WICHITA, Kan. – One week from tonight, the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs will begin. With five days to go in the ECHL regular season, there are still five playoff spots, two division titles, 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!
Teams who have clinched: Manchester Monarchs, Adirondack Thunder, Reading Royals
- Manchester maintains a one-point lead on the Adirondack Thunder in the race for the North Division crown. Their magic number to clinch the division is three.
- Adirondack’s magic number for clinching home-ice in the first round is also at three.
- Reading will clinch no worst than third in the division (still an outside chance they could win the division) with a win tonight against Worcester.
- The Railers now have the fourth spot in the North and their magic number for clinching their first ever playoff berth is down to four.
Teams who have clinched: Florida Everblades, South Carolina Stingrays, Orlando Solar Bears, Atlanta Gladiators
- Florida clinched the division title Tuesday night with a win in overtime over the Stingrays, which means the matchups in the South Division Semis are as follows:
#1 seed Florida Everblades vs. #4 seed Atlanta Gladiators
#2 seed South Carolina Stingrays vs. #3 seed Orlando Solar Bears
Teams who have clinched: Toledo Walleye, Fort Wayne Komets
- 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 will have to wait until Friday night to clinch a playoff spot. They can do it with a win over the Indy Fuel. If they clinch, they will be the third seed and open in Fort Wayne next weekend.
- Indy now holds the fourth-seed, but by one point over the Kalamazoo Wings. Their magic number for clinching their first-ever playoff berth is five.
- If Indy and Kalamazoo end up tied in points, the Wings will get the fourth spot thanks to having one more non-shootout win than Indy (34-33).
- It is entirely possible the battle for the final playoff spot comes down to the Wings/Fuel game Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.
Teams who have clinched: Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads
- Colorado and Idaho will 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, an Idaho loss of any kind OR if the Eagles lose in the shootout and the Steelheads’ win in a shootout
- Wichita moved back into third last night, thanks to their win over the Allen Americans (Wichita has a 33-31 advantage on Allen in non-shootout wins). Wichita’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is down to three, but their magic number for clinching third is at four.
- Allen fell to fourth in the division with the loss Tuesday night and their magic number is also at three.
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:
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 a win on Thursday night.
Here is a look at the standings through action on Tuesday:
|Florida Everblades||50-13-2-4 (106 pts)||3 (1H, 2A)|
|Toledo Walleye||49-16-3-2 (103 pts)||2 (1H, 1A)|
There is still a lot to be decided in the final five days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!