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2017 Calder Cup Playoff Primer

Updated 2017-03-26 08:49 AM EDT


A daily look at the race to the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 2016-17 regular season ends April 15.


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Saturday’s Games:
Hershey 3 at St. John’s 4
Providence 5 at Albany 0
Springfield 1 at Toronto 4
Chicago 2 at Charlotte 3 (SO)
Bridgeport 3 at Hartford 4
Utica 1 at Syracuse 5
Rochester 5 at Binghamton 4
W-B/Scranton 4 at Lehigh Valley 0
Grand Rapids 4 at Rockford 0
Stockton 4 at Texas 5 (SO)
San Antonio 0 at Ontario 2
Bakersfield 3 at San Diego 1
San Jose 5 at Tucson 2
Sunday’s Games:
Chicago at Charlotte – 1:00 PM EDT
Hershey at St. John’s – 4:00 PM NDT
Iowa at Cleveland – 3:00 PM EDT
Springfield at Rochester – 3:05 PM EDT
Utica at W-B/Scranton – 3:05 PM EDT
Grand Rapids at Milwaukee – 3:00 PM CDT
Providence at Hartford – 5:00 PM EDT
Syracuse at Toronto – 5:00 PM EDT
Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley – 5:05 PM EDT
San Jose at Tucson – 4:05 PM MST
Monday’s Games:
No games scheduled.

Clinching Scenarios:

sj15_200Grand Rapids clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:
(a) a win at Milwaukee, OR
(b) an OTL/SOL at Milwaukee AND a Cleveland loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Iowa

Matchups if the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs started today:

A1 W-B/Scranton
C1 Grand Rapids
A2 Lehigh Valley
A3 Providence
C2 Chicago
C3 Milwaukee
N1 Syracuse
N4 Albany
P1 San Jose
N2 Toronto
P2 San Diego
P3 Ontario

2017 Calder Cup Playoffs Qualification Rules:


In 2016-17, the AHL will have 16 teams participating in the postseason.

The top four teams in each of the AHL’s four divisions as ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) will qualify for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Home-ice advantage in all series will be granted to the team with the higher points percentage.

The division semifinals will be best-of-five series. All other series are in a best-of-seven format.

Following are the tiebreaking procedures used in the event of a tie in points percentage in the standings, regardless of division, following the completion of the regular season. When a tie among three or more teams is broken resulting in a two-team tie, the original tiebreaking method is used.

Between two teams:
a) percentage of games won (excluding shootout wins)
b) points in season series between teams
c) goal differential
d) goals scored in season series between teams
e) intra-conference points percentage

Among three or more teams:
a) percentage of games won (excluding shootout wins)
b) points percentage in combined season series
c) goal differential
d) goal differential in combined season series
e) intra-conference points percentage