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Barons: Division champion Barons host Hamilton at 7 p.m. Tuesday, defenseman Bryan Rodney recalled by Edmonton

Oklahoma City's first-round opponent has not been determined; it will be one of 11 teams still battling for a playoff berth.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 2, 2012

Hamilton Bulldogs at Barons

*When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

*Where: Cox Center

*Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

*Tickets: Available at Cox Center box office, starting at $10

*Scouting report: The Barons (42-19-9) return to Oklahoma City as Western Division champions. The team clinched the title Sunday, without playing, when San Antonio lost to Peoria. ... Hamilton is the affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. The Bulldogs (32-31-7) are in dire need of wins if they want to qualify for the postseason. They are 14th in the 15-team Western Conference and need to reach No. 8. The thing is, anyone from fourth to 14th place in the conference has a chance to make — or miss — the postseason, which begins the week of April 16. ... Former Barons enforcer, forward Zack Stortini, leads Hamilton with 139 penalty minutes. ... Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis has dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 among AHL netminders. Danis, who was the loser during Saturday's 6-2 setback at Grand Rapids, is 25-12-2 with a 2.11 goals against average and .924 saves percentage. ... Barons defenseman Bryan Rodney was promoted Monday by the Edmonton Oilers. Rodney is the second OKC defenseman in three days recalled by the NHL team, which is ravaged by injuries. Colten Teubert was called up Saturday. Both are expected to return to Oklahoma City for the AHL playoffs.

*Up next: The Barons continue a three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Peoria Rivermen will be at the Cox Center on Friday, and the Chicago Wolves will be in OKC on Saturday.


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