Friday, March 21, 2014

Gameday Preview: Stars v. Oklahoma City Barons

Texas Stars
39-17-3-5, 86 pts
#1 Western Conference
v.Oklahoma City Barons
29-26-1-7, 66 pts
#9 Western Conference
March 21st at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Time is running out for the Oklahoma City Barons to make their way into the Calder Cup Playoffs. But you better believe it, they aren't worried. This could be a first round playoff matchup, to be honest.

The last time these two matched up the Barons were in 13th place. They sported a 17-22-1-5 record before two wins at Texas spurred a six game win streak and an eight game point streak. In all, since the Stars and OKC last played, the Barons are 10-4-0-2. That run has pushed then to ninth place, just three points behind the 8th place IceHogs.

It's been accomplished on the backs of two players very familiar to the Cedar Park faithful: Mark Arcobello and Richard Bachman.

Arcobello is a noted Star killer, better than a point per game against Texas in his career. Since being sent down by the Oilers, he has scored in every single one of the fifteen games he's played. In fact, Arcobello is on nearly a two point per game pace with ten goals and eighteen assists in just 15 games. he is a team-leading plus-11 and is seventh in team scoring despite only playing in a quarter of the Barons' games.

Bachman has been the starter in all but one of the Barons' last 18 games. Tyler Bunz started the other game. He's in the ECHL now though and it's pretty clear his replacement, Laurent Brossoit, isn't getting any starts this weekend. Despite the fits he's given the Steelheads, he's 0-2 against Texas this year.

The team is coming off back-to-back losses last weekend at Cox Convention Center against the Griffins. They were each one-goal losses though. It's something to hang your hat on, perhaps, but one-goal losses are worth the same as 10-goal losses in the standings: zero.

Texas is 5-3-1-0 against OKC this year. They actually have a losing record in Texas over the last five years at 8-10-0-2.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour, Mueller (call up)
Petersen (injury)

Website: okcbarons.com
Blog: Tend the Farm
Twitter: @OKCBaronsHockey

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