UNION CITY BLUE

It’s a big night in OKC, with the Barons having a good chance to go up 3-1 on Grand Rapids. If they win tonight, they could close out the series. That’s only part of the story, though. As detailed by Neal Livingston (Tend the Farm) and Patricia Teter (Artful Puck), this has been an unusual spring for Oklahoma and area, and for the Barons. It is such a tragic few weeks for the area, but the back story (tremendous examples of people coming together and working hard for their neighbors) is the real story.

The Barons–players, support staff and ownership–are a part of it. In some real way, the Barons have connected with Oklahoma City, under the most trying of circumstances. It’s a funny thing, chemistry. Best not to question it, better to embrace it and hope for a better day from Mother Nature. Make that better days.

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(Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

This Oklahoma City team didn’t pull together as a team until very late–after the lockout ended and then some. However, credit to coach Todd Nelson and his staff, the Oilers and Barons management and the players (many from Stockton of the ECHL) because they’ve turned it around in a big way. A tremendous rush to the finish got them into the playoffs and into a nice matchup. They’ve rolled over Charlotte, Texas and now have a chance to do what they could not a year ago–win out in the conference finals and make it to the Calder Cup finals.

A big night tonight.

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The current scoring numbers for OKC see a lot of prospects contributing. We might see Hartikainen, Rajala, Marincin, Lander and Fedun get long looks in the fall, and as I’ve mentioned before Tyler Pitlick appears to be putting things together (finally) in the AHL. It goes without saying that Brandon Davidson’s season is an epic story.

Go Barons! For a lot of reasons.

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22 Responses to "UNION CITY BLUE"

  1. Racki says:

    Here’s hoping that the crazy weather is behind them. Go Barons!

  2. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    GOBARONS!

    Tsn did a bit on the hurricane yesterday… the arena was swamped. what a brutal situation.

    here’s hoping the barons can step up against the RedWing outcastes.

    (LT, what does that asterisk signify in that graphic?)

  3. RickDeckard says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    AHL rookie

  4. Lucinius says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Rookies.

  5. Lucinius says:

    Interesting how Kopitar and Brown have been pretty non-existent for the Kings this year in the playoffs. They aren’t even generating nearly as many shots as they did last year.

    Brown and Kopitar with 4 points each in the playoffs and that’s it.

    Gagner would have eight in game one of this series and Hemky a number of the helpers!! (Not really.)

  6. Lowetide says:

    Lineups:

    C-L-R
    Arcobello-Cornet-Cheechoo
    Stretch-Rajala-Hartikainen
    VandeVelde-Green-Pitlick
    Martindale-Eager-Tyrvainen

    Marincin-Fedun
    Davidson-Stafford
    Jones-Hotham

    Danis.

  7. Ducey says:

    GR has Anderson and Nyquist back from DET. Both played the full 14 playoff games with DET and put up 5 points each. Nyquist put up over a PP/G in the regular season and led the team in scoring.

    Should be a test for the Barons for sure.

  8. Ducey says:

    Lowetide,

    Martindale is playing #1 D?

  9. Lowetide says:

    Ducey:
    Lowetide,

    Martindale is playing #1 D?

    MArincin. Old age is a bitch.

  10. lazerguidedmelody says:

    The Brandon Davidson story: awe-inspiring stuff, the horror that guy’s been through and still doing it on the ice. Would make for a great feature, LT

  11. fuzzy muppet says:

    Does anyone have a link?

  12. dessert1111 says:

    I know they’ve been winning, but I’d like to see Deck inserted into this lineup. A case could be made for Gernat or Musil too.

  13. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RickDeckard,

    Lucinius,

    Thanks guys!

    I know he is a rookie, but it still boggles the mind for some reason that Fedun is a rookie, losing a year to injury does that, I guess.

    ————

    did anyone else watch Friedman’s puff piece on Letang CBC pregame?

    they talked a lot about watching tape on Letang’s part and it had me wondering…

    maybe part of the mainstreaming of adv. stats comes via players?

    how long until we hear an interview with a smart player, who has really obsessed over the game who can pull off an interview while including their corsi numbers?

    I expect some Ivy leaguer who doesn’t have great boxcars but plays a sound 2-way game using this to sell himself to his team and the public.

  14. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    dessert1111:
    I know they’ve been winning, but I’d like to see Deck inserted into this lineup. A case could be made for Gernat or Musil too.

    wasn’t he sent back to the ECHL a while ago? (deck that is)

    Gernat is back in the homeland.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Deck’s back, Gernat is in his home country now.

  16. dessert1111 says:

    Deck was assigned to OKC when Stockton lost in the finals, and Gernat was assigned after Oil Kings lost — I guess OKC terminated Gernat’s ATO then? I thought he was just being healthy scratched.

  17. pboy says:

    Friedman just said on the Hotstove that Messier was offered the Oilers Head Coaching job before last season but he turned it down due to family reasons. Wow

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    dessert1111:
    Deck was assigned to OKC when Stockton lost in the finals, and Gernat was assigned after Oil Kings lost — I guess OKC terminated Gernat’s ATO then? I thought he was just being healthy scratched.

    https://twitter.com/MartyGernat/status/338669735547924481

  19. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    pboy:
    Friedman just said on the Hotstove that Messier was offered the Oilers Head Coaching job before last season but he turned it down due to family reasons. Wow

    classic lowe thinking.

    more buddies!

  20. commonfan14 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Come now, Tambo had full authority back then.

    It was in all the papers.

  21. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Well, I guess the less said about That game, the better.

  22. PaperDesigner says:

    commonfan14:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Come now, Tambo had full authority back then.

    It was in all the papers.

    You really think the guy who talked at length about poise and Steve Yzerman’s opinions would have been the type to not go for Mark Messier?

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