WICHITA, Kan. – Two more teams had a chance to punch their playoff tickets Wednesday night but were unable to do so. With ten days left in the ECHL regular season, there are still eight playoff spots, all four division titles, and the Brabham Cup left to be decided. Safe to say, there’s going to be some exciting hockey played over the next 240 hours.
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, but despite losing last night to Reading, their magic number for winning the North Division title is down to six.
- Adirondack could have clinched a playoff berth with a win or an overtime/shootout loss, but was shutout by the Worcester Railers. The Thunder’s magic number remains at one, and they can clinch a playoff berth Friday night with a Worcester loss in regulation.
- Reading cut their magic number down to three with a win last night. They could clinch Friday night with a win and any loss by the Worcester Railers.
- Wheeling’s clinging to the fourth playoff spot, with Worcester three points behind the Nailers with two games-in-hand.
- Florida and South Carolina have already clinched playoff berths and have home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
- Florida’s magic number for clinching the South Division is at seven & the Everblades have a five-point lead on the Stingrays with five games to go for each team.
- Orlando has clinched a playoff berth and will finish third in the division
- Atlanta could have clinched a playoff berth Wednesday night with a win in either regulation or overtime, but will have to rely on the Orlando Solar Bears to help them out tonight. Atlanta will punch their playoff ticket with a Jacksonville loss in regulation.
- 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 the Central Division with a pair of wins and a loss by the Fort Wayne Komets this weekend.
- Cincinnati’s magic number is at four. It is likely they will be the third seed in the division playoffs, opening up at Fort Wayne.
- Kalamazoo holds a one-point lead over the Kansas City Mavericks and a three-point lead on the Indy Fuel. Indy has a huge game in-hand (essentially a must-win) on both the Wings and Mavericks. KC & Indy play in Indianapolis Friday, while Kalamazoo is in Norfolk.
- Colorado and Idaho have clinched playoff berths and both teams will have home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
- Colorado’s magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is at three. They can sew up the title with a win in Allen and a regulation loss by Idaho against Utah Friday night.
- Wichita’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is at seven. They host Tulsa at INTRUST Bank Arena Friday night.
- Allen moved back into the fourth playoff spot with a win over Wichita last night. The Americans sit one point back of Wichita, but the Americans have a game in-hand on the Thunder. Allen hosts Colorado for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Current Playoff Bracket
Here is the bracket for the Kelly Cup Playoffs, if they were to start today:
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 Wednesday:
|Florida Everblades||47-13-2-4 (100 pts)||6 (3H, 3A)|
|Toledo Walleye||47-16-3-2 (99 pts)||4 (3H, 1A)|
|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!