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GAME PREVIEW: BARONS @ BULLDOGS

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
03/07/2014 8:54 AM -

HAMILTON, ONTARIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs (25-25-1-4) will look to extend their current winning streak to four games and also set a season high with a third straight home victory tonight when they take on the Oklahoma City Barons (26-24-1-7) at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight will be a battle between two teams fighting to stay in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference playoff race. The game marks the first of two meetings between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Oklahoma City Barons this season. The Bulldogs have an all-time record of 2-3-1-0 against the Barons and lost both their matchups against them last season.

The Barons are entering their second game of a three-game road trip tonight and are currently on a four-game point streak. Oklahoma City lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Utica Comets on Wednesday, but had won their previous three games. The Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate sits in ninth in the Western Conference, two points out of a playoff spot.

The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to three games last Saturday with a convincing 5-2 win over the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. Hamilton started the streak on Sunday, February 23rd with a 3-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage, then earned a third shootout victory of 2013-2014 with a 3-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters last Friday. The ‘Dogs enter their first of three home games in three days tonight tied for 12th in the Western Conference, seven points out of a playoff position.

Quick Notes
- There are currently four Ontario-born players on the Barons roster: F Ryan Hamilton (Oshawa), F Steve Pinizzotto (Mississauga), F Will Acton (Stouffville) and F Ben Eager (Ottawa).
- Oklahoma City has the AHL’s third-ranked power play on the road this season, operating at 21.7 per cent.
- Bulldogs grad Dustin Tokarski made his Montreal Canadiens debut on Wednesday, making 39 saves in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
- Goaltender Devan Dubnyk and defenceman Davis Drewiske are both expected to debut for the Bulldogs tonight. Dubnyk, acquire by the Canadiens via trade with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, has 173 games of National Hockey League experience. Drewiske, assigned to Hamilton by Montreal on Monday, has 135 games of NHL experience.

Match Up
Record
Oklahoma City: 26-24-1-7 (60 points, 3rd West Division, 9th Western Conference)
Hamilton: 25-25-1-4 (55 points, T- 3rd North Division, T-12th Western Conference)

Goals for per game
Oklahoma City: 3.12 (T-6th)
Hamilton: 2.45 (26th)

Goals against per game
Oklahoma City: 3.48 (29th)
Hamilton: 2.87 (16th)

Power play
Oklahoma City: 21.6% (5th)
Hamilton: 14.1% (T-26th)

Penalty kill
Oklahoma City: 78.6% (29th)
Hamilton: 82.6% (T-15th)

Skater stats
Oklahoma City
Hamilton

Goalie stats
Oklahoma City
Hamilton

Rosters
Oklahoma City
Hamilton

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