By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 04/15/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (45-21-4-5) at San Antonio Rampage (40-30-3-2)
Barons Game 76 | Road Game 38 | AHL Game 1139
April 15, 2012, 3:30 pm CDT | AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TODAY: The Barons and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) wrap up the regular season with a late afternoon game at AT&T Center. OKC clinched the best record in the Western Conference by beating Texas 5-2 at Cedar Park last night. OKC has won 2 in a row and awaits today’s results to see who it will face in the best-of-5 first round of the Calder Cup playoffs. OKC is 4-3-0-0 against San Antonio this season, 2-1-0-0 at AT&T Center. With 85 points, San Antonio makes the playoffs with a point today, or a Houston loss, or a Charlotte regulation defeat.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have the AHL’s third-best road record at 24-9-1-3 (.703), trailing only Eastern Conference members Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk (.743 each). OKC is 25-7-0-1 against West Division clubs, with a 13-2-0-1 mark on the road. The Barons are 8-0-0-1 on the road against West rivals since their last regulation road loss within the division, Dec. 3 at San Antonio. The Barons have won 2 straight and earned a standing point in 13 of the last 17 games and 14 of the past 19. OKC has 99 points, behind only Norfolk’s 111, and the Barons will finish with the second highest point total in the 30-team circuit. Norfolk has won a North American professional hockey record 27 consecutive games.

DANIS THE TOP GOALIE: Yann Danis was named on Tuesday the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender for the 2011-12 season, as voted by AHL coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. Danis’ other accolades this season have included a scoreless period in the AHL All-Star Classic, the first by a goalie in 7 years, and his being named a first-team AHL All-Star. Danis is second in the AHL in goals-against average at 2.10, trailing only Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (2.04). Danis is tied for fifth in wins (26), tied for second in shutouts (5) and tied for seventh in save percentage (.924).

EDMONTON SENDS REINFORCEMENTS: With the parent Edmonton Oilers’ season over, the Barons received defenseman Colten Teubert, center Chris VandeVelde and winger Teemu Hartikainen on Sunday. Each is on the Barons’ Clear Day list and therefore eligible for all remaining games, regular season and playoff. All 3 returned to the Barons’ lineup on Friday against Houston and have played the past 2 games.

ON AN UPTICK: Mark Arcobello and Magnus Paajarvi each have goals in 2 straight. Tyler Pitlick has assists in 2 straight. Last night, 12 of the 18 Barons’ skaters recorded a point and 14 finished +1 or better.

POWER TRIPS: The Barons are 27-1-2-4 when scoring at least 1 power play goal. When they tally 2 or more in a game, they’re 7-0-0-1. When held without a power play goal, the Barons are 18-20-2-1. After an 0-for-4 on the power play last night, the Barons are 0-for-26 on the man advantage in their past 8 games and 1-for-33 in the last 10. The Barons have killed off 15 of the last 17 times short spanning the last 3 games, with the only power play goals allowed in that time coming on 2-man disadvantages.

GOOD OMEN: Bryan Helmer, the AHL’s all-time scoring leader among defensemen, notched his third goal of the season last night. When the Barons receive a goal from a defenseman they’re 15-2-0-2.

PENALTY SHOT RECAP: Texas’ Mike Hedden scored on a penalty shot at 5:35 of last night’s second period against David LeNeveu. It was the fourth penalty shot by an opponent this year and the second goal. Current Rampage Jon Matsumoto, then a Charlotte Checker, lit the lamp on a penalty shot against LeNeveu Dec. 20 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Ryan Keller and Tanner House have taken OKC’s penalty shots this season. In nearly 2 full seasons in the AHL, OKC has been awarded 5 penalty shots and has yet to score. Barons goalies have stopped 6 of 8 opposing shots in club history.

PRODUCTIVE FARMING: The past 2 years mark the first time in the Edmonton’s NHL tenure that its top affiliate, shared or exclusive, has had back-to-back 40-win seasons. Last season’s inaugural edition of the Barons also qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs, going 40-29-2-9, good for 91 points.

April 6: Ryan Lowery loaned to Stockton.
April 8: Teemu Hartikainen
, Chris VandeVelde and Colten Teubert returned on loan from Edmonton.
April 10: Cameron Abney reassigned to Stockton.
April 12: Mike Marcou released from ATO

Player Issue Out
Curtis Hamilton
knee day-to-day
Ryan Keller upper body day-to-day
Andrew Lord concussion indefinitely
Taylor Chorney upper body day-to-day
K. Montgomery lower body indefinitely

Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
April 3 Ham W, 3-0 LeNeveu (0, 30) Delmas (2, EN, 32) 2,652
April 6 Peo L, 1-3 LeNeveu (2, EN, 24) Allen (1, 31) 3,105
April 7 Chi L, 0-3 Danis (3, 27) Lack (0, 29) 3,490
April 13 Hou W, 2-1 Danis (1, 23) Hackett (2, 25) 5,550
April 14 @ Tex W, 5-2 LeNeveu (2, 23) Campbell (4, EN, 21) 6,863

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Playoff Game 1, date, site and opponent TBD

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