OKC V TEXAS 21.11.12

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.

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79 Responses to "OKC V TEXAS 21.11.12"

  1. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Sometimes feels like so long between games. I guess they pack em in/ stretch them out to save on travel costs.

  2. Truth says:

    Has anyone been able to find the video of House getting KO’d? Hockeyfights doesn’t have it so that usually means that there isn’t one.

  3. stevezie says:

    There was a lot of talk the last couple years about the damage playing on a losing team does to young players; I wonder if some of the Barons’ struggles reflect that? Maybe part of the problem is the a lot of the Barons’ best players are used to losing (in the NHL) and that is an extra hurdle for them to overcome?

  4. Lowetide says:

    Oklahoma City Barons ‏@OKC_Barons

    Projected #OKCBarons lines: Hall-RNH-Eberle; Paajarvi-Lander-Teemu; Hamilton-Arco-Rajala; Byers-Vandy-Abney

    defence pairings: Marincin & Schultz; Fedun & Teubert; Plante & Henry

  5. Lowetide says:

    Nice to see Rajala get a veteran like Arcobello.

  6. smokinmonkey8 says:

    Anyone have a feed to the game?

  7. dessert1111 says:

    That 4th line could be a disaster if the bad Dane Byers shows up. Reminds me a lot of an Eager-Belanger-Hordichuk line. But yes there’s hockey on tonight so that’s a good thing!

  8. Lowetide says:

    Eberle!

  9. Lowetide says:

    Eberle (Hall, Marincin)

  10. Rocknrolla says:

    The revenge of Barker!

  11. spoiler says:

    I’m confused. Where is Schultzie’s point? We did score, right?

  12. Suntory Hanzo says:

    anyone having problems with the feed?

  13. Rocknrolla says:

    Mines good. There’s a secondary audio that’s annoying in the background, but have her piped onto the big screen and it almost feels like hockey night!

  14. smokinmonkey8 says:

    I’m having issues with the feed, might be my internet is too slow tho.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Abney looks a little overmatched in AHL fighting.

  16. dessert1111 says:

    My keeps cutting out and having to catch up. It does this a lot, though. Extremely frustrating.

    Also, I hope Rajala has learned the lesson not to pass to Abney on a 3-1. Good play otherwise, though.

  17. Rocknrolla says:

    Wow keep an eye on Oleksiak, what a beast, 6-7, 254 lbs!

  18. Rocknrolla says:

    That guy killed it at musical Chairs LOL. Just took the whole chair at the end! Probably won a truck…

  19. spoiler says:

    Crap. I want to see more of Rajala but I have to go give the Pub Quiz on a blizzardy night when we will be lucky to get half a room. The more descriptions you guys can give of this game the better (I’ll keep half an eye on the thread). Thanks to all and enjoy the game!

    Go Toni-o!

  20. Rebilled says:

    Edmonton needs a headbang cam. No question.

  21. Rebilled says:

    Gagner’s Canada team on TSN

  22. OilLeak says:

    wow ugly goal by hartikainen

  23. Lowetide says:

    That must have gone off a leg.

  24. Rebilled says:

    Finnish!

  25. Oilanderp says:

    What a wrister from the wing by Harski! Lander no pt lol.

  26. Lowetide says:

    Rajala!

  27. Rocknrolla says:

    Arco just bounced of of Oleksiak as he tried to hit him behind the net!

    Rajala!

  28. OilLeak says:

    Beautiful play by Arcobello and Rajala

  29. Rebilled says:

    Raggish!

  30. stevezie says:

    Haha! I think they thought that was offside, which it may have been. Good work Toni, for reasons that aren’t even clear to me I’ve been rooting for you since the draft.

  31. Oilanderp says:

    Did you see Arcobello with all the momentum hitting Oleksiak who was standing still behind the net? Hahaha Arco flew 3 ft backward on his butt.

    P.S. Finland!

  32. stevezie says:

    I was just thinking as soon as we get our Schultz point we’ll have the lead.

  33. Rocknrolla says:

    At will…

  34. OilLeak says:

    Schultz on a roll

  35. Oilanderp says:

    There’s no way Schultz”s wrister can carry over into the NHL is there? Is there?

  36. Lowetide says:

    Holy hell Justin Schultz shoots bullets.

  37. Rocknrolla says:

    Oilanderp,

    Hilarious. Guy is massive and didnt budge.

  38. dessert1111 says:

    Arcobello is a first-line talent at this level, and he’s on the Barons third line. That’s why these crazy 4 goal periods they’ve been having might keep becoming more of a frequent occurrence :)

  39. stevezie says:

    Arcobello looks great tonight.

  40. Oilanderp says:

    Nice penalty draw by VV, the old ‘Oh you have your stick blade in my armpit? I guess I’ll hold onto it then and draw a penalty. Have fun in the box’ technique……. and now a 5 on 3!

  41. OilLeak says:

    dessert1111:
    Arcobello is a first-line talent at this level, and he’s on the Barons third line. That’s why these crazy 4 goal periods they’ve been having might keep becoming more of a frequent occurrence

    Arcobello will be an NHL player one day, he’s too good at evens not to be

  42. Rocknrolla says:

    Let’s see if they do the old behind the net pass on the two man advantage. Worked well!

  43. Rebilled says:

    Oh that Powerplay

  44. Lowetide says:

    Great puck movement on the PP there.

  45. dessert1111 says:

    Hall made that goalie look like a fool lol. Maybe they’re reviewing it because Hall made it look so easy it must be illegal.

  46. Rocknrolla says:

    So lucky these guys get to gel and refine their PP in the AHL on the small ice. Will give us a big advantage when, if, we get back.

  47. Lowetide says:

    Nice patience by Hall, too. He’s not a bad hockey player!

  48. Oilanderp says:

    What patience by Hall on that goal, and we’re still on the PP! edit: *squawk* Polly wants a cracker! *squawk*

  49. stevezie says:

    I thought that was nice D by Colt there.

  50. jp says:

    Good play by Teubert. Not a penalty.

  51. jp says:

    Petersen on the powerplay here too despite 14-1-1-2 and -6. Deja vu….

  52. dessert1111 says:

    If Rajala keeps playing this well offensively I think it would be hard to send him back down, at least until he has an off game.

  53. Evilas says:

    4-1? Ebs, Harski, Rajala, Hall, — Barker for Texas? Don’t have access, still working…

  54. Oilanderp says:

    It’s 5-3 after 2 periods.

  55. Lowetide says:

    Eberle, Hartikainen, Rajala, Schultz, Hall with the goals.

  56. OilLeak says:

    Rajala and Schultz tied with the most shots at 4 a piece; impressive debut for Rajala.

    Edit: No sooner do I give Rajala credit, he picks up his second penalty of the night

  57. gr8one says:

    Barker actually seems to be having a pretty decent game.

  58. stevezie says:

    OilLeak,

    Your point still stands. I think Rajala’s strengths are on display, which is the most important thing to see from a rookie.
    Comboing nicely with Arcobello too, despite the size they give up.

  59. Lowetide says:

    Schultz slowed by leg injury as per Corey Pronman

  60. OilLeak says:

    gr8one:
    Barker actually seems to be having a pretty decent game.

    He’s having a really good game, these short flashes of good play have led many to think he’s an actual player at times.

  61. jp says:

    Awesome by Hartikainen!!

  62. Lowetide says:

    Great move by Harski, that’s some Taylor hall jam there.

  63. stevezie says:

    Well the play didn’t turn into anything, but you’ve still got like Harty buffaloing defenders like that.

  64. OilLeak says:

    Schultz is definitely a step slower since the injury.

  65. Oilanderp says:

    TWO SHG against tonight? Wow.

  66. alice13 says:

    Obstreperous.

    He said it.

  67. stevezie says:

    Harty has been the Barons’ best forward tonight, non? (I’ve only seen the second half of the game).

    I don’t know quite what Eberle was doing on the shg against, but I was distracted, maybe it was not a big error.

  68. jp says:

    Nice goal by Marincin. Thought that was coming for a bit.

  69. OilLeak says:

    Goat Horns for Barker, where have I heard that one before?

  70. Oilanderp says:

    Walked right in there!

  71. stevezie says:

    alice13:
    Obstreperous.

    He said it.

    Obstreperous: A perfectly cromulant word.

    Nice shot, there. The Barons D really like the wrist shot on the PP. I approve.

  72. Rocknrolla says:

    Hallsy with 3 points tonight. He’s probably trying to catch up to the lead so we can have 1-2-3-4 in the AHL!

  73. OilLeak says:

    Rocknrolla:
    Hallsy with 3 points tonight. He’s probably trying to catch up to the lead so we can have 1-2-3-4 in the AHL!

    And another 2 points for Schultz, as he pads his scoring lead.

  74. spoiler says:

    Curses. Never fails. I get 3 Star goals, leave, and then Hall hits the set; Ebs, Schultz, Marincin, Harski and the Nuge deuce it out; and that large inkblot spread over the scoresheet just happens to be Toni Rajala. Natch.

    Great game. Nice to see them assert themselves after out-shooting in the 1st but giving up three. Looking forward to seeing the highlights.

  75. Kris11 says:

    There’s almost no way he pulls it off for a full season, but Schultz is on pace over 16 games to do a Bobby Orr on the AHL. I mean, nobody is Bobby Orr, and it is the AHL, but damn that’s impressive.

  76. jp says:

    Kris11:
    There’s almost no way he pulls it off for a full season, but Schultz is on pace over 16 games to do a Bobby Orr on the AHL. I mean, nobody is Bobby Orr, and it is the AHL, but damn that’s impressive.

    Lots of ifs and buts, but wow, very impressive. And he doesn’t appear to be slowing down yet. His NHLE projection of 15-25-40 is looking rather low now.

  77. striatic says:

    Kris11:
    There’s almost no way he pulls it off for a full season, but Schultz is on pace over 16 games to do a Bobby Orr on the AHL. I mean, nobody is Bobby Orr, and it is the AHL, but damn that’s impressive.

    i think his goal scoring is going to drop off almost by half, but that still leaves his insane assist totals and even slashing goal production in half still leaves a stupid number of goals for a defenseman.

    point being, even if his very high shooting percentage falls off a cliff, he’ll still be collecting points at an elite level. even goals.

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