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

“We've gotten production from all four lines,” Hall said. “That's been a big part of our success. And we've gotten some good goaltending. You can see why they were such a good team last year. Our depth is very strong.”

The Barons' high-powered offense has scored 29 goals the past six games.

“We're getting more comfortable with each other, more chemistry,” said Justin Schultz, who leads the AHL in scoring (28 points). “All four lines are playing unbelievable hockey. As a defenseman I just move it in and they're controlling pucks down low. It's been unreal.”

The Barons are led by four players that would be playing in Edmonton if there weren't an NHL lockout. Eberle (26 points) is second in the AHL in scoring behind Schultz. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is fifth (20 points).

“This team is on a roll now,” said Phillipe Cornet, recently recalled from Stockton. “If we keep playing the way we are, especially with that top line, Eberle, Hall and RNH and Schultzy in the back, it brings so much to our team that we're going to be a hard team to beat.”

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by Michael Baldwin
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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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