WICHITA, Kan. – Two teams had a chance to clinch playoff berths on Wednesday night, but whiffed. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Cyclones edged closer to their second Brabham Cup championship and can clinch it as early as tomorrow night.
With just one game on the ECHL slate this evening, there are no clinching opportunities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t update you on the race for the playoffs, which will conclude in 11 days.
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 has clinched a berth in the playoffs. They have clinched at least a share of the North Division title, and will win it outright with a win or any loss by Manchester or Adirondack Friday night
- Manchester’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 9
- Adirondack’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 9
- Eight points separate spots 2-7 in the North Division are separated by four points
- Florida has clinched the South Division title for the third straight season. They will clinch home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs with their standings point or any loss by Newfoundland.
- Orlando’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth remains at 1. They can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Greenville Friday night.
- Jacksonville’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 5
- Orlando and Jacksonville are separated by five points for the final home-ice spot, and Orlando has one game-in-hand
- South Carolina and Atlanta are tied for the final playoff spot. Atlanta has two games-in-hand on the Stingrays and they will meet two more times before the end of the season
- Norfolk will be eliminated with their next loss or any point by either South Carolina or Atlanta
- Greenville has been eliminated from playoff contention
- Cincinnati has clinched the Central Division title. They will have home-ice through the Western Conference playoffs
- Toledo has clinched a playoff berth
- Fort Wayne’s magic number is 4. The Komets could clinch a playoff berth with a win and a regulation loss by Indy.
- Kalamazoo has a four-point lead on Indy in the race for the final playoff spot. The Wings and Fuel will meet for the final time this season on Friday night.
- Tulsa, Idaho, and Utah have clinched playoff berths
- The Steelheads’ magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is 11
- Kansas City’s magic number is 3. Regardless if Wichita and Rapid City both lose tomorrow night, the earliest the Mavericks could clinch a playoff berth is Saturday at Fort Wayne.
- Rapid City’s tragic number is at 3
- Wichita’s tragic number is at 4
- Allen has been eliminated from playoff contention
Here are the teams who have qualified:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Newfoundland, Florida
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Cincinnati, Toledo, 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 five points in the standings (Cincinnati 103, Florida 98). Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching the Brabham Cup championship is 3, and they can win it as early as tomorrow night with a win in Indy plus a regulation loss by Florida in Norfolk.
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 11 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!