By Jim Byers, on 04/14/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (44-21-4-5) at Texas Stars (31-38-3-2)
Barons Game 75 | Road Game 37 | AHL Game 1127

April 14, 2012, 7 pm CDT | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons begin a 2-game trip to conclude the regular season with the 10th and final meeting with the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). OKC is 7-2-0-0 against Texas and has won 5 straight against the Stars, including the last 3 at Cedar Park. The Barons lead the Western Conference with 97 points and can clinch the conference title with a standing point tonight. Magnus Paajarvi and Mark Arcobello scored for the Barons last night in a 2-1 win over Houston in OKC, a victory that snapped a 2-game losing streak. OKC’s regular season ends tomorrow at San Antonio.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons wrapped up their home schedule with a 2-1 win over Houston last night. OKC went 21-12-3-2 at the Cox Center, which is tied for the AHL’s eighth-best home record entering tonight. The Barons have the league’s fourth-best road record at 23-9-1-3. Last night’s win halted a 2-game regulation losing streak. The Barons have not lost more than 2 games in a row in regulation all season and have dropped consecutive 60-minute games just 3 times. The Barons have at least 1 standing point in 12 of the last 16 games and 13 of their past 18. OKC’s 97 points is the second-highest total in the league behind Norfolk’s 109. OKC’s point percentage (.655) is second only to Norfolk’s .736. Norfolk has won a North American professional hockey record 26 consecutive games.

DANIS THE TOP GOALIE: Yann Danis was named on Tuesday the winner of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender for the 2011-12 season, as voted by AHL coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. Danis’ other accolades this season have included a scoreless period in the AHL All-Star Classic, the first by a goalie in 7 years, and his being named a first-team AHL All-Star. Danis is second in the AHL in goals-against average at 2.10, trailing only Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (2.04). Danis is tied for fifth in wins (26), tied for second in shutouts (5) and tied for seventh in save percentage (.924).

WILD ABOUT HOUSTON: Yann Danis played all 8 games against the Aeros this season, going 7-0-1 with 2 shutouts, a 1.32 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.

EDMONTON SENDS REINFORCEMENTS: With the parent Edmonton Oilers’ season over, the Barons received defenseman Colten Teubert, center Chris VandeVelde and winger Teemu Hartikainen on Sunday. Each is on the Barons’ Clear Day list and therefore eligible for all remaining games, regular season and playoff. All 3 returned to the Barons’ lineup last night.

RED HOT ROOKIES: Rookies have scored 8 of OKC’s 12 goals over the last 7 games: Antti Tyrvainen (3), Hunter Tremblay (2), Tanner House (2) and Tyler Pitlick (1). The non-rookie goal scorers over the past 7 games has been Ryan Keller, who has tallied twice, Magnus Paajarvi and Mark Arcobello.

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 17-20-2-1. After an 0-for-5 on the power play last night, the Barons are 0-for-22 on the man advantage in their past 7 games and 1-for-29 in the last 9. The Barons have killed off 12 of the last 14 times short spanning the last 2 games, with the opposition scoring a 2-man advantage goal in each of those contests.

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.

ODDS AND ENDS: Last night marked the 17th time this season the Barons have allowed 1 goal...they’re 16-1-0-0 when limiting the opponent to a single tally...24 of OKC’s 44 wins have come within the West Division...the Barons are 24-7-0-1 against the West, 12-2-0-1 on the road...the Barons are 7-0-0-1 on the road against West rivals since their last regulation road loss within the division, Dec. 3 at San Antonio.

April 6: Ryan Lowery loaned to Stockton.
April 8: Teemu Hartikainen, Chris VandeVelde and Colten Teubert returned on loan from Edmonton.
April 10: Cameron Abney reassigned to Stockton.
April 12: Mike Marcou released from ATO

Player Issue Out
Curtis Hamilton
knee day-to-day
Ryan Keller upper body day-to-day
Andrew Lord concussion indefinitely
Taylor Chorney upper body day-to-day
K. Montgomery lower body indefinitely

Last 5 games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
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
April 6 Peo L, 1-3 LeNeveu (2, EN, 24) Allen (1, 31) 3,105
April 7 Chi L, 0-3 Danis (3, 27) Lack (0, 29) 3,490
April 13 Hou W, 2-1 Danis (1, 23) Hackett (2, 25) 5,550

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
April 15 @ SA AT&T Center 3:30 KXY 96.1 FM
End of regular season
Playoff Game 1, date, site and opponent TBD

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