By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 02/22/2012

Texas Stars (23-25-2-2) at Oklahoma City Barons (33-14-2-3)
Barons Game 53  |  Home Game 28 |  AHL Game 795
Feb. 22, 2012, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: AM 1340 The Game

TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a 4-game homestand against the Texas Stars, top affiliate of the Dallas Stars. OKC is 1-2 on the homestand, having been blanked 1-0 by San Antonio in the most recent game on Sunday. The Barons have won 3 of 5 from the Stars so far this season, with a 2-1 mark at the Cox Center. Texas is fifth in the West Division and 13th in the conference with 50 points, but brings a 2-game winning streak into tonight. The Barons lead the Western Conference with 71 points and sit atop the West Division by 9 points over Houston.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have 2 wins and a shootout loss on Wednesday this season and are 9-1-1-1 in games on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. They enter tonight’s game with the AHL’s second-best standing point percentage (.683), the most points in the Western Conference (71) and second-most points in the AHL. The St. Johns IceCaps have 72 points. The Barons, IceCaps and Norfolk Admirals share the league high with 33 wins. OKC has allowed the fewest goals in the league (112) and average the fewest allowed per game at 2.15. The Barons hit 71 points and 33 wins on Feb. 18. Last year’s first 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 have surrendered just 5 power play goals in their last 19 games dating to Jan. 1. OKC has gone 65-for-70 on the penalty kill (92.9%) in those 19 games. The Barons are second in the AHL in overall PK rate at 87.1 and first in home PK rate at 89.8. The Barons are 16th overall in power play percentage at 17.9. OKC is 23-1-1-2 with scoring a power play goal, 7-0-0-1 when scoring more than 1 in a game and 10-13-1-1 when held without a power play goal.

DANIS TO EDMONTON: OKC’s goaltenders remain 1-2 in the AHL in goals-against average, as Yann Danis fashions a 1.98 with David LeNeveu second at 2.05. Danis, however, will be unavailable to the Barons for at least a week because of his first recall this season to the Edmonton Oilers. Danis was recalled on Monday and Olivier Roy was reassigned from the Oilers’ ECHL Stockton affiliate to take Danis’ place. In addition to departing the AHL on top in goals-against average, Danis has the third-most wins (21). He’s second in shutouts (5) and tied for second in save percentage (.926). 

ONES AND ZEROS: Sunday’s 1-0 loss to San Antonio marked the third time OKC has been shut out this season and the first time in the franchise’s 132-game regular season history it has been on the losing end of a 1-0 score. The Barons have a pair of 1-0 wins this season, also their first in club history.

CHART TOPPERS: Philippe Cornet is tied for eighth in the AHL in goals (22) and part of a large tie for the lead in game-winners (6). Cornet leads the AHL in shooting percentage (28.9), with 22 goals on 76 shots. Ryan Keller is fifth in plus-minus (+20). Hunter Tremblay is tied for second in shorthanded goals (4).

SHOT TALK: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 15 of the last 20 games, going 12-7-1-0 in that time. Josh Green had 5 of the Barons’ 22 shots on Sunday’s 1-0 loss to San Antonio. The Barons are 18-6-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 14-8-1-2 when out-shot and 1-0-0-0 when shots are even after regulation. The Barons have allowed 29 shots or fewer in 22 of their last 23.

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 leads all AHL defensemen in games played and owns the career points record for defensemen with 555.

RODNEY ARRIVES: The Edmonton Oilers acquired 7-year veteran defenseman Bryan Rodney from Syracuse (Anaheim Ducks) on Thursday for center Ryan O’Marra. Rodney made his Barons debut Friday and recorded his first OKC goal and assist on Saturday. He captained the Charlotte Checkers last season.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
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
Feb. 19  SA           L, 0-1        Danis (1, 23)                   Grumet-Morris (0, 22) 3,093

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                                            Time  Broadcast
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
March 4  @ Chicago   Allstate Arena                             4:00    KXY 96.1 FM

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.
Feb. 20: Yann Danis recalled by Edmonton; Olivier Roy assigned to OKC from Stockton.
Feb. 21: Ryan Martindale assigned to OKC from Stockton.

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