There is one ticket yet to be punched for the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
With a huge Elmira loss last night, Adirondack, Reading, and Wheeling all clinched playoff berths in the Eastern Conference. Also in the east, the Toledo Walleye won their second consecutive Eastern Conference regular season title, defeating the Kalamazoo Wings in overtime 3-2.
Meanwhile, the Western Conference playoff field is set. The Quad City Mallards scored six goals in the final 40 minutes to defeat the Cincinnati Cyclones 6-2. Even with a Tulsa win over Wichita (2-1), the Oilers were eliminated from playoff contention.
None of the playoff matchups have been decided yet, so there is still much to figure out on this final night of the 2015-16 regular season.
Teams in the Kelly Cup Playoffs:
East: Toledo Walleye, South Carolina Stingrays, Manchester Monarchs, Florida Everblades, Adirondack Thunder, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers
West: Missouri Mavericks, Fort Wayne Komets, Idaho Steelheads, Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Utah Grizzlies, Cincinnati Cyclones, Quad City Mallards
Saturday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:
- Idaho clinches West Division title with: win OR loss in OT/SO OR Colorado loss in regulation
- Colorado clinches West Division title with: win AND Idaho loss in regulation
- Kalamazoo clinches a playoff berth with: win OR loss in OT/SO AND Elmira loss in regulation
- Elmira clinches a playoff berth with: win AND Kalamazoo loss in regulation
Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles at the start of play Friday:
|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||x-Adirondack||71||38||27||6||37||82||Hm v. Man Sat|
|6||x-Reading||71||36||25||10||35||82||Hm v. WHL Sat|
|8||Kalamazoo||71||37||28||6||35||80||Hm v. TOL Sat|
|9||Elmira||71||37||29||5||31||79||Hm v. BRM Sat|
|4||x-Allen||71||40||24||7||38||87||Hm v. EVA Sat|
|7||x-Quad City||71||37||28||6||35||81||Hm v. CIN 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.
z*(1) Toledo Walleye 47-19-2-3, 99 pts vs (8) Kalamazoo Wings 37-28-5-1, 80 pts
y*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 43-18-7-3, 96 pts vs (7) x-Wheeling Nailers 36-26-5-4, 81 pts
y*(3) Manchester Monarchs 38-24-4-5, 85 pts vs (6) x-Reading Royals 36-25-6-4, 82 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 45-21-1-2, 93 pts vs (5) x-Adirondack Thunder 38-27-2-4, 82 pts
p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-15-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) x-Cincinnati Cyclones 35-27-5-4, 79 pts
y*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 39-23-7-2, 87 pts vs (7) x-Quad City Mallards 37-28-4-2, 80 pts
x*(3) Idaho Steelheads 38-23-7-3, 86 pts vs (6) x-Utah Grizzlies 38-27-3-3, 82 pts
x*(4) Allen Americans 40-24-3-4, 87 pts vs (5) x-Colorado Eagles 40-27-3-1, 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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