BARONS GAME NOTES - APRIL 16
By Jim Byers,
Oklahoma City Barons (37-24-2-9) at Toronto Marlies (40-23-3-6)
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TONIGHT: The Barons conclude a 4-game trip with their final regular season game of the year at Ricoh Coliseum against the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs). Toronto beat OKC 6-5 in OT on Nov. 13 at the Cox Center in the previous meeting this season. The Barons, 2-0-0-1 on the current trip, enter off a 4-0 win at Hamilton on Sunday. OKC has won 7 of its last 9 and is unbeaten in regulation in a franchise-record 11 straight on the road at 9-0-0-2. The Barons are 7th in the Western Conference with 85 points. Toronto leads the North and is 2nd in the conference with 89.
OFF THE TOP: Sunday’s 4-0 win at Hamilton was OKC’s first shutout of the season, Yann Danis’ 6th as a Baron and 13th in his AHL career. He made 24 saves. Since returning from his latest stint with the Edmonton Oilers in mid-March, Danis 8-1-3 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. The Barons have allowed 3 goals or fewer in 15 straight games, going 10-2-0-3 during that run. OKC is 33-10-0-4 when allowing 3 or fewer. The Barons have earned at least 1 standing point in 17 of the last 21 games, going 13-4-0-4. OKC is 8-0-0-0 when Jonathan Cheechoo scores a goal and 12-1-0-0 when he has a point. Counting last season’s Western Conference Finals, OKC is 0-5-0-0 all-time at Ricoh Coliseum and 3-1-1-0 against the Marlies at the Cox Center.
SPECIALTIES: The Barons have not allowed a power play goal in 12 of the last 13 games, going 35-for-36 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 78.6. The Barons own the league’s top power play percentage at 21.4. OKC is 25-11-2-3 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 11 straight games, going 8-1-0-2. OKC has limited its opposition to 28 shots or fewer in 11 of the last 12 games. The Barons have out-shot the opponent in the second period by 105 shots, 767-662. OKC’s 81 goals in the second period are tied for the 3rd-most in that period with Syracuse, trailing only Manchester (83) and Grand Rapids (82).
DAVIDSON HONORED: Rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson has been named the 2013 recipient of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. Davidson was less than a month into his first season of professional hockey when it was announced on Nov. 1 that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer and required immediate treatment. He underwent successful surgery and chemotherapy, began skating with the Barons again in January and made his return to the lineup on Feb. 8.
PIVOTAL PERFORMERS: Mark Arcobello has multiple points in 3 of the past 4 games, totaling 2 goals and 5 assists. Arcobello tops the Barons with 65 points, including 22 goals, and his point total is tied for 4th in the AHL. Arcobello, the club’s all-time leader with 130 points in 3 seasons, enters the regular season’s final 4 games with the 3rd-highest single-season point total in Barons’ history, trailing only Alexandre Giroux (78) and Brad Moran (72) from the 2010-11 campaign. Martin Marincin is in a multiple-way tie for 9th in the AHL in plus-minus at +20. Since Jan. 11, when he was recalled from ECHL Stockton for his second AHL stint, Toni Rajala is tied for 3rd in the AHL with 39 points, including 14 goals. Rajala owns a 4-game point streak, with 4 goals and 3 assists in the past 4 games. For the season, counting 5 games with the Barons in late November, Rajala has 41 points (15G, 26A) in 42 games, in addition to a +17 rating.
SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST: The Barons played 34 games to start the 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 38 games since they returned to the NHL, OKC is 19-12-1-6 (.592). The Barons were 7th in the Western Conference on Jan. 6, when they left for the NHL, and they are 7th today.
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