At the Morning Skate: Barons at Rampage
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The Oklahoma City Barons (28-22-2-6) go head-to-head with the San Antonio Rampage (26-26-1-4) for the second straight game tonight at the AT&T Center. The Barons are 6-4-0-0 against the Rampage this season. Olivier Roy will make his second straight start in goal after making 37 saves in a 3-2 win over the Rampage on Sunday night.
The Barons currently sit in ninth in the AHL's Western Conference with 28-22-2-6 (64 points) record, one point back of the Abbotsford Heat for the eighth and final playoff spot with four games at hand.
Veteran defenceman Brett Clark has signed an NHL contract with the Minnesota Wild, exercising the 'out' clause he negotiated with the Barons. Thus, Alex Plante will draw back in on the blue line. Curtis Hamilton will be scratched and Antti Tyrvainen will slot back in on alongside Darcy Hordichuk and Tanner House.
Expected ine combinations (and defence pairings) for the Barons:
Toni Rajala - Eric Hunter - CJ Stretch
Josh Green - Chris VandeVelde - Dane Byers
Darcy Hordichuk - Tanner House - Antti Tyrvainen
Martin Marincin - Taylor Fedun
Brandon Davidson - Colten Teubert
Andrew Hotham - Alex Plante
Odds & ends:
Centre Anton Lander and goaltender Yann Danis were both reassigned to the Barons on Tuesday. Both went immediately to Oklahoma City and will begin practicing with the team later this week.
-- Ryan Dittrick, edmontonoilers.com | Follow me on Twitter @ryandittrick