WICHITA, Kan. – Last night, two teams clinched berths in the upcoming Kelly Cup Playoffs. By the end of the night, another two teams can punch their tickets into the 16-team field for next month’s playoffs.

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.

Eastern Conference:

NORTH DIVISION

  • Newfoundland became the first expansion team since the 2014 ECHL/CHL consolidation to clinch a berth in the playoffs. Their magic number for clinching the North Division is 6.
  • Adirondack’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 10
  • Maine’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 13
  • Spots 3-5 are separated by three points
  • Sixth-place Brampton is two points behind Manchester for the fourth playoff spot
  • Reading is seven points out of fourth place; their tragic number (playoff elimination) is 7

SOUTH DIVISION

  • Florida has clinched the South Division title for the third straight season. Their magic number for clinching home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs is 3
  • Orlando’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 3. They can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win and a South Carolina loss in regulation.
  • Jacksonville’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 8
  • Orlando and Jacksonville are separated by five points for the final home-ice spot, and Orlando has two games-in-hand
  • South Carolina has a four-point lead on Atlanta for the final playoff spot. Atlanta has four 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 6
  • Greenville has been eliminated from playoff contention

Western Conference

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • Cincinnati has clinched the Central Division title. They will have home-ice through the Western Conference playoffs
  • Toledo can clinch a playoff berth tonight if both Indy and Wheeling lose
  • Fort Wayne’s magic number is 9
  • The race for the third and fourth playoff spots are separated by one point, with Fort Wayne having one game-in-hand on Kalamazoo

MOUNTAIN DIVISION

  • Tulsa, Idaho, and Utah have clinched playoff berths
  • The Steelheads’ magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is 17
  • Kansas City’s magic number is 5
  • Rapid City’s tragic number is at 5
  • Wichita’s tragic number is at 7
  • Allen has been eliminated from playoff contention

Here are the teams who have qualified:

EASTERN CONFERENCE => Newfoundland, Florida
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Cincinnati, Idaho, Tulsa, Utah

Here’s a look at the playoff matchups, if they were to begin today:

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 101, Florida 95). Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching the Brabham Cup championship is 6.

Looking back to 2006-07, the winners of the Brabham Cup have gone on to win the Kelly Cup three times.

YEAR TEAM PLAYOFF RESULT
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
2018-19 ???? ????

There is still a lot to be decided in the final 16 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!