The race for first place in the East Division and the second seed in the American Conference playoffs remains a three-team race between Columbia, South Carolina and Charlotte. Columbia is the leader at 37-20-11 and 85 points, followed by South Carolina at 37-23-9 and 83 points and Charlotte at 38-25-6 with 82 points.
Columbia plays at Greenville on Tuesday and hosts Greenville on Wednesday before visiting Florida on Friday and Saturday. The Inferno is 4-0-0 at Greenville and 7-0-1 overall against the Grrrowl. Columbia is 1-0-0 at Florida, winning 4-3 in overtime on January 15, and 2-2-0 overall against the Everblades.
South Carolina travels to Augusta on Tuesday before visiting Pee Dee on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday. The Stingrays are 2-2-0 at Augusta and 3-2-1 overall against the Lynx. South Carolina is 1-1-2 at Pee Dee and 7-1-2 overall against the Pride. The Stingrays are 1-1-1 at Charlotte and 4-1-2 overall against the Checkers.
Charlotte visits Gwinnett on Tuesday before hosting Greenville on Friday and South Carolina on Saturday. The Checkers are 1-3-0 at Gwinnett and 3-3-1 overall against the Gladiators. Charlotte is 4-0-0 at home and 7-2-0 overall against Greenville and 2-1-0 at home and 3-3-1 overall against South Carolina.
Pensacola is 49-16-5 with 103 points and has clinched the ECHL regular season point title and secured home ice throughout the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Becoming the 15th team in league history to reach 100 points, Pensacola needs one win in its last two games to become the sixth team in 17 years to win 50 games. The Ice Pilots have set team records for points (103), wins (49), home wins (25), road wins (24), consecutive wins (12) and consecutive home wins (9) while tying the team record for consecutive road wins (6). Pensacola plays at Mississippi on Friday and hosts Mississippi on Saturday, a game that will see the Ice Pilots be formally presented the Brabham Cup trophy. Pensacola is 3-1-1 at home and 7-2-1 overall against Mississippi.
Florida is in second place in the South Division at 41-20-9 and 91 points, and needs three points to clinch the third seed in the American Conference. The Everblades will host Columbia on Friday and Saturday. Florida is 0-0-1 at home and 2-1-1 overall against the Inferno.
Mississippi is in third place in the South Division at 38-23-7 and 83 points, tying it for fourth place in the conference with South Carolina, which has played one more game. The Sea Wolves host Texas on Tuesday and Pensacola on Friday while traveling to Louisiana on Thursday and Pensacola on Saturday. Mississippi has won the last three games at Louisiana to improve to 3-2-0 on the road and 6-3-1 overall against the IceGators. The Sea Wolves are 2-3-0 at Pensacola and 3-7-0 overall against the Ice Pilots and 3-2-0 at home and 8-2-0 overall against Texas.
Gwinnett is in fourth place in the South Division at 37-24-8 and 82 points, tying it for sixth in the conference with Charlotte. The Gladiators host Charlotte on Tuesday and Augusta on Friday before traveling to Augusta on Saturday. Gwinnett has won the last three meetings with Charlotte and is 3-0-1 at home and 4-2-1 overall against the Checkers. The Gladiators are 2-2-0 at Augusta and 3-4-1 overall against the Lynx.
In fourth place in the East Division at 36-27-5 and 77 points, Greenville hosts Columbia on Tuesday and Pee Dee on Saturday while visiting Columbia on Wednesday and Charlotte on Friday. The Grrrowl is 1-3-0 at Columbia and 1-7-0 overall against the Inferno. Greenville is 2-3-0 at home and 2-7-1 overall against the Checkers and 6-3-0 overall against the Pride.