OKC Barons: Barons still control playoff destiny

If Oklahoma City secures at least three standings points (one win and one non-regulation loss) in two home games Friday and Saturday against the Iowa Wild, the Barons will qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 16, 2014
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Despite a 2-1 loss to the Texas Stars, the Barons still control their playoff destiny.

If Oklahoma City secures at least three standings points (one win and one non-regulation loss) in two home games Friday and Saturday against the Iowa Wild, the Barons will qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

With two games left in the regular season, the Barons (79 points) currently own the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

Charlotte (77) and Rockford (77) also have two games scheduled this weekend, including a head-to-head meeting in a regular-season finale Saturday night in Rockford.

LATE-SEASON REINFORCEMENTS

In a season in which the Barons have undergone 152 total transactions, the latest moves should boost the playoff roster if they get in.

Last weekend after the NHL regular season ended, Edmonton, the Barons’parent team, reassigned team captain Anton Lander in addition to Will Acton, Tyler Pitlick, Steve Pinizzotto and Oscar Kelfbom to Oklahoma City after the NHL regular season ended last weekend. All would be eligible for the playoffs.

LINE SHUFFLING

Due to late-season roster changes, coach Todd Nelson has tried to find good line combinations.

The top line featured team scoring leader Roman Horak, Lander and Pitlick. The No. 2 line matched Curtis Hamilton, Jack Combs and Acton.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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