This is a mind-boggling time for the Utah Grizzlies.
- Utah coach Butch Goring can't understand why his Grizzlies can't put the puck in the net.- Utah vice president Tim Mouser can't understand why the Grizzlies can't put fans in the stands.
The two valid, yet entirely separate, concerns could both play big factors when the Grizzlies take on the Peoria Rivermen in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight at 7 in the Delta Center.
And accordingly, Goring and Mouser both tried to remedy the situations on Tuesday.
Goring decided to give his players the day off on Tuesday so they could find their shooting touch after having only scored one goal in two games. The Grizz have also only averaged 2.7 goals a game throughout the playoffs.
"I want them to take a day off and try and relax," he said after Monday's lackluster loss. "We didn't create enough breaks in the last two games."
Mouser, on the other hand, put his promotions team to work.
He and the Grizz think tank decided to tie the team mascot, Grizzbee, to a billboard by the intersection of I-80 and I-15. Anybody who goes to the sign will receive a 2-for-1 coupon for tonight's game, and Grizzbee supposedly isn't going to come down until a "large showing of support by Utah sports fans" is shown.
"Whatever it takes," said Mouser, who's hoping that 10,000 tickets will be sold.
Hope you packed well, Grizzbee.
A sparse crowd of 4,509 showed up for the important Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday (a night in which both the Jazz and Buzz were out of town, by the way).
The Grizz are averaging just 5,531 fans in the playoffs through six games. That pales in comparison to the attendance numbers the Grizzlies had in their Turner Cup championship run last year in Denver when they averaged a whopping 13,704 fans a game.
Hmmm. Is it just a coincidence that the Grizz averaged 6.25 goals in eight playoff games at McNichols Arena in 1995 compared to just two scores a game in the postseason this year at the Delta Center?