It is hard to believe, but this is the final full weekend of the ECHL regular season. Tonight, a division title can be clinched, as well as three Western Conference playoff berths.

Here is a look at who is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs as of Thursday:

Teams in the Kelly Cup Playoffs:

East: Toledo Walleye, South Carolina Stingrays, Manchester Monarchs, Florida Everblades
West: Missouri Mavericks, Fort Wayne Komets, Idaho Steelheads, Allen Americans

Friday’s Key Matchups:

There is a four-way tie, points wise, for the fifth through eighth spots in the eastern conference. The Wheeling Nailers and Reading Royals are two of the four teams with 76 points. Tonight, they meet at WesBanco Arena to break the log-jam.

Meanwhile, the Kalamazoo Wings have been charging hard, winning five straight and seven of their last ten games. The Wings sit three points back and have a game in-hand on the Elmira Jackals, with five games to play. Tonight, they will have a rematch with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

In the West, the titanic matchup of the night is at the bottom of the playoff standings, where the Quad City Mallards can put a stranglehold on the eighth playoff spot with a regulation win over the Tulsa Oilers. Both teams enter tonight’s tilt at the i-Wireless Center having lost two straight games. Tulsa does have a game in-hand on Quad City, but it will not matter unless they win tonight.

Friday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:

Manchester can clinch the North Division title with: a win AND if Adirondack loses in regulation

Cincinnati can clinch a playoff berth with: a win OR Tulsa regulation loss, loss in overtime/shootout AND Tulsa loses in regulation

Colorado can clinch a playoff berth with: win AND Tulsa loss

Utah can clinch a playoff berth with: win AND Tulsa loss

Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles as of Thursday:

Division Division Leader Magic Number
East Manchester 3
North Toledo CLINCHED
South South Carolina 11
Midwest Fort Wayne 3
Central Missouri CLINCHED
West Idaho 7

The races for playoff positioning are very tight in both the eastern and western conferences. Here is a breakdown of those races:

Eastern Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts This Week’s Games 
5 Adirondack 66 35 25 6 34 76 Hm v. NOR Fri, Hm v. BRM Sat & Sun
6 Wheeling 67 34 25 8 34 76 Hm v. REA Fri, Hm v. MAN Sat, @TOL Sun
7 Reading 67 33 24 10 32 76 @WHL Fri, Hm v. NOR Sat & Sun
8 Elmira 68 36 28 4 30 76 @BRM Fri
9 Kalamazoo 67 34 28 5 32 73 @GVL Fri, Sat
10 Orlando 66 31 26 9 28 71 @SC Fri/Sat

Western Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts This Week’s Games
4 x-Allen 67 37 23 7 33 81 @MIZ Fri & Sat
5 Cincinnati 68 35 24 9 33 79 @EVA Fri, Hm v. TOL Sat
6 Colorado 67 37 26 4 37 78 Hm v. IDA Fri & Sat
7 Utah 68 36 26 6 34 78 Hm v. AK Fri & Sat
8 Quad City 67 33 28 6 31 72 Hm v. TUL Fri, Hm v. IND Sat
9 Tulsa 65 32 28 3 25 69 @QDC Fri, @EVA Sat

*=> ROW is regulation/overtime wins, the first tie breaker

Here is what the playoff matchups would be for the Quarterfinal Series in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Eastern Conference:

y*(1) Toledo Walleye 43-19-2-3, 91 pts vs (8) Elmira Jackals 36-28-3-1, 76 pts
x*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 40-18-6-3, 89 pts vs (7) Reading Royals 33-24-6-4, 76 pts
x*(3) Manchester Monarchs 38-21-4-5, 85 pts vs (6) Wheeling Nailers 34-25-4-4, 76 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 43-21-0-2, 88 pts  (5) Adirondack Thunder 35-25-2-4, 76 pts

Western Conference:

p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-11-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 33-28-4-2, 72 pts
x*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 38-21-6-2, 84 pts vs (7) Utah Grizzlies 36-26-3-3, 78 pts
x*(3) Idaho Steelheads 36-22-6-3, 81 pts vs (6) Colorado Eagles 37-26-3-1, 78 pts
x*(4) Allen Americans 37-23-3-4, 81 pts vs (5) Cincinnati Cyclones 34-24-5-4, 77 pts 

x=Clinched Playoff Berth
y=Clinched Division Title
z=Clinched Conference Title
p=Clinched Regular Season Title
*=Home-Ice in 1st rd.

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