Mark Arcobello, who has been sidelined the past 14 games with a sprained shoulder, is closer to returning, but it’s uncertain whether he’ll be available for Game 2 Saturday night when the Barons host the Texas Stars.
The Barons’ all-time scorer, Arcobello has scored in all 15 games (28 points total) since he was re-assigned to Oklahoma City on Feb. 2. He spent the first three months of the season with the Edmonton Oilers. Arcobello, though, hasn’t played in five weeks.
“Arco pretty much is day to day,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said after a 3-2 overtime loss to Texas on Wednesday night. “He has a chance to play in this series. I’m not saying it’s a good chance, but it’s a chance.”
Including 37 playoff games, Arcobello has scored 196 points in 225 games with the Barons the past four seasons. A first-team All-Star who finished third in the American Hockey League scoring last season, Arcobello signed a contract last month that will allow him to remain with the Oilers organization next season.
NELSON MIXES FORWARD LINES
Nelson and his staff sprinkled in some veterans on their four offensive lines in Game 1. Team captain Anton Lander was on a line with scoring leader Roman Horak and 20-year-old Joshua Winquist, who was playing in just his second pro game.
Other lines included veterans Curtis Hamilton, Steve Pinizzotto and Will Acton matched together. C.J. Stretch led the third line alongside Andrew Miller and Austin Fyten. The No. 4 line featured Jack Combs, Travis Ewanyk and 19-year-old center Jujhar Khaira, who was playing in his just his seventh pro game.
Some Barons fans are monitoring the Anaheim Ducks/Dallas Stars NHL first-round series. If the Ducks win, Colton Sceviour and Chris Mueller could rejoin the Triple-A team. Sceviour has scored three points for Dallas in the playoffs.
Dallas’ 4-2 win Wednesday night tied the series 2-2. Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim. Game 6 is Sunday in Dallas.
GAME 2 SATURDAY AT 8 P.M.
The Barons will host Game 2 on Saturday at 8 p.m., an hour later start due to logistics surrounding Saturday registration at the Cox Convention Center for the annual marathon Sunday morning downtown.
The series shifts to Cedar Park, Texas, for Game 3 next Wednesday. If necessary, the Stars would host Game 4 on May 2 and Game 5 on May 3.
The Barons’ Matthew Ford, who has a team-high 25 goals, didn’t play due to an undisclosed injury. His status moving forward in the series is uncertain. Will Acton took Ford’s spot on the No. 1 power-play unit... The Stars had a goal wiped away following a video review when the score was 0-0 midway through the first period. Officials originally rule Brendan Ranford scored but after a lengthy review the goal was waved off.