Friday, October 8, 2010

Oklahoma City Barons vs. Houston Aeros Preview

Away: Houston Aeros (0-0-0)
Home: Oklahoma City Barons (0-0-0)

Quick news and notes

-This will be the inaugural game for the Barons.
-The last AAA level game played in OKC was in 1982, when the Oklahoma City Stars were an affiliate of the Calgary Flames.

-Projected lines:
Giroux-Moran-Omark
Hartikainen-Vande Velde-McDonald
O’Marra-Reddox-Ondrus
Stewart-Cornet-Kytnar

-Martin Gerber will be starting in goal.
-The majority of the Barons D-Corps played for the Springfield Falcons last season when they were the Oilers AHL affiliate.
-Barons players to watch:
The first line of Giroux, Moran, and Omark. Expect this to be a huge scoring line with Omark’s playmaking abilities and Giroux’s crashing the net.
Martin Gerber – Was a part of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup winning team. May well be the best goaltender in the AHL.
-The Aeros are the affiliate to the Minnesota Wild.
-The majority of the Aeros forwards played for the Aeros last season.
-The Aeros were 12th in the Western Conference in scoring last season.
-Last season, the Aeros finished the season in last place in the Western Division with a 34-34-7 record.
-This is the first of 10 meetings between the teams for the 2010-11 season.
-Aeros players to watch:
Jean-Michel Daoust – scored 55(21+34) points for the Aeros last season.
Jon DiSalvatore – scored 52(21+31) points for the Aeros last season.

Puck drops at 7:05. You can listen to the game on 96.1 KXY or watch the game on AHL Live. The Barons said that the issue of not being able to listen to the KXY stream in Canada should hopefully be resolved by the beginning of the game tomorrow. Be sure to follow myself (@AHLBarons) and Scott (@OilFieldHockey) as we tweet from the game.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

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