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
East Manchester 3
North Toledo CLINCHED
South South Carolina 4
Midwest Fort Wayne CLINCHED
Central Missouri CLINCHED
West Colorado 4

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 Remaining Games
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

Western Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts Remaining Games
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.

Eastern Conference:

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

Western Conference:

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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  1. the thunder have it on thier FB page as they can clinch a playoff off spot with a win tonight. with a win and a kalamazoo loss they will.

    • We go off of the ECHL…who says the Thunder can clinch with a win. Kalamazoo does not play tonight.

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