Let’s begin the week by looking at the ECHL’s Central Division playoff race with an update on each team’s Maximum Points and their Pace Points. (Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas, explanation and updates.)
Pace is the team’s point percentage over 72 games. Example, for Brampton, 34.0% of 144 (max points) is 49.
Mathematical cutoff is when a team’s maximum points fall below the number of points that the 4th place team has achieved. To use Brampton as an example — if Brampton wins every last game, Quad City, Tulsa and Wichita would need to earn 79 points to eliminate them. Brampton has been eliminated by pace points, but not mathematically as yet.
At this point the Allen Americans are 18 points away from clinching a playoff spot (assuming Allen owns tiebreakers over them all), and 25 points away from clinching the Division.
You will notice that the Wichita Thunder has a higher maximum points and pace points scenario given they have two games in hand over Tulsa and Rapid City.