2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format

The Board of Governors unanimously approved the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs format as follows.

In the National Conference, playoff berths will be awarded to the first-place team in each division as well as to the next six-best teams, based on regular-season point totals, and all playoff series will be best-of-seven games. In the Conference Quarterfinals, which will be best-of-seven game series, the division winners will be seeded first and second in order of points and the next six-best teams will be seeded third through eighth in order of points. In the Conference Semifinals and the Conference Finals, teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria as the Conference Quarterfinals with division leaders seeded first and second while the remaining teams will be seeded in order of regular-season points.

In the South Division, playoff berths will be awarded to the first-place team as well as to the next four-best teams, based on regular-season point totals. The fourth seed and the fifth seed will play a best-of-three game series in the Division Quarterfinals with the winner advancing to meet the division leader in the Division Semifinals, a best-of-five series that also had the second seed playing the third seed. The winners will advance to the best-of-seven Division Finals with the winner advancing to the American Conference Finals to meet the winner of the North Division.

In the North Division, playoff berths will be awarded to the first-place team as well as to the next four-best teams, based on regular-season point totals. The fourth seed and the fifth seed will play a best-of-three series in the Division Quarterfinals with the winner advancing to meet the division leader in the Division Semifinals, a best-of-five series that also had the second seed playing the third seed. The winners will advance to the best-of-seven Division Finals with the winner advancing to the American Conference Finals to meet the winner of the South Division.

The winner of the American Conference and the winner of the National Conference will meet in the Kelly Cup Finals, a best-of-seven game series. Home-ice advantage in the Kelly Cup Finals will be determined by points.

2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format

American Conference

South Division

Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three Series)
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed

Semifinals (Best-of-Five Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. Winner of No. 4 Seed/No. 5 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Winner of No. 1 Seed/No. 4 Seed vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

American Conference Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
North Division Winner vs. South Division Winner

American Conference

North Division

Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three Series)
No. 5 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed

Semifinals (Best-of-Five Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. Winner of No. 4 Seed/No. 5 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Winner of No. 1 Seed/Quarterfinals Winner vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

American Conference Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
North Division Winner vs. South Division Winner

National Conference

Quarterfinals (Best-of-Seven Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 8 Seed
No. 2 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 7 Seed
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed

Semifinals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria as Conference Quarterfinals with division leaders seeded first and remaining teams seeded in order of regular-season points

Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria as Conference Semifinals

2007 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
National Conference Champion vs. American Conference Champion