BARONS GAME NOTES - APRIL 14
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (36-24-2-9) at Hamilton Bulldogs (28-38-1-5)
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TODAY: The Barons continue a 4-game trip with their only visit of the regular season to Copps Coliseum to face the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens). OKC defeated Hamilton 4-1 on April 2 at the Cox Center in the only previous meeting this season. The Barons, 1-0-0-1 on the current trip, enter today off a 3-2 shootout loss at Rochester on Friday. OKC has won 6 of its last 8 and is unbeaten in regulation in a franchise-record 10 straight on the road at 8-0-0-2. With 83 points, the Barons are tied for 7th in the Western Conference. Hamilton is 15th with 62 points.
OFF THE TOP: The Barons have allowed 3 goals or fewer in 14 straight games, going 9-2-0-3 during that run. OKC is 32-10-0-4 when allowing 3 or fewer. The Barons have earned at least 1 standing point in 16 of the last 20 games, going 12-4-0-4. Since returning from his latest stint with the Edmonton Oilers in mid-March, Yann Danis 7-1-3 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Danis had a 6-start winning streak snapped in Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Rochester. OKC has 8 victories this season when trailing by 2 or more goals in a game and 4 of their last 7 wins have been come-from-behind efforts after facing a 2-0 deficit. OKC is 7-0-0-0 when Jonathan Cheechoo scores a goal and 11-1-0-0 when he has a point. OKC finished the season series with Rochester with a pair of 3-2 shootout losses. All-time, the Barons are 2-0-1-3 against the Amerks, with both wins last season at Blue Cross Arena.
SPECIALTIES: The Barons have not allowed a power play goal in 11 of the last 12 games, going 34-for-35 on the penalty kill in that stretch dating to March 19. The Barons’ PK percentage has risen from 76.2 prior to the March 19 game to its current 78.5. The Barons own the league’s top power play percentage at 21.3. OKC is 24-11-2-3 when scoring at least 1 power play goal and 13-4-1-0 when notching 2 or more.
ALL THINGS SHOTS: The Barons have out-shot the opponent in 10 straight games, going 7-1-0-2. OKC has limited its opposition to 28 shots or fewer in 9 of the last 10 games, allowing 31 against Rochester on Friday. The Barons have out-shot the opponent in the second period by 100 shots, 753-653. OKC’s 80 goals in the second period are tied for the 4th-most in that period behind Manchester (83) and Grand Rapids (82).
SHOOTOUT SITUATIONS: Friday’s 3-2 shootout defeat at Rochester was the Barons’ 9th of the season, matching the club record established by the inaugural 2010-11 team. OKC leads the Western Conference in shootout losses and is second in the AHL behind Albany’s 12. The Barons are 1-7-0-0 in games following a shootout, with the lone win in their last post-shootout effort March 29 at Peoria.
POINT STREAKING: Anton Lander has an AHL career-best 4-game point streak, a stretch that spans a tour with Edmonton. Lander has 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 4 OKC games, including a club-record 6-point game (3G, 3A) March 30 at Rockford. Toni Rajala has points in 3 straight, with 3 goals and 2 assists in that span. Since his second (and current) AHL stint began Jan. 11, Rajala’s 37 points are tied for 4th-most in the AHL. Rajala has 11 multi-point contests in 41 AHL games this season. Teemu Hartikainen and Tyler Pitlick bring 3-game point streaks into today. Each has 1 goal and 2 assists in the past 3 games. The 3-game streak matches Pitlick’s AHL high set last season from Feb. 24-March 3.
TALE OF TWO SEASONS: The Barons played 34 games to start this season with the services of Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Hall and RNH did not play all 34 games). The Barons went 18-12-1-3 with those current Edmonton Oilers in the lineup, a .588 standing point percentage. In 37 games since they returned to the NHL, OKC is 18-12-1-6 (.581). The Barons were 7th in the Western Conference on Jan. 6, when they left for the NHL, and they are tied for 7th entering today’s game.
ANOTHER HONOR FOR SCHULTZ: Defenseman Justin Schultz, who played the first 34 games of the season with the Barons, was named a First-Team AHL All-Star this week. Schultz remains the defense scoring leader with 48 points. Schultz is also a member of the 2013 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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