With three days remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, five playoff spots are up for grabs and eight teams are still in contention for the spots.
In the East, the Kalamazoo Wings used a three-goal first period to propel them to a 4-3 win over the Brampton Beast. The win moves the Wings into a three-way tie points wise with Wheeling and Elmira for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Out West, the Tulsa Oilers kept their playoff hopes alive with a big 5-1 win over the Wichita Thunder. However, the Oilers could not gain ground on the Quad City Mallards, who defeated the Fort Wayne Komets 4-1.
Teams in the Kelly Cup Playoffs:
East: Toledo Walleye, South Carolina Stingrays, Manchester Monarchs, Florida Everblades
West: Missouri Mavericks, Fort Wayne Komets, Idaho Steelheads, Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Utah Grizzlies, Cincinnati Cyclones
Thursday’s Key Matchups:
The Florida Everblades can formally eliminate the Orlando Solar Bears and narrow South Carolina’s lead in the South Division with a win.
Thursday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:
There are no playoff or division clinching scenarios for tonight’s game.
Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles at the start of play Tuesday:
|Division||Division Leader||Magic Number|
The races for playoff positioning are very tight in both the eastern and western conferences. Here is a breakdown of those races:
|5||Reading||70||36||24||10||35||82||@WHL Fri, Hm v. WHL Sat|
|6||Adirondack||70||37||27||6||36||80||@Man Fri, Hm v. Man Sat|
|7||Wheeling||70||35||26||9||35||79||Hm v. REA Fri, @REA Sat|
|8||Kalamazoo||70||37||28||5||35||79||@TOL Fri, Hm v. TOL Sat|
|9||Elmira||70||37||28||5||31||79||@BRM Fri, Hm v. BRM Sat|
|4||x-Allen||70||40||23||7||38||87||Hm v. EVA Fri, Sat|
|5||x-Idaho||70||37||23||10||34||84||Hm v. MIZ Fri, Sat|
|6||x-Utah||70||38||26||6||36||82||@RPD Fri, Sat|
|7||x-Cincinnati||70||35||26||9||33||79||@QDC Fri, Sat|
|8||Quad City||70||36||28||6||34||78||Hm v. CIN Fri, Sat|
|9||Tulsa||70||35||30||5||28||75||@WIC Fri, Hm v. WIC Sat|
*=> ROW is regulation/overtime wins, the first tie breaker
Here is what the playoff matchups would be for the Quarterfinal Series in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.
y*(1) Toledo Walleye 46-19-2-3, 97 pts vs (8) Kalamazoo Wings 37-28-4-1, 79 pts
x*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 42-18-7-3, 94 pts vs (7) Wheeling Nailers 35-26-5-4, 79 pts
x*(3) Manchester Monarchs 38-23-4-5, 85 pts vs (6) Adirondack Thunder 37-27-2-4, 80 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 44-21-0-2, 90 pts vs (5) Reading Royals 36-24-6-4, 82 pts
p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-14-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 36-28-4-2, 78 pts
y*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 39-21-7-2, 87 pts vs (7) x-Cincinnati Cyclones 35-26-5-4, 79 pts
x*(3) Colorado Eagles 40-26-3-1, 84 pts vs (6) x-Utah Grizzlies 38-26-3-3, 82 pts
x*(4) Allen Americans 39-23-3-4, 85 pts vs (5) x-Idaho Steelheads 37-23-7-3, 84 pts
x=Clinched Playoff Berth
y=Clinched Division Title
z=Clinched Conference Title
p=Clinched Regular Season Title
*=Home-Ice Advantage in Quarterfinal Round
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