As we head into week eighteen of the 2019 NLL season there is one playoff spot left in the West and no playoff spots left in the East after New England clinched that fourth and final spot last weekend.
With there being one spot left in the West, Colorado and Vancouver are the only two teams still fighting for a playoff spot. Colorado can clinch this weekend and Vancouver could be eliminated.
Colorado can secure a playoff berth if they beat Rochester or Vancouver loses to Philadelphia. If either of those happen then Colorado clenches the last spot in the West and Vancouver is eliminated.
The rest of the playoff race involves who can clinch the top seed in their respective division and who can lock up home floor advantage for the first-round of the playoffs. Buffalo, San Diego, and Saskatchewan have the opportunity to clinch home games in the first round of the playoffs, and the Seals can clinch the top seed in the West.
Buffalo can secure a home game in the first-round of the playoffs if New England beats Toronto on Friday night.
San Diego can clinch a first-round home game in multiple ways. If San Diego beats Saskatchewan or Georgia beats Calgary then the Seals lock up home floor advantage in the first-round.
Saskatchewan can also clinch a first-round home game, but they will need a little extra help. Saskatchewan has to beat San Diego and Philadelphia this weekend, and Georgia has to beat Calgary in order for the Rush to gain home floor advantage in the first round.
If San Diego beats Saskatchewan and Philadelphia beats Saskatchewan then the Seals will take the top seed in the West.