WEST VALLEY CITY — The Utah Grizzlies have qualified for and participated in the ECHL playoffs in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Friday night in Boise, Idaho, the team will officially add another year to that total.
The Grizzlies kick off the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs this weekend against the Mountain Division rival Idaho Steelheads, ending a one-year playoff hiatus in the process.
The opening-round series, and each throughout the postseason, is seven games, under a 2-3-2 format.
The Grizzlies will host games three, four and five at the Maverik Center, while Idaho, as the higher seed, benefits from home ice in games one and two and if necessary games six and seven.
As division foes, the Grizzlies and Steelheads met 15 times during the regular season.
Utah proved the better side in head-to-head matchups, with a 9-4-2 record, while the Steelheads were the better team overall with a 41-25-6 record, compared to Utah’s 37-26-9 mark.
Most recently, the Grizzlies defeated the Steelheads twice in the three games played between the clubs last weekend, in the final series of the regular season.
Historically, playoff success has been on the side of the Steelheads, however.
In 2015, in the Pacific Division semifinals, Idaho claimed the series over Utah 4-2.
Prior to that, in 2010 in the Western Conference semifinals, the Steelheads swept the Grizzlies.
This year’s matchup will mark the third postseason meeting between the teams, affiliates of the Dallas Stars (Idaho) and Colorado Avalanche (Utah).
The winner of the first-round series will advance to the Mountain Division final, where it will face the winner of the series between the Tulsa Oilers and the Kansas City Mavericks.1 comment on this story
2019 U.S. Bank Kelly Cup Playoffs
Mountain Division semifinal
Utah Grizzlies (37-26-9) vs. Idaho Steelheads (41-25-6)
- Game 1 — Friday, April 12 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
- Game 2 — Saturday, April 13 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
- Game 3 — Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. MT at Utah
- Game 4 — Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. MT at Utah
- Game 5 — Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. MT at Utah*
- Game 6 — Monday, April 22 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho*
- Game 7 — Tuesday, April 23 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho*
* if necessary