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Playoff Primer: March 11

A daily look at the race to the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 2010-11 regular season ends on Sunday, April 10.


Standings through games of Thurs., Mar. 10:

ATLANTICGPWLOTLSOLPTSGFGAS/OPctGoal
Diff
Max
Pts
Max
W
HRAR
Manchester 66382026842151801-6.636+351125277
Portland 62381752832231787-2.669+451195699
Connecticut 64322426721771753-6.563+210448106
Worcester 64292348701721945-8.547-221024579
Springfield 64302923651942066-3.508-12974688
Providence 64293032631622056-2.492-43954597
Bridgeport 63213534491682194-4.389-51833889
EAST GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA S/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
W-B/Scranton 63451800902051466-0.714+5912462710
Hershey 66392214832121733-4.629+391115377
Charlotte 66362226802182013-6.606+171085068
Norfolk 64321985772101724-5.602+381094897
Binghamton 64332434732061781-4.570+281054988
Albany 63253413541662204-3.429-548842611
Syracuse 62223334511531971-4.411-448740117
Adirondack 62213236511452064-6.411-61873999
NORTH GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA S/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
Manitoba 64352315761791606-5.594+1910851106
Hamilton 63342216751801585-6.595+2210951611
Toronto 67332518751921846-8.560+81014694
Lake Erie 65322535721761733-5.554+310247510
Abbotsford 653125457115817710-5.546-191014687
Grand Rapids 64302518691881953-8.539-710146610
Rochester 64292933641732025-3.500-299645610
WEST GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA S/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
Milwaukee 63351747811811566-7.643+2511552125
Houston 67372514791901758-4.590+151055094
Texas 65342245771791795-5.59201074969
Peoria 66352425771841804-5.583+41054986
Chicago 67342535762192195-5.56701024785
San Antonio 63362430751951856-0.595+1010953107
Oklahoma City 64332425731921855-5.570+710549412
Rockford 64262945611651994-5.477-34934288
                
Tonight’s Games:
Hershey at Connecticut – 7:00 PM EST
Lake Erie at Hamilton – 7:00 PM EST
Worcester at Manchester – 7:00 PM EST
Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City – 6:05 PM CST
Bridgeport at Providence – 7:05 PM EST
Albany at Adirondack – 7:30 PM EST
Binghamton at Norfolk – 7:30 PM EST
Portland at Springfield – 7:30 PM EST
Texas at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EST
Toronto at Rochester – 7:35 PM EST
Rockford at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CST
Peoria at Chicago – 7:30 PM CST
Manitoba at Houston – 7:35 PM CST
W-B/Scranton at Abbotsford – 7:00 PM PST

Last Night’s Results:
Oklahoma City 3 at San Antonio 4

x – clinched playoff berth
y – clinched division title
z – clinched regular-season title
GP – games played
W – wins (2 points)
L – regulation losses (0 points)
OTL – overtime losses (1 point)
SOL – shootout losses (1 points)
PTS – points
GF – goals for
GA – goals against
S/O – shootout record
PCT – points percentage
Diff – goal differential
Max PTS – maximum possible points
Max W – maximum possible wins
HR – home games remaining
AR – away games remaining

 


Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:

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A3


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A2
E5

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E1
E4

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E2
E3

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N1
N3

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N2
W5

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W1
W4

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W2
W3

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2011 Calder Cup Playoffs Qualification Rules:
In 2010-11, the AHL will have 16 teams participating in the postseason.

In each division, the fourth-place team will play the first-place team in the division semifinals, while the second-place team plays the third-place team.

There are two possible exceptions to the qualification rules in 2010-11: in each conference, if the fifth-place team in the eight-team division finishes with more points than the fourth-place team in the seven-team division, it would cross over and compete in the seven-team division’s playoffs.

(If the fifth-place team in the eight-team division produces more points than the third-place team in the seven-team division, then the team that finishes first in the seven-team division shall play the team that finishes third in the seven-team division.)

Division semifinal winners face off in the division finals. The winner of the East Division final plays the winner of the Atlantic Division final in the Eastern Conference final, while the winner of the North Division final plays the winner of the West Division final in the Western Conference final. Conference final winners meet in the Calder Cup Finals.

All series are in a best-of-seven format.

Following are the tiebreaking procedures used in the event of a tie in the standings 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) wins (excluding shootouts)
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) wins (excluding shootouts)
b) points percentage in combined season series
c) goal differential
d) goal differential in combined season series
e) intra-conference points percentage