The battle for the last two spots in the Kelly Cup Playoffs has come down to the last week of the regular season between Bakersfield, Phoenix and Stockton.
The Condors have 57 points (24-36-9), which gives them a two-point lead over Stockton (26-39-3) and Phoenix (23-37-9). Bakersfield has reached the postseason each of the last three years while the Thunder and RoadRunners are both trying to make their second straight postseason appearance.
Bakersfield hosts Utah on Monday and plays at Phoenix on Thursday and at Las Vegas on Friday. The Condors have won their last two games with Utah and are 3-3-0 in the season series with the Grizzlies while it won its last meeting with Las Vegas to improve to 1-2-0 on the road and 3-5-1 overall this year against the Wranglers.
The RoadRunners host Las Vegas on Tuesday and Bakersfield on Thursday before playing at Las Vegas on Saturday. Phoenix won the last meeting to improve to 2-1-0 at home and 4-3-0 overall against Bakersfield while the RoadRunners are 1-8-1 against Las Vegas.
Stockton plays at Fresno on Tuesday before visiting Utah on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Thunder won the last meeting to improve to 4-5-0 this season against Fresno while they are 1-1-1 at Utah and 1-4-1 overall this year against the Grizzlies.
Victoria leads the West Division with 87 points (40-22-7) which is one point ahead of Idaho (38-22-10) and two points in front of Alaska (40-24-5). Victoria is in the postseason for the second straight season while Idaho and Alaska have never missed the Kelly Cup Playoffs since joining the ECHL as expansion teams in 2003-04. The Steelheads won the Kelly Cup in 2004 and 2007 while Alaska won the title in 2006 and reached the conference finals in 2005 and 2007.
The winner of the division will be seeded second for the Kelly Cup Playoffs as none of the three can finish higher than Las Vegas which has clinched the conference with 102 points (45-12-12). The remaining six teams are seeded third through eighth in order of points. Teams are not re-seeded in the National Conference and all series will be best-of-seven games.
Victoria hosts Alaska on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday while Idaho hosts Fresno on Friday and Saturday. Victoria won the last meeting to improve to 4-3-2 against the Aces, including 1-0-2 at home. Alaska is 2-0-1 on the road and 5-4-0 overall this year against the Salmon Kings. Fresno is 3-0-0 at Idaho and 6-0-0 overall this season against the Steelheads.