OKC Barons: Defense back to full strength as Barons begin AHL playoffs at Houston
Oklahoma City goaltender Yann Danis said: “It'll definitely be nice when we get all of those guys back. I don't know what we'll do with all of those guys together, finally.”
The Barons were among the best defensive teams this season in the American Hockey League.
During the regular season, the Barons allowed 176 goals in 76 games, second-best in the league. Only Toronto, which finished second to the Barons in the Western Conference, allowed fewer (175).
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The way the Barons have done it has been remarkable, with an ever-shuttling lineup of defensemen playing in front of goaltenders Yann Danis and David LeNeveu.
With Taylor Chorney possibly returning from injury for Thursday's first-round playoff opener in Houston, the Barons should be even better on the blue line.
Chorney hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury March 25 against Grand Rapids.
“That will be big for us,” Barons general manager Bill Scott said. “When we get him back and have (Colten) Teubert back, that's huge for us on that end.”
With Alex Plante missing significant time with two concussions and Teubert spending 24 games over several stints with Edmonton, the Barons have not had their full array of defensemen all season.
Veteran Bryan Helmer was the only defenseman to play more than 50 games during the regular season for Oklahoma City.
“It'll definitely be nice when we get all of those guys back,” Danis said last week. “I don't know what we'll do with all of those guys together, finally.”