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Not surprisingly the Missouri Mavericks remain at the top of the ECHL with a commanding lead this week with 92 points, 17 points in front of the closest opponents the Toledo Walleye and Manchester Monarchs with 75 points.
The Western Conference Idaho Steelheads have once again jumped to the top of their division with 67 points, bumping Utah down into 5th with 64 points. The Cincinnati Cyclones and Tulsa Oilers have exchanged places with Tulsa moving down one spot this week into 7th.
The Eastern Conference has a new leader this week as the Toledo Walleye move up into first with 75 points with 2 games in hand over the Manchester Monarchs who have moved into 2nd (also with 75 points). The Florida Everblades move down in to 3rd with 72 points. The Wheeling Nailers remain in 9th place after their jump up from 11th last week.
At the NHL trade deadline two ECHL affiliated teams swapped players in an Arizona Coyotes – Pittsburgh Penguins trade: Rapid City Rush lost two Arizona prospects, James Melindy and Dan O’Donoghue, to the Wheeling Nailers who are affiliated with the Penguins. AHL trade deadline takes place on March 7 (3pm Eastern) and the ECHL trade deadline takes place on March 10 (3pm Eastern).
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, 30.4% of 144 (max points) is 44.
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 again as an example — once the 8th place team earns 67 points Wichita would be eliminated since their maximum possible points this week is 66. 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.
We will revisit the ECHL Conference Playoff Race weekly and update teams Pace and Maximum points.
Note: Points based on standings as of noon, 2 March 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.