|Justin Dowling bears down for a faceoff against a Barons' centerman (Credit: Josh Rasmussen/Texas Stars)
The Stars had a 4-7-0-1 record against the Barons this season. Games will start with home dates for Texas this weekend May 9th and 11th then shift to OKC for three.
Here's the schedule:
Game 1 – Thursday, May 9th – 7:30p at CPCIn a bit of a curiousity, the Stars and Barons will not have the opportunity for morning skate on Saturday due to University of Phoenix graduation ceremonies taking place at the Cedar Park Center that morning.
Game 2 – Saturday, May 11th – 7:30p at CPC
Game 3 – Monday, May 13th – 7:00p at OKC
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 15th – 7:00p at OKC
Game 5 ** – Thursday, May 16th – 7:00p at OKC
Game 6 ** – Monday, May 20th – 7:30p at CPC
Game 7 ** – Tuesday, May 21st – 7:30p at CPC
** - if necessary
Also interestingly, the Barons will not have a chance to host a weekend game in the series. That could work in Texas' favor as attendance has been weak in OKC even during the weekend games. There are certainly other advantages to being at home, but the crowd can't be dismissed. The Cox Convention Center holds 13,399 for hockey but only hosted 2,043 and 1,990 fans respsecitvely for Games 1 and 2 of their opening series against Charlotte.
Obviously we'll preview the series here more as the week goes on. The Stars will have a very different task on their hands from the first round. Milwaukee was a grind it out defensive club. The Barons are not, with the average margin of victory for either team in their first round games being four goals.