Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson isn't sure what to think about the success his team has shown on the road the last two American Hockey League seasons.
“You try to pinpoint it or try to think about why you have a strong road record, and I'm not sure,” Nelson said. “I don't think it's as big a deal as it used to be, where guys get intimidated by a different building because it's a full crowd or whatever. It's not like that anymore.”
Whatever it is, the Barons have been one of the top road teams in the AHL the last two seasons.
Entering Monday afternoon's Western Conference Final Game 3 in Toronto, the Barons are 5-0 away from the Cox Center in the playoffs.
Over the last two seasons, the Barons are an astounding 51-26-9 on the road.
It's as simple as sticking with the game plan, forward Philippe Cornet said.
“The main thing is we keep it simple on the road all year,” Cornet said. “I think here, with the fans, we sometimes try to do too much, It's normal. I think most teams are like that, too.”
Magnus Paajarvi, who assisted on two goals in a 5-1 win in Game 2 at the Cox Center on Friday night, echoed Cornet's reasoning.