Veteran forward Tyler Pitlick, who had been sidelined several weeks with an undisclosed injury, played in his first game since April 12 with the Edmonton Oilers and April 13 with the Barons.
Sidelined the past 15 games by a shoulder injury, forward Mark Arcobello remains questionable for the remainder of the series. The Barons’ all-time leading scorer, Arcobello has scored in all 15 games (28 points total) since he was re-assigned to Oklahoma City on Feb. 2 but hasn’t played in five week.
TWO LINEUP CHANGES
With Steve Pinizzotto suspended one game for abuse of officials in Game 1, Barons coach Todd Nelson made a couple of small tweaks to his forward lines from Game 1.
Pitlick joined Roman Horak and Anton Lander on the No. 1 line. Ben Eager took Pinizzotto’s spot on the Curtis Hamilton and Will Acton line. The other two lines remained the same (Andrew Miller matched with C.J. Stretch and and Austin Fyten). The fourth line again featured Jack Combs, Travis Ewanyk and Jujhar Khaira.
PLAYOFF PROMO VIDEO
The Barons compiled a video before pregame introductions that summed up the regular season. Showing highlights from November and December, the dejection can be heard in radio play-by-play man Jim Byers’ voice as opponents score goal after goal.
Several seconds later, the video points out the Barons are in 14th place in the Western Conference standings (16-22-6). In big bold letters the words “Never count us out” pop onto the screen followed by video of several goals being scored.
The Barons went 20-7-5 in the final three months to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
The Stars, the top seed in the Western Conference will host all remaining games in the series. Game 3 is scheduled Wednesday night at 7:30 a the Cedar Park Center. Game 4 is scheduled Friday at 7:30 p.m. If necessary Game 5 would be Saturday at 7 p.m. ... Matthew Ford, who has scored a team-high 25 goals, once again didn’t play because of an undisclosed injury. His status moving forward in the series is uncertain.