Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gameday Preview: Stars at Oklahoma City Barons

Texas Stars
21-11-2-2, 47 pts
#4 Western Conference
atOklahoma City Barons
18-14-2-3, 41 pts
#9 Western Conference
January 13th at 4:00 PM
Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

UPDATE: Late note here indicated the Barons can expect to lose Teemu Hartikainen, Magnus Paajarvi, Colton Teubert and Yann Danis today, in addition to the big four mentioned below.

It's the Barons again. Or is it?

With camps starting today, the Barons of 2013 will not be the same as the Barons of 2012. Five of OKC's top six scorers are gone to Edmonton: Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall, Teemu Hartikainen and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The only remaining top scorer is Mark Arcobello, a solid player but definitely a beneficiary of being on a line with some NHL talent so far this season.

The Barons are winless since the departure of their big NHL talents. They have dropped three contests by a combined score of 17-6.

The Stars are riding a five game winning streak into the Sooner State. It would be very easy for them to get caught looking past this game. With the above-mentioned subtractions and Dallas camp on the horizon, the Stars could lose their laser focus of the last few games if they aren't careful.

Additionally, Texas is expecting to lose Cody Eakin, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, Tomas Vincour, Reilly Smith and Antoine Roussel to Dallas training camp. Cristopher Nilstorp could also be among them. With the callup of Tyler Beskorowany yesterday, Jack Campbell should get the start today, and Beskorowany should back him up.

As of this writing just before midnight on Saturday, NHL teams had only just been allowed ot start signing and trading players. This also extends to transactions. There should be a flood of them today. Watch the wire to see who goes.

Stars injury/call up report:
Eakin, Dillon, Benn, Nilstorp, R. Smith, Roussel (callup)
Wathier, Morin (injured)

Website: okcbarons.com
Blog (unofficial): NewsOK's Barons Hockey
Twitter: @OKCBaronsHockey

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