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.”
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).