WICHITA, Kan. – Much like Wednesday night, Orlando and Kansas City failed to punch their tickets into the Kelly Cup Playoffs. But on Friday night, we crowned the third division champion of the season.
Tonight, the Brabham Cup could be handed out, and the same two teams could get into the 16-team playoff field.
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.
- The Newfoundland Growlers clinched the North Division last night with a 4-2 win over Manchester. They will have home-ice through in at least the first round of the playoffs.
- Adirondack moved back into second place last night, their magic number for clinching a playoff berth is at 6.
- Manchester’s magic number is 7
- Maine’s magic number is 9
- Maine and Brampton are separated by one point for the final North Division playoff spot.
- Spots 2-7 in the division are separated by eight points
- Florida has clinched the division and will have home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs
- Orlando’s magic number continues to be at 1. They can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win over the Stingrays.
- Jacksonville’s magic number for clinching their first playoff berth is at 4.
- Atlanta has moved into the fourth position in the South Division, thanks to a big win last night over Jacksonville. The Gladiators have a two-point lead on the Stingrays and have a game-in-hand. Their magic number for clinching a playoff berth is at 6.
- South Carolina is two points behind Atlanta with four games to go.
- Norfolk and Greenville have been eliminated.
- Cincinnati has clinched the Central Division title. They will have home-ice through the Western Conference playoffs
- Toledo has clinched a playoff berth. Their magic number for clinching home-ice in the first round is at 3. They can do that with a win and a Fort Wayne loss of any fashion tonight.
- Fort Wayne’s magic number is 4.
- Kalamazoo has a three-point lead on Indy in the race for the final playoff spot. Their magic number is at 7.
- Wheeling has been eliminated
- 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 2. The Mavericks could clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight and a regulation loss by Wichita.
- Rapid City’s tragic number is at 2
- 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
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 three points in the standings (Cincinnati 103, Florida 100). Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching the Brabham Cup championship is 3, and they can win it tonight with a win in Indy plus a regulation loss by Florida in Norfolk or if they beat Indy in regulation/overtime and Florida loses in any fashion.
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 9 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!