When Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall were leading the power play, the Barons were 26.2 percent with the man advantage.
In 25 games since the Fab Four returned to Edmonton, the Barons' power play has been 13.6 percent, including 7.8 percent the past seven games (2-for-26).
“Losing (Brett) Clark (to the Minnesota Wild), he was the quarterback of the power play,” said coach Todd Nelson. “That's a big shoe to fill. It's putting a lot of pressure on our young defensemen to step up. I've always said you can't put a price on experience.”
The Barons host Houston on Friday night, then take a four-game road trip. ... Defenseman Kendall McFaull, signed out of the Western Hockey League on Monday, was a healthy scratch. McFaull isn't a prime prospect but has some size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and has four years WHL experience.