WICHITA, Kan. – The field for the Kelly Cup Playoffs grew by three teams over the weekend, and we have a little more definition on who will have home-ice in the opening round, which is likely to begin next Wednesday night.
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 the North Division and will have home-ice in at least the first two rounds of the playoffs
- Adirondack has clinched their third straight playoff berth. They will clinch home-ice in the opening round with their next point in the standings
- Manchester’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is 5
- Brampton’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth is also 5
- Maine sits two points behind Brampton in the race for the final playoff spot. They have a game-in-hand on the Beast.
- Reading and Worcester’s tragic numbers are currently 2
- Florida has clinched the division and will have home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs
- Orlando has clinched a playoff berth and will clinch home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs with a win or an OT/SO loss in their next game.
- Jacksonville has clinched their first playoff berth since relocation from Evansville, they will be the #3 seed.
- South Carolina and Atlanta are tied points-wise for the final playoff spot in the South, but the Stingrays have the spot based on non-shootout wins (32 wins for SC, 29 wins for Atlanta). Atlanta will play their final game-in-hand against Orlando Wednesday night, before the two teams meet in a battle for the final spot this weekend.
- 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. They will have home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
- Fort Wayne’s magic number is 1 and will clinch a playoff berth with a win over Indy Wednesday.
- Kalamazoo has a three-point lead on Indy in the race for the final playoff spot. Their magic number is at 2 and can clinch a playoff berth with a win Wednesday
- Wheeling & Indy’s tragic number is 2
- Tulsa, Idaho, Utah and Kansas City have clinched playoff berths
- Tulsa’s magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is 5; the will have home-ice in at least the first round of the playoffs
- Idaho will clinch home-ice in the first round of the playoff with their next standings point.
- Utah will clinch at least the third seed with their next standings point
- Kansas City would need to win out and Utah to lose out in regulation to be the third seed.
Here are the teams who have qualified:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Newfoundland, Florida, Adirondack, Orlando, Jacksonville
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Cincinnati, Toledo, Idaho, Tulsa, Utah, Kansas City
Here are the teams who are eliminated:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Norfolk, Greenville
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Rapid City, Wichita, Allen
Here’s a look at the playoff bracket entering the season’s final week:
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 four points in the standings (Cincinnati 106, Florida 102). Cincinnati’s magic number for clinching the Brabham Cup championship is 1, and they can win it Wednesday with a point in any fashion; win or overtime/shootout loss.
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 7 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!