 in the playoffs with a 2.31 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Since a 6-1 loss on May 1 at Charlotte, Danis is 4-1 with a 1.20 goals-against average and .967 save percentage, stopping 174 of 180 shots in the last 5 games.

GOOSE EGGS: The 30-save shutout for Yann Danis on Monday was his second career Calder Cup whitewash and the Barons’ third in their 3-season AHL history. Danis blanked the Houston Aeros 5-0 in last season’s first-round opener at the Toyota Center (14 saves). Martin Gerber made 26 saves one year to the day earlier, on April 19, 2011, in a 2-0 win over Hamilton at the Cox Center. Danis’ shutout on Monday was the 7th among all Calder Cup games this spring.

BEFORE AND AFTER: 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).

Previous Playoff Results:
Date        Opp.   Result      OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
May 1      @ Cha L, 1-6        Danis (6, 27)                 Madore (1, 37)             3,021
May 3      @ Cha W, 8-1       Danis (1, 24)                 Madore (L) / Murphy     4,925
May 4      @ Cha W, 6-2       Danis (2, 49)                 Madore (L) / Muse        3,381
May 9      @ Tex  W, 2-1 OT  Danis (1, 34)                 Nilstorp (2, 24)              2,840
May 11    @ Tex  L, 1-2        Danis (2, 37)                 Nilstorp (1, 27)              4,683
May 13    Tex      W, 4-0       Danis (0, 30)                 Nilstorp (3, EN, 27)       1,794

Remaining Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date         Opp.            Site                            Time     Broadcast
Tonight    Texas         Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 16     Texas         Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 20*   Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM
May 21*   Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM

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