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WICHITA, Kan. – A sixth team punched their ticket to the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday night, and the field could grow by two more by the end of the night.

With their 5-0 win over the Rapid City Rush Friday night, the Idaho Steelheads clinched their 21st consecutive playoff berth, which is the longest current streak in all levels of professional hockey.

Before we start our breakdowns, a huge thanks to our statistician Joe Alsman for providing the stats for this piece. Joe provides our team with a wealth of statistical information during the season, and it’s great to have him as part of Team Sin Bin.

Magic numbers represent the number of “points” needed to clinch. Of which these can be garnered in any combination. The ultimate is a win by a team in front combined with a regulation loss by a team behind. That gains four points for the team ahead. Combinations of wins/losses can result in 4, 3, 2, 1, or no points gained.

Win – Regulation Loss: 4 point gain
Win – OT/SO Loss: 3 point gain
Win – Win: 2 point gain
OT/SO Loss – Regulation Loss: 1 point gain
Anything else is 0 points gained.

Let’s get it going!

Eastern Conference

NORTH DIVISION

  • The Manchester Monarchs can be the first North Division to clinch a playoff berth with a win, loss in overtime/shootout or if Wheeling or Worcester loses. Also, the Monarchs’ magic number for clinching the North Division is at eight.
  • Adirondack sits four points back of Manchester and their magic number is at five. Their magic number for clinching home-ice in the first round is at nine.
  • Reading sits five points back of Adirondack in the race for home-ice in the first round. Their magic number for clinching a berth sits at ten.
  • Wheeling is four points up on Worcester, but the Railers still have two games in-hand on the Nailers.
  • Brampton is eliminated from playoff contention.

SOUTH DIVISION

  • Florida and South Carolina have already clinched playoff berths and will have home-ice in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
  • Florida’s magic number for clinching the South Division is at 11.
  • Orlando can clinch a playoff berth and the third-seed with a Jacksonville loss of any kind tonight.
  • Atlanta’s magic number currently sits at four and when they clinch, they will be the fourth seed in the South. The Gladiators cannot clinch a spot the rest of the weekend.

Western Conference

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • Toledo and Fort Wayne have already clinched playoff berths and will have home-ice in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
  • Toledo’s magic number for clinching the Central Division is at six.
  • Cincinnati’s magic number is at 13. If/when they clinch, Cincinnati will be the third seed and play Fort Wayne.
  • Kalamazoo retains the fourth spot in the Central Division, holding a two-point lead on both the Kansas City Mavericks and Indy Fuel. Kalamazoo holds the non-shootout tiebreaker over Kansas City, but loses the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Fuel. This race is, perhaps, the closest race left on the board.

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

  • The Colorado Eagles and Idaho Steelheads have already clinched playoff berths and will have home-ice in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs
  • Colorado’s magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is at three. They can sew it up with a win against Utah and an Idaho loss of any kind to the Rapid City Rush.
  • Wichita’s magic number fell to 10, thanks to a Tulsa loss to the Quad City Mallards
  • Allen regained the fourth position, with a win over Kansas City and the aforementioned loss by Tulsa.
  • Utah will be formally eliminated with a loss to the Colorado Eagles tonight

Teams Eliminated:

Brampton Beast
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Quad City Mallards
Rapid City Rush

Current Playoff Bracket

Here is the bracket for the Kelly Cup Playoffs, if they were to start today:

Best Record in Last 10 Games:

Florida Everblades: 9-1-0-0
Toledo Walleye: 8-1-1-1
Colorado Eagles: 8-2-0-0
Idaho Steelheads: 7-2-0-1
Adirondack Thunder: 7-2-0-1

The Race for the Brabham Cup

The race for the Brabham Cup is a three-horse race between the Florida Everblades, Toledo Walleye, and Colorado Eagles

Here is a look at the standings through action on Friday:

TEAM RECORD GAMES REMAINING
Toledo Walleye 46-15-3-2 (97 pts) 6 (4H, 2A)
Florida Everblades 45-13-2-4 (96 pts) 8 (5H, 3A)
Colorado Eagles 44-16-4-2 (94 pts) 6 (3G, 3A)

There is still a lot to be decided in the final two weeks of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!

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