By Jim Byers, on 01/28/2012

Texas Stars (20-19-1-2) at Oklahoma City Barons (28-11-2-3)
Barons Game 45  |  Home Game 22 |  AHL Game 659
Jan. 28, 2012, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons wrap up a 2-game week by hosting the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). This is the fifth of 10 meetings in the season series. The teams have split the first 4 games, with each club 1-1 on its home ice. Two of the games have involved lopsided scores (a 7-0 Texas win and a 10-1 OKC victory), while the others were 3-2 regulation finals. Both teams are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10, with Texas entering off a 6-2 loss last night at San Antonio. The Barons beat Houston last night 5-2 and lead the AHL with 61 points, 7 more than Houston atop the West Division.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons have won 5 straight, which is their second-longest winning streak of the season behind a 6-game run from Oct. 29-Nov. 11. OKC’s 7-point West Division lead over Houston is its largest division lead of the season. The Barons lead the AHL in wins (28), points (61) and point percentage (.693). The 4-game homestand that began last night matches the second-longest of the season, joining 4-game stands Feb. 17-22 and April 3-13. The Barons’ longest stretch at the Cox Center was 5 games to begin the home schedule in October. OKC is 11-6-2-2 at home and 17-5-0-1 on the road. The Barons are the only AHL team under 100 goals against (99) and average the fewest goals allowed per game at 2.25.

SPECIALIZATION: The Barons have scored power play goals in 3 of their last 4 games, including a 1-for-2 showing in last night’s 5-2 win over Houston. OKC is 3-for-43 on the power play over its last 10 games (7.0%). That stretch, which included a 6-game dry spell without a power play goal, follows a club record-equaling 4-for-7 performance at Houston Jan. 1. OKC is 20-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 8-11-1-1 when held without one. On the penalty kill, the Barons have surrendered just 3 power play goals in their last 11 games after killing 5 of 6 last night. OKC is 38-for-41 on the penalty kill (92.7%) in its last 11 games.

1-2 PUNCH IN NET: Both Yann Danis and David LeNeveu are among the AHL leaders in major categories. LeNeveu is third in goals against average at 2.06, while Danis is fourth at 2.11. LeNeveu is eighth in save percentage at .923 and Danis is ninth at .922. Danis’ win last night moved him into a tie with 3 others for the lead with 18 wins. Neither Barons netminder has been charged with more than 2 goals in a game in January. Combined, Danis and LeNeveu are 7-4-0 this month with a 1.55 GAA and .931 save percentage.

The Barons have received a 2-goal game from a player in each of the past 4 games. Mark Arcobello had 2 goals (plus 2 assists) on Jan. 19 at Rochester and added 2 goals last night. Dylan Yeo lit the lamp twice on Jan. 20 and Philippe Cornet chipped in 2 goals on Saturday at Lake Erie. OKC has 14 2-goal games this season (5 by Cornet), but has yet to have a hat trick in 2011-12.

BOARDWALK BOUND: Barons coach Todd Nelson will direct the Western Conference squad for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic at Atlantic City on Monday. Barons goalie Yann Danis, defenseman Alex Plante and wingers Philippe Cornet and Ryan Keller will represent the Western Conference. Keller was named on Tuesday as a replacement. Cornet and Plante were named on Wednesday as starters.

PARTING SHOTS: The Barons have out-shot the opposition in 10 of the last 12 games, going 7-4-1-0 in that time. For the season, the Barons are 14-5-1-1 when out-shooting the opposition, 13-6-1-2 when out-shot and 1-0-0-0 when shots are even after regulation. The Barons out-shot Houston last night 33-30. The Aeros’ 30 shots marked the first time an opponent had more than 29 against the Barons since Charlotte produced 41 on Dec. 18, a span of 14 games of allowing 29 or fewer shots.

ODDS AND ENDS: When Josh Green is in the lineup OKC is 13-4-1-2, a .725 point percentage...Matt Hackett was lifted by Houston after 2 periods last night, the second time he’s been replaced against OKC this season and the fifth time the Barons have faced both opposing netminders in a game...OKC is 5-0-0 in those games...Yann Danis is 6-0-0 with a 1.44 GAA and .943 save percentage against Houston...Danis’ shutout streak against the Aeros of 135:49 was snapped on a third-period goal by Joel Broda last night.

Jan. 22:
Edm recalled Teemu Hartikainen, Lennart Petrell and Taylor Chorney; assigned Colten Teubert, Ryan O’Marra
and Josh Green to OKC.
Jan. 24:
Dylan Yeo released from PTO, signed SPC
Jan. 25:
Edm reassigned Milan Kytnar to Stockton and assigned Magnus Paajarvi, Teemu Hartikainen and Taylor
Chorney to OKC.
Jan. 26:
OKC released Andrew Martens from PTO.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Jan. 15   Abb          W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 20)             Taylor (3, 25)             3,269
Jan. 19   @ Rch      W, 5-2       Danis (2, 20)                   Leggio (5, 29)            3,548
Jan. 20   @ Rch      W, 4-2       Danis (2, 22)                   MacIntyre (4, 19)        6,281
Jan. 21   @ LE       W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 21)             Cann (2, EN, 23)        17,109
Jan. 27   Houston   W, 5-2       Danis (2, 28)                   Hackett (4, 25)           3,905

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                                            Time  Broadcast
Feb. 2    San Antonio Cox Center                                  7:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 3    Charlotte      Cox Center                                  7:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 9    Abbotsford   Scotiabank Saddledome             8:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 11  Abbotsford   Entertainment/Sports Centre       9:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 17  Milwaukee    Cox Center                                  7:00    KXY 96.1 FM

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