BARONS GAME NOTES - MAY 11
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons at Texas Stars
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TONIGHT: The Barons take a 1-0 series lead and 3-game winning streak, all on the road, into tonight’s second game of a best-of-7, second-round matchup with the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) at the Cedar Park Center. The Barons finished the regular season 8-3-0-1 against Texas, including a 4-1-0-1 record at Cedar Park. OKC entered the Calder Cup playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference with 91 points and was the lowest remaining seed to advance to this conference’s semifinal. Texas had a conference-best 97 points.
OFF THE TOP: Anton Lander’s overtime goal on Thursday improved OKC’s all-time Calder Cup sudden death record to 4-1. The Barons are 1-1 in OT during this season’s playoffs. Thursday’s game was the first of 33 all-time meetings between the Barons and Stars to end in overtime. OKC is 3-1 since Lander was loaned by Edmonton after its season ended April 27. The Barons’ 3-game road winning streak matches the club’s playoff record, joining wins in the final 3 games of last season’s second round at San Antonio. The overall club record playoff winning streak is 4, spanning the final 4 games of the San Antonio series last spring. OKC features 4 of the AHL’s top 10 playoff scorers: Josh Green, Toni Rajala and Teemu Hartikainen (9 points each) and Mark Arcobello (8). Rajala leads the playoffs with a 6-game point streak.
PLAYOFF PATTER: OKC is 15-for-15 on the penalty kill in its 4 playoff wins against Charlotte and Texas. The Barons are 7-for-12 on the PK in the 2 losses. OKC’s May 3 win at Charlotte, an 8-1 final, set Barons all-time playoff highs for goals in a game and margin of victory. It was a current-season AHL playoff high until Providence beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 8-5 in an Eastern Conference semifinal opener last night. Yann Danis has started 19 straight playoff games over the past 2 springs. With OKC, Danis is 12-8 in playoffs with a 2.44 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
WE MEET AGAIN: The Barons and Stars met 12 times in the regular season, with OKC winning 8, 4 in each city. Each team had a shootout win. All 3 of Texas’ regulation wins were shutouts, 2 by Jack Campbell and the other by Cristopher Nilstorp. OKC won the final 3 matchups in the regular season. This is the first playoff series between the teams. All-time including playoffs, the Barons are 21-9-0-3 against the Stars, 11-5-0-1 at Cedar Park Center.
RED RIVER ROUNDUP: Texas had a winning record against 11 of the 14 teams it faced this season. The only teams the Stars had a losing record against were Hamilton (0-2-0-0), Chicago (1-3-0-0) and OKC (4-7-0-1). The Stars had the league’s best road record at 25-9-3-1 (.711), but went 2-4-0-0 at OKC. The Barons were 11-for-49 (22.4%) on the power play against Texas, 10-for-27 (37.0) in the first 6 games when Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were in the AHL. OKC was 1-for-22 in the final 6 games after an agreement was reached to begin the NHL season. Texas was 11-for-51 on the man advantage against OKC (21.6), 5-for-25 in the first 6 meetings and 6-for-26 in the final 6. The Barons were 5-1-0-0 against Texas with Eberle, et al., in the lineup and 3-2-0-1 without them.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Barons defeated Charlotte 3 games to 2 in the opening round, winning the final 2 games on the road 8-1 (Friday) and 6-2 (Saturday). Saturday’s game was the first winner-take-all contest in Barons’ history and upped their record in 3 seasons of Calder Cup play to 2-2 in elimination games. Texas split the first 2 games of its series with Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center before taking both games at home, 2-0 on May 1 and 2-1 on May 3.
WINS AND LOSSES: OKC has not had a 2-game losing streak since Jan. 13-18 (in the AHL, only regulation and overtime defeats count toward losing streaks). Including the first round, the Barons have gone 43 games without a 2-game losing streak. From Jan. 19 through the end of the regular season, the Barons went 22-9-0-6, a .676 standing point percentage second only to Providence’s .800 mark (31-7-0-2).
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