“We're playing with a lot of character,” said goaltender Yann Danis. “Even when we've gotten behind early, we've battled back. We're finding ways to win. We're taking the challenge and rolling with it.”
Danis has played a key role in OKC making a late-season charge. Since he returned from Edmonton after spending nearly two months with the Oilers after the NHL lockout ended, Danis is 6-1-2 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
The first two games of the road trip have added significance. Houston and Rochester (where the Barons play Friday night) are tied for fifth with 82 points, two points in front of Oklahoma City. The Barons currently have a three-point cushion over ninth-place Chicago.
“We have a little breathing room but it's going to be a fight to the end,” Danis said. “We need to keep winning. Every game is going to be big.”