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It comes as no surprise that Missouri remains at the top of the Western Conference Playoff Race as of February 8, 2016 with 73 points this week. The Mavericks are now 10 points in front of the top two Eastern Conference teams the Florida Everblades and Manchester Monarchs, and 14 points in front of the closest Western Conference team the Allen Americans at 59 pts.
In the West Division the Idaho Steelheads’ two wins last week push them within just 1 point of the Utah Grizzlies who lead the West Division with 56 points. Keep a watch on these two teams this week as they face each other on Friday night in Idaho and again on Saturday night in Utah.
The Central Division Tulsa Oilers have catapulted up into 7th place from last week’s 9th place with 48 points, 1 point in front of the Cincinnati Cyclones who have now moved down into 9th. Cincinnati, Quad City, Colorado and Tulsa are all within 1 point of each other, fighting to remain inside the eight playoff spots. Tulsa made several trades this week trying to bolster their roster — Riley Armstrong was added from Reading Royals, and Josh Brittain from Indy Fuel.
Outside the playoff rankings (and without much hope to even have a whiff at the playoffs at this point) the Alaska Aces and Rapid City Rush exchanged places from last week, with Alaska in 11th and the Rush now in 12th. Rounding out the bottom in the Western Conference are Evansville and Wichita.
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, 29.81% of 144 (max points) is 43.
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 79 points Wichita would be eliminated since their maximum possible points is 78. Wichita has already been eliminated by pace points, but not mathematically as yet.
According to the ECHL 2016 Playoff format the Division winners are seeded 1, 2 and 3 (noted with * above) and the next five highest point totals in the Western conference will qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Periodically we will revisit the Western Conference Playoff Race and update teams Pace and Maximum points.
Note: Points based on standings as of noon, 8 February 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.