The Grizzlies are 7-2-1-1 in their last 11 games and hold a five-point lead on Bakersfield and a seven-point lead on Alaska for the fourth playoff seed in the Pacific Division.
After Wednesday’s contest in Boise, the Grizzlies will be on home ice for 16 of their final 28 games to complete the regular season.
Bakersfield comes to town Friday and Saturday. Friday's game starts at 7 p.m., and there will be a post-game auction afterward. Saturday's game begins at 8 p.m., and a post-game skate with the team will follow.
After registering a Grizzlies season-high four points Friday with four assists, Michael Pelech enters the week tied for fifth in the ECHL in scoring with 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points in 44 games.
Since being acquired from Bakersfield on Jan. 11, Corey Finehage is an even or better in eight of nine games with the Grizzlies and is second behind Jacob Johnston with a plus-eight during that stretch.
Ryan Hayes is Utah’s second leading scorer, behind Pelech, since being acquired on Jan. 16. He has three goals and five assists for eight points in seven games with the Grizzlies.
Utah is 20-4 the last two seasons when Danick Paquette scores a goal in a game.
Both Ducks prospects currently anchoring the Grizzlies goaltending situation have been stellar. Igor Bobkov is 4-1-1-0 in his last six starts, and Ryan Faragher is 4-2-1-1 in his last eight. During the Grizzlies 7-2-1-0 stretch, Bobkov and Faragher have combined for a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage.
Utah wraps up seven of its last 10 games against Bakersfield, which Utah is 5-2-1-0 against this year, on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday in Boise, the Grizzlies start a stretch of four of their next six games against Idaho, who they are 3-1-1-0 against this season.