Predicting Kelly Cup Playoff Chances: Central Division

Predicting Kelly Cup Playoff Chances: Central Division

The All-Star break has come and gone and most teams are almost halfway through the season with the exception of Newfoundland and Trois-Rivières due to postponements and such involving COVID. The next couple weeks I am going to go through every teams’ schedule and predict how they’ll finish this season.

We are going to start off with one of the toughest divisions in the league, the Central Division. This one is going to be somewhat tough. Fort Wayne, Toledo, and Wheeling have had some of their best players missing for a lot of games in which we’ve seen Cincinnati and Kalamazoo climb the standings, while Indy is collecting points and on the heels of the Nailers. Here is how I think the standings will look along with a breakdown of the schedules.

22-8-0-2 46 Points

Schedule Breakdown

Cincinnati – 4 Games (1 Home and 3 Away)

Fort Wayne – 6 Games (3 Home and 3 Away)

Kalamazoo – 3 Games (2 Home and 1 Away)

Wheeling – 5 Games (2 Home and 3 Away)

Indy – 6 Games (3 Home and 3 Away)

Iowa – 2 Games (Both Home)

Reading – 2 Games (Both Home)

Allen – 3 Games (All Home)

Idaho – 3 Games (All Home)

Wichita – 2 Games (1 Home and 1 Away)

Tulsa – 3 Games (All Away)

Atlanta – 1 Game (Home)

Final Prediction: 1st in Central with a record of 48-21-1-2

20-13-1-0 41 Points

Schedule Breakdown:

Toledo – 4 Games (3 Home and 1 Away)

Fort Wayne – 6 Games (2 Home and 4 Away)

Kalamazoo – 2 Games (1 Home and 1 Away)

Wheeling – 4 Games (3 Home and 1 Away)

Indy – 7 Games (2 Home and 5 Away)

Iowa – 5 Games (3 Home and 2 Away)

Atlanta – 1 Game (Home)

Allen – 3 Games (All Home)

Tulsa – 1 Game (Home)

Newfoundland – 3 Games (All Away)

Trois-Rivières – 2 Games (Both Away)

Final Prediction: 4th in Central with a record of 38-32-2 with 80 points

18-12-4-0 40 Points

Schedule Breakdown:

Toledo – 6 Games (3 Home and 3 Away)

Cincinnati – 6 Games (4 Home and 2 Away)

Kalamazoo – 6 Games (4 Home and 2 Away)

Wheeling – 6 Games (3 Home and 3 Away)

Indy – 2 Games (1 Home and 1 Away)

Iowa – 5 Games (All Away)

Tulsa – 2 Games (Both Home)

Worcester – 2 Games (Both Away)

Adirondack – 3 Games (All Away)

Final Prediction: 2nd in Central with a record of 38-27-7 and 83 Points

19-13-0-0 38 Points

Toledo – 3 Games (1 Home and 2 Away)

Cincinnati – 2 Games (1 Home and 1 Away)

Fort Wayne – 6 Games (2 Home and 4 Away)

Wheeling – 7 Games (3 Home and 4 Away)

Indy – 7 Games (4 Home and 3 Away)

Iowa – 9 Games (5 Home and 4 Away)

Tulsa – 2 Games (Both Home)

Idaho – 1 Game (Home)

Worcester – 3 Games (All Away)

Final Prediction: Narrowly missing the playoffs with a record of 36-33-3 and 75 Points

17-14-1-0 35 Points

Toledo – 5 Games (3 Home and 2 Away)

Cincinnati – 4 Games (1 Home and 3 Away)

Fort Wayne – 6 Games (3 Home and 3 Away)

Kalamazoo – 7 Games (4 Home and 3 Away)

Indy -7 Games (3 Home and 4 Away)

Iowa – 4 Games (3 Home and 1 Away)

Reading – 6 Games (4 Home and 2 Away)

Atlanta – 1 Game (Home)

Final Prediction: 3rd in Central with a record of 37-28-7 and 81 Points

14-15-2-2 32 Points

Toledo – 6 Games (3 Home and 3 Away)

Cincinnati – 7 Games (5 Home and 2 Away)

Fort Wayne – 2 Games (1 Home and 1 Away)

Kalamazoo – 7 Games (3 Home and 4 Away)

Wheeling – 7 Games (4 Home and 3 Away)

Iowa – 3 Games (1 Home and 2 Away)

Reading – 1 Game (Away)

Wichita – 1 Game (Away)

Kansas City – 1 Game (Away)

Orlando – 2 Games (Both Away)

Trois-Rivières – 2 Games (Both Away)

Final Prediction: Misses playoffs with a record of 31-38-3-2 and 67 Points

12-17-5-1 30 Points

Toledo – 2 Games (Both Away)

Cincinnati – 5 Games (2 Home and 3 Away)

Fort Wayne – 5 Games (All Home)

Kalamazoo – 9 Games (4 Home and 5 Away)

Wheeling – 4 Games (1 Home and 3 Away)

Indy – 3 Games (2 Home and 1 Away)

Kansas City – 1 Game (Away)

Allen – 3 Games (All Away)

Utah – 3 Games (All Home)

Tulsa – 1 Game (Home)

Wichita – 1 Game (Home)

Final Prediction: misses playoffs with a record of 25-39-5-1 and 56 Points

The ECHL announced on Friday that qualification for the 2022 Kelly Cup Playoffs will be based on points percentage at the conclusion of the regular season in the event teams do not complete all regularly scheduled games. These predictions could be pointless, but I’ll still have fun doing them.

With the amount of call-ups and such happening with COVID anything can happen, but I believe the four teams competing in the Kelly Cup for the Central Division will be Toledo, Fort Wayne, Wheeling, and Cincinnati. Coming up next week will be the competitive Mountain Division.

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