Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gameday Preview: Stars at Oklahoma City Barons

Texas Stars
47-17-3-7, 104 pts
#1 Western Conference
atOklahoma City Barons
34-28-2-9, 79 pts
#8 Western Conference
April 16th at 7:00 PM
Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Both teams need these two points. The reasons why are starkly different. With two points, Texas will end up with the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the league's best record. With two points for OKC, the Barons will find their chances at the playoffs much improved. They have a magic number of three to make the postseason for their fourth time in four tries.

Helping their case is the fact that all remaining games are at home for the Edmonton affiliate. ALso, their last two games are against the last-place Iowa Wild. They may not need these two points tonight ultimately if they can collect three points this weekend against the Wild.

Richard Bachman has led the Barons for most of the way this season. Eight different goaltenders have gotten into games for OKC this season, but Bachman has played in 50 of the 73 so far. He's having an atypical season stats-wise. The former Star is 25-18-6, which is pretty good, but he's also sporting a 3.01 GAA and .907SV%.

One of the top threats for the Barons will be out of the lineup in tonight's game. Mark Arcobello, who has 10+18=28 in just 15 games this season, is out with injury. Of course, that may not matter as much with all the additions from the now-golfing Edmonton Oilers. Those include Anton Lander, Oscar Klembom, Roman Horak, Steve Pinizzotto, Tyler Pitlick, and Will Acton. You can read more about those assignments on Tend the Farm.

The Barons have also added Darnell Nurse, the Oilers' top pick last year, on defense. The young blue liner had a rough initiation to the pro ranks, according to Neal Livingston and Tend the Farm. Still, he wasn't a top pick for nothing.

Coach Desjardins has been alternating starts for his goalies for a while. Cristopher Nilstorp would get this one, if that holds. In my opinion, the Stars will bring their A-team tonight, as opposed to resting guys, to give themselves a better chance of not facing these Barons in the first round.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour, Mueller, Jeffrey, Nemeth (call up)
Hulak, Klingberg (injury)

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

3 comments:

  1. I can't see the current positions of Rochester and OKC changing. It would take either team losing all remaining games AND Charlotte or Rockford winning all of their games. I would count on Rochester and OKC each winning at least one game to keep them in exactly the same positions.

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  2. Yeah, OKC gives me the willies thinking about them in the first round. I'm not sure what the tie break situation is between those 8th seed teams but I just want the Stars to beat them tonight and then we can see what breaks.

    BTW why can't we just post using our name like we used to? This is abit more a pain.

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    1. I'm sorry, Carl. I'm trying to figure some stuff out on the commenting front. Basically, all the old posts (1 or more years old) were getting over run with spam comments from bot accounts. Looking into ways to disable commenting on older posts. Thank you for bearing with me!

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