By Jim Byers, on 01/14/2012

Abbotsford Heat (23-11-3-0) at Oklahoma City Barons (23-10-2-3
 Barons Game 39  |  Home Game 19 |  AHL Game 567
Jan. 14, 2012, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: The Barons host the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) in the first of back-to-back games. OKC has won three of the previous four meetings this seasons, sweeping games at Abbotsford Nov. 3 (3-2) and Nov. 5 (4-3 in OT). In both games, OKC trailed 2-0 at some point. The Heat and Barons split a series at the Cox Center Nov. 18-19. Abbotsford enters tonight’s game off a 2-1 loss on Wednesday at Texas. OKC dropped an overtime decision 2-1 to Rockford last night. The Barons and Houston share the West Division lead with 51 points. Abbotsford is two points back.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons are 0-2-1-0 in their last three, matching their longest winless streak of the season. The previous three-game drought spanned home games Dec. 27-31. Dating to that previous homestand, OKC is winless in its last four at home (0-1-2-1), their longest home winless stretch this season. The Barons are averaging the fewest goals against per game at 2.34. Abbotsford is second at 2.35. OKC has standing points in 11 of its last 15, going 7-4-2-2 in that span. 

WHERE THEY RANK: OKC is tied with Houston for the second-most points in the AHL with 51. Hershey leads with 53. The Barons share the league high in wins (23) with Hershey and Abbotsford. OKC and Houston are tied for the Western Conference lead in standing point percentage at .671, third in the league behind Hershey (.697) and St. John’s (.681). 

POWER SHORTAGE: The Barons have gone four games without a power-play goal since matching a club record with a 4-for-7 performance on Jan. 1 at Houston. OKC is 0-for-21 in its last four games on the power play, dropping its league ranking from second following the Houston win to 11th entering tonight. OKC is 17-0-1-2 when scoring a power play goal and 6-10-1-1 when held without one.

CLOSE SHAVES: The Barons lead the AHL in 1-goal games with 25, out of 38 games played. OKC is 14-6-2-3 in 1-goal finals. Ten of OKC’s last 13 games have been decided by 1 goal (5-4-2-2 in that span) and 20 of the last 21 have come down to 1 goal or 1 plus an empty-netter. The Barons are 11-6-2-2 in their last 20. OKC has allowed a tying or go-ahead goal in the third period in 4 of its last 8.

HALF-TIME: Last night marked the half-way point of the Barons’ 76-game schedule. Last season, in an 80-game campaign, OKC hit the mid-point seventh out of 8 teams in the West Division with a .550 point percentage. All West clubs had .500 or better point percentages at that time.

UPPER ECHELON: Philippe Cornet is tied for sixth in the AHL with 17 goals. The leader, Norfolk’s Cory Conacher, has 22. Cornet is part of a three-way tie for the AHL lead in game-winning goals with five. Cornet leads all players currently in the AHL in shooting percentage at 30.9. Hunter Tremblay is tied for second in the league with 3 shorthanded goals. Yann Danis is second in goals against average at 2.13, tied for the second-most wins (15) and shutouts (3) and tied for sixth in save percentage (.923).

BOARDWALK BOUND: Barons coach Todd Nelson will direct the Western Conference squad for the 2012 AHL All-Star Class at Atlantic City Jan. 30 after OKC secured the best point percentage in the conference on Jan. 1. Barons goalie Yann Danis, winger Philippe Cornet and defenseman Alex Plante were named on Wednesday to represent the Western Conference.

ODDS AND ENDS: After matching and setting season highs for shots in a period on Sunday at Hamilton with 16- and 17-shot periods, the Barons equaled their season low for shots in a frame with 2 in last night’s first...last night was the first time this season OKC has failed to win when leading at the first intermission (13-0-1-0)...OKC has 5 standing points and a 2-3-1-0 record when limited to 1 goal.

Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Jan. 1     @ Hou     W, 6-0       Danis (0, 23)                   Kuemper (6, 23)         10,715
Jan. 4     @ LE       W, 3-2       Danis (2, 20)                   Cann (3, 33)              4,247
Jan. 6     @ Tor       L, 0-2        Danis (1, EN, 14)            Rynnas (0, 24)           3,117
Jan. 8     @ Ham     L, 1-3        LeNeveu (2, EN, 26)       Mayer (1, 35)             3,830
Jan. 13   Rfd           OTL, 1-2   Danis (2, 21)                   Hutton (1, 18)            3,672

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                                Time   Broadcast
Jan. 15   Abbotsford   Cox Center                      4:00     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 19   @ Rochester   Blue Cross Arena           6:05         KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 20   @ Rochester  Blue Cross Arena           6:35         KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 21   @ Lake Erie Quicken Loans Arena     6:30     KXY 96.1 FM
Jan. 27   Houston       Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM                     

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