WICHITA, Kan. – Welcome to the final weekend of the 2018-19 ECHL regular season! By the end of the weekend, we will know the 16 teams vying for Mr. Kelly’s Cup starting next Wednesday.
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.
A 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 can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win, overtime/shootout loss or a loss by Maine
- Brampton will clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win and a loss by Maine
- Reading’s tragic number (playoff elimination) is 2.
- Maine’s tragic number is 3.
- Worcester’s tragic number is 1.
- Florida has clinched the division and will have home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs
- Orlando has clinched a playoff berth and will have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs
- Jacksonville has clinched their first playoff berth since relocation from Evansville, they will be the #3 seed.
- Atlanta has moved back into the fourth seed in the South Division. They will clinch a playoff berth with a win Saturday night against the South Carolina Stingrays.
- Cincinnati has clinched the Brabham Cup. They will have home-ice throughout the playoffs.
- Toledo has clinched a playoff berth. They will have home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
- Kalamazoo has clinched a playoff berth
- Fort Wayne’s magic number is 1 and will clinch a playoff berth with a win or a loss in overtime/shootout against Indy
- Indy will be eliminated with a loss of any kind in the final weekend
- Wheeling’s tragic number is 1.
- Tulsa, Idaho, Utah and Kansas City have clinched playoff berths
- Tulsa’s magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is 5; they 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.
- Rapid City will clinch the fifth position in the Mountain Division with a win and a regulation loss by Wichita.
Here are the teams who have qualified:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Newfoundland, Florida, Adirondack, Orlando, Jacksonville
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Cincinnati, Toledo, Kalamazoo, 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 latest playoff bracket:
Race for the Brabham Cup
The Brabham Cup, and home-ice throughout the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs, has been awarded to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
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 3 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!