Down the stretch – your guide to March in the EIHL

March 1, 2019 4:25 pm

It’s going to be a big final month in the Elite Ice Hockey League as the regular season comes to a close.

The race for the league title is almost as close as it could be, with Belfast and Cardiff level on points. In the race for the playoffs race, only five points separate places six to ten. Here is your guide to the final five weeks of the season, starting with each team’s final games over March:

Run-ins

Belfast
02/03 @ Sheffield
03/03 v Manchester
08/03 v Glasgow
10/03 Challenge Cup Final
15/03 v Coventry
16/03 v Coventry
22/03 v Manchester
24/03 v Sheffield
27/03 @ Coventry
29/03 v Fife
30/03 v Dundee

Cardiff
02/03 @ Coventry
03/03 v Sheffield
07/03 @ Fife
08/03 v Guildford
16/03 @ Sheffield
17/03 v Glasgow
20/03 @ Glasgow – FreeSports Live
23/03 v Manchester
24/03 @ Dundee
30/03 v MK
31/03 @ Coventry

Coventry
02/03 v Cardiff
03/03 @ Dundee
09/03 @ MK
10/03 v MK
15/03 @ Belfast
16/03 @ Belfast
17/03 v Fife
20/03 @ Dundee
24/03 @ Guildford
27/03 v Belfast
30/03 @ Manchester
31/03 v Cardiff

Dundee
02/03 @ Manchester
03/03 v Coventry
09/03 @ Nottingham
10/03 v Manchester
15/03 @ Glasgow
16/03 @ Guildford
17/03 @ Nottingham
20/03 v Coventry
24/03 v Cardiff
30/03 @ Belfast
31/03 @ Guildford

Fife
01/03 v MK
03/03 @ Nottingham
06/03 v Cardiff
09/03 @ Sheffield
10/03 v Sheffield
16/03 @ MK
17/03 @ Coventry
23/03 v Guildford
24/03 v Nottingham
29/03 @ Belfast
30/03 @ Glasgow
31/03 v Glasgow

Glasgow
02/03 v Guildford
03/03 @ Guildford
08/03 @ Belfast
15/03 v Dundee
17/03 @ Cardiff
20/03 v Cardiff
23/03 v Nottingham
30/03 v Fife
31/03 @ Fife

Guildford
02/03 @ Glasgow
03/03 v Glasgow
08/03 @ Cardiff
10/03 Challenge Cup Final
16/03 v Dundee
22/03 @ MK
23/03 @ Fife
24/03 v Coventry
30/03 @ Nottingham
31/03 v Dundee

Manchester
02/03 v Dundee
03/03 @ Belfast
10/03 @ Dundee
16/03 @ Nottingham
17/03 v MK
22/03 v Belfast
23/03 @ Cardiff
29/03 @ MK
30/03 v Coventry

MK
01/03 @ Fife
02/03 v Nottingham
09/03 v Coventry
10/03 @ Coventry
16/03 v Fife
17/03 @ Manchester
22/03 v Guildford
23/03 @ Sheffield
29/03 v Manchester
30/03 @ Cardiff
31/03 v Sheffield

Nottingham
02/03 @ MK
03/03 v Fife
09/03 v Dundee
16/03 v Manchester
17/03 v Dundee
23/03 @ Glasgow
24/03 @ Fife
30/03 v Guildford

Sheffield
02/03 v Belfast
03/03 @ Cardiff
09/03 @ Fife
10/03 v Fife
16/03 v Cardiff
23/03 v MK
24/03 @ Belfast
31/03 @ MK

What happens if two teams are tied?

In the event of teams being equal on points the following criteria will decide the final league ranking:

i. Total number of points
ii. Total number of games won in regulation time
iii. Total number of all games won (regulation, overtime and penalties)
iv. The results of games played between the relevant teams by applying points won, games won in regulation time, all games won (regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority
v. Fewest regulation losses
vi. Using away games: – points won, games won in regulation time, all games won (regulation time/overtime/penalties), in that order of priority
vii. Goals scored
viii. Goal Difference
ix. Fewest Penalty Minutes (“Fair Play”)
x. In the unlikely event of teams still being equal, teams will be ranked by the drawing of lots. (Any prize monies determined by the position in a league or group by this means will be shared equally by the tying teams.)
xi. Where a group of two or more teams is tied, then whenever a team can be eliminated due to the above order of priority, it shall be, by applying each of the above stages in order of such priority.

What happens next?

The teams placed 1-8 at the end of the Regular Season take part in the Quarter-Finals of the PredictorBet Playoffs in a two-legged aggregate score series of games, with the overall winner of each series progressing further in the competition. The two legs and must be completed by Sunday 7th April 2019.

Seedings for the 2019 PredictorBet Playoffs will be based on final league standings at the conclusion of the 2018/19 regular season. The Elite League winners will be seeded #1 for the playoffs, the league runners-up #2 and so on down to #8.

The 1st seed will play the 8th seed, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th and 4th vs 5th. The higher seed in each quarter-final will get the choice of when they play their home leg – those clubs who opt to play their home leg on (or before) Saturday 6th April must assume that it will be playing the first leg at home and not the second leg. This is to ensure all ties are completed by Sunday 7th April.

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