The Barons lead the American Hockey League in power play percentage (24.1), but that's misleading.
Oklahoma City's power play was dominant with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
But in 10 games since the “Fab Four” returned to Edmonton, the Barons power play has been 14.0 percent, which would rank near the bottom of the American Hockey League.
“We have to get to a point where we're running at least 20 percent,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “Fourteen is not good enough.”
PAAJARVI SENT TO OKC, LANDER CALLED UP
Edmonton recalled center Anton Lander on Thursday and assigned Magnus Paajarvi to Oklahoma City.
The Oilers' first-round pick in 2009, Paajarvi is expected to join the Barons on Friday. Paajarvi didn't score a point in five games with Edmonton but has scored 42 points in 126 NHL games. Paajarvi has scored 45 points in 71 games the past two seasons with the Barons.
Lander, Edmonton's second-round pick in 2009, has scored 10 points in 39 games with the Barons this season.
DECK SCORES FIRST AHL GOAL
Rookie defenseman Nathan Deck scored his first AHL goal in his 24th game with the Barons.
Deck scored 17 points in 19 games at Trenton and was named an ECHL All-Star before he was promoted to Oklahoma City.
“This is my most memorable season so far,” Deck said. “I just have to keep it going. Everything in the past has been great, but I need to keep working hard and hope for some better ones.”
OIL SPILLS ...
Defenseman Brandon Davidson, who underwent treatment for testicular cancer, has been cleared to resume workouts. ... The Barons will be wearing one-of-a-kind jerseys on Friday that will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds will go to the team's Special Olympics Barons Buddies program. ... Goaltender Yann Danis has been reassigned to the Barons but arrived in OKC late Thursday and wasn't in uniform. ... The Barons released defenseman Kane Lafranchise, a free agent picked up from the Alaska Aces in the ECHL. ... Zach Boychuk, who was leading the Checkers in scoring with 35 points, played one game for Carolina and was reassigned to Charlotte. Boychuk, though, was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh and flew to New York to join the Penguins.
BY MIKE BALDWIN