By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 02/14/2014

Lake Erie Monsters (20-23-0-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (21-22-1-5)     
Barons Game 50  |  Home Game 24 |  AHL Game 730
Feb. 14, 2014, 7:00 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM,
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TONIGHT: The Barons play the first of back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) in OKC’s only home games in a stretch with 7 of 9 on the road between Jan. 30-Feb. 28. This is Lake Erie’s only visit of the season. The teams split consecutive games Nov. 21-22 at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Barons taking the first 6-1 and the Monsters the rematch 5-3. Play resumes tonight around the AHL after the All-Star break. OKC enters tonight tied for 10th in the Western Conference with 48 points. Lake Erie is 14th with 44 points.
OFF THE TOP: A win tonight would put the Barons at the .500 mark (in terms of standing point percentage) for the first time since after a win Nov. 21 at Lake Erie, when they were 8-8-0-2. OKC improved its record in games ending in overtime to 3-1 with a 4-3 win in their last outing on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte. The Barons have tallied at least 4 goals throughout their current 5-game winning streak. When scoring 4 or more, the Barons are 15-2-1-2 this season. The Barons have won their first 4 games in February and are 10-5-0-0 since the first of the year, with 4 of those losses to the Charlotte Checkers during a pair of two-game sets last month. OKC enters this week having beaten the Checkers twice last week at Time Warner Cable Arena, 8-5 and 4-3 in OT.
STREAKS GALORE: This is the Barons’ first home game since Jan. 30, a 5-3 win over Toronto that ignited the team’s current and season-high 5-game winning streak. OKC just completed a trip to Texas and Charlotte that saw the Barons win all 4 games, establishing a season-high road winning streak. The Barons have also won their last 3 home games dating to a sweep of Milwaukee Jan. 18-19 and extending to the Toronto victory Jan. 30. Goaltender Richard Bachman has won all 5 games of the current streak and has taken 7 of his last 8 appearances starting with a 2-1 win over Milwaukee Jan. 18. OKC has scored at least 1 goal in 17 of the last 18 full periods and had a string of goals in 15 straight frames snapped with a scoreless first on Sunday at Charlotte.
HOT HANDS: Anton Lander brings a 6-game point streak into tonight. The team high for the season in 7 games, by Linus Omark from Nov. 21-Dec. 6. During Lander’s streak he has 2 goals and 8 assists. Lander has a team-best 34 points (13G, 21A) in 32 games over 3 AHL stints. Since returning from his latest stint with Edmonton Jan. 4, Lander has 4 goals and 15 assists in 14 games, which tie him for the sixth in the AHL in points in that time span. Roman Horak’s hat trick on Friday was the second of his pro career. His other came as a member of the Abbotsford Heat on Nov. 2, 2012 against Toronto. Horak has a 4-game point streak, with 5 goals and 2 assists. Steve Pinizzotto has a 4-game assist streak, collecting 6 in that time. Will Acton has points in 4 straight, on 2 goals and 3 assists.  
MONSTER MASHUPS: All-time, the Barons are 10-5-1-0 against Lake Erie, 5-1-1-0 in Oklahoma City. The last games at the Cox Center between the teams featured a split on Oct. 20 and 23, 2012.
MAKING AN IMPACT: In his 3 games played after being loaned by Edmonton Feb. 1, Mark Arcobello scored a goal in each contest and added 4 assists for 7 points. Arcobello finished last season tied for third in the AHL in points with 68. He’s the Barons’ all-time leading goal (53) and assist (87) producer. Until last week, all of his prior games this season had been with the Oilers, for whom he had 4 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. He’s the 17th player to appear for both the Barons and Oilers this season and just the second (Martin Marincin is the other) to play at least 1 regular-season game in each of the Barons’ 4 AHL seasons. Arcobello did not play on Sunday and is unable to play or practice until Feb. 19 because of the NHL’s Olympic break. Arcobello accumulated too much NHL service time this season to be eligible to play through the break in the AHL.
Last 5 Games:
Date       Opp.      Result     OKC Goalie (GA, SV) Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Jan. 30   Tor         W, 5-3       Bachman (3, 19)            MacIntyre (4, EN, 37) 2,576
Feb. 2     @ Tex    W, 7-4       Bachman (4, 41)            Nilstorp (7, 25)           3,916
Feb. 4     @ Tex    W, 5-2       Bachman (2, 35)            Robinson (4, EN, 27) 4,256
Feb. 7     @ Cha    W, 8-5       Bachman (5, 37)            Muse (L) / Murphy      8,189
Feb. 9     @ Cha    OTW, 4-3  Bachman (3, 29)            Murphy (4, 26)           8,168
Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.          Site                                  Time       Broadcast
Feb. 15  Lake Erie    Cox Center                       7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 21  @ GR          Van Andel Arena              6:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 22  @ GR          Van Andel Arena              6:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 23  @ Toronto   Ricoh Coliseum                 3:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 28  Rockford     Cox Center                       7:00 pm   KXY 96.1 FM

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