WICHITA, Kan. – The final Saturday night of the regular season is upon us and by the end of the night, the entire Kelly Cup Playoff field will be finalized, and history could be made with one of the longest-running hockey franchises in North America.
Before we get into the division breakdowns of what’s at stake tonight, a huge thanks to Joe Alsman, the statistician for Team Sin Bin. We’ve used his magic number tables and stats since our launch and each year, they are incredibly helpful. We are lucky to have Joe on our squad.
Without further adieu, let’s get into the 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 has clinched a playoff berth
- Brampton will clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win in regulation or overtime and a Maine loss, or if Maine loses in regulation and Reading loses
- Reading’s tragic number (playoff elimination) is 1.
- Maine’s tragic number is 3.
- 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 in regulation tonight 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.
- Fort Wayne has clinched a playoff berth. Their magic number for clinching the three seed is 1
- Kalamazoo has clinched a playoff berth
- Tulsa, Idaho, Utah and Kansas City have clinched playoff berths
- Tulsa’s magic number for clinching the Mountain Division is 3; they will have home-ice in at least the first round of the playoffs.
- The Oilers can clinch their first regular-season hockey title since 1976 with a win and an Idaho loss, or a loss in overtime/shootout and an Idaho loss in regulation
- Idaho has clinched home-ice in the first round of the playoffs
- Utah will clinch 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 in regulation or OT/SO loss and a regulation loss by Wichita.
- Wichita will clinch fifth in the Mountain with a win in regulation and a Rapid City loss in regulation tonight.
Here are the teams who have qualified:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Newfoundland, Adirondack, Manchester, Florida, Orlando, Jacksonville,
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Cincinnati, Toledo, Kalamazoo, Fort Wayne, Idaho, Tulsa, Utah, Kansas City
Here are the teams who are eliminated:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Worcester, Norfolk, Greenville
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Indy, Wheeling, Rapid City, Wichita, Allen
Here’s a look at the playoff bracket entering tonight’s action:
NOTE: Cincinnati can break the ECHL record for most home wins in a season with a win tonight. They tied the record (30) on Friday night.
Cyclones Win 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 2 days of the ECHL regular season. We will be here to break it all down for you as it happens!