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Oklahoma City Barons: Houston Aeros in town for two games vs. Barons

Forward Taylor Hall scheduled to play either Friday or Saturday. No. 1 draft pick playing first game since shoulder surgery.
By Mike Baldwin Published: November 1, 2012
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BARONS VS. HOUSTON AEROS

*When: 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday.

*Where: Cox Convention Center.


*Radio: KXY-FM 96.1 (Friday); Saturday's game on KGHM-1340 AM. Jim Byers play-by-play, Doug Sauter color analyst.

*Tickets: Prices start at $10. Available at Cox Center box office or by calling (405) 232-4625

*Scouting report: Oklahoma City is viewed as the most talented team in the American Hockey League during the NHL lockout, but it is off to a 4-3-0 start, including a 6-4 loss to Houston last week. The Aeros are led by center Mikael Granlund, among the league scoring leaders with 10 points. He is a No. 1 draft choice by the Aeros' parent team, the Minnesota Wild. ... Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz (12 points) leads the AHL in scoring. He was named Thursday as the AHL's Player of the Month after collecting six goals and six assists. ... Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, is second on the Barons in scoring with eight points followed by Teemu Hartikainen (seven), Jordan Eberle (six) and Magnus Paajarvi (six).