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Will your favorite ECHL team make the playoffs this season? Every fan asks this question each season and we thought we would begin to take a look at the Maximum Points and Pace Points stats for the ECHL’s Western Conference teams.
Explanation for each team’s Maximum Points and their Pace Points:
Pace is the team’s point percentage over 72 games. For example, in the case of Wichita, 31.7% of 144 (max points) is 46.
Mathematical cutoff is when the maximum points of the 9th through 16th ranked teams fall below the actual points of the 8th ranked team. To use Wichita as an example — once the 8th place team earns 89 points Wichita would be eliminated since their maximum possible points is 88. Wichita has already been eliminated by pace points, but not mathematically as yet.
According to the ECHL 2016 Playoff format the Division winners will be seeded 1, 2 and 3 and the next five highest point totals in the Western conference will qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs. If the playoffs were decided today the Division winners would be:
1. Missouri Mavericks
2. Utah Grizzlies
3. Fort Wayne Komets
The next five teams with highest point totals, as of today, would be:
4. Allen Americans
5. Idaho Steelheads
6. Indy Fuel
7. Cincinnati Cyclones
8. Quad City Mallards
Periodically we will revisit the Western Conference Playoff Race and update teams Pace and Maximum points.
Note: Points based on standings as of noon, 24 January 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.