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As the Western Conference ECHL teams complete their fourth weekend the Missouri Mavericks, with three wins this week, take the overall lead in the ECHL with 17 points (0.773%). Adirondack Thunder of the Eastern Conference follows in 2nd with 16 points (0.889%) and the Florida Everblades in 3rd also with 16 points (0.667). Last weekend Adirondack was the only remaining undefeated team however they lost that streak Friday night (Nov. 6) when they were defeated by the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-2.

Missouri, not surprisingly, leads the Western Conference with wins this week with a record of 3-0. Utah played 4 games this week, losing their first to Idaho last Monday however they won all three games in Alaska, with their week’s record at 3-1. Colorado won both of their games this week (2-0), and Allen, Cincinnati, Fort Wayne and Indy ended their week with 2-1 records.

At the bottom end Alaska and Wichita lost all three of their games this weekend with a 0-3 weekly record. Rapid City and Tulsa lost both of their games this week (0-2). Rapid City faced Allen in South Dakota on home ice and lost their first game 4-1 and the second was a disastrous 7-2 defeat. Rapid City’s goal differential is the worst in the Western Conference right now at 21 Goals For and 33 Goals Against, with a Goal Differential of -12. Greenville is the only team with a worse record at 21 GF and 40 GA, at -19. Rapid City also ranks near the bottom with team plus/minus at -55. As a comparison the Missouri Mavericks have a +11 Goal Differential (28 GF and 17 GA) and a +47 for the team.

Things to watch this week:

By the end of this week on November 15th ECHL teams will cut their Active rosters from 21 to 20 players (by 3 p.m. ET). Some waivers have already been appearing on the ECHL transactions, however expect more this week as teams move some players around.

In-depth Glimpse into Western Conference – PP & PK:

POWERPLAY: The Fort Wayne Komets lead the ECHL in the Powerplay, with 9 games played they have been on the advantage 34 times and scored 9 goals – 26.5%. Colorado Eagles rank 2nd with 10 games played, 34 times on the advantage with 9 goals, at 26.5%. On the bottom ranked 28th is the Wichita Thunder with 10 games played, 39 times on the advantage and the team has only scored 2 goals, 5.1%.

PP Nov 9 2015

PENALTY KILL: The Allen Americans rank at the top of the ECHL Penalty Kill – with 10 games played they have been short-handed 36 times and allowed only 2 Powerplay goals against for 94.4%. Allen has also had 2 Short-handed goals for. Rapid City Rush ranks near the bottom at 24th, with 9 games played, they have been short-handed 21 times and have allowed 5 Powerplay goals against (76.2%) with one Short-handed goal for.

PK Nov 9 2015

Western Conference Weekly Updates through 8 Nov.:

Keep in mind the ECHL’s new playoff format rules for this season: “The division winners will be seeded 1, 2 and 3 and the next five highest point totals in each conference will qualify for the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs.”

*Arrows indicate the weekly trend.

Midwest Division — 

  1. Fort Wayne Komets – 9 GP: 6-3-0-0 (12 pts; 0.667%) 
  2. Cincinnati Cyclones – 7 GP: 5-1-0-1 (11 pts; 0.786%) 
  3. Indy Fuel – 9 GP: 5-3-1-0 (11 pts;  0.611%) 
  4. Quad City Mallards – 11 GP: 4-4-1-2 (11 pts; 0.500%) 
  5. Evansville IceMen – 7 GP: 2-5-0-0 (4 pts; 0.286%) 

Central Division — 

  1. Missouri Mavericks – 11 GP: 8-2-0-1 (17 pts; 0.773%) 
  2. Allen Americans – 10 GP: 7-3-0-0 (14 pts; 0.700%) 
  3. Tulsa Oilers – 9 GP: 4-5-0-0 (8 pts; 0.444%) 
  4. Wichita Thunder – 10 GP: 4-6-0-0 (8 pts; 0.400%) 

West Division —

  1. Utah Grizzlies – 10 GP: 6-3-1-0 (13 pts; 0.650%) 
  2. Idaho Steelheads – 11 GP: 4-5-2-0 (10 pts; 0.455%) 
  3. Alaska Aces – 11 GP: 4-6-0-1 (9 pts; 0.409%) 
  4. Rapid City Rush – 9 GP: 4-5-0-0 (8 pts; 0.444%) 
  5. Colorado Eagles – 10 GP: 3-6-1-0 (7 pts; 0.350%) 

Western Conference Rankings & overall ECHL League Rankings

To give you a better understanding of how the Western Conference matches up to the Eastern Conference, here are the Western Conference team rankings as a whole, and below are the Western Conference teams in their overall ECHL league rankings.

Current Western Conference Ranking – Nov. 8, 2015:

  1. Missouri Mavericks – 11 GP: 8-2-0-1 (17 pts; 0.773%)
  2. Allen Americans – 10 GP: 7-3-0-0 (14 pts; 0.700%)
  3. Utah Grizzlies – 10 GP: 6-3-1-0 (13 pts; 0.650%)
  4. Fort Wayne Komets – 9 GP: 6-3-0-0 (12 pts; 0.667%)
  5. Cincinnati Cyclones – 7 GP: 5-1-0-1 (11 pts; 0.786%)
  6. Indy Fuel – 9 GP: 5-3-1-0 (11 pts;  0.611%)
  7. Quad City Mallards – 11 GP: 4-4-1-2 (11 pts; 0.500%)
  8. Idaho Steelheads – 11 GP: 4-5-2-0 (10 pts; 0.455%)
  9. Alaska Aces – 11 GP: 4-6-0-1 (9 pts; 0.409%)
  10. Rapid City Rush – 9 GP: 4-5-0-0 (8 pts; 0.444%)
  11. Tulsa Oilers – 9 GP: 4-5-0-0 (8 pts; 0.444%)
  12. Wichita Thunder – 10 GP: 4-6-0-0 (8 pts; 0.400%)
  13. Colorado Eagles – 10 GP: 3-6-1-0 (7 pts; 0.350%)
  14. Evansville IceMen – 7 GP: 2-5-0-0 (4 pts; 0.286%)

Current Overall ranking of Western Teams within the entire ECHL League (28 teams):

1. Missouri Mavericks (Up from No. 2)
4. Allen Americans (Down from No. 3)
6. Utah Grizzlies (Up from No. 14)
8. Fort Wayne Komets (Remains at No. 8)
9. Cincinnati Cyclones (Up from No. 17)
10. Indy Fuel (Up from No. 15)
11. Quad City Mallards (Remains at No. 11)
13. Idaho Steelheads (Up from No. 16)
17. Alaska Aces (Down from No. 6)
19. Rapid City Rush (Down from No. 9)
22. Tulsa Oilers (Down from No. 20)
23. Wichita Thunder (Down from No. 10)
25. Colorado Eagles (Up from No. 27)
28. Evansville IceMen (Remains at No. 28)

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Later this week we will be looking at some Estimated Time-On-Ice figures for a group of teams in the Western Conference thanks to Eric Rodgers. Eric recently posted his Estimated TOI (eTOI) figures for the Tulsa Oilers and you can follow Eric at @ericrsports or for Tulsa Oilers news only at @SinBinOilers.

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