After Tuesday's practice, Barons coach Todd Nelson ticked off the reasons why his team and the Toronto Marlies should play an extended series in the AHL's Western Conference Finals.
“Some things stand out,” Nelson said. “Both teams had low goals-against, both teams have good goaltending, both teams have a good mix of forwards and defense, both teams also have depth.
“I expect this series to be a hard-fought battle by both teams. I expect it to maybe go the distance. We're pretty similar in a lot of areas.”
Both teams have also had plenty of success winning on the road in the postseason, with each going 4-0 away from their home buildings.
The teams open the series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cox Center. Game 2 is Friday night, also at home.
TEUBERT RETURNS TO THE ICE
Tuesday was the first time Barons defenseman Colten Teubert returned to the ice since being injured April 24.
Teubert suffered facial fractures after taking a deflected puck to the cheek late in the series-clinching win over Houston.
He was transported to the hospital following the game and had surgery a few days later, including the insertion of several plates and pins to aid in the healing process.
Teubert participated in non-contact skating after the Barons' main practice at the Cox Center ended. He wore a full cage for the workout.
Barons coach Todd Nelson said it was highly unlikely Teubert would return for the series against Toronto, though he could be available for the Calder Cup Finals if the Barons advance.
VANDEVELDE MAKES HISTORY
Chris VandeVelde made American Hockey League history in the series against San Antonio, becoming just the second player in league history to score back-to-back overtime game-winners in the same series.