There's a long black cloud a hanging in the sky, Honey. There's a long black cloud a hanging in the sky, Baby. There's a long black cloud a hanging in the sky. Weathers gonna break and hells gonna fly. Baby, sweet thing, darling.
"Black Wind Blowing" - Woody Guthrie
Game one was an apparition for Oklahoma City. As they stared down a two goal deficit to end the first period in game one, the reflection in the mirror was not something they liked. And it got uglier. Three goal deficit to end the second, and a five goal to end the third. The ghostly image in front of them was, as the Woody Guthrie song mentions, a black wind blowing. Blowing fiercely enough that it embarrassed the Barons. But did it ignite a change or a run for cover tendency? Game two is tonight -- we will know soon.
As we prep for a 7pm start time, take a look at the following lineups and line/pairs that we saw last night
Oklahoma City Barons
Magnus Paajarvi - Chris Vande Velde - Teemu Hartikainen
Antti Tyrvainen - Mark Arcobello - Tyler Pitlick
Philippe Cornet - Anton Lander - Ryan Keller
Triston Grant - Tanner House - Curtis Hamilton
Bryan Rodney - Taylor Chorney
Dan Ringwald - Bryan Helmer
Dylan Yeo - Alex Plante
Jerry D`Amigo - Nazem Kadri - Matt Frattin
Nicolas Deschamps - Philippe Dupuis - Marcel Mueller
Greg Scott - Mike Zigomanis - Ryan Hamilton
Jay Rosenhill - Will Acton - Joe Colborne
Matt Fraser - Korbinian Holzer
Jake Gardiner - Jesse Blacker
Simon Gysbers - Juraj Mikus
Notice the scoring threat on each line of the Marlies, that actually came to fruition last evening. Joe Colborne, even in the deep line, and with a lengthy time off, still managed to play an excellent games. Likewise, on the defensive side of the puck, Matt Fraser and Korbinian Holzer were far and away the best defensive players on the ice for either team. For the Marlies, nothing will likely change this lineup even an iota.
For the Barons, I think the Chris Vande Velde is a viable top line center in the place of Josh Green. That line was productive at times, and Teemu Hartikainen and CVV have always played very well together. However, I fully expect Antti and Philippe to switch places giving some checking flexibility to that third line, as well as some additional play making to the second line. Defensively, I'd like to see Chorney back with Helmer, Plante with Yeo, Ringwald with Rodney. But perhaps given the performance that Taylor Chorney had last night, a postseason viewing of Martin Marincin might be just what the doctor ordered.
Game two starts at 7pm Central time. Join us below for the discussion. Tune in via LeafsTV/Rogers, AHLLive.com ($), 96.1 KXXY, iHeartRadio, and SportsJuice.com. Go Barons!