Well then. Earlier in the week, I produced a long, complicated guide on how the final weekend could workout in the EIHL’s playoff race. Incredibly, going down to the final day, any one of four teams (Coventry, Cardiff, Fife and Hull) could finish 9th and miss out on the playoffs. Here are the standings going into the final day, after Coventry lost in regulation at Sheffield and Fife pulled out an incredible, heart-pounding win in Braehead on penalties:
6. Coventry (52)
7. Cardiff (51)
8. Fife (51)
9. Hull (50)
With one game left, ANY of these four teams could miss out on the playoffs. Here are the fixtures and FO times:
Coventry v Cardiff (5:15 pm)
Hull v Sheffield (6 pm)
Fife v Braehead (6:30 pm)
As we can see-if you’re a Blaze fan or a Devils fan, there could potentially be one heck of an anxious wait for you…
Now, based on the way things are worked out in tiebreakers for the last (8th) place if the two teams are level on points, here is how the head to heads look:
IN ANY TIEBREAK, HULL WILL BEAT THE OTHER THREE.
If Coventry and Hull are level on points, Hull finish 8th (on regulation wins)
If Fife and Hull are level on points, Hull finish 8th (on regulation wins)
If Cardiff and Hull are level on points, Hull finish 8th on regulation wins (on regulation wins)
If Coventry and Fife are level on points, Coventry finish 8th (on regulation wins)
If Coventry and Cardiff are level on points, Coventry finish 8th (on regulation wins)
If Cardiff and Fife are level on points, Cardiff finish 8th
If they are level due to a FIFE and CARDIFF OT loss, Cardiff finish 8th
Anyway. Let’s get into the meat of it, shall we? Simple truths first:
If Hull lose in regulation, they’re out. If Hull DON’T get an equal or better result than that of Fife, Stingrays are out. If Blaze get ANY points v Cardiff, they’re in.
So-here’s your scenarios, for those tricky scenarios where Cardiff take at least a point and Hull win:
Fife win, Cardiff win (in regulation), Hull Win (at all): COVENTRY MISS OUT
Fife Win, Cardiff Win (in OT), Hull Win: HULL MISS OUT
Fife Win, Cardiff Lose in OT, Hull Win: CARDIFF MISS OUT
Fife, Cardiff Lose In OT, Hull Win: CARDIFF MISS OUT
Fife Lose in OT, Cardiff win in regulation, Hull win: FIFE MISS OUT.
Confusing? Yup, just a bit. The simplest thing if you’re a Fife, Hull or Cardiff fan is-your team has to win to be sure of getting in. And hope.
Here, summarised, is what each team needs:
COVENTRY need at least a point. If they don’t get it, they’re in danger if both Fife & Hull win.
HULL need a better result than Fife or Cardiff.
FIFE need a better result than Hull.
CARDIFF need a better result than Hull OR Fife.
The four hours between 5:15 and 9:15 pm on what is already being called EIHL Super Sunday are going to be one hell of a wild ride…buckle up, EIHL fans…and use #eihlsupersunday on Twitter to keep up with the scores as fans update from around the EIHL.