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.
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.
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.