As the ECHL enters the final week of the regular season, three teams are alive for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Elmira and Cincinnati are tied for the final two spots with 74 points each, while Toledo sits four points back. The Jackals own the tiebreaker over the Cyclones, and currently own the seventh spot, by virtue of having 31 non-shootout wins to Cincinnati’s 28.
Elmira plays its final three games this season on the road, with a magic number of two points to clinch a playoff berth. The Jackals play at Trenton on Wednesday, at Toledo on Friday and at Kalamazoo on Saturday.
Cincinnati has two games remaining this season, visiting Kalamazoo on Wednesday before hosting the K-Wings on Friday. The Cyclones magic number to clinch a playoff spot is three points.
Toledo has three games remaining in the regular season, playing a pair of games at Wheeling on Wednesday and Saturday sandwiched around a its home finale against Elmira on Friday.
In the Western Conference, all seven playoff berths have been clinched, but three teams remain alive for the Pacific Division title. Bakersfield, which has won a club record 11 consecutive games, enjoys a one-point lead over Stockton and a six-point advantage over Las Vegas entering the final week of the season.
The Condors look to become just the 15th team in ECHL history to win at least 12 consecutive games on Tuesday when they visit Las Vegas. Bakersfield then visits Ontario on Wednesday before concluding the regular season with a pair of games at Utah on Friday and Saturday. Bakersfield has a magic number of five points to clinch its second consecutive Pacific Division title.
Stockton, which has gone 6-1-3 in its last 10 games, plays its final home game of the season on Wednesday against Las Vegas before visiting Orleans Arena for the final two games of the year on Friday and Saturday.