By Jim Byers, on 02/17/2012

Milwaukee Admirals (25-21-2-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (32-12-2-3)
Barons Game 50  |  Home Game 25 |  AHL Game 760
Feb. 17, 2012, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons open a four-game homestand with the first visit of back-to-back games against the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators). Tonight and tomorrow are the Admirals’ only regular-season games in OKC this season. The teams met Nov. 13 at the Bradley Center with the Admirals prevailing 3-2. They’ll face each other once more in Milwaukee March 30 to wrap up the four-game season series. The Barons have won two straight and nine of 10. They lead the West Division by sven points over Houston. Milwaukee is fourth in the Midwest, four points back of Peoria.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game with the AHL’s best standing point percentage (.704) after sweeping a pair of road games from Abbotsford last week. OKC and Eastern Conference leader St. John’s share the league high with 32 wins. The Barons’ 69 points are second behind the IceCaps’ 70, however St. John’s has played one more game. OKC has allowed the fewest goals in the league (104) and average the fewest allowed per game at 2.12. OKC’s goal differential of +41 is the best in the AHL.

RODNEY FOR O’MARRA: The Edmonton Oilers acquired defenseman Bryan Rodney from the Anaheim Ducks’ organization yesterday for center Ryan O’Marra. Rodney, a veteran in his seventh season, will join the Barons after spending this season in the AHL with Syracuse, recording 5 goals and 15 points in 41 games.

HELMER HITS MILESTONE: Bryan Helmer is slated to play his 1,072nd AHL game tonight, which will move him into sole possession of third all-time in the league surpassing AHL Hall-of-Famer Harry Pidhirny. Only Willie Marshall (1,205) and Fred Glover (1,201), also AHL Hall members, have played more. Helmer leads all AHL defensemen in games played and owns the career points record for defensemen with 555.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons have gone three games without scoring a power-play goal, going 0-for-9 in that time. OKC has not tallied more than one power play goal in a game since going 4-for-7 at Houston Jan. 1 in a 6-0 win. The Barons are is 22-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 10-12-1-1 when held without one. When scoring two-or-more power-play goals, the Barons are 6-0-0-1 and have out-scored the opposition 28-17. On the penalty kill, the Barons have surrendered just four power play goals in their last 16 games. OKC has gone 57-for-61 on the penalty kill (93.4%) in those 16 games dating to Jan. 1. The Barons lead the AHL in home PK rate (89.9) and are tied with Toronto for the overall lead at 87.0.

Goaltenders Yann Danis and David LeNeveu are 1-2 in the AHL in goals-against average. Danis fashions a 1.94 mark, with LeNeveu second at 2.06. Danis is second in save percentage (.928) and shutouts (5), while third in wins (21). Danis had a club-record shutout streak of 173:16 snapped in Saturday’s third period at Abbotsford.

GREEN MEANS GO: Josh Green brings a team-high and club record-equaling 10-game point streak into tonight. Green has four goals and seven assists in the streak, which started Dec. 27 and resumed Jan. 27 after a three-week stint with Edmonton. Alex Giroux set the mark with a 10-game point streak last season from Feb. 27-Apr. 8.  With Green in the lineup, the Barons are 17-5-1-2, a .740 point percentage.

RANKING MEMBERS: All-Star winger Philippe Cornet is tied for eighth in the AHL in goals (21) and part of a group sharing the league lead in game-winners (6). Cornet and teammate Triston Grant are 1-2 in the league in shooting percentage. Cornet’s 21 goals have come on 70 shots (30.0), while Grant, who returned last week after being out with an injury since Dec. 31, has eight tallies on 34 shots (23.5). Syracuse center Riley Holzapfel is also connecting at 23.5%. Ryan Keller is fifth in plus-minus (+21), while Ryan O’Marra is 11th at +15. Hunter Tremblay is tied for second in shorthanded goals with four.

IN TRIPLICATE: Tonight begins OKC’s eighth set of three games in three nights and its second involving all home games. The Barons have 12 sets of 3-in-3 this season. In the previous openers of 3-in-3, OKC is 5-1-1-0.

SHOTS GALORE: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 13 of the last 17 games, going 11-5-1-0 in that time. The Barons are 17-5-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 14-7-1-2 when out-shot and 1-0-0-0 when shots are even after regulation. The Barons have allowed 29 shots or fewer in 19 of their last 20.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Jan. 28   Texas       W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 22)             Raycroft (2, EN, 42)   5,606
Feb. 2    SA           W, 3-0       Danis (0, 26)                   Grumet-Morris (3, 27) 2,223
Feb. 3    Charlotte  L, 1-3        LeNeveu (3, 26)             Muse (1, 27)              4,159
Feb. 9    @ Abb     W, 4-0       Danis (0, 24)                   Karlsson (4, 21)         4,652
Feb. 11  @ Abb     W, 2-1       Danis (1, 24)                   Karlsson (2, 19)         3,529

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                               Time   Broadcast
Feb. 18  Milwaukee    Cox Center                        7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 19  San Antonio Cox Center                        4:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 22  Texas           Cox Center                        7:00     1340 The Game
Feb. 24  @ Charlotte  Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 25  @ Charlotte  Time Warner Cable Arena 6:00     KXY 96.1 FM

Jan. 26: OKC released Andrew Martens from PTO.
Jan. 31:
Edm recalled Philippe Cornet.
Feb. 3:
Edm assigned Philippe Cornet to OKC.
Feb. 7:
Edm recalled Magnus Paajarvi.
Feb. 7:
OKC loaned Ryan Lowery and Edmonton reassigned Cameron Abney to Stockton (ECHL).
Feb. 8: OKC released Dan Ringwald from a PTO and signed him to a Standard Player Contract.
Feb. 16: Acquired Bryan Rodney from Syracuse (Anaheim Ducks) for Ryan O’Marra.

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