Tanner House didn’t look too good the other night and will miss tonight’s game against the Texas Stars. Tyler Pitlick and Antti Tyrvainen are also out, which means the recently recalled Cam Abney will no doubt be dressed and could have a full dance card.
The Barons enter play in 2nd place in their division, with a modest 8-5-1-1 record and a 45-45 goal total. They’re solid on the PP (16 goals in 15 games and a 25% success rate–second in the AHL) but a league worst 75.4% on the PK. At evens, OKC is 26-28 so far this season.
Most of their problems have to do with lack of experience, but I think the addition of Teigan Zahn and Jordan Henry has settled the defense down and Yann Danis is finding the range again. Adding Taylor Hall–and his improved performances as the rust wears off–no doubt helps too.
The Barons are on the road, and with Hall closer to 100% and the other wonderkinds like Nuge, Ebs and Schultz all hammering on all pistons a winning streak may be on the horizon. Interesting game tonight. Texas is 5 points back in the standings with 2 games in hand, and haven’t scored a lot so far this season.
It’s hockey night! Enjoy.