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2016_kelly_cupThis is the final week of the ECHL regular season and while the Western Conference has almost solidified their eight playoff teams the Eastern Conference is a more closely contested race between the bottom four playoff spots.

Western Conference:

Seven Western Conference teams have now clinched a spot in the playoffs:

  1. Missouri Mavericks
  2. Fort Wayne Komets
  3. Colorado Eagles
  4. Allen Americans
  5. Idaho Steelheads
  6. Utah Grizzlies
  7. Cincinnati Cyclones

The 8th position is still in play between Quad City Mallards who are currently at 76 points with 69 games played and the Tulsa Oilers at 71 points with 68 games played. Tulsa still has an opportunity to move up, especially considering three of their last four games are against last place Wichita Thunder.

Five Western Conference teams are now eliminated:

  1. Indy Fuel
  2. Evansville IceMen
  3. Rapid City Rush
  4. Alaska Aces
  5. Wichita Thunder

Eastern Conference:

Four teams in the Eastern Conference have now clinched a playoff spot:

  1. Toledo Walleye
  2. South Carolina Stingrays
  3. Manchester Monarchs
  4. Florida Everblades

The next five possible playoff teams are relatively close in points: Reading with 70 games played and 82 points, Adirondack at 69 games with 80 points, Wheeling at 70 games with 79 points, and 8th and 9th place Kalamazoo and Elmira both at 69 games with 77 points.

Three Eastern Conference teams have now been eliminated:

  1. Greenville Swamp Rabbits
  2. Norfolk Admirals
  3. Brampton Beast

The ECHL regular season ends this Saturday, April 9th, and the weekend games will decide the remainder playoff spots, particularly between Quad City and Tulsa in the Western Conference, and Adirondack, Wheeling, Kalamazoo and Elmira in the East.