Continuing to lead the league with 83 points and 39 wins, Pensacola holds onto the top playoff spot in the American Conference. The Ice Pilots are nine points ahead of Florida in the South Division and 11 points ahead of Charlotte, which would have the second seed by virtue of leading the East Division at 34-20-4 and 72 points. Columbia at 30-14-9 and 69 points has the fourth spot followed by Greenville at 31-21-5 and 67 points and South Carolina at 29-19-8 and 66 points. The final spots are held by Gwinnett at 28-17-8 and 64 points and Mississippi at 30-21-4 and 64 points. Pee Dee is seven points back at 27-26-3 and 57 points.
Pensacola, which is 4-0-1 in its last five games and 39-13-5 overall, continues its six-game road trip visiting Mississippi on Wednesday, Pee Dee on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday. The Ice Pilots, who set Pensacola team records with 40 wins and 89 points in 2003-04, are 4-0-0 at Mississippi and 6-1-1 overall against the Sea Wolves. The Ice Pilots are 1-0-0 against Pee Dee and 2-0-0 against Charlotte, both games played in Pensacola.
Charlotte is undefeated in its last four home games and it has won three games in a row. The Checkers host Pee Dee on Tuesday, Greenville on Friday and Pensacola on Saturday. Charlotte is 3-0-0 at home and 5-2-0 overall against Greenville and 2-0-0 at home and 3-1-2 overall against Pee Dee. Alex Westlund is 3-0-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .973 in his last three starts and 13-4-0 in his last 17 starts.
Florida, which has won its last three games, plays at Mississippi on Friday and hosts Mississippi on Saturday. The Everblades are 2-0-0 at home and 2-1-0 overall against the Sea Wolves. Mississippi hosts Pensacola on Wednesday and Florida on Friday before visiting Florida on Saturday. The Sea Wolves are 0-4-0 at home and 2-6-0 overall against Pensacola and 1-0-0 at home and 1-1-1 overall against Florida.
Going 11-2-6 in its last 19 games, Columbia visits Gwinnett on Tuesday and Pee Dee on Thursday before hosting Texas on Friday and Saturday. The Inferno has won the last two games to improve to 2-1-0 at Gwinnett and 3-1-1 overall against the Gladiators. Columbia is 0-2-1 at Pee Dee and 4-2-1 overall against the Pride while it lost the only meeting with Texas, 3-2 at home on November 12.
Greenville is 31-21-5 and has doubled its win total (14) and its point total (33) from 2003-04. The 34-point increase from last season ties the Grrrowl for the eighth-largest single-season point increase, one point shy of the seventh largest and four points shy of the sixth largest. Greenville continues its six-game road trip visiting Charlotte on Friday and Augusta on Saturday. The Grrrowl is 0-2-1 at Charlotte and 2-4-1 overall against the Checkers and 0-1-1 at Augusta and 3-1-1 overall against the Lynx.
South Carolina, who has won its last two home games to improve to 18-6-2 at home, will host Texas on Tuesday, Augusta on Friday and Louisiana on Saturday before traveling to Gwinnett on Sunday. The Stingrays are 2-0-0 against Texas, 2-2-0 at Augusta, 1-0-0 against Louisiana and 1-2-0 at Gwinnett and 1-3-1 overall against the Gladiators.
Gwinnett, which is 5-0-0 in its last five home games and 7-0-3 in its last 10 home games, hosts Columbia on Tuesday, Louisiana on Friday and South Carolina on Sunday while traveling to Pee Dee on Saturday. The Gladiators are 1-1-1 at home and 2-2-1 overall against Columbia and have won the last four to improve to 4-1-0 against Louisiana, including 1-0-0 at home. Gwinnett has won the last three games with South Carolina to improve to 4-1-0, including 2-1-0 at home, and is 2-0-0 against Pee Dee.