With one week to go in the ECHL’s regular season, five playoff positions remain open across the league. While no berths can be clinched tonight, two division titles can be wrapped up. Here is a look at who is in the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoff field.

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, Colorado Eagles, Utah Grizzlies, Cincinnati Cyclones

Saturday’s Key Matchups:

The biggest matchup tonight in the east takes place at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, where the Kalamazoo Wings can pull into a tie with the Elmira Jackals with a win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Kalamazoo has won six straight games and eight of their last ten games.

In the west, there are two pivotal matchups tonight. The first is at the Ford Center, where the Evansville IceMen host the Tulsa Oilers. After last night’s loss to the Quad City Mallards, the Oilers find themselves five points back with five games to play. A win will keep the Oilers’ playoff hopes alive, while a loss will cut Quad City’s magic number to three, and all but ensure tee times for the Oilers.

Also in the west, the Colorado Eagles host the Idaho Steelheads in the second game of a weekend set. The Eagles have won four straight against the Steelheads and have clawed to within two points of the division lead with a week to go.

Saturday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:

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

Fort Wayne can clinch the Midwest Division title with: win OR loss in overtime/shootout OR any Cincinnati loss

Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles thru play Friday:

Division Division Leader Magic Number
East Manchester 3
North Toledo CLINCHED
South South Carolina 11
Midwest Fort Wayne 1
Central Missouri CLINCHED
West Idaho 6

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 67 36 25 6 35 78 Hm v. BRM Sat & Sun
6 Reading 68 34 24 10 33 78 Hm v. NOR Sat & Sun
7 Elmira 69 36 28 5 30 77 IDLE
8 Wheeling 68 34 26 8 34 76 Hm v. MAN Sat, @TOL Sun
9 Kalamazoo 67 35 28 5 33 75 @GVL Sat


Western Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts This Week’s Games
4 x-Allen 68 38 23 7 36 83 @MIZ Sat
5 x-Colorado 68 38 26 4 38 81 Hm v. IDA Sat
6 x-Utah 69 37 26 6 35 80 Hm v. AK Sat
7 x-Cincinnati 69 35 25 9 33 79 Hm v. TOL Sat
8 Quad City 68 34 28 6 32 74 Hm v. IND Sat
9 Tulsa 67 32 30 5 25 69 @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 44-19-2-3, 93 pts vs (8) Wheeling Nailers 34-26-4-4, 76 pts
x*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 41-18-6-3, 91 pts vs (7) Elmira Jackals 36-28-3-2, 77 pts
x*(3) Manchester Monarchs 38-22-4-5, 85 pts vs (6) Reading Royals 34-24-6-4, 78 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 43-21-0-2, 88 pts  (5) Adirondack Thunder 36-25-2-4, 80 pts

Western Conference:

p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-12-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 34-28-4-2, 72 pts
x*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 38-21-6-2, 84 pts vs (7) x-Cincinnati Cyclones 35-25-5-4, 79 pts 
x*(3) Idaho Steelheads 36-22-7-3, 82 pts vs (6) x-Utah Grizzlies 37-26-3-3, 80 pts
x*(4) Allen Americans 38-23-3-4, 83 pts vs (5) x-Colorado Eagles 38-26-3-1, 80 pts

x=Clinched Playoff Berth
y=Clinched Division Title
z=Clinched Conference Title
p=Clinched Regular Season Title
*=Home-Ice Advantage in Quarterfinal Round

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