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BARONS GAME NOTES - DECEMBER 13

By Jim Byers, on 12/13/2011

Texas Stars (10-12-0-1) at Oklahoma City Barons (19-6-0-1)
Barons Game 27  |  Home Game 13 |  AHL Game 387
Dec. 13, 2011, 7 pm CST  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM

TONIGHT: It’s a rematch of Saturday’s contest as the Barons host the Texas Stars, top affiliate of the Dallas Stars. OKC prevailed 3-2 when the teams met on Saturday at Cedar Park Center. This is the fourth of 10 meetings with the Stars. The 10-game season series with Texas is the Barons’ largest of the season. The Barons have won the last two against the Stars after dropping the season opener at Texas. OKC owns the West Division lead with an AHL-best 39 standing points, 19 wins and a .750 point percentage. Texas is fifth in the West, 3 points behind San Antonio.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons enter tonight’s game having won 3 straight and 7 of their last 8. They lead the AHL in wins (19), points (39) and point percentage. OKC is 11-3-0-0 against West Division foes and 4-1-0-0 at home within the division, with a win against each club plus a loss to Abbotsford. Tonight is the Barons’ second Tuesday game of the season. They beat Toronto 3-1 on a field trip matinee Nov. 8 in the other Tuesday contest. Tonight starts a run of 3 straight Tuesday games.

WILD BLUE YONDER:
The Barons’ 19 wins are second in all of North American professional hockey behind the NHL’s Minnesota Wild (20). The ECHL’s Alaska Aces and 5 NHL clubs have 18 wins.

MILESTONE WATCH: Barons
goaltender Yann Danis recorded his 100th AHL win with a 3-2 decision over Texas on Saturday.

STREAKING LENNY: Starting with a Nov. 18 win over Abbotsford, David LeNeveu has the best goals-against average in the league among goaltenders with more than 1 appearance. Since Nov. 18, LeNeveu has allowed 5 goals in 5 starts for a 4-1-0 record, 1.00 GAA and .959 save percentage. For the season, LeNeveu’s 1.79 GAA and .935 save percentage are third in the league. In 4 home starts, LeNeveu is 3-0-1 with a 0.98 GAA while stopping 102 of 106 shots for a .962 save percentage.

GOALTENDERS, BOOKENDS?: There are several parallels between goaltenders Yann Danis and David LeNeveu. Both have played in mid-season AHL All-Star Classics, LeNeveu in 2004 at Grand Rapids while a member of the Springfield Falcons. Danis was co-MVP of the 2006 Classic, with fellow goaltender Wade Flaherty, at Winnipeg. Both are Ivy Leaguers (Danis is from Brown and LeNeveu from Cornell) in their first seasons in the Edmonton Oilers’ organization. Among his 100 AHL wins, Danis has 12 for the Barons, 7 for Bridgeport and 81 for Hamilton. Danis has seen NHL time with Montreal, the New York Islanders and New Jersey. LeNeveu has won 7 games this season for the Barons, while previously recording 32 wins in two stints with Springfield, 32 victories for San Antonio, 8 for Hartford and 20 for Iowa. LeNeveu has NHL appearances for Phoenix and Columbus.

SEVERAL BARONS AMONG AHL LEADERS: Ryan Keller and Philippe Cornet share the AHL lead, along with Syracuse’s Kyle Palmieri, with 4 game-winning goals. Hunter Tremblay tops the league with 3 shorthanded goals. Cornet leads the circuit in shooting percentage at 34.9 and is third with 15 goals. Alex Plante’s +13 rating is tied for fifth-best in the league.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill at Texas on Saturday. OKC’s PK rate of 85.7 is third in the league. The Barons have killed 50 of 54 times short at home, a 92.6 rate that is No. 1 in the league among home percentages.

ODDS AND ENDS: Rookie Tanner House has goals in 3 of the last 4 games and 4 goals for the season...OKC has 19 wins in 26 games...last season, they had 14 wins after 26 games and won their 19th at the 40-game mark...OKC has finished 5 of their 12 scheduled sets of 3 games in 3 days. Their next 3-in-3 is Jan. 13-15, all at home. The Barons have swept three of the five 3-in-3’s so far
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Last 5 games:

Date      Opp.       Result     OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie             Attn.
Dec. 2    SA           W, 1-0       LeNeveu (0, 22)             Markstrom (1, 28)       3,489
Dec. 3    @ SA       L, 1-2        LeNeveu (2, 22)             Grumet-Morris (1, 26) 8,290
Dec. 8    @ Hou     SOW, 2-1  Danis (1, 23)                   Kuemper (1, 34)         8,175
Dec. 9    Peoria      W, 3-1       LeNeveu (1, 20)             Bishop (2, EN, 32)     4,345
Dec. 10  @ Tex      W, 3-2       Danis (2, 27)                   Beskorowany (3, 16)  4,878

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date      Opp.            Site                                            Time  Broadcast
Dec. 17  Houston       Cox Center                                  7:00    KTOK AM 1000
Dec. 18  @ Charlotte  Time Warner Cable Arena           5:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 20  @ Charlotte  Time Warner Cable Arena           6:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 27  Rochester     Cox Center                                  7:00    KXY 96.1 FM
Dec. 28  Rochester     Cox Center                                  7:00    1340 The Game

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