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BARONS GAME NOTES - FEBRUARY 11
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (31-12-2-3) at Abbotsford Heat (26-19-3-0)
Barons Game 49 | Road Game 25 | AHL Game 722
Feb. 11, 2012, 9 pm CST | Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, Abbotsford, BC
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM
TONIGHT: The Barons face the Abbotsford Heat for the eighth and final time in the season series. OKC has won 5 of 7 prior matchups, including Thursday’s 4-0 win at Calgary. The Barons have not lost in Abbotsford in their brief AHL history, winning all 3 previous games including a pair in early November 3-2 and 4-3 (OT). OKC has won 8 of its last 9 and leads the West Division with an AHL-best 67 points. Abbotsford is third with 55 points. OKC returns home after tonight’s game and will host Milwaukee twice and San Antonio once in a 3-in-3 home weekend starting on Friday.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game off Yann Danis’ second straight shutout and fifth of the season in Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Heat at Calgary. OKC has won 4 straight road games dating to the start of the previous trip Jan. 19 and 8 of their last 9 for a league-best 31 wins, 67 points and .698 point percentage. The Barons are 18-5-0-1 on the road. OKC has allowed the fewest goals in the league (103) and average the fewest allowed per game at 2.15. OKC’s goal differential of +40 is the best in the AHL.
BATTLE OF ALBERTA, AHL FRONT: OKC is 8-3-0-0 all-time against Abbotsford and has won all 5 on the road, 3 at Abbotsford and 2 at Calgary. Eight of the 11 Barons-Heat games have had a game-winning goal in the third period or overtime. Seven of 11 have ended with a 1-goal decision or 1-plus and empty-netter. Thursday’s 4-goal winning margin was the largest of the 11 head-to-head games in the series history. A game-by-game breakdown of the Barons vs. the Heat is on page 3 of today’s notes.
SPECIALIZATION: The Barons have scored a power play goal in 5 of their last 8 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 went 0-for-2 on Thursday at Calgary, but scored a goal 3 seconds after the expiration of a Heat penalty. OKC is 22-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 9-12-1-1 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. On the penalty kill, the Barons have surrendered just 4 power play goals in their last 15 games. OKC has gone 53-for-57 on the penalty kill (93.0%) in its last 15 games dating to Jan. 1.
NET GAINS: Goaltenders Yann Danis and David LeNeveu were 1-2 in the AHL in goals-against average entering last night’s AHL games, the results of which were not available at press time. Danis finished Thursday with a 1.97 mark, with LeNeveu second at 2.06. Danis moved into a tie for the league lead in wins with 20, joining Peoria’s Ben Bishop, and is second to Bishop in shutouts with 5. Driven by consecutive shutouts, Danis has not allowed a goal in his last 128:53 dating to the third period Jan. 27. Jeff Deslauriers has the club record shutout streak at 135:49 from March 27-April 8, 2011.
SHOTS GALORE: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 13 of the last 16 games, going 10-5-1-0 in that time. The Barons are 17-5-1-1 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 18 of their last 19.
STREAKING: Josh Green brings a team-high 9-game point streak into tonight. Green has 4 goals and 6 assists in the streak, which started Dec. 27 and resumed Jan. 27 after a 3-week stint with Edmonton. Ryan Keller had 7-game point (3G, 6A) and 5-game road assist streaks snapped on Thursday. Hunter Tremblay has goals in 4 of 5 and 6 of 8. Philippe Cornet had a 5-game point streak (4G, 3A) snapped Thursday.
ODDS AND ENDS: OKC is 16-5-1-2 when Josh Green is in the lineup, a .729 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...7 were members of OKC’s opening-night roster: Cornet, Green, Hartikainen, Kytnar, O’Marra, Plante and Teubert...the Barons improved 5-0-0-0 on Thursday with the win at Calgary...Triston Grant returned Thursday after missing 14 straight with an injury and Linus Omark had a goal and an assist in his first game back from a 31-game injury absence.
Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
Feb. 9 @ Abb W, 4-0 Danis (0, 24) Karlsson (4, 21) 4,652
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
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
Feb. 24 @ Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00 KXY 96.1 FM
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.
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