WEST VALLEY CITY After five straight road games, the Utah Grizzlies are home tonight for a one-night stand against ECHL National Conference leader Las Vegas, then take off for a two-game set at Bakersfield, Calif., Saturday and Monday and then complete the regular season at home with games April 3, 4 and 5 against Stockton.
Las Vegas is the only National Conference team the Grizzlies have not beaten this season.
The Kelly Cup playoffs begin the week of April 7, and the Grizzlies have clinched a spot in the postseason.
Utah is 30-28-1-7 and is coming off a victory, but went just 3-6-1 in its last 10 games. Las Vegas, 43-12-5-7, has won eight of its last 10 and scored points in nine of the 10 games. The Grizzlies have these last four home games to get their record in the E Center above .500. They are 13-14-1-4 at home.
The Grizzlies are missing both of the goalies who got them through most of the season, with Mike Mole called up to AHL Bridgeport and Nathan Lawson on injured reserve. Utah has started rookie Wylie Rogers the last four games, and over his last four periods, Rogers has a 2.25 goals-against average. He set a Grizz record and tied the ECHL season high of 59 saves on 61 shots Saturday at Victoria.
On Tuesday, forward Olivier Labelle was returned to Utah from Bridgeport, while forward Keith Johnson was called up to the Sound Tigers.