There are only three spots remaining in the 2017 Kelly Cup playoff field as the league enters the final week of the regular season. Of the 13 teams that have clinched, seven positions are set in stone, and we still do not know who the regular season champion will be.

Safe to say there will be plenty of exciting hockey in the final six days.

Let’s get into our breakdowns:

Eastern Conference:

NORTH: 

  • The Reading Royals clinched a playoff berth Sunday, beating the Wheeling Nailers 5-3.
  • Manchester also clinched a berth, doubling up Elmira 4-2. That means the Nailers are out of playoff contention.
  • Just because the field of four for the division semis are set, does not mean the seeding and matchups are.
    • Adirondack’s magic number for clinching the division title is 3. They have clinched home-ice for the first round of the playoffs.
    • Brampton’s magic number for clinching home-ice in the first round is 4.

SOUTH:

  • The Everblades have clinched the South Division and top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs
  • Greenville’s magic number for clinching the #2 seed and home-ice in the opening round is 2.
  • Orlando will clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight against Florida.
  • Positions 2-5 in the South are separated by seven points. Here is a look at the standings, ROW wins, goal differential, the games remaining and next games for the teams involved:
TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES REMAINING UP NEXT
x-2 Greenville Swamp Rabbits 39-25-5-1 (84 pts) 37 +2 2 (1H, 1A) Hm v. CIN Fri
3 Orlando Solar Bears 35-24-7-3 (80 pts) 32 +14 3 (2H, 1A) Hm v. FLA Wed
4 South Carolina Stingrays 37-28-3-1 (78 pts) 36 +12 3 (2H, 1A) @ATL Wed
5 Cincinnati Cyclones 36-29-4-1 (77 pts) 32 -7 2 (0H, 2A) @GVL Sat
  • South Carolina’s magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 3.
  • Norfolk, Elmira, and Atlanta have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Western Conference:

  • Colorado, Allen, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Quad City, Kalamazoo, and Idaho have all clinched playoff berths.
  • Wichita, Tulsa, Indy and Rapid City have been eliminated from playoff contention

CENTRAL: 

  • Toledo clinched the Central division Saturday night by virtue of a shootout loss.
  • Fort Wayne will be the 2-seed in the divisional playoffs, Quad City will be the 3-seed and Kalamazoo the 4-seed. See the bracket below for playoff matchups.

MOUNTAIN: 

  • Allen leapfrogged Colorado again to lead the Mountain Division. Allen’s magic number for clinching the division is 3.
  • The team that doesn’t win the division (Colorado or Allen) will be the 2-seed.

Here is a look at the top of the Mountain Division standings; the games remaining, upcoming schedule & the team’s ROW (non-shootout wins) and goal differential totals (first two ECHL tiebreakers):

TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES LEFT UP NEXT
1 Allen Americans 46-17-4-2 (98 pts) 44 +81 3 (1H, 2A) Hm v. WIC Wed
2 Colorado Eagles 46-19-2-3 (97 pts) 44 +59 2 (0H, 2A) @RC Fri
  • Idaho has locked in the 3-seed
  • By virtue of their win over the Rapid City Rush and a loss by the Alaska Aces, the Utah Grizzlies now occupy the fourth and final playoff position in the Mountain division.
  • Utah has a one-point lead on Alaska and a three-point lead on the Missouri Mavericks. If Missouri loses in regulation Wednesday night, they will be eliminated from playoff contention.

Here is a look at the standings, the games remaining, upcoming schedule & the team’s ROW (non-shootout wins) and goal differential totals (first two ECHL tiebreakers):

TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES LEFT UP NEXT
4 Utah Grizzlies 34-28-5-2 (75 pts) 31 -17 3 (3H, 0A) Hm v. MIZ Wed
5 Alaska Aces 32-27-3-7 (74 pts) 31 -5 3 (3H, 0A) Hm v. IDA Wed
6 Missouri Mavericks 32-29-3-5 (72 pts) 29 -6 3 (0H, 3A) @UTAH Wed

Here is how the bracket shakes out if the playoffs started today. Teams who have clinched berths are represented by an “X” next to their seeding. “Y” represents a division champion:

The Race for the Brabham Cup:

Entering Sunday’s action, the Walleye’s magic number for clinching the regular season title is 4, but the race for the Brabham Cup is as tight as it has been for a long time. Here are the standings at the top of the league as we head into action Wednesday night:

TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES REMAINING UP NEXT
Toledo Walleye 48-17-2-2 (100 pts) 45 +95 3 (2H, 1A) @FTW Wed
Allen Americans 46-17-4-2 (98 pts) 44 +81 3 (1H, 2A) Hm v. WIC Wed
Colorado Eagles 46-19-2-3 (97 pts) 44 +59 2 (0H, 2A) @RC Fri

With their next point, the Toledo Walleye can eliminate the Colorado Eagles for Brabham Cup contention. The importance of winning the Brabham Cup is that it gives the winner home-ice advantage throughout every round of the playoffs for as long as they are in.

Stay with thesinbin.net as we continue to break down the race for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs!

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