The Chase for the Kelly Cup begins with a Round 1 matchup between the Toledo Walleyes and the Indy Fuel. Toledo finished first in the Central Division and had the second best record overall in the ECHL (105). They were one of just two teams that recorded at least 50 wins this season (the Florida Everblades have 53). Indy finished fourth in the division. Toledo won the season series 8-1-0-0.