PLAYOF SERIES PREVIEW - OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (5) VS. TEXAS STARS (1)
By Cassie Gage,
Series Preview: Texas Stars
The Oklahoma City Barons face the Texas Stars in the semifinal round of the Calder Cup playoffs, beginning Thursday, May 9 in Cedar Park.
The best-of-7 Western Conference semifinal series starts in Cedar Park, Texas on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. with game 2 scheduled for Saturday, May 11. A complete schedule is below:
Game 1 May 9 Oklahoma City @ Texas 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 May 11 Oklahoma City @ Texas 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 May 13 Texas @ Oklahoma City 7 p.m.
Game 4 May 15 Texas @ Oklahoma City 7 p.m.
*Game 5 May 16 Texas @ Oklahoma City 7 p.m.
*Game 6 May 20 Oklahoma City @ Texas 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7 May 21 Oklahoma City @ Texas 7:30 p.m.
* if necessary
All Times listed as Central Time
During the Regular Season
Oklahoma City and Texas met 12 times during the regular season with the Barons leading the season series 8-3-1-0. Mark Acrobello had 12 points (1-11-12) against the Stars this year, while Yann Danis posted a 2.58 goals against average and .918 save percentage in seven games against Texas. Colton Sceviour had 14 points (6-8-14) against the Barons, while goaltender Jack Campbell appeared in eight games, posting a 2.33 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
How They Got Here
Texas earned the Western Conference’s top spot during the regular season with 97 points. Oklahoma City finished fifth with 91 points. The Stars downed the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1 in the opening round of the playoffs, while the Barons defeated the fourth-seeded Charlotte Checkers in five games.
Players to Watch
Josh Green currently leads the AHL in playoff scoring with nine points (3-6-9). The Barons have four players ranked in the top 10 of playoff scoring with Teemu Hartikainen third (3-5-8), Toni Rajala fourth (2-6-8) and Mark Arcobello sixth (3-4-7). Arcobello had a hat trick against the Checkers on April 27. Texas defenseman Kevin Connauton leads all d-men in the league with four playoff points (2-2-4). Connauton’s two goals came on the power play. Mike Hedden had three points for the Stars in the opening round (0-3-3).
Toni Rajala has carried his regular season success into the postseason, leading all rookies with eight points in the playoffs (2-6-8). Stars right winger Alex Chiasson had two goals in the opening round against Milwaukee.
Texas goaltender Christopher Nilstrop leads the league in playoff save percentage with a .963 tab. He’s allowed just four goals in 250:47 played, a 0.96 goals against average. Oklahoma City netminder Yann Danis has played the most minutes of any goaltender in the AHL playoffs this year, logging 302:49 in five games. Danis has a 2.97 goals against average and .913 save percentage.
The Barons converted on five power play chances in the opening round, good enough for 20 percent (5-for-25) and the seventh-best mark in the league. The Stars converted two of 16 chances (.125), 14th out of 16 teams. Both Texas power-play goals were scored by Kevin Connauton and one was at home, while the other was on the road. Oklahoma City went 4-for-17 with the man advantage on the road, good enough for fourth (.235). The Barons scored just one power play goal at home.
Texas turned away 12-of-14 chances while shorthanded. The two goals the Stars allowed came on the road. Texas was third amongst the 16 playoff teams in the opening round with a 100 percent kill percentage at home.
Tickets for the Barons home playoff games are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Cox Convention Center Box Office, online and by phone. Tickets start at just $11.
Season Seat Holders who ordered the tickets for the entire playoffs will receive their tickets for all rounds. Dates and times for games will be represented by Round Number and Game Letter. If there is a question about which ticket to use, check the Barons website or call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.
May 13 Round 2 Game A
May 15 Round 2 Game B
May 16 Round 2 Game C (if necessary)
Watch the Games
All AHL games are available online via AHL Live. AHL Live is a pay-per-view service that offers single-game rates as well as more inclusive packages. Click this link for more information about playoff packages on AHL Live.
All the Barons games are broadcast on their flagship station, 96.1 KXY. Fans can listen to the game in Oklahoma City on the radio. The broadcast is available online.
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