Winning its last seven in a row, Texas continues to lead the ECHL with 103 points (47-6-9) and needs only three points to clinch the South Division as it hosts Augusta on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Texas won 3-1 at Augusta on Mar. 4 to improve to 1-1-1 in the season series and 7-7-3 all-time against the Lynx.
Columbia returns to the postseason for the first time since 2005 after reaching the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its first four seasons, including a trip to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2003. The Inferno are 27-24-10 and tied with Charlotte for fifth place.
Charlotte is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight year, the consecutive appearances since the Checkers reached the postseason in each of their first five seasons from 1994-98. The Checkers, who have won their last three games to improve to 29-24-6, play at Augusta on Wednesday and at Pensacola on Saturday and Sunday. Charlotte has won the last two meetings to improve to 5-2-1 this season and 30-25-8 all-time against Augusta. The Checkers are 3-1-0 this season and 16-12-1 all-time against Pensacola.
Gwinnett has won its last three games and is second in the South Division with 79 points (37-18-5), two points ahead of South Carolina (37-21-3). The Gladiators, who have not missed the Kelly Cup Playoffs since moving to Georgia, play at Augusta on Tuesday and at Columbia on Saturday while hosting South Carolina on Friday. Gwinnett has won the last three meetings to improve to 2-0-1 on the road and 6-1-1 overall this season against Augusta. The Gladiators are 2-0-0 at home and 3-2-1 overall against South Carolina this season and are 3-0-0 on the road and 6-0-1 overall this year against Columbia.
Florida, which has qualified for the postseason in every one of its 10 seasons, has won four in a row to improve to 5-0-3 in its last eight games. The Everblades host Mississippi on Tuesday before traveling to Columbia on Friday and South Carolina on Saturday. Florida has won the last three meetings to improve to 4-0-0 at home and 6-2-0 overall this year against Mississippi. The Everblades are 1-0-1 on the road and 4-1-1 overall against South Carolina this year and are 4-3-0 against the Inferno.