Barons left winger Curtis Hamilton (strained knee) and right winger Andrew Miller (broken hand) left in the first period Friday night, forcing the Barons to play much of the game with only 10 forwards.
With center C.J. Stretch a healthy scratch, coach Todd Nelson was forced to mix and match the remainder of a 5-2 loss to Charlotte at the Cox Center.
“Losing one guy isn't so bad, but when you lose two that early you're basically down to three lines,” Nelson said. “They'll both be out again Saturday. We'll have to find new line combinations, manage ice time as best as possible and dig down deep to try and find some gas in the tank.”
0-3-0 VS. CHARLOTTE
The Barons are 0-3-0 this season against Charlotte, the Carolina Hurricanes' Triple-A affiliate. The Checkers three months ago won the first two games of the season in Oklahoma City. Saturday's 7 p.m. game is the final regular season meeting in OKC. The West Division rivals still have four games left to play in Charlotte.