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Now that we have been looking at the Western Conference Playoff Race for about a month, we will take a glance at the Eastern Conference rankings, pace points and maximum points to see how the two compare.
Overall the Western Conference’s Missouri Mavericks are currently leading the ECHL league in points with 79, outpacing the Eastern leader the Florida Everblades by 12 points. Missouri has played 47 games and is 38-6-2-1 while Florida has played 48 games and is 33-14-0-1.
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 Brampton, 41.7% of 144 (max points) is 60.
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 Brampton again as an example — once the 8th place team earns 89 points Brampton would be eliminated since their maximum possible points is 88.
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 Eastern conference will qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Periodically we will revisit the Eastern Conference Playoff Race and update teams Pace and Maximum points. Link here to view the Western Conference Playoff Race this week.
Note: Points based on standings as of noon, 15 February 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.