We are into the final week of the 2015-16 ECHL regular season and there are still seven teams vying for five playoff spots. But, two more spots can be sewn up tonight.
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
Tuesday’s Key Matchups:
In the East, the Elmira Jackals begin their final road trip of the season by taking on the Adirondack Thunder. With a win, the Jackals will leapfrog the Kalamazoo Wings for the eighth spot in the East. A win for Adirondack would jump them back into the fifth spot and lower their magic number for clinching a playoff berth down to one.
Out west, the Tulsa Oilers travel to Missouri to play the Mavericks in their home finale. Tulsa desperately needs a win in regulation, as an overtime/shootout loss to Missouri will lower Quad City’s number to two.
The Idaho Steelheads look to regain the West Division lead with a win over the Rapid City Rush. The Steelheads lost a pair this past weekend to the Colorado Eagles.
Tuesday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:
Reading can clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff berth with any Elmira loss.
Adirondack can clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff berth with a win.
Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles at the start of play Tuesday:
|Division||Division Leader||Magic Number|
The races for playoff positioning are very tight in both the eastern and western conferences. Here is a breakdown of those races:
|5||Reading||70||36||24||10||35||82||Hm v. ELM Tue, @Man Fri, Hm v. Man Sat|
|6||Adirondack||69||37||26||6||36||80||@WHL Fri, Hm v. WHL Sat|
|7||Wheeling||69||35||26||9||35||79||Hm v. REA Fri, @REA Sat|
|8||Kalamazoo||69||36||28||5||34||77||@BRM Wed, @TOL Fri, Hm v. TOL Sat|
|9||Elmira||69||36||28||5||30||77||@ADK Tue, @BRM Fri, Hm v. BRM Sat|
|4||x-Allen||69||39||23||7||37||85||Hm v. EVA Wed, Fri, Sat|
|5||x-Idaho||69||36||23||10||33||82||@RPD Tue, Hm v. MIZ Fri, Sat|
|6||x-Utah||70||38||26||6||36||82||@RPD Fri, Sat|
|7||x-Cincinnati||69||35||26||9||33||79||@QDC Fri, Sat|
|8||Quad City||68||35||28||6||33||76||@FTW Wed, Hm v. CIN Fri, Sat|
|9||Tulsa||68||33||30||5||26||71||@MIZ Tue, @WIC Wed/Fri, Hm v. WIC 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.
y*(1) Toledo Walleye 46-19-2-3, 97 pts vs (8) Kalamazoo Wings 36-28-4-1, 77 pts
x*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 41-18-7-3, 92 pts vs (7) Wheeling Nailers 35-26-5-4, 79 pts
x*(3) Manchester Monarchs 38-23-4-5, 85 pts vs (6) Adirondack Thunder 37-25-2-4, 80 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 43-21-0-2, 88 pts vs (5) Reading Royals 36-24-6-4, 82 pts
p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-13-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 35-28-4-2, 76 pts
y*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 39-21-7-2, 87 pts vs (7) x-Cincinnati Cyclones 35-26-5-4, 79 pts
x*(3) Colorado Eagles 39-26-3-1, 82 pts vs (6) x-Utah Grizzlies 38-26-3-3, 82 pts
x*(4) Allen Americans 39-23-3-4, 85 pts vs (5) x-Idaho Steelheads 36-23-7-3, 82 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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