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OKC Barons have hit their stride

OKC takes a five-game winning streak into a two-game set at Houston.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 28, 2012
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photo - OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS / AHL HOCKEY: OKC Barons and Toronto Marlies get bunched up at the goal during Field Trip Day with the Barons Hockey at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK, Tuesday, November 13, 2012,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS / AHL HOCKEY: OKC Barons and Toronto Marlies get bunched up at the goal during Field Trip Day with the Barons Hockey at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK, Tuesday, November 13, 2012, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini said it might take some time for the Oilers' young stars to mesh with members of last year's Oklahoma City Barons team that reached the AHL Western Conference finals.

The new-look Barons are meshing.

The hottest team in the AHL continues a seven-game road trip Thursday and Friday in Houston. Oklahoma City is riding a five-game winning streak and is 6-0-1 its last seven games.

“We're starting to put some pieces together,” said forward Jordan Eberle. “We're playing better as a team, playing better in the (defensive) zone. We're not giving up as many chances. And our goaltending has been good. There are a lot of things clicking.”

The Barons last weekend outscored South Division leader Charlotte 11-4 in a two-game sweep. Coach Todd Nelson said the team's confidence began growing with a win in Abbotsford, B.C., three weeks ago.

“The biggest thing I've noticed is we got our swagger back,” Nelson said. “It was very evident in the locker room (Tuesday) after practice. Guys are having fun, joking around with each other, feeling confident, feeling good about themselves.”

Forward Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, is the reigning AHL Player of the Week. In three OKC wins last week Hall recorded nine points, including eight assists.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL 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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Barons at Houston

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday.

Where: Toyota Center, Houston

Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

Scouting report: Houston won just two of 12 regular-season and playoff meetings last season against the Barons, but the Aeros already have won two of the first three meetings this year, all in Oklahoma City. Both teams are hot. The Barons have won five consecutive games, the Aeros four of their last five. OKC (24 points) is fourth in the Western Conference. Houston (21 points) is sixth. ... Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz continues to lead the AHL in scoring (28 points). Jordan Eberle (26) is second. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (20) is fifth. ... Houston is led by Justin Fontaine (17 points). ... The Barons' power play (23.1 percent) is fourth in the league, Houston's is fifth (22.7).

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