Oklahoma City Barons: OKC gets plenty of rest after Stars series, but will they lose momentum?

Any time a team wraps up a best-of-seven series early, there are pros and cons. The Barons will have eight or nine days off between series after eliminating the top seeded Texas Stars in five games.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 19, 2013
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photo - AHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS: Oklahoma City's Teemu Hartikainen (10) tries to set up a shot on goal during the conference semifinal hockey game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
AHL HOCKEY PLAYOFFS: Oklahoma City's Teemu Hartikainen (10) tries to set up a shot on goal during the conference semifinal hockey game between the Oklahoma City Barons and the Texas Stars at the Cox Convention Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

AHL teams often play back-to-back games throughout the regular season. On rare occasions, they even play three games in three nights then have five or six days off.

“In the playoffs we're getting a few more days off,” Fedun said. “When you play it's more in bunches. We feel we can keep rolling and maintain our momentum.”

Opening on the road might be an advantage.

The past two months, including the playoffs, the Barons are 13-4-2 on the road.

In a best-of-five first-round series, the Barons lost Game 3 at Charlotte. With their season on the line, the Barons dominated two must-win road games 8-1 and 6-2 to advance.

In their best-of-seven series against the Stars, the Barons grinded out a 2-1 overtime win in Game 1 to gain a split before returning home.

“We play a real simple game, try to get pucks in deep, finish checks and play good defense in front of Yann,” Green said. “That's worked well for us at home and on the road. We'd love to get that first one and at least get a split on the road.”

As for the rust-versus-rest discussion, most teams prefer the rest.

“You want your guys to enjoy the series win,” said Barons general manager Bill Scott. “We'll have a couple of practices then travel in early to get acquainted to (Grand Rapids) the city we're playing in.

“Nine days is very manageable for our group. Now if you told me that we'd be off for two weeks, that could be detrimental. That would be a lot harder to manage. The way it is we can heal up bumps and bruises which will only help us.”

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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