By Jim Byers, on 03/27/2013

 Oklahoma City Barons (30-23-2-7) at Chicago Wolves (30-23-5-4)

Barons Game 63  |  Road Game 31 |  AHL Game 971
March 27, 2013, 7 pm CDT  | Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
TONIGHT: The Barons resume a 4-game road swing with their second and final visit of the regular season to Allstate Arena to face the Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks). The Barons won their last outing 3-2 on Saturday at San Antonio. They returned home for 2 days before traveling to Chicago yesterday. The Wolves beat the Barons 6-3 on Jan. 6 in the only previous meeting this season. OKC and Chicago are part of a 4-way tie for 8th in the Western Conference with 69 points. OKC has won 4 straight road games. Chicago has dropped 2 straight and 4 of its last 5 overall.

OFF THE TOP: Each of the Barons’ last 5 games has finished with a 3-2 score, with OKC going 3-1-0-1 in those contests. Saturday’s 3-2 win at San Antonio was OKC’s 4th straight victory on the road dating to March 4, matching the club’s longest road winning streak this season. The club record road winning streak is 5, reached once in 2010-11 and twice last season. The Barons are 5-3-0-2 in March, with all 5 wins on the road. The home slate for March ended with an 0-2-0-2 record, the first month in club history the Barons failed to register at least 1 home win in a calendar month.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons have gone 3 straight games without allowing a power play goal, their longest streak of penalty killing perfection this season. OKC is 10-for-10 in its last 3 games on the PK. Prior to the current run, the Barons had 3 occasions this season where they were perfect on the penalty kill in 2 straight games. The Barons went 2-for-3 on the power play in Saturday’s 3-2 win at San Antonio. OKC has the league’s 2nd-best power play percentage at 21.5 and is 11-4-1-0 in games with 2 or more power play goals.

PIVOTAL PERFORMANCES: Toni Rajala had a 7-game point streak (2G, 6A) snapped on Friday, but responded with the winning goal and an assist on Saturday. Rajala has points in 8 of the last 9, with 3 goals and 8 assists in that time. Philippe Cornet has 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) and a +8 rating in 24 games since rejoining the Barons from ECHL Stockton for a second time this season on Jan. 12. Jonathan Cheechoo has 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and a +5 in 22 games with the Barons since joining the team Jan. 23. Cheechoo has accumulated his 23 points in 9 games, including 8 multi-point contests. Taylor Fedun has 3 goals in the last 7 games after going 35 games without lighting the lamp dating to tallies in back-to-back games against Milwaukee Nov. 16-17.

ROSTER RUMBLES: Left winger Teemu Hartikainen was assigned by the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Hartikainen had spent this entire NHL season with the Oilers, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists in 19 games. He had 11 goals and 27 points in 37 OKC games earlier this season. Center C.J. Stretch was released from his PTO on Monday and has returned to the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, where he had 27 goals and 60 points in 57 games to open the season.

PLAYOFF SNAPSHOT: Entering tonight’s Western Conference games, 7 points separate 7 teams from No. 5 Houston to No. 11 Abbotsford. Houston has 76 points, while No. 6 Rochester has 74. The Milwaukee Admirals are 6-0-1-0 in their last 7 and have climbed to 7th with 71. Four teams share the 8th-most points with 69: OKC, Chicago, Rockford and Abbotsford. The Barons and Chicago share the fewest games played in the Western Conference with 62. Including tonight, the Barons have 14 games remaining, 6 at home and 8 on the road, with 9 games against teams even with or immediately above them in the standings (Rochester, Chicago, Abbotsford, Houston and Rockford).

TRENDS: Fifteen of OKC’s 30 wins have occurred when the Barons allow exactly 2 goals (15-4-0-1). The Barons are 19-4-0-1 when allowing either 1 or 2 goals. OKC is 7-1-1-0 when Philippe Cornet scores a goal. The Barons are 5-0-0-0 when Jonathan Cheechoo scores a goal and 8-1-0-0 when he records at least 1 point. All-time, the Barons are 5-5-0-1 against the Wolves, with a 3-3-0-0 mark at Allstate Arena.

Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
March 10 @ SA     W, 3-2      Roy (2, 37)                   Grumet-Morris (3, 22)    6,858
March 13 @ SA     SOW, 3-2 Roy (2, 27)                   Grumet-Morris (2, 29)    5,606
March 19 Rch        SOL, 2-3  Danis (2,31)                  Leggio (2, 30)              3,091
March 22 Hou       L, 2-3       Danis (3, 24)                 Kuemper (2, 23)           4,098
March 23 SA         W, 3-2      Danis (2, 16)                 Grumet-Morris (3, 30)    8,341

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date         Opp.            Site                            Time     Broadcast
March 29   Peoria           Carver Arena               7:05      KXY 96.1 FM
March 30   Rockford       BMO Harris Bank Ctr.  7:05      KXY 96.1 FM
April 2        Hamilton        Cox Center                  7:00      KXY 96.1 FM
April 5        Texas            Cedar Park Center      7:30      KXY 96.1 FM
April 6        Chicago        Cox Center                  7:00      KXY 96.1 FM

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