Barons center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, left Friday night's game against Houston early in the second period after he took a stick to the mouth.
“Nuge had some of his teeth pushed back. He (left) to get some dental work done,” said coach Todd Nelson. “We don't have an update quite yet.”
Nugent-Hopkins' status is uncertain for Sunday afternoon's game against the Texas Stars.
SERIES ALREADY HEATING UP
If Friday's game is any indication, a 12-game series with Houston could be heated all season. With just over 13 minutes left Friday night, the Barons' Dane Byers and Colten Teubert and Houston's Drew Bagnall were given game misconduct penalties following a fight.
OKC's Tanner House and Houston's Joel Broda were whistled for 5-minute fighting penalties in the second period.
The two teams combined for six fighting penalties and 93 penalty minutes.
“It kind of seemed like a playoff game blown over,” said House, who scored his first goal. “We've played them so much we know them a lot. ... These are the kind of games you can expect, probably a little tighter defense.”
AHL COMMISSIONER IN OKC
American Hockey League commissioner David Andrews presented Barons rookie defenseman Justin Schultz with the Player of the Week award before the game.
“When you've been in this as long as I have, one game usually doesn't excite you until you get to the finals,” Andrews said. “But I was looking forward to this game to see players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz.”
Schultz recorded two more assists. He has 10 points for the season. ... One of Schultz's assists in Tuesday's game was removed and awarded to Eberle after team officials reviewed the tape. ... Mark Arcobello scored his second and third goals of the season but was minus-2 for the game. ... After Sunday afternoon's game, fans can skate with the Barons for 45 minutes. Skating is free with admission to the game. Skate rentals are free or fans can bring their own. ... The Barons' Nov. 10 road game at the Abbotsford Heat will be televised on Sportsnet ONE in Canada. The Canadian network is televising an AHL game every Saturday night in November.