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).
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.”
The Barons have used 17 defensemen this season, including Central Hockey League fill-in Andrew Martens, who played 12 games beginning in late December after Plante was hurt for the first time.
While Bryan Rodney struggled at times with Syracuse before being traded in a deal that sent Ryan O'Marra to the Anaheim organization, he's been solid for the Barons.
Rodney was minus-11 in 41 games for Syracuse but is plus-9 in 26 games for OKC since the trade.
Helmer, Plante, Rodney and Teubert will play in the postseason opener. Dan Ringwald played for the first time since Feb. 25 in the regular-season finale Sunday at San Antonio.
If Chorney isn't ready to go, rookie Martin Marincin figures to get the call.
In six games since signing an amateur tryout contract following the end of his junior season, Marincin is plus-4 and has shown flashes of why the Oilers made him their second-round pick in 2010.