Playoff races taking shape


Division races around the ECHL are starting to take shape as the 2014-15 season enters the fifth month of play.


In the East Division, the Florida Everblades lead the pack with a conference best 62 points, four points ahead of Reading which has gone 19-5-0 in its last 24 games. The two teams meet three times this week with the Royals hosting the Everblades on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Greenville sits in third place with 53 points while Elmira currently has the final playoff spot in the division with 51 points. Orlando and South Carolina are tied for fifth place with 43 points each while Gwinnett is in seventh place with 33 points.


Fort Wayne and Toledo continue to jockey for the North Division lead. The two clubs enter the week tied for first place with 61 points each. Only 12 points separate third from seventh place in the division with Cincinnati and Kalamazoo currently in the final two playoff spots with 42 and 41 points respectively. Indy has gone 8-1-1 in its last 10 games and has moved to within four points of a playoff spot while Evansville is 11 points back with 30 points.


In the Western Conference, the Allen Americans lead the Central Division and the conference with 64 points. A three-team logjam sits behind the leaders with Quad City, Wichita and Tulsa are tied for second with 46 points. Rapid City is in fifth place with 39 points, followed by Missouri with 38 points and Brampton with 28.


The Pacific Division race features the top three teams separated by just one point. Colorado sits a top division with 59 points while Idaho and Ontario are both just one point off the pace with 58 points each. Utah has gone 6-2-2 in its last 10 games to move into fourth place with 47 points, and the Grizzlies have a five-point edge over Bakersfield for the final playoff spot in the division. Alaska is in sixth place with 40 points with Stockton in seventh place with 29 points.