By Jon Gilbert
Special To The The Salt Lake Tribune
In most professional sports playoff scenarios, a winning record is usually a good indicator that you will be playing in the postseason. In some cases, a winning record isn’t even necessary — see the NBA’s Eastern Conference for the past several years.
But this typical truism is proving false in the National Conference of the East Coast Hockey League, as every team has a winning record and yet one of the eight will be left out of the playoffs come season’s end. This isn’t good news for the Utah Grizzlies, who used a home win Sunday to elevate to seventh place with a 63 points and a 28-25-3-2 record.
With every team having no more than 12 games remaining on the schedule as of Monday, only the Idaho Steelheads have clinched a playoff spot, well in front with 89 points. Twenty points behind the Steelheads is a seven-team street fight with teams working to avoid an early vacation.