WICHITA, Kan. – Three more teams could punch their tickets to the Kelly Cup Playoffs tonight, including the Newfoundland Growlers, who could become the first team since the Central Hockey League/ECHL consolidation in 2014 to secure a postseason berth in their inaugural ECHL season.
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.
Let’s get into the division-by-division breakdowns.
- Newfoundland’s magic number for clinching their first playoff berth is at 1. They will clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight, an OT/SO loss by Worcester, or a regulation loss by Worcester
- Adirondack’s magic number is at 11
- Spots 3-5 are separated by two points; Maine and Worcester have a game-in-hand on Manchester
- Sixth-place Brampton is four points behind Manchester for the fourth playoff spot
- Reading is seven points out of fourth place; their tragic number (playoff elimination) is 9
- Florida has clinched the South Division title. Their magic number for clinching home-ice through the Eastern Conference playoffs is at 5
- Orlando’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 7
- Jacksonville’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 12
- Orlando and Jacksonville are separated by five points for the final home-ice spot, and Orlando has one game-in-hand
- South Carolina has a two-point lead on Atlanta for the final playoff spot. Atlanta has three games-in-hand on the Stingrays and they will meet two more times before the end of the season
- Norfolk’s tragic number is at 10
- Greenville has been eliminated from playoff contention
- Cincinnati has clinched the Central Division title and will have home-ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs
- Toledo can clinch a playoff berth with a win or a loss by Indy
- Fort Wayne’s magic number is 11
- The race for the third and fourth playoff spots are separated by one point, with Fort Wayne having two games-in-hand on Kalamazoo
- Indy and Wheeling are both six points back of Kalamazoo for the final playoff spot
- Tulsa and Idaho have clinched playoff berths
- The Steelheads’ magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is 17
- Utah’s magic number is 2. They will clinch a playoff berth with a win in Allen
- Kansas City’s magic number is 7
- Rapid City and Wichita’s tragic numbers are both at 7
- Allen has been eliminated from playoff contention
Here’s a look at the playoff matchups, if they were to begin today:
Teams With Best Record in Last 10 Games:
Cincinnati Cyclones: 8-2-0-0
Florida Everblades: 8-2-0-0
Tulsa Oilers: 7-3-0-0
Worcester Railers: 7-2-0-1
Maine Mariners: 6-2-2-0
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 99, Florida 95). Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching the Brabham Cup championship is 8.
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 17 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!