WICHITA, Kan. – Another weekend of hockey is upon us and the potential exists for three more teams to enter the Kelly Cup Playoff field and for us to have our first division champions crowned by the end of the weekend.
For those new to hockey and not sure of how the magic numbers work, they 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.
Before we start with the division breakdown, huge thanks to our statistician Joe Alsman for putting together the magic number tables for us. 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.
- Newfoundland’s magic number to clinch their first ever playoff berth is 7. They can clinch a playoff berth with at least two wins and having Brampton lose at least one in regulation this weekend.
- Spots 3-6 are separated by four points, with Brampton and Worcester each having a game-in-hand on fourth place Manchester
- Reading is seven points out of fourth place
- Florida has clinched a playoff berth. Their magic number for a third straight division title is 6. The Everblades can clinch the South Division with at least two wins and having Orlando lose in regulation at least once this weekend.
- Orlando’s magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 14
- Jacksonville’s magic number to clinch their first playoff berth is 17
- Orlando and Jacksonville are separated by three points for the final home-ice spot, but Orlando has three games in hand.
- South Carolina and Atlanta are separated by one point in the race for the final playoff spot. Atlanta has two games in hand on the Stingrays and the two teams meet three more times before the end of the season.
- Greenville has been eliminated from playoff contention
- Cincinnati has clinched a playoff berth. Their magic number for clinching their first division title since 2013 (North Division champs) is at 7. There is an outside shot the title could be clinched this weekend if Cincinnati wins out and Toledo loses all their games in regulation.
- Toledo’s magic number is 12.
- The race for the third and fourth playoff spots are separated by one point, with Fort Wayne having one game-in-hand on Kalamazoo
- Tulsa’s magic number is 2. They cannot clinch a playoff berth tonight because both they and the Rapid City Rush are idle.
- Idaho’s magic number is 3. Like Tulsa, the Steelheads cannot clinch a berth tonight.
- Utah’s magic number is 6 and they cannot clinch a playoff berth this week, thanks to back-to-back losses to the Rush.
- Kansas City’s magic number is 11
- Rapid City’s tragic number (playoff elimination) is 11, while Wichita’s tragic number is at 12.
- Allen has been eliminated from playoff contention
If the Kelly Cup Playoffs were to start today, here is how the playoff field would breakdown:
Teams With Best Record in Last 10 Games:
Cincinnati Cyclones: 8-1-1-0
Florida Everblades: 8-2-0-0
Maine Mariners: 7-2-1-0
Orlando Solar Bears: 6-2-1-1
Manchester Monarchs: 6-2-1-1
Race for the Brabham Cup
The race for the Brabham Cup, and home-ice throughout the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs, is between the Cincinnati Cyclones and Florida Everblades, who are separated by two points in the standings (Cincinnati 93, Florida 91).
If you’re handicapping this race, look no further than the number of games played. Cincinnati has three games in hand, with Florida playing 63 games to Cincinnati’s 60.
Looking back to 2006-07, the winners of the Brabham Cup have gone on to win the Kelly Cup three times.
|2006-07||Las Vegas Wranglers||Lost in Conference Semis to Idaho|
|2007-08||Cincinnati Cyclones||WON KELLY CUP|
|2008-09||Florida Everblades||Lost in South Division Finals to SC|
|2009-10||Idaho Steelheads||Lost in Kelly Cup Finals to Cincinnati|
|2010-11||Alaska Aces||WON KELLY CUP|
|2011-12||Alaska Aces||Lost in Conference Finals to Las Vegas|
|2012-13||Alaska Aces||Lost in Conference Semis to Stockton|
|2013-14||Alaska Aces||WON KELLY CUP|
|2014-15||Toledo Walleye||Lost in Conference Finals to SC|
|2015-16||Missouri Mavericks||Lost in Conference Semis to Allen|
|2016-17||Toledo Walleye||Lost in Conference Finals to Colorado|
|2017-18||Florida Everblades||Lost in Kelly Cup Finals to Colorado|
There is still a lot to be decided in the final 24 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens! Enjoy the weekend of hockey!
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