The playoff permutations
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze face a must win game in order to qualify for the post-season playoffs in Manchester tonight (7pm).
Thanks to Blaze TV's Stu Coles, here's a helpful breakdown of the permutations ahead of the crucial fixture:
If Blaze win in regulation, they qualify for the playoffs and Manchester are out.
If Manchester win in regulation, they qualify for the playoffs and Blaze are out.
If Blaze win in overtime or penalty shots, they will be tied with Manchester on 60 points with Manchester holding the tiebreak on regulation wins. This would leave Blaze needing a point from the final game (at home) vs. Cardiff (5.15pm) to qualify for the playoffs - otherwise Manchester would be in.
If Manchester win in overtime or penalty shots, whilst Blaze could catch them on 61 points by beating Cardiff on Sunday, Manchester hold the tiebreak on regulation wins and therefore Blaze will be out and Manchester would be in.
Dundee are out of contention as one of Blaze or Manchester will reach at least 60 points and Dundee do not hold the tiebreak over either team.