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PREVIEW: Oklahoma City vs. Abbotsford

by Oklahoma City Barons / Edmonton Oilers
Oklahoma City Barons (28-19-2-5) at Abbotsford Heat (27-22-2-5)

Game 55  |  Road Game 25  |  AHL Game 817
Feb. 18, 2011, 7 pm MST  | Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
Broadcast: KXY 96.1 FM (listen live)

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Philippe Cornet
FRIDAY: The Barons return from a season-high break of 8 consecutive days without playing in the first of a 2-game set with the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames) at Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Flames. This is the first of 4 meetings between these teams. They’ll conclude this set Saturday at Abbotsford. OKC is 15-8-0-1 on the road. Their .646 point percentage away from home is tied for third in the league. The Barons are 9-4-0-1 against North Division clubs.
HELMER HITS A THOUSAND: Tonight is Bryan Helmer’s 1,000th AHL game dating to 1993. He is the seventh player to reach that milestone in the American Hockey League, joining AHL Hall of Famers Willie Marshall, Fred Glover, Harry Pidhirny, Mike Nykoluk and Jody Gage, as well as current Providence head coach Rob Murray. Helmer is already the AHL’s career leader in playoff games played (138). On Jan. 13, he surpassed John Slaney for the league’s all-time points lead among defensemen when he recorded his 520th AHL point.
LOOKING BACK: The Barons’ last played on Feb. 9, a 2-0 win over San Antonio in OKC. Martin Gerber recorded his fourth shutout of the season, as he stopped 33 Rampage shots in the matinee. Gerber has blanked the Rampage each of the last two times he’s faced them and has backstopped the Barons to 3 straight wins against San Antonio, stopping 95 of 96 shots in those games. In home games, Gerber is 8-8-2 with 2 shutouts, a 2.95 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. On the road, he’s 10-3-1 with 2 shutouts, a 1.82 GAA and .936.
Jeff Petry
PETRY RE-JOINS BARONS: Defenseman Jeff Petry was returned on loan by Edmonton Feb. 14 and will return to the Barons’ lineup for the first time since Dec. 20 against the Heat. Petry just completed his first NHL stint by playing 21 games for the Oilers, recording 1 goal and 2 assists with 6 PIM. He earned an assist in his first game Dec. 28 vs. Buffalo and scored his first goal against Dallas Jan. 20.
PENALTY KILL REBOUNDS: OKC went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill in their last game Feb. 9 vs. San Antonio, ending a 6-game streak of allowing power play goals. The Barons have surrendered the first goal in 5 of the last 7 games and all 5 were power play tallies. OKC has allowed a 2-man advantage goal in 4 of the last 7 games and in each case the 5-on-3 was the opponent’s first goal of the contest.
POWER PLAY DROUGHT: OKC’s power play has connected for 2 goals in its last 24 chances (8.3%) over the last 7 games. For the season, the Barons have an 18.7% success rate. Their 278 power play chances are No. 1 in the AHL and their 52 power play goals are fifth.
“G” FOR GOOD LUCK: Alexandre Giroux remains second in the AHL in goals (27) and points (61). He has goals in 17 of OKC’s 54 games and the Barons are 15-0-1-1 when Giroux tallies 1 or more goals in a contest. Giroux is third in the league in shots (191) and has 36 shots in the last 6 games.
DOT...DOT...DOT: Brad Moran is 10th in the AHL with 47 points...Moran has points in 7 of the last 10 games, totaling 4 goals and 6 assists in that span...Colin McDonald is tied for fifth in the AHL in goals with 24...the Barons have earned at least 1 standing point in 12 of their last 16 games...the Barons have not lost back-to-back games in regulation since Jan. 2-7, both at home...Zack Stortini, assigned by Edmonton Feb. 3, appeared in 32 games for the Oilers this season, recording 4 assists, but only faced Calgary once, Jan. 1 at Rexall Place...Stortini’s last game in Calgary was Dec. 31, 2009...Jeff Deslauriers made 37 saves in net for Edmonton in a 2-1 defeat that night.
Last 5 games:
Date      Opp.      Result        OKC Goalie (GA,SV)   Opp. Goalie          Attn.
Jan. 29   Chicago  W, 5-2          Deslauriers (2, 31)           Mannino (3, 2)         6,174
Feb. 3    Peoria     L, 1-4           Deslauriers (3, 36)           Bishop (1, 35)         2,647
Feb. 4    Peoria     W, 2-1 (SO)  Gerber (1, 28)                 Allen (1, 34)            4,374
Feb. 5    Texas      L, 0-3           Gerber (3, 29)                 Bachman (0, 30)     5,738
Feb. 9    SA          W, 2-0          Gerber (0, 33)                 Climie (2, 27)           2,005
Next 5 games (all times Mountain):
Date      Opp.                  Site                          Time   Broadcast
Feb. 19  @ Abbotsford      Abbotsford               8:00    KTOK AM 1000
Feb. 23  Milwaukee           Cox Center               6:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 25  San Antonio        Cox Center               6:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 26  Houston              Cox Center               6:05     KXY 96.1 FM
Feb. 27  @ Texas             Cedar Park Center    4:00     KXY 96.1 FM
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