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The stalwart Missouri Mavericks remain at the top of the ECHL with a commanding lead this week with 97 points. They are 14 points in front of the Toledo Walleye, the leader in the Eastern Conference, and 22 points in front of 2nd and 3rd place Fort Wayne Komets and Idaho Steelheads in the Western Conference. The Allen Americans who are in the same Division as Missouri is now 20 points behind the Mavericks at 75 points.
The Western Conference teams have shuffled at the top, with Idaho and Fort Wayne exchanging 2nd and 3rd spots. Utah and Cincinnati have swapped 5th and 6th, and in the most crucial of the playoff group Quad City Mallards have bumped Tulsa out of the top eight teams this week by 3 points however Tulsa still has two games in hand over the Mallards. Wichita has been eliminated mathematically from the playoffs this week since their maximum points possible has been surpassed by 8th ranked Quad City Mallards.
The Eastern Conference’s Toledo Walleye remains at the top with 83 points with 3 games in hand over 2nd ranked Manchester Monarchs with 82 points. The Florida Everblades have been bumped as leader of their division by the South Carolina Stingrays with 79 points, however Florida still has a game in hand over South Carolina. The Wheeling Nailers continue their move up, now in 7th from 9th place, while Orlando, Kalamazoo and Greenville drop in the standings. The Brampton Beast are now 2 points away from elimination.
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, 32.8% of 144 (max points) is 47.
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 63 points Wichita would be eliminated since their maximum possible points is 62. Wichita has already been eliminated by pace points, and they have now been eliminated from the playoffs this week since the 8th place team’s actual points is 64. Brampton is very close to elimination as well.
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, 14 March 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.