By Jim Byers, on 11/21/2010

Milwaukee Admirals (9-4-1-3) at Oklahoma City Barons (10-6-1-1)
Game 19  |  Home Game 13  |  AHL Game 277
Nov. 21, 2010, 5:05 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center
Broadcast: KGHM-AM 1340 “The Game”

TONIGHT: The Barons meet the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators) for the first of their 6 scheduled regular-season meetings. The teams match up again on Tuesday at the Cox Center. OKC is approaching the end of its longest homestand of the season (8 games). The Barons are 3-2-0-1 through the first 6 games of the stand. They enter tonight’s contest after a 2-1 shootout loss on Friday against Texas, which was OKC’s first game in a week. The Barons and Admirals are tied for third in the West Division with 22 points, 7 back of the leading San Antonio Rampage.

SCHEDULE HEATS UP AGAIN: After having their second consecutive Saturday off yesterday, the Barons will play just their third game since Nov. 12 tonight. After opening with 12 games in the season’s first 22 days, the Barons have played only 6 games so far in November, all at home. OKC is in the midst of 24 consecutive full days at home, with their next travel day on Thanksgiving and the next road game at Lake Erie on “Black Friday.” The current 8-game homestand in the Barons’ longest of the season. They are 3-2-0-1 during this stretch.

OMARK PRODUCES: Linus Omark has points in 13 of the last 15 games, totaling all 20 of his points in that span. He’s tied for seventh in the league in points (20) and tied for sixth in goals (10). Omark has points in 4 straight (5G, 3A) dating to his 5-goal game Nov. 7. With a point today Omark would match his and the Barons’ longest point streak of the season. Brad Moran and Liam Reddox also accumulated 5-game point streaks earlier this season.

SHARP SHOOTER: Teemu Hartikainen improved to 3-for-3 in shootouts this season by registering OKC’s only goal in Friday’s shootout session. Hartikainen also potted the Barons’ only regulation goal in OKC’s most recent action on Friday, a power play goal in the second period. Four of Hartikainen’s 6 goals have come on the power play, putting him in a multiple-way tie for ninth in the league in power play goals. His 3 shootout tallies tie him for the AHL lead with four others including Milwaukee’s Jamie Lundmark.

PENALTY KILL ON TOP: The Barons maintain the top spot in the AHL in penalty killing percentage at 90.3. OKC has allowed 9 power play goals in 93 times short.

MOVING WEEK: After having just 10 player transactions from opening night through the start of this week, the Barons have had 6 moves since Tuesday. Shawn Belle and J.F. Jacques were recalled by Edmonton on Tuesday, becoming the first Barons to go to the NHL. Goaltender Martin Gerber was recalled by the Oilers Thursday when Nikolai Khabibulin went on IR. Defenseman Jordan Bendfeld and goaltender Bryan Pitton were reassigned from Stockton to OKC on Wednesday, while defenseman Joey Ryan, who opened the season with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors, was signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) and made his Barons debut on Friday.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Barons have enjoyed the AHL’s second-most power play opportunities with 106...Liam Reddox is third in the league in shots with 84...Jerome Samson of Charlotte leads with 97, followed by San Antonio’s Brett McLean with 91.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Nov. 6    Houston  L, 2-4           Deslauriers (4, 19)           Khudobin (2, 23)     3,364
Nov. 7    Toronto   W, 7-6 (SO)  Gerber (6, 25)                 Reimer (6, 44)          2,781
Nov. 9    SA          L, 3-6           Deslauriers (5, EN, 27)    Montoya (3, 32)       2,740
Nov. 12  Chicago  W, 6-2          Gerber (2, 35)                 Mannino (6, 37)       3,601

Nov. 19  Texas      L, 1-2 (SO)   Deslauriers (1, 34)           Bachman (1, 35)      4,481

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Nov. 23  Milwaukee           Cox Center               7:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 26  @ Lake Erie        Quicken Loans Arena  6:30    KTOK AM 1000
Nov. 27  @ Lake Erie        Quicken Loans Arena  12:00  KXY 96.1 FM
Nov. 30  @ Texas             Cedar Park Center    7:30     KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 3    @ Manitoba        MTS Centre              7:30     KXY 96.1 FM

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