Eastern Conference playoff race takes shape

While six of the seven Kelly Cup Playoffs berths have been secured in the Western Conference, no Eastern Conference teams have clinched spots as the ECHL regular season enters its final three weeks.


In the Eastern Conference, postseason berths will be awarded to the first-place team in each division and the next five teams in the conference, based on points. The division winners will be seeded first, second and third and will play the eighth-place finisher, the seventh-place finisher and the sixth-place finisher, respectively, while the fourth-place finisher and the fifth-place finisher will meet. The conference semifinals will have the winner of the first-place and eighth-place matchup will meet the winner of the fourth-place and fifth-place game while the winner of the second-place and seventh-place game will face the winner of the third-place and sixth-place matchup.


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By virtue of leading their respective divisions, the Reading Royals (81 points), Greenville Road Warriors (80 points) and Kalamazoo Wings (75 points) currently hold the top three spots in the conference.


The next seven teams in the conference are separated just nine points, setting up a heated battle for five spots in the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs.


South Carolina sits fourth in the conference with 71 points, followed by South Division rival Florida which has 68.


Elmira and Wheeling are tied for sixth place with 67 points each. Cincinnati and Gwinnett are tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with 65 points. The Cyclones hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a head-to-head win earlier in the season. The Gladiators host Cincinnati on Tuesday in an important head-to-head match-up. Toledo is two points behind the Cyclones for the final playoff spot.