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Gladiators Playoff March Update

March 18, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL)
Atlanta Gladiators News Release

The Gladiators have nine regular season games remaining with a possible 18 points still to be earned.

The Gladiators can earn a maximum point total of 81, which would not necessarily get them into the playoffs.

Gwinnett dropped into 11th place in the American Conference standings after earning just one point out of a possible six during last week's 3-game road trip to Charlotte.

The Gladiators are just three points shy of eighth place Reading and five short of seventh place Toledo.

The top team in each of the three divisions of the American Conference qualify for the playoffs, along with the next five best teams by point total.

The 7th and 8th place spots in the American Conference standings are the most conceivable playoff spots still available. Toledo, in 7th place, has 68 points through 63 games, while Reading, in 8th place, has 66 points through 62 games. Gwinnett currently sits in 11th place with 63 points through 63 games.

Gwinnett has two pivotal home games against 10th place Trenton on Saturday and Sunday. By winning both games, the Gladiators can move back ahead of the Devils by two points.

The Gladiators play seven of their final nine regular season games against teams currently in a playoff position.

The Gladiators can move into playoff contention by the end of the weekend by sweeping the two-game set with Trenton along with both Reading and Wheeling losing the rest of their respective games this weekend.

Currently, 87 points will guarantee a playoff spot, as Reading, who rests in the 8th and final playoff spot, can only amass a possible 86.

As of Thursday morning, March 18th, a mere five points separate the five teams occupying the seventh through eleventh positions in the American Conference standings.

Toledo, Reading, Gwinnett, Wheeling, and Trenton are all battling for the final two playoff spots, and each team has a legitimate shot at earning one of those spots.

The Johnstown Chiefs, currently in last place in the American Conference with 43 points, have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, as they can only earn a possible 61 total points, putting them 5 points shy of the current 8th place Reading Royals, who have 66 points.

The South Carolina Stingrays became the first team to clinch a 2010 Kelly Cup Playoff spot by earning a point in their overtime loss to Florida last Saturday.

Cincinnati can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win over Johnstown.

A combination of 12 points gained by South Carolina or lost by Charlotte guarantees the Stingrays the 2009-10 South Division title.

Important American Conference Games This Week:


Reading Royals vs. Charlotte Checkers


Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

Charlotte Checkers vs. Trenton Devils

Kalamazoo Wings vs. Wheeling Nailers

Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals


Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Trenton Devils

Reading Royals vs. Johnstown Chiefs

Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Toledo Walleye

Wheeling Nailers vs. Kalamazoo Wings


Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Trenton Devils

Wheeling Nailers vs. Toledo Walleye

The Gladiators continue their march toward the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday, March 20th vs. Trenton at 7:05 p.m. The Gladiators are the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets and play all home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

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