Oklahoma City is without defensemen Ryan Lowery, Kirill Tulupov, Dylan Yeo and forwards Gilbert Brule, Tristan Grant, Linus Omark and Andrew Lord. Edmonton has also made 12 transactions with the Barons since Christmas. This week, the Oilers recalled forward Teemu Hartikainen, Josh Green and defenseman Colton Teubert.
Yet, the team continues to win. Recent Central Hockey League signees, defensemen Andrew Martins of Wichita and Sean Erickson of Tulsa, played well in front of goaltender Danis on Wednesday night. Lake Erie had 22 total shots on goal but just six through two periods.
*Cann, the Lake Erie goaltender, won 24 games over the 2009-2011 seasons with the Tulsa Oilers. He is usually the Monsters' No. 2 netminder, but starter Cedric Desjardins is out with injury. Desjardins tops the AHL with a 1.85 goals against average and .941 saves percentage.
*Oklahoma City continues its four-game road trip at 6 p.m. Friday at Toronto. The Marlies — the famed Maple Leafs' farm team — lead the North Division.