By Jim Byers, on 11/21/2012

Oklahoma City Barons (8-5-1-1) at Texas Stars (6-6-0-1)

Barons Game 16 | Road Game 6 | AHL Game 227
Nov. 21, 2012, 7:30 pm CST | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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The Barons open a season-high stretch of 7 straight road games with the first of 6 visits to Cedar Park Center to face the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). OKC won the first meeting between the teams Oct. 28 at the Cox Center 4-2 with the help of 2 power play goals by Justin Schultz. The Barons have won 2 straight, matching their longest streak of the season achieved twice before. OKC is second in the South Division with 18 points, 6 behind Charlotte. Texas is fourth with 13 points in 2 fewer games than OKC. Each club has earned 7 of 8 standing points over its last 4.

The Barons own the league’s second-best power play percentage at 25.0, with 16 power play goals in 64 chances. Fourteen of OKC’s 16 power play goals have been scored at home, accounting for a league-best percentage of 35.9 among home teams. The Barons are 26th in road power play rate at 8.0, with 2 road man advantage goals in 25 tries. The Barons have tallied 39 goals in 10 home games while going 6-2-1-1 at the Cox Center. In going 2-3-0-0 on the road, the Barons have scored 6 goals in 5 games.

The Edmonton Oilers reassigned wingers Toni Rajala and Cameron Abney to the Barons from ECHL Stockton on Tuesday after Tanner House, Tyler Pitlick and Antti Tyrvainen sustained injuries over the weekend. It’s Abney’s third OKC stint this season (3 games, 7 PIM). Rajala is slated to make his AHL debut this week. He was promoted while riding an ECHL-high 11-game point streak and departs the league fourth in points with 23, (11 goals and 12 assists). Yesterday, Rajala was named the ECHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 18. Rajala had 5 goals and 6 assists in 4 games last week.

Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz leads the AHL in points with 21, on 8 goals and 13 assists. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October, Schultz is tied for second in assists (13) with teammate Jordan Eberle and Hershey’s Garrett Stafford, 1 helper behind Chad Billins of Grand Rapids. Eberle is second in the AHL with 19 points, on 6 goals and 13 assists. Eberle recorded a franchise record-equaling 4 assists in a 6-5 overtime loss Nov. 13 and followed with 3 assists in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Milwaukee. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is part of a multiple-way tie for third in the league in points with 17 (7G, 10A).

POWER PLAYERS: OKC has the AHL’s top 3 power play point producers.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the league in power play points with 11, on 3 goals and 8 assists. Jordan Eberle (2G, 8A) and Justin Schultz (3G, 7A) are tied for second in power play points with 10.

Goaltender Yann Danis started and won each of the Barons’ last 2 games, both against Milwaukee, stopping a season-high 43 shots in Friday’s 2-1 OT win. Danis followed with a 35-save outing in Saturday’s 5-2 decision. For the 2 games against the Admirals, Danis had a 1.46 goals-against average (3 goals allowed in 123:04) and a .963 save percentage (78 saves on 81 shots).

In 2-plus AHL seasons the Barons are 13-6-0-2 against the Stars, 6-4-0-0 at Cedar Park Center. Last season, the Barons won 8 of 10 meetings with the Stars and were 4-1-0-0 in Texas, taking each of the last 4 games at Cedar Park Center.

OKC and Texas are 2 of the AHL’s 5 teams to have not allowed a shorthanded goal this season...Colten Teubert is third in the AHL with 67 penalty minutes....Justin Schultz has 7 multi-point efforts in 15 games played, a pair of 2-goal and five 2-assist games...Schultz has points in 4 straight, totaling 2 goals and 4 assists...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.

Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie Attn.
Nov. 9      @ Abb     L, 0-4       Danis (4, 32)                Taylor (0, 23) 7,046
Nov. 10    @ Abb     OTW, 2-1                 Danis (1, 31)                Taylor (2, 32) 7,046
Nov. 13    Tor           OTL, 5-6 Roy/Danis (L, 3, 14)                      Rynnas (5, 31) 4,826
Nov. 16    Mil            OTW, 2-1                 Danis (1, 43)                 Smith (2, 24) 3,447
Nov. 17    Mil            W, 5-2      Danis (2, 35)                 Smith (4, EN, 23) 3,209

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date        Opp.       Site                                         Time Broadcast
Nov. 24    Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena        6:00 1340 AM
Nov. 25    Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena        2:00 1340 AM
Nov. 29    Houston  Toyota Center 7:05                  KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 30    Houston  Toyota Center 7:05                  KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 8      SA           AT&T Center 7:00                    KXY 96.1 FM

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