WICHITA, Kan. – The ECHL regular season has 12 days left in it and there are still ten positions left to fill in the 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs. After this weekend, races tightened all over the league, and we saw the lead for the Brabham Cup once again change hands on Sunday.
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!
- Manchester has clinched a playoff berth. Their magic number for clinching the North Division is at eight.
- Adirondack can clinch a playoff berth with a win or an overtime/shootout loss on Wednesday night.
- Reading sits five points back of Adirondack with a game-in-hand. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth is at six.
- Wheeling is five points ahead of Worcester in the race for the final spot in the North, but Worcester has two games-in-hand. The Nailers’ magic number is at nine.
- 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 nine.
- Thanks to a loss by the Jacksonville Icemen, the Orlando Solar Bears punched their playoff tickets for the fourth time in five years. They will be the three seed in the South Division playoffs and play the South Carolina Stingrays, beginning April 12.
- Atlanta’s magic number is down to two. They can clinch the fourth seed and a date with the Florida Everblades in the opening round of the playoffs with a win at home Wednesday over the Kalamazoo Wings.
- 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 still at four. The Walleye could clinch as early as Friday, provided Fort Wayne loses to Kansas City in regulation on Wednesday night.
- Cincinnati’s magic number is at seven. If/when they clinch, the Cyclones will likely be the third seed in the division playoffs, opening up at Fort Wayne.
- Kalamazoo retains the fourth spot in the Central Division, even though they are tied with the Kansas City Mavericks (non-shootout win tiebreaker advantage). The Indy Fuel lurks one point back.
- 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.
- Wichita’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is down to seven. Their magic number for clinching the third seed and a date with the Idaho Steelheads in the opening round of the playoffs is down to nine.
- Tulsa regained the fourth spot after taking the final game of the three-game set with the Quad City Mallards Sunday.
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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: 8-2-0-0
Idaho Steelheads: 7-2-0-1
Adirondack Thunder: 7-2-0-1
Colorado Eagles: 7-3-0-0
South Carolina Stingrays: 7-3-0-0
Manchester Monarchs: 7-3-0-0
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. This race is likely going to go down to the season’s final weekend.
Here is a look at the standings through action on Saturday:
|Toledo Walleye||47-16-3-2 (99 pts)||4 (3H, 1A)|
|Florida Everblades||46-13-2-4 (98 pts)||7 (4H, 3A)|
|Colorado Eagles||44-17-4-2 (94 pts)||5 (3G, 2A)|
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!