Wheeling Nailers (9-12-1) at Reading Royals (10-9-4) 6:35 p.m. ET
* Nailers rookie Jon Smyth has seven-game assist streak (10a), tying him for ECHL season high.
* Chris Bala leads Reading against Wheeling with four goals and eight points in three games.
* Jordan Cameron has two goals in last two games and leads Wheeling with 12 goals.
* Royals have won season-high three games in a row and are 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
Idaho Steelheads (12-8-2) at Utah Grizzlies (5-14-3) 7:15 p.m. MT
* Steelheads have won last four meetings and are 8-1-1 against Grizzlies, including 2-1-0 at Utah.
* Brad Herauf leads the Grizzlies against Idaho with four goals and six points in three games.
* Utah’s Rob McVicar is 3-2-1 with goals-against average of 2.75 in six home games.
* Idaho’s Derek Nesbitt has an assist (9a) and a point (5g-9a) in his last seven road games.
Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 309 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 163 have made NHL debut in the last five seasons, including goaltenders Barry Brust, Joey MacDonald, Mike Smith and Mike Wall, center Drew Larman and right wing Jesse Schultz this season, and a record 47 in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* For each of the past four seasons, ECHL has had more players called up to AHL than all other professional leagues combined. From 2002-06 the ECHL had 1,646 call ups, involving almost 1,000 players, including 416 call ups involving 263 players last season.
* Idaho Steelheads and City of Boise will host the 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 17 and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 16 at Qwest Arena.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.