By Jim Byers, on 04/06/2012

Peoria Rivermen (38-30-2-2) at Oklahoma City Barons (43-19-4-5)
Barons Game 72 |  Home Game 36 |  AHL Game 1073
April 6, 2012, 7 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a 4-game season series with the Peoria Rivermen, top affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. Peoria has won 2 of 3 prior meetings, most recently 4-3 in overtime March 7 at Carver Arena after OKC led 3-0 late in the second period. The Barons took the only Cox Center meeting this season, 3-1 on Dec. 9. OKC leads the Western Conference with 95 points, 6 more than Toronto. The Barons received a 3-0, David LeNeveu shutout of Hamilton on Tuesday. The Rivermen beat Texas 3-2 in Peoria last night and are sixth in the conference with 80 points.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons blanked Hamilton in their last game on Tuesday, 3-0, as David LeNeveu made 30 saves in the opener of a 4-game homestand. It was LeNeveu’s second shutout of the season and the team’s seventh. OKC hosts Chicago tomorrow, the only regular-season meeting between the clubs locally, before playing 3 games in 3 days next Friday-Sunday to end the regular slate. Grand Rapids has handed the Barons both of their regulation losses over the past 13 games. OKC is 8-2-2-1 in the last 13. The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 11 of the last 13 games, 12 of their past 15 and 13 of the last 17 games. The Barons lead the Western Conference in points (95), the second-highest total in the league behind Norfolk (103). OKC’s point percentage (.669) is second only to Norfolk’s .725.

DANIS A FIRST-TEAMER: Yann Danis was named yesterday as the first-team netminder for the 2011-12 AHL All-Star team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities. Also a participant in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, Danis is third in the AHL in goals-against average at 2.11, trailing only Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (2.07) and Lake Erie’s Cedrick Desjardins (2.09). Danis is tied for fourth in wins (25), tied for second in shutouts (5) and tied for sixth in save percentage (.924).

RETURN OF RODNEY: Edmonton returned defenseman Bryan Rodney to OKC yesterday after the veteran defenseman played 1 game for the Oilers, April 2 at Los Angeles. Rodney was acquired Feb. 16 from the Anaheim Ducks’ organization for center Ryan O’Marra.

MARINCIN MAKES 2012 DEBUT: The Edmonton Oilers reassigned defenseman Martin Marincin to the Barons from the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats on Monday and he made his 2011-12 Barons debut in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Hamilton, when he earned a +2. Marincin played 1 game for the Barons late last year while on an ATO. The 6-5, 196-pound native of Slovakia was a second-round choice (46th overall) by the Oilers in 2010. As a signed player reassigned from his junior team, Marincin is eligible to play in all remaining Barons games this year, regular season and playoff, even though he’s not on the Clear Day list. 

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.

RED HOT ROOKIES: Rookies have scored 8 of OKC’s 9 goals over its last 4 games and the only non-rookie goal was an empty-netter by Ryan Keller on Tuesday. Antti Tyrvainen has goals in 3 of the past 4 games (3 total), while Tanner House and Hunter Tremblay each have scored twice in the past 4 games. Tyler Pitlick had the game-winner in Milwaukee a week ago tonight. Tyrvainen enters tonight with a 4-game point streak (3G, 2A). The Barons have split their last 4 contests.

ON THE PLUS SIDE: Ryan Keller is tied for sixth in the AHL in plus-minus at +23. Alex Plante is tied for 14th at +18. Mark Arcobello is tied for 18th at +17. Josh Green is part of a group tied for 23rd at +16.

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 are 7-0-0-1. When held without a power play goal, the Barons are 16-18-2-1. The Barons are 0-for-14 with the man advantage in their past 4 games and 1-for-21 in the last 6.


March 28: Signed Mike Marcou to an ATO.
March 31: Colten Teubert recalled by Edmonton.
April 2: Bryan Rodney recalled by Edmonton.
April 2: Martin Marincin reassigned from Regina.
April 5: Bryan Rodney returned on loan from Edm.
April 6: Ryan Lowery returned on loan to Stockton (ECHL).

Player                     Issue              Out
Dan Ringwald
       concussion   week-to-week
Curtis Hamilton    knee               week-to-week
Andrew Lord         concussion   indefinitely
Taylor Chorney     upper body    indefinitely
K. Montgomery     lower body     indefinitely

Last 5 games:
Date        Opp.     Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie            Attn.
March 24 GR         W, 5-2      Danis (2, 31)                   McCollum (5, 24)        5,398
March 25 GR         L, 1-4       LeNeveu (3, 30)             McCollum (1, 43)        2,710
March 30 @ Mil     W, 3-2      Danis (2, 36)                   Smith (3, 24)              9,344
March 31 @ GR    L, 2-6       Danis (6, 25)                   McCollum (2, 38)        7,884
April 3      Ham       W, 3-0      LeNeveu (0, 30)             Delmas (2, EN, 32)    2,652

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.          Site                                Time   Broadcast
April 7      Chi              Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 13    Hou            Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 14    @ Texas     Cedar Park Center          7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
April 15    @ SA          AT&T Center                   3:30     KXY 96.1 FM
Playoff Game 1, date, site and opponent TBD                                        

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