by PuckStopsHere on 01/21/12 at 01:37 PM ET
Less than a week ago, I wrote that the Hershey Bears (Washington affiliate) running away with the AHL lead. I wrote that the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary affiliate) was the team most likely to catch them. Since then, Hershey lost their only game. Abbotsford lost their two games. The Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton affiliate) have been hot and won three games. This moves Oklahoma City into first place in the AHL. They have a record of 26-16 with five regulation tie points. This gives them 57 points. They have a two point lead on Hershey for the league lead.
Oklahoma City has become the top defensive team (best goals against) in their strong week. Yann Danis, the former New York Islander goalie and David LeNeveau have both been strong in the Oiler goal. The Barons top defencemen have NHL experience in Taylor Chorney and Alex Plante. This is a strong defensive team.
Oklahoma City had a hot week winning their three games. This moved them into first place in the AHL. They are the top defensive team in the AHL. Since their NHL parent the Edmonton Oilers has fallen in the standings recently due to defensive issues, there may be some solutions at the AHL level. The Barons are a strong AHL club and will remain near the top this season, though they may be depleted a bit by NHL callups.
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