By Jim Byers, on 04/07/2013

Chicago Wolves (34-25-5-4) at Oklahoma City Barons (34-24-2-8)   

Barons Game 69  |  Home Game 35 |  AHL Game 1048
April 7, 2013, 4 pm CDT  | Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
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TODAY: The Barons host the Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks) in the 4th and final regular-season meeting between the teams and 2nd in a row. OKC has 2 losses and a shootout defeat in the previous 3 matchups, including a 3-0 loss last night that snapped 4-game winning and 6-game unbeaten streaks. All-time, OKC is 5-6-0-2 against Chicago and has dropped 6 straight (0-5-0-1) since the last meeting of the 2010-11 season. The Barons are 7th in the Western Conference with 78 points, 2 back of Houston and Rochester and 1 ahead of Chicago, Milwaukee and Rockford.

OFF THE TOP: The Barons were blanked for the 7th time this season as Matt Climie made 31 saves in a 3-0 Chicago win last night. Despite the shutout, OKC is 4th in the AHL in average goals scored per game at 3.13. OKC has standing points in 13 of the last 17 games, going 10-4-0-3. The Barons have allowed 3 goals or fewer in 11 straight games, going 7-2-0-2. OKC is 30-10-0-3 when allowing 3 or fewer. Yann Danis had a stretch of 8 straight games played snapped when Niko Hovinen tended goal last night. Since returning from his latest stint with the Edmonton Oilers in mid-March, Danis 5-1-2 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. The Barons have allowed a goal during the game’s first 2 minutes and 6 seconds in consecutive contests, falling behind 2-0 in the opening period in 2 straight. On Friday, they rallied for a 3-2 win at Texas, the Barons’ 7th victory this season when trailing by 2 or more goals, as Tanner House netted the winner with 14.6 seconds left.

SPECIALTIES: The Barons have gone a season-high 9 straight games without allowing a power play goal, going 24-for-24 on the penalty kill in that span. On the power play, OKC is 22-11-2-3 when scoring at least 1 power play goal and 12-4-1-0 when notching 2 or more. The Barons have the AHL’s No. 2 power play percentage at 21.3.

A NEW ERA: The Barons played 34 games to start this season with the services of Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Hall and RNH not play all 34 games with OKC). The Barons went 18-12-1-3 with those current Edmonton Oilers in the lineup, a .588 standing point percentage. In 34 games since they returned to the NHL, OKC is 16-12-1-5 (.559). The Barons were 7th in the Western Conference on Jan. 6, when the current 34-game segment began, and they are 7th entering this afternoon’s game. OKC’s power play was 39-for-149 with the NHLers on the roster (26.2%) and it’s 21-for-133 (15.8) in the past 34 games. OKC was 11-4-1-1 at home with Eberle, et al., and is 7-7-1-2 without them. The road record, however, has improved from 7-8-0-2 in the first 34 games to 9-5-0-3 and boasts a current, franchise-record 8-game road unbeaten streak dating to a win at Charlotte March 4.

RAJALA’S STREAK STOPPED: Toni Rajala had a 5-game point streak (2 goals, 6 assists) snapped on Friday. Rajala has points in 12 of the last 15 games (4G, 13A) and is the Barons’ second-leading scorer on the active roster with 34 points in 36 games. Rajala, who has had 2 stints with ECHL Stockton this season, is tied with current Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall for 4th overall in Barons scoring for the season behind Mark Arcobello (58 points) and current Oilers Jordan Eberle (51) and Justin Schultz. Rajala’s +14 rating is second on the team behind Martin Marincin’s +16. Rajala’s +12 rating in March was the league’s best.

PIVOTAL PERFORMERS: Philippe Cornet has 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) and a +7 rating in 30 games since rejoining the Barons from ECHL Stockton for a second time this season Jan. 12. Jonathan Cheechoo has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) and a +5 in 28 games with the Barons since joining the team on a PTO Jan. 23. Cheechoo has amassed his 25 points in 11 games, including 8 multi-point contests.

LANDER SETS MARKS, RECEIVES HONOR, GOES UP:Anton Lander, currently on recall to Edmonton,is the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday. He had 8 points and a +6 rating in 3 games last week, keyed by an AHL season high and club record 6-point game at Rockford on March 30. Lander had OKC’s 4th hat trick of the season in addition to 3 assists.

Last 5 Games:
Date        Opp.     Result    OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
March 29 @ Peo   W, 4-2      Danis (2, 25)                 Elliott (3, 26)                 4,485
March 30 @ Rfd    W, 7-3      Danis (3, 27)                 Hutton (L) / Karlsson    5,489
April 2      Ham       W, 4-1      Danis (1, 19)                 Mayer (2, 2 EN, 24)      2,368
April 5      @ Tex    W, 3-2      Danis (2, 26)                 Campbell (3, 26)           5,449
April 6      Chi         L, 0-3       Hovinen (2, EN, 22)      Climie (0, 31)                3,985

Next 5 games (all times Central):
Date         Opp.            Site                            Time     Broadcast
April 10      Houston        Toyota Center             7:05      KXY 96.1 FM
April 12      Rochester     Blue Cross Arena        6:05      KXY 96.1 FM
April 14      Hamilton        Copps Coliseum          4:00      KXY 96.1 FM
April 16      Toronto         Ricoh Coliseum           6:00      KXY 96.1 FM
April 19      Abbotsford    Cox Center                  7:00      KXY 96.1 FM 

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