BOISE Fresh off back-to-back wins at home, the 2-3 Utah Grizzlies will see what they can do about improving their road record tonight against the team they just beat twice, the defending ECHL-champion Idaho Steelheads (1-3-0).
Idaho actually is above Utah in the standings with five points to four because its three losses were all in overtime.
Tonight's game at 7 begins a three-game road trip that ends with games Friday and Saturday at Las Vegas, both at 8 p.m. MDT.
Utah will have another player from the New York Islanders' chain tonight. Forward Trevor Smith was to join the Grizzlies from the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers and be in uniform tonight, making an even dozen Islander properties on Utah's roster. The Grizzlies received forward Olivier LaBelle from Bridgeport Saturday.
Smith is a goalscorer who is good around the net and has a good shot, said Christie, and LaBelle adds energy and skill.
The Halloween contest is to begin with Grizzly goal-scoring leader Scott Burt, tied with many players for the ECHL lead with four, receiving his Kelly Cup championship ring prior to the puck drop.
Burt spent seven years with Idaho and helped the Steelheads win two championships, including last spring. He has played more games in a Steelhead uniform than anyone in franchise history but was let go last summer by the coach. But he is still so popular there that he may be exhausted doing pregame interviews because so many media members have requested them, according to Grizzlies' broadcaster and public relations director Adrian Denny.Burt has scored all four of his goals against his former teammates, but Utah coach Jason Christie said he didn't think he was doing it out of revenge. "I just think that's the way he plays, the way he battles," Christie said.