Two key Eastern Conference matchups highlight eight games on Wednesday’s ECHL schedule. Reading, which currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the east based on tiebreakers, hosts Wheeling tonight at Sovereign Center. The Royals have won three straight and seven of their last 10 games to improve to 34-28-7 on the season. Wheeling sits four points ahead of Reading in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 35-25-9 mark for 77 points. The Nailers can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs tonight with a regulation or overtime win or a shootout loss coupled with a Cincinnati loss.
In Chicago, the Express host Cincinnati for the first of two meetings between the clubs over the final four days of the regular season. Both the Express and Cyclones are tied with Reading with 75 points each. Chicago has been on a roll of late, stringing together three consecutive wins and a 6-3-1 mark in its last 10 games, while the Cyclones recorded a 4-1 win in the team’s last head-to-head meeting last Wednesday to improve to 7-4-3 in the season series. The two clubs meet again in Cincinnati on Saturday in the season finale.