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OKC Barons can move closer to playoff spot

Oklahoma City can't clinch a playoff spot with a win Tuesday in Toronto, but it can certainly help itself.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: April 15, 2013
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BARONS at TORONTO MARLIES

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1, Jim Byers play-by-play.

Scouting report: The Barons can't clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night but would take a huge step closer with a win. Toronto most likely will win the North Division title and be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed, a possible first-round opponent for OKC. ... The Barons haven't lost a road game in regulation in more than a month, going 8-0-2 the past five weeks away from home. ... These two teams met in the Western Conference finals a year ago. ... The Marlies' top four scorers currently are with the Maple Leafs, their NHL affiliate. Mike Zigomanis (33 points) is the leading scorer on the roster. ... In the only previous meeting this season, Toronto rallied for a 6-5 overtime win in a matinee game Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City. ... Since returning from Edmonton, Barons goalie Yann Danis is 8-1-3 with a 1.80 goals against average and .929 saves percentage.


Battle continues

Six AHL teams currently fifth through 10th in the standings are battling for the final four playoff Western Conference playoff berths. Listed below are standings heading into Tuesday's games and the number of games each team has left in the regular season, which ends Sunday.

Pts. Team (games left)

86 Houston (3)

86 Rochester (3)

85 Okla. City (4)

83 Rockford (2)

81 Milwaukee (4)

81 Chicago (4)

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