It is almost that time for ECHL teams to start clinching their Kelly Cup Playoff berths or unfortunately end up eliminated. Four teams are able to clinch within the next couple weeks based on certain outcomes of their games. The first team could be South Carolina. The Stingrays could clinch next Saturday (February 22nd) if the cards fall right. Allen, Florida, and Newfoundland are also on the verge of clinching. On the other end of the spectrum we have Norfolk and Worcester clinging on to their very miniscule playoff possibilities. Below are Magic/Tragic numbers for those teams, playoff picture, and what the races realistically look like.

Magic/Tragic Numbers:

Magic:

Allen, Newfoundland, and South Carolina – 18

Florida – 21

Tragic –

Norfolk – 24

Worcester – 27

 

If the playoffs started today:

North

#1 Newfoundland vs #4 Maine

#2 Reading vs #3 Brampton

South

#1 South Carolina vs #4 Orlando

#2 Florida vs #3 Greenville

Central

#1 Cincinnati vs #4 Fort Wayne

#2 Toledo vs #3 Indy

Mountain

#1 Allen vs #4 Rapid City

#2 Utah vs #3 Idaho

Playoff Races:

North

With Newfoundland pretty much a lock in the playoffs and Worcester pretty much eliminated there are 4 teams battling for the final 3 spots; Adirondack, Brampton, Maine, and Reading.

2nd-5th Standings (Games Remaining – Points – Possible Point Total)

  • Reading (26-59-111)
  • Brampton (23-57-103)
  • Maine (22-57-101)
  • Adirondack (21-47-89)

Looking at the possible point totals it looks like Reading will get the 2nd seed, while Brampton and Maine battle for the 3rd spot. It looks like Adirondack will end up being the other team eliminated from playoff contention when it is all said and done.. Remember anything is possible, so don’t take this to heart.

South

The South is similar to the North with the top 2 teams pretty much clinched (Florida and South Carolina), while Norfolk is pretty much eliminated. Florida and South Carolina are still battling for the #1 spot, while Atlanta, Greenville, Jacksonville, and Orlando are battling for the final 2 spots.

3rd-6th Standings 

  • Greenville (21-50-92)
  • Orlando (24-48-96)
  • Atlanta (24-44-92)
  • Jacksonville (27-44-98)

This race is going to be a good one to watch.

Central

Another good race to watch is the Central, because anyone can still get the #1 spot, but Cincinnati and Toledo have the better chance. Luckily for Toledo they have 5 games in hand, which gives them an advantage if they win those games.

  • Cincinnati (22-66-110)
  • Toledo (27-60-114)
  • Indy (24-55-103)
  • Fort Wayne (23-52-98)
  • Wheeling  (26-47-99)
  • Kalamazoo (25-43-93)

As you can see any team could theoretically win the Central with all head-to-head match-ups left. This will be the best playoff race to watch, but I am a little biased.

Mountain

The Mountain is one of the divisions where the playoff teams look like they are set, but like I said earlier anything is possible, so maybe Kansas City, Tulsa, or Wichita can catch up to Rapid City.

  • Allen (21-74-116)
  • Utah (22-63-107)
  • Idaho (22-61-105)
  • Rapid City (23-56-102)
  • Wichita (18-50-86)
  • Tulsa (20-50-90)
  • Kansas City (22-48-92)

 

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