With three days remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, five playoff spots are up for grabs and eight teams are still in contention for the spots.

In the East, the Kalamazoo Wings used a three-goal first period to propel them to a 4-3 win over the Brampton Beast. The win moves the Wings into a three-way tie points wise with Wheeling and Elmira for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Out West, the Tulsa Oilers kept their playoff hopes alive with a big 5-1 win over the Wichita Thunder. However, the Oilers could not gain ground on the Quad City Mallards, who defeated the Fort Wayne Komets 4-1.

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

Thursday’s Key Matchups:

The Florida Everblades can formally eliminate the Orlando Solar Bears and narrow South Carolina’s lead in the South Division with a win.

Thursday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:

There are no playoff or division clinching scenarios for tonight’s game.

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 3
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 @WHL Fri, Hm v. WHL Sat
6 Adirondack 70 37 27 6 36 80 @Man Fri, Hm v. Man Sat
7 Wheeling 70 35 26 9 35 79 Hm v. REA Fri, @REA Sat
8 Kalamazoo 70 37 28 5 35 79 @TOL Fri, Hm v. TOL Sat
9 Elmira 70 37 28 5 31 79 @BRM Fri, Hm v. BRM Sat


Western Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts Remaining Games
4 x-Allen 70 40 23 7 38 87 Hm v. EVA Fri, Sat
5 x-Idaho 70 37 23 10 34 84 Hm v. MIZ Fri, Sat
6 x-Utah 70 38 26 6 36 82 @RPD Fri, Sat
7 x-Cincinnati 70 35 26 9 33 79 @QDC Fri, Sat
8 Quad City 70 36 28 6 34 78 Hm v. CIN Fri, Sat
9 Tulsa 70 35 30 5 28 75 @WIC 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 37-28-4-1, 79 pts
x*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 42-18-7-3, 94 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 37-27-2-4, 80 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 44-21-0-2, 90 pts vs (5) Reading Royals 36-24-6-4, 82 pts

Western Conference:

p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-14-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 36-28-4-2, 78 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 40-26-3-1, 84 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 37-23-7-3, 84 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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