OHL playoff scenarios heading into the final weekend of the regular season

Back in late September, 20 Ontario Hockey League teams started a schedule filled with 680 games.

Nearly six months later nearly every one of those games has been played. One weekend remains.

That weekend has more than a few things for the sixteen teams moving onto the post-season to decide.

Here are the scenarios for each team, both in the playoff picture and outside of it.

Western Conference

London Knights – can clinch first overall in the Western conference with three points in their final two games or a win over the Spirit in Saginaw on Saturday.

Saginaw Spirit – can leapfrog the London Knights and finish first in the Western Conference by earning one more point than the Knights over the final two games for both teams, and by getting to overtime or a shootout against London when the teams play on Saturday.

Soo Greyhounds – have clinched the third seed and will play Owen Sound in the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Guelph Storm – have clinched the fourth seed and will play Kitchener in the first round. The Storm went 4-3-1 against the Rangers this year.

Kitchener Rangers – have clinched the fifth seed and will play Guelph in the first round. Their record against the Storm came out at 4-4 during the regular season.

Owen Sound Attack – have clinched the sixth seed and will play the Greyhounds in the opening round. Sault Ste. Marie won both games played between the teams this year.

Sarnia Sting – can finish 7th, 8th or 9th. Can guarantee at least a one game playoff by picking up one point in their final three games. Can clinch a playoff spot with two points in their final three games.

Windsor Spitfires – can finish 7th, 8th or 9th. Can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Sarnia on Friday. Can guarantee at least a one game playoff with a single point against the Sting.

Erie Otters – need three points in their final two games (a home-and-home with Guelph) and some help to give themselves a chance. Four points against the Storm and some help could still see them clinch a playoff spot.

Flint Firebirds – will finish 19th overall and select second in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection on April 6.

Eastern Conference

Ottawa 67’s – have clinched first place in the overall standings and the Hamilton Spectator Trophy.

Niagara Ice Dogs – need a single point in their final two games to clinch the Central Division and the number two seed in the Eastern Conference.

Oshawa Generals – sit one point ahead of Sudbury for the number three seed. Oshawa has two games remaining. One is in Kingston. One is at home to the Wolves on Sunday evening. Sudbury is home to Hamilton, in Peterborough and then in Oshawa. Who gets the third seed could come down to the final game on the 2018-19 schedule.

Sudbury Wolves– see above

Mississauga Steelheads – they lead Peterborough by one point for the fifth seed. Both teams have two games left. The Petes have an extra win at the moment which is the first tie-breaker should that come into effect. Mississauga will hist North Bay on Friday and then Barrie on Sunday. Peterborough is in Ottawa on Friday and home to the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday.

Peterborough Petes – see above.

North Bay Battalion – will spent the weekend trying to avoid a first-round matchup with Ottawa. The Battalion are tied in points and wins with Hamilton. North Bay has games remaining in Mississauga on Friday and home to Niagara on Sunday. The Bulldogs finish their season against the Wolves on Friday.

Barrie Colts – will miss the playoffs.

Kingston Frontenacs – will miss the playoffs and will draft first overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The expectation is that they will take Shane Wright of the Don Mills Flyers.

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