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BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 19
By Jim Byers,San Antonio Rampage (27-22-2-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (33-13-2-3)
Barons Game 52 | Home Game 27 | AHL Game 785
Feb. 19, 2012, 4 pm CST | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM
TODAY: The San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) make their final visit of the regular season to the Cox Center. This is the seventh of eight meetings between the West Division rivals. OKC is 4-2-0-0 against San Antonio this season, with a 2-1 mark at the Cox Center. Both of the Barons local wins have been shutouts. The Barons have won 10 of their last 12 and have matched their biggest division lead of the season with a nine-point margin over second-place Houston. The Rampage are fourth in the West, two points behind Abbotsford, and eighth in the conference.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game with the AHL’s best standing point percentage (.696), the most points in the Western Conference (71) and the second-most points in the AHL. The St. Johns IceCaps have 72 points while playing 1 more game than OKC. The Barons, IceCaps and Norfolk Admirals share the league high with 33 wins. OKC has allowed the fewest goals in the league (111) and average the fewest allowed per game at 2.18. Last year’s inaugural Barons club hit 71 points on Feb. 27 with a shootout win at Texas and reached 33 wins on March 5 with a home victory over Abbotsford.
SPECIALTIES: The Barons went 2-for-5 on the power play last night, their first game with multiple power play goals since a 4-for-7 showing Jan. 1 at Houston in a 6-0 win. OKC is 23-1-1-1 with scoring a power play goal and 7-0-0-1 when scoring more than one in a game. The Barons are 10-12-1-1 when held without a power play goal. On the penalty kill, the Barons have surrendered just five power-play goals in their last 18 games. OKC has gone 59-for-64 on the penalty kill (92.2%) in those 18 games dating to Jan. 1. The Barons are second in the AHL in overall PK rate at 86.8.
NET GAINS: Goaltenders Yann Danis and David LeNeveu remain 1-2 in the AHL in goals-against average. Danis fashions a 2.01 mark, with LeNeveu second at 2.05. Danis is tied for third in save percentage (.925), while second in shutouts (5) and third in wins (21) behind a pair of goaltenders tied for the lead with 23. Danis had a club-record shutout streak of 173:16 snapped in Saturday’s third period at Abbotsford.
GREEN MEANS GO: Josh Green had a club record-equaling 10-game point streak snapped on Friday. Green had four goals and seven assists in the streak, which started Dec. 27 and resumed Jan. 27 after a 3-week stint with Edmonton. Alex Giroux originally set the mark with a 10-game point streak last season from Feb. 27-Apr. 8. With Green in the lineup, the Barons are 18-6-1-2, a .722 point percentage.
CHART TOPPERS: Philippe Cornet is eighth in the AHL in goals (22) and part of a group tied for the lead in game-winners (6). Cornet leads the AHL in shooting percentage (28.9), scoring his 22 goals on 76 shots. Ryan Keller is fifth in plus-minus (+20). Hunter Tremblay is tied for second in shorthanded goals with four.
SHOT TALK: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 15 of the last 19 games, going 12-6-1-0 in that time. OKC out-shot Milwaukee last night 37-24, including 17 in the second period, matching the team high this season for shots in a period. The Barons are 18-6-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 14-7-1-2 when out-shot and 1-0-0-0 when shots are even after regulation. The Barons have allowed 29 shots or fewer in 21 of their last 22.
HELMER HITS MILESTONE: Bryan Helmer played his 1,072nd AHL game on Friday, moving him past AHL Hall-of-Famer Harry Pidhirny into sole possession of third all-time in games. Only Willie Marshall (1,205) and Fred Glover (1,201), also AHL Hall members, have played more. Helmer, who was rested last night, leads all AHL defensemen in games played and owns the career points record for defensemen with 555.
RODNEY ARRIVES: The Edmonton Oilers acquired defenseman Bryan Rodney from the Anaheim Ducks’ organization on Thursday for center Ryan O’Marra. Rodney, a veteran in his seventh season, made his Barons debut Friday and recorded his first OKC goal and assist last night. He had spent the season with Syracuse, recording five goals and 15 points in 41 games. He captained the Charlotte Checkers last season.
Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Feb. 3 Charlotte L, 1-3 LeNeveu (3, 26) Muse (1, 27) 4,159
Feb. 9 @ Abb W, 4-0 Danis (0, 24) Karlsson (4, 21) 4,652
Feb. 11 @ Abb W, 2-1 Danis (1, 24) Karlsson (2, 19) 3,529
Feb. 17 Mil L, 3-5 Danis (4, EN, 21) Smith (3, 29) 3,018
Feb. 18 Mil W, 3-2 LeNeveu (2, 22) Engren (3, 34) 6,266
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Feb. 22 Texas Cox Center 7:00 1340 The Game
Feb. 24 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 25 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 2 @ Peoria Carver Arena 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
March 3 @ GR Van Andel Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
RECENT MOVES:Feb. 3: Edm assigned Philippe Cornet to OKC.
Feb. 7: Edm recalled Magnus Paajarvi.
Feb. 7: OKC loaned Ryan Lowery and Edmonton reassigned Cameron Abney to Stockton (ECHL).
Feb. 8: OKC released Dan Ringwald from a PTO and signed him to a Standard Player Contract.
Feb. 16: Acquired Bryan Rodney from Syracuse (Anaheim Ducks) for Ryan O’Marra.
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