Following the Edmonton Oilers exit from the NHL season last night, the Oklahoma City Barons are receiving six players to help with the final stretch in the playoff push this week. Today marks the first of the final four games of the regular season that the Barons will play in this week. A big welcome back to the Barons to Steve Pinizzotto, Will Acton, Oscar Klefbom, Tyler Pitlick, Roman Horak, and captain Anton Lander.
Pinizzotto skated in six games for the Oilers this season, and picked up his first two career NHL points last night as well, assisting on two goals in the Oilers win.
Acton played in 30 games total for Edmonton, seven in his most recent call-up, picking up five points with the Oilers. Acton scored a goal and earned an assist last night with Edmonton.
Rookie Klefbom returns to the Barons after 17 games with Edmonton where he scored his first career NHL goal and added two assists.
Pitlick picked up a goal with the Oilers in 10 games this season in the NHL as he looks to end the season on a high note, following a couple injuries this year.
Horak scored his first career Oilers goal last night in his third NHL game of the season, second with Edmonton.
The captain Lander returns to try and retake his spot as the leading Barons scorer after Brad Hunt unseated him in that position. Lander added one assist for the Oilers in 27 games.
The big question for today is whether any of these players will be in the line-up for the Barons today against Abbotsford. In my opinion, I see at least two of them playing, if not all of them. The Barons are in a tight spot right now with not much room for error as far as the playoff positioning goes. Any chance that they have to gain an edge, I would think they would be quick to take it.
You can watch the Barons take on Abbotsford live today on actual TV as NHL Network will carry the game in the US, and Sportsnet 360 will carry it in Canada. Puck drops at 3 Central, 2 Mountain.
Later this week, the Barons take on the hard-charging Texas Stars, winners of 11 in-a-row, and will finish off the regular season against the Iowa Wild next weekend.