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Grizzlies Look To Clinch 10th Straight Playoff Appearance

04/04/2017 11:11 AM -

Wednesday, April 5: Missouri at Utah, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 7: Missouri at Utah, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Missouri at Utah, 7 p.m.

The Situation
The Grizzlies (34-28-5-2) enter the final three games of the regular season with a one point lead on Alaska and a three point lead on Missouri as they look to clinch a playoff appearance for the tenth consecutive season.

The Road Trip
The Grizzlies return from a 5-0 road trip in which they outscored the opposition 22-9. They scored four or more goals in each game and allowed two or less in each game. Utah scored the first goal in each game and closed games out strong by outscoring the opposition 7-1 in the third periods. Utah has outscored the opposition 17-6 five-on-five over the last six games.
 
The Run
Utah looks to finish off an impressive run up the standings since January 6 when they entered the day 14 points out of the final playoff position in the Mountain Division. The 21-11-3-1 stretch has moved them into the final playoff spot going into the final week. In the process, Utah has clinched their 19th season of .500 or better in 22 years in Utah. The team rebounded from a 9-16-1-1 start before Christmas and a winless streak of nine games from November 18-December 4.
 
Scoring
The Grizzlies have scored four goals or more in five-straight games for the first time since 2010. They have scored at least two goals in a period in eight of their last 17 periods. Utah has scored at least one goal in a season-high 15-straight periods.

Late Help From Anaheim
The Grizzlies received goaltender Kevin Boyle, who was assigned by the Anaheim Ducks, for the series in Rapid City. He went 3-0 and stopped 74 of 80 shots in Rapid City. The team also received Zac Larraza from Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego for game one of the road trip in Colorado. Larazza had five goals and five assists for ten points in five games on the trip.
 
Late Season Trades
Utah has acquired four of their six defensemen in midseason trades since January. Most recently, Gabriel Verpaelst is a plus-eight in eleven games with Utah and tallied one goal and two assists on the road trip. Marc-Andre Levesque has nine assists in 17 games. Garrett Haar has three assists and is a plus-two in eight games. Martin Nemcik has six assists in 32 games.
 
Back Home
The final Valpak Wild Wednesday of the regular season will be Wednesday and will feature $5 Lower Bowl Student Tickets and $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Soft Drinks, $2 Churros and $4 Grizzlies Goal-Den Ale.
 
O’Reilly Auto Parts Night April 7
Visit O’Reilly Auto Parts for coupons good for two-for-one tickets to the game on Friday . Offer valid while supplies last, see stores for details.
 
Fan Appreciation Weekend
The Grizzlies host Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by the Utah Building and Construction Trades Council, Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. The weekend will feature any ticket in the lower bowl for $13, excluding rinksides at the Maverik Center Box Office. Fans can also add on a gyro and a soft drink for $10. In addition, fans can add a ticket to see Brit Floyd at Maverik Center on July 6 for only $13 (Regular $29.) Saturday’s game will also feature a team poster giveaway to the first 5,000 fans. Fans can get them autographed by the entire team after the game.
 
Broadcasts
Wednesday: Missouri at Utah, 7:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. Pregame Show, ESPN 700
Friday: Missouri at Utah, 7:00 p.m.,6:45 p.m., KMYU TV: 6:45 p.m. Radio Pregame Show, ESPN 700
Saturday: Missouri at Utah, 7:00 p.m.,6:45 p.m. Pregame Show, Utah’s Classic Country AM 1370
 
Get the latest on the Grizzlies every day as “Voice of the Grizzlies” Adrian Denny delivers Grizzlies In 60 at 11:25 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN 700.
 
Denny joins Dave and Deb on Z-104 in studio along with Country Joe on Utah’s Classic Country AM 1370 the morning of every Friday home game during the 9 o’clock hour on the Official Country Stations of the Grizzlies.
 
The Grizzlies have returned to KMYU for their fifth season of telecasts. All Friday night home games will be televised for the rest of the season.
All games can be seen on ECHL TV for a PPV charge of $7.99.

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