BARONS GAME NOTES - NOVEMBER 24
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (9-5-1-1) at Charlotte Checkers (12-3-0-2)
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TONIGHT: The Barons continue a season-high stretch of 7 straight road games with the first of back-to-back meetings with the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes). This is the first of 8 contests between the South Division rivals and the second game of OKC’s trip, which started with a 6-4 win at Texas on Wednesday. Last season, OKC went 3-4-0-1 against Charlotte, including a 2-1-0-1 mark at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Barons and Checkers are 1-2 in the AHL in power play rate and first and second in the division. Charlotte has an AHL-best 12 wins and 26 points.
OFF THE TOP: OKC is on a season-best 3-game winning streak and has at least 1 standing point in 5 straight (4-0-1-0). After totaling 6 goals in their first 5 road games, OKC lit the lamp 6 times in Wednesday’s 6-4 decision over Texas at Cedar Park Center to begin this trip. The Barons have scored 2 power play goals in each of their last 2 games, a combined 4-for-9, and are second in overall power play percentage at 25.7 (18-for-70). Charlotte is first at 26.3 (20-for-76). OKC’s man advantage rate at home, 14-for-39, 35.9 percent, is tops in the league. OKC matched its season total for road power play goals on Wednesday, 2-for-6.
COR-ONATION: Philippe Cornet, a 2012 AHL All-Star, was reassigned from ECHL Stockton to OKC on Thursday and is slated to make his Barons season debut this weekend. Assigned to Stockton out of camp, Cornet had 8 goals and 11 assists with Stockton, second on the team behind Toni Rajala and tied for 13th in the league as of yesterday. On Tuesday, Rajala and Cameron Abney were assigned to the Barons from Stockton after Tanner House, Tyler Pitlick and Antti Tyrvainen sustained injuries over the weekend. Rajala scored his first AHL goal in his league debut Wednesday. Rajala departed the ECHL with a league-best 11-game point streak and fourth in points with 23 (11 goals and 12 assists). Rajala is the current ECHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 18. He had 5 goals and 6 assists in 4 games last week.
POINT TOPPERS: Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points with 23, on 9 goals and 14 assists. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, Schultz is tied for the lead in assists (14) with teammate Jordan Eberle and Grand Rapids’ Chad Billins. Eberle is second in the AHL with 21 points, 7 goals and 14 assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is fourth in the league in points with 19 (7G, 12A).
POWER PLAYERS: OKC has the AHL’s top 2 power play point producers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the league in power play points with 12, on 3 goals and 9 assists. Justin Schultz (3G, 8A) is second in power play points with 11, while Jordan Eberle is tied for third with 2 power plays goals and 8 assists.
THREE FOR DANIS: Goaltender Yann Danis has started and won each of the Barons’ last 3 games. He made 23 saves in Wednesday’s 6-4 win at Texas, including stopping 18 of 19 shots in the second and third periods combined. Last weekend, the 2012 first-team AHL post-season All-Star and Goaltender of the Year stopped a season-high 43 shots in a 2-1 OT win Nov. 16 vs. Milwaukee at home. On Nov. 17, also against the Admirals at the Cox Center, Danis had a 35-save outing in a 5-2 decision. During the streak, Danis is 3-0-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage, with 101 saves on 108 shots.
THIS AND THAT: Justin Schultz has 8 multi-point efforts in 16 games played...he’s been held pointless just twice and in both those games OKC was shut out...Schultz brings a 5-game point streak (3G, 5A) into tonight...he had a 9-game point streak to begin the season...Teemu Hartikainen has points in 5 straight (2G, 5A)...Magnus Paajarvi has an assist in 4 consecutive contests...Jordan Eberle’s 4 assists Nov. 13 vs. Toronto matched a club record achieved 6 times two seasons ago...Eberle’s 4 points match his own club high for points in a game this season...Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has three 2-goal games to lead the team in that department...Schultz and Eberle have two each, while Mark Arcobello has the other 2-goal game...the Barons have had 25 two-goal games by individuals since their last hat trick, a 4-goal showing by Colin McDonald April 8, 2011 at San Antonio...Colten Teubert is tied for fourth in the AHL with 69 penalty minutes.
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