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BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 9

By Jim Byers, on 02/09/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (30-12-2-3) at Abbotsford Heat (26-18-3-0)
Barons Game 48  |  Road Game 24 |  AHL Game 709
Feb. 9, 2012, 8 pm CST  | Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons face the Abbotsford Heat at Scotiabank Saddledome for the second straight season in the seventh of eight meetings in the season series. OKC took last year’s game at the home of the Heat’s parent club, the Calgary Flames, 3-1. In last year’s edition OKC received the go-ahead goal from Alex Giroux with 1:06 left in regulation. The Barons have won four of the first six matchups with the Heat this season and lead the West Division with 65 points, seven more than Houston and 10 ahead of the Heat. The season series concludes Saturday at Abbotsford.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game off a 3-1 home loss to Charlotte on Friday, a result that snapped OKC’s season-best 7-game winning streak. Friday’s loss also ended a season-high four-game home winning streak that started Jan. 15 against the Heat. The Barons are 17-5-0-1 on the road and swept three straight during their last trip to Rochester and Lake Erie Jan. 19-21. OKC leads the AHL in point percentage (.691). The Barons have allowed the fewest goals in the league (103) and average the fewest allowed per game at 2.19. OKC’s goal differential of +36 is the best in the AHL.

BATTLE OF ALBERTA, AHL FRONT: OKC is 7-3-0-0 all-time against Abbotsford and has won all 4 on the road, 3 at Abbotsford and 1 at Calgary. Eight of the 10 Barons-Heat games have had a game-winning goal in the third period or overtime. Seven of 10 have ended with a one-goal decision or one-plus and empty-netter.

SPECIALIZATION: The Barons have scored a power play goal in 5 of their last 7 games, but have not tallied more than 1 power play goal in a game since going 4-for-7 at Houston Jan. 1 in a 6-0 win. OKC is 22-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 8-12-1-1 when held without one. When scoring 2 or more power play goals, the Barons are 6-0-0-1 and have out-scored the opposition 28-17 in those games. On the penalty kill, the Barons have surrendered just four power play goals in their last 14 games. OKC has gone 49-for-53 on the penalty kill (92.5%) in its last 14 games dating to Jan. 1.

NET GAINS: Goaltenders Yann Danis and David LeNeveu began the week 1-2 in the AHL in goals-against average. Danis led with a 2.04 mark with LeNeveu second at 2.06. Danis is tied for the second-most wins with 19 and is second with four shutouts. When LeNeveu was charged with three goals in Friday’s 3-1 loss it marked the first time since Dec. 31 a Barons goalie had allowed more than two goals in a game. OKC’s goalies went 13 straight (Jan. 1-Feb. 2) without being charged with more than two goals in a single contest.

SHOTS GALORE: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 12 of the last 15 games, going 9-5-1-0 in that time. The Barons are 16-5-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 13-7-1-2 when out-shot and 1-0-0-0 when shots are even after regulation. The Barons have allowed 29 shots or fewer in 17 of their last 18.

STREAKERS: Josh Green brings a team-high 8-game point streak into tonight. Green has three goals and six assists in the streak, which started Dec. 27 and resumed Jan. 27 after a three-week stint with Edmonton. Ryan Keller has points in seven straight (3G, 6A) overall and also features a five-game road assist streak. Hunter Tremblay has goals in three of four and five of the last seven. Philippe Cornet has points in five straight (4G, 3A).

ODDS AND ENDS: OKC is 15-5-1-2 when Josh Green is in the lineup, a .717 point percentage...12 players have skated for both the Barons and Oilers this season: Chorney, Cornet, Green, Hartikainen, Kytnar, Omark, O’Marra, Paajarvi, Petrell, Petry, Plante and Teubert...Seven were members of OKC’s opening-night roster: Cornet, Green, Hartikainen, Kytnar, O’Marra, Plante and Teubert...all 4 OKC goals over the past 2 games have been scored in the final 2:38 of a period...the Barons are 4-0-0-0 on Thursday this season and 8-1-1-1 combined on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...OKC is 8-2-1-0 in games following a regulation loss...Triston Grant has not played since Dec. 31 because of injury, missing 14 straight...Linus Omark has missed 31 straight games after being injured Nov. 16 at Rockford.

RECENT MOVES:
Jan. 26:
OKC released Andrew Martens from PTO.
Jan. 31:
Edm recalled Philippe Cornet.
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.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Jan. 21   @ LE       W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 21)             Cann (2, EN, 23)        17,109
Jan. 27   Houston   W, 5-2       Danis (2, 28)                   Hackett (4, 25)           3,905
Jan. 28   Texas       W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 22)             Raycroft (2, EN, 42)   5,606
Feb. 2    SA           W, 3-0       Danis (0, 26)                   Grumet-Morris (3, 27) 2,223
Feb. 3    Charlotte  L, 1-3        LeNeveu (3, 26)             Muse (1, 27)              4,159

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                                            Time  Broadcast
Feb. 11  Abbotsford   Entertainment/Sports Centre       9:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 17  Milwaukee    Cox Center                                  7:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 18  Milwaukee    Cox Center                                  7:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 19  San Antonio Cox Center                                  4:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 22  Texas           Cox Center                                  7:00    1340 The Game

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