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WICHITA, Kan. – Happy Easter! With six days to go in the ECHL regular season, there are still five playoff spots, three division crowns, and a Brabham Cup to decide.

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

  • Manchester has clinched a playoff berth but could fall to second in the North Division this evening with an Adirondack win. Their magic number to clinch home-ice in the opening round is two.
  • Adirondack has also clinched a playoff berth, and their magic number for clinching home-ice in the first round is three.
  • Reading, likewise, has clinched a playoff berth and at worst, will be the three-seed in the playoffs.
  • Wheeling has just a one-point lead on the hard-charging Worcester Railers. Worcester will play one of their two games-in-hand this evening when they take on the Thunder. If Worcester wins, they move into the fourth spot.

SOUTH DIVISION

  • The division’s four playoff teams have been decided; Florida, South Carolina, Orlando, and Atlanta.
  • Florida will clinch the South Division with a win, OT/SO loss or a regulation loss by South Carolina.
  • South Carolina will, in all likelihood, be the two-seed in the South Division playoffs.
  • Orlando is locked into the three-seed and they will likely open up in South Carolina on April 12.
  • Atlanta is the fourth seed, and will likely play Florida.

Western Conference

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • Toledo has wrapped up the Central Division title and will have home-ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs at a minimum.
  • Fort Wayne will be the two-seed and have home-ice in the opening round.
  • Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth and an opening-round matchup with the Komets is at one. They can do it with a win, OT/SO loss or a regulation loss by the Kalamazoo Wings.
  • Kalamazoo’s magic number for clinching the fourth playoff berth, and a date with Toledo, is at five.

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

  • Colorado and Idaho have clinched playoff berths and have home-ice in the opening round of the playoffs.
  • The Eagles’ magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is at one. They can do it with a win, or an OT/SO loss, or a regulation loss by the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday night.
  • Allen’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is at four. They can clinch with a win over Wichita and a Tulsa regulation loss to Idaho Wednesday night.
  • Wichita is in fourth place in the Mountain Division. Their magic number for clinching a playoff berth has been stuck at seven for over a week.

Teams Eliminated:

Brampton Beast
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Norfolk Admirals
Jacksonville Icemen
Quad City Mallards
Utah Grizzlies
Rapid City Rush

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 two-horse race between the Florida Everblades and Toledo Walleye. Florida can clinch the league’s regular-season title with two wins on Tuesday and Friday nights.

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

TEAM RECORD GAMES REMAINING
Florida Everblades 49-13-2-4 (104 pts) 4 (1H, 3A)
Toledo Walleye 49-16-3-2 (103 pts) 2 (1H, 1A)

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

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