Getting three of a possible four points at Florida over the weekend, Gwinnett improved to 35-11-7 and remains atop the South Division, six points ahead of Florida with 71 points and a 34-17-3 record.
Gwinnett can qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third season in a row on Tuesday at Pensacola with a win or a loss in overtime or a shootout. The Gladiators lost in the conference semifinals last season after reaching the conference finals in their first season in Gwinnett in 2004.
Gwinnett, which is 14-4-2 in its last 20 games, plays at Pensacola on Tuesday and at Columbia on Friday before hosting Pensacola on Saturday and Sunday. The Gladiators are 6-0-1 and have outscored Pensacola 36-15 and are 7-0-1 and have outscored Columbia 43-22.
Florida, which is two points ahead of third-place Greenville, continues its season-high eight-game home stand hosting South Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday and Charlotte on Saturday. The Everblades have reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of their seven seasons in the league, advancing to the Kelly Cup Finals the past two years.
Greenville has won its last two games and is 8-1-1 in the last 10 to improve to 33-17-3 record and 69 points which is 10 points ahead of fourth-place Charlotte at 27-24-5. The Grrrowl continues a six-game road trip with a trip up north to visit Reading on Tuesday, Wheeling on Friday, Toledo on Saturday and Johnstown on Sunday. Greenville has reached the postseason four times in seven seasons and won the Kelly Cup in 2002. Charlotte advanced to the conference finals last season and has reached the postseason eight times in its 12 seasons and won the Riley Cup in 1996.
South Carolina has won its last two games to improve to 22-19-11 and 55 points, three points ahead of Augusta which is sitting in the last playoff berth in the South Division. The Stingrays have advanced to the postseason in every one of their 12 seasons, tying them with Pensacola for the ECHL record for most playoff appearances, and are the only two-time winners of the Kelly Cup, capturing the inaugural trophy in 1997 and winning again 2001. The Lynx are looking to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2001 and the fourth time since moving to Augusta in 1998-99. South Carolina will play at Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday and at Pensacola on Friday while Augusta visits Columbia on Saturday.