Playoffs? Regular Season? Seedings? What Happens Next…
Congratulations go to the Cardiff Devils, who have clinched the 2017/18 Elite League title – their second in-a-row. Though, with the PredictorBet playoffs still to come, there is still plenty to play for this season!
As the season comes to a finish, you will hear fans talk about the ‘regular season’, ‘seedings’, ‘playoffs’ and ‘final four’! With the ice-hockey season a lot different to other sports, here is your guide to what happens next..
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The Cardiff Devils have won the Elite League regular season title. After one of the most competitive seasons to date, the Welsh side are 6 points clear following 54 games played and, with only 2 games remaining, they lift the Monteith Bowl – awarded to the regular season champions. The Giants currently sit 3rd on 68 points.
The final two games of the regular season sees the Giants travel to Cardiff on Saturday, face-off 7pm before returning to Belfast to face the Dundee Stars on Sunday, face-off 5pm. These games are still important for the seedings for Playoffs…
After the regular season ends, there is another championship up for grabs – the PredictorBet Playoffs! The Elite League’s top 8 teams qualify for the Playoffs, meaning the sides finishing 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th miss out.
Those top 8 sides are then seeded #1-#8 for the Playoffs which begins with 4 Quarter Final games. The side seeded #1 will play the side seeded #8, #2 vs #7, #3 vs #6 and #4 vs #5. The Quarter Final takes place across two legs, decided by aggregate score. The Giants will play their home leg on Friday 30th March. The winners of each of those Quarter Final games will advance to the Final Four weekend..
Without doubt, this is the best weekend of the Elite League season with 7,500 ice-hockey fans made up of fans from all 10 teams packed into Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April.
The 4 Quarter Final winners are then re-seeded based on regular season league position and, on Saturday 7th April, #1 plays #4 and #2 plays #3 in 2 action packed Semi-Finals with the 2 winners advancing to the Playoff Grand Final and the 2 losers playing in the 3rd/4th Playoff – both on Sunday 8th April. Now, about those seedings…
With the Quarter Final stage of the Playoffs throwing up #1 vs #8, #2 vs #7 and so on…the seedings follow the final regular season league positions. The Cardiff Devils, as Elite League regular season champion, take #1 seed and the Giants are still in contention for the #3 seed.
As it stands, with one weekend of the regular season remaining, the Playoff Quarter Finals would look like this:
(#1) Cardiff Devils vs Braehead Clan (#8)
(#2) Manchester Storm vs Guildford Flames (#7)
(#3) Stena Line Belfast Giants vs Nottingham Panthers (#6)
(#4) Fife Flyers vs Sheffield Steelers (#5)
Confused? Do not worry – as soon as the Playoff Quarter Finals are confirmed following the final regular season games on Sunday, we will have the info right here at www.BelfastGiants.com!
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