Barons forwards Antti Tyrvainen (wrist), Tyler Pitlick (head injury), Tanner House (head injury), Ryan Martindale (knee) and Josh Green (ribs) remain sidelined, although Green, the team captain, skated during Tuesday’s practice at the Cox Convention Center.
“Antti isn’t skating and still has the cast on,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “Tyler Pitlick and Tanner House still a ways to go but are not far off. Josh Green is really close to coming back. Martindale is starting to skate on his own. Guys are getting better. Josh is probably the closest to coming back.”
Oklahoma City continues a seven-game road trip Thursday and Friday in Houston. The road trip concludes Dec. 8-9 in San Antonio.
“Besides Josh a couple of other guys could be back for San Antonio,” Nelson said. “With these injuries we want to make sure we do the right thing and not rush anybody back. It’s not dire straits like it’s playoff time right now. Plus our team is rolling pretty good.”
The Barons are 6-0-1 their past seven games, collecting 13 of 14 possible points. OKC swept division leader Charlotte last weekend to move to within two points of the Checkers in the South division.