By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 11/29/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (11-5-1-1) at Houston Aeros (9-6-1-2)

Barons Game 19 | Road Game 9 | AHL Game 269
Nov. 29, 2012, 7:05 pm CST | Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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The Barons play the first of consecutive games against the Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild) at the Toyota Center. This is the fourth of 12 meetings between the South Division rivals and the first this season in Houston. OKC is 1-1-0-1 against Houston in 3 prior OKC meetings. In their AHL history, the Barons are 9-7-1-4 against the Aeros, with a 4-3-0-2 mark at Houston. This is the fourth of OKC’s season-high 7-game road swing. The Barons have won the first 3 games of the trip and a season-best 5 straight overall. Houston has won 3 straight and 4 of 5.

OFF THE TOP: OKC can move into a tie with Charlotte for first in the South Division with a win tonight. The Barons have improved to the sixth-best record in the AHL with a .667 point percentage on the strength of a season-high 5-game winning streak and standing points in 7 straight (6-0-1-0). The Barons have killed 28 of their last 31 times short spanning the past 7 games, a 90.3 percent rate. The Barons are 14-for-39 on the power play at home and 4-for-39 on the road. Their home percentage of 35.9 is No. 1 in the AHL.

POINT RACE UPDATE: OKC has 3 of the AHL’s top 5 point scorers in Justin Schultz (1), Jordan Eberle (2) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5). Schultz leads the AHL with 28 points, on 10 goals and a league-leading 18 assists. Schultz has collected multiple points in 10 of 18 games played. He has at least one point in 16 of 18 Barons games and the only games where he was held off the scoresheet were opposing shutouts. Schultz was the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October. Jordan Eberle is second in the AHL with 26 points, 11 goals and 15 assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is fifth in the league in points with 20 (8G, 12A).

POWER PLAYERS: OKC has the AHL’s top 2 power play point scorers. 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 10 points (2G, 8A on the power play).

HALL’S HARDWARE: Taylor Hall is the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 25. Last week, Hall had 1 goal (an eventual game-winner Nov. 21 at Texas) and 7 assists while a +6 in 3 games. Hall is the second Baron to win the award this season, joining Justin Schultz for the week ending Oct. 21.

HUNTER, RINGWALD RECALLED: The Barons recalled Eric Hunter from ECHL Stockton yesterday, his first promotion since signing an AHL deal Nov. 6. Hunter, a second-year pro out of the University of Alberta who spent most of last year with Lake Erie, had 4 goals, 8 assists and was +11 (tied for the second-best mark in the league) in 16 Stockton games. Defenseman Dan Ringwald was recalled from Stockton on Tuesday and Teigan Zahn returned on loan to the Thunder.

BACKSTOP: Last season’s first-team All-Star and Goaltender of the Year Yann Danis has been in net for each of the Barons’ 5 consecutive wins, recording a 2.18 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage, stopping 155 of 166 shots in that time.

PILING UP POINTS: Justin Schultz brings a 7-game point streak into tonight, during which he has 4 goals and 9 assists. Schultz had a 9-game point streak to begin the season, which is tied for second-best in the AHL this season behind Syracuse’s Richard Panik, owns an active 10-gamer. Jordan Eberle has logged back-to-back 2-goal games and has points in 4 straight, with 5 goals and 5 assists. It’s the second time this season Eberle has scored twice in consecutive games, the other being Nov. 2-3 against Houston. Taylor Hall has a 4-game point streak, during which he has accumulated 1 goal and 9 assists. Both Hall and Eberle have multi-point efforts in all 4 games of their current streaks. Martin Marincin has 1 goal and 4 assists during a 3-game point streak.

PLUS SIDE: Justin Schultz leads the league in plus-minus at +14. Martin Marincin is tied for third at +12. Jordan Eberle is part of a group with the fifth-best rating at +10.

Last 5 Games:
Date Opp. Result OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 16 Mil OTW, 2-1 Danis (1, 43) Smith (2, 24) 3,447
Nov. 16 Mil W, 5-2 Danis (2, 35) Smith (4, EN, 23) 3,209
Nov. 21 @ Tex W, 6-4 Danis (4, 23) Nilstorp (6, 28) 5,591
Nov. 24 @ Cha W, 4-2 Danis (2, 31) Peters (3, EN, 18) 7,829
Nov. 25 @ Cha W, 7-2 Danis (2, 23) Ellis (L) / Peters 4,106

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date Opp. Site Time Broadcast
Nov. 30 Houston Toyota Center 7:05 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 8 San Antonio AT&T Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 9 San Antonio AT&T Center 4:30 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 11 Peoria Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 14 San Antonio Cox Center 7:00 KXY 96.1 FM

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