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The Missouri Mavericks remain at the top of the ECHL with a commanding lead once again with 101 points. March has not been kind to the Mavericks with a 3-3-0-1 record for the month with one loss and one win against Allen, ditto versus Tulsa and Wichita, along with one shootout loss against Wichita. Despite the rocky month, the Mavericks are 14 points in front of the Toledo Walleye, the leader in the Eastern Conference, and 23 points in front of 2nd and 3rd place Fort Wayne Komets and Idaho Steelheads in the Western Conference. Missouri is well in front of the teams in their division and have clinched not only their division but a playoff spot as well. The Allen Americans who are in the same Division as Missouri is now 24 points behind the Mavericks at 79 points.
The Western Conference teams have shuffled at the top, with the Cincinnati Cyclones and Utah Grizzlies exchanging 5th and 6th spots. Wichita was eliminated mathematically from the playoffs last week and the Alaska Aces are perilously close to elimination this week.
The Eastern Conference’s Toledo Walleye remains at the top with 87 points. Manchester Monarchs and the South Carolina Stingrays have swapped 2nd and 3rd spots at the top. The Wheeling Nailers continue their upward move in the standings, now in 6th this week, and Reading, Atlanta and Kalamazoo drop in the standings. The Brampton Beast have now been eliminated from the playoffs since their maximum points possible is 61 and 8th place Elmira has already surpassed that number in actual points. Norfolk Admirals, like the Alaska Aces, are very close to 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, 33.8% of 144 (max points) is 49.
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 59 points Wichita would be eliminated since their maximum possible points is 58. Wichita and Brampton have already been mathematically eliminated, and Alaska and Norfolk are very close to elimination.
x = Clinched Playoff Position
y = Clinched Division
z = Regular Season Champion
* = Division Leader
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, 21 March 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.