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Playoff Primer: March 12

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 Fri., Mar. 11:

ATLANTICGPWLOTLSOLPTSGFGAS/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
Portland 63391752852281817-2.675+471195698
Manchester 67382126842161831-6.627+331105167
Connecticut 65322526721781773-6.554+11024796
Worcester 65302348721751955-8.554-201024578
Springfield 65303023651972116-3.500-14954578
Providence 65303032651662087-2.500-42954587
Bridgeport 64213535501712234-5.391-52823788
EAST GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA S/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
W-B/Scranton 64461800922091466-0.719+631246279
Hershey 67402214852141743-4.634+401115376
Charlotte 66362226802182013-6.606+171085068
Norfolk 65331985792181754-5.608+431094887
Binghamton 65332534732091861-4.562+231034887
Albany 64263413561682214-3.438-538842610
Syracuse 63233334531541972-4.421-438740107
Adirondack 63213336511462084-6.405-62853889
NORTH GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA S/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
Manitoba 65362315781811617-5.600+2010851105
Toronto 68342518771981896-8.566+91014693
Hamilton 64342316751821625-6.586+2010750511
Lake Erie 66332535741801753-5.561+51024759
Abbotsford 663126457115818110-5.538-23994577
Grand Rapids 65302528701932013-8.538-81004569
Rochester 65293033641782085-3.492-309444510
WEST GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA S/OPctGoal DiffMax PtsMax WHRAR
Milwaukee 64351847811811586-7.633+2311351115
Houston 68372515801911778-5.588+141044984
Peoria 67362425791891845-5.590+51054985
Texas 66342246781791805-6.591-11064868
Chicago 68342536772232245-6.566-11014675
San Antonio 63362430751951856-0.595+1010953107
Oklahoma City 65342425751981905-5.577+810549312
Rockford 65272945631671994-5.485-32934287
                
Tonight’s Games:
Lake Erie at Toronto – 3:00 PM EST
Texas at Hamilton – 4:00 PM EST
Springfield at Albany – 5:00 PM EST
Hershey at Adirondack – 7:00 PM EST
Binghamton at Charlotte – 7:00 PM EST
Worcester at Connecticut – 7:00 PM EST
Bridgeport at Manchester – 7:00 PM EST
Providence at Portland – 7:00 PM EST
Rochester at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EST
Manitoba at San Antonio – 7:00 PM CST
Grand Rapids at Oklahoma City – 7:05 PM CST
W-B/Scranton at Abbotsford – 7:00 PM PST

Last Night’s Results:
Hershey 2 at Connecticut 1
Lake Erie 4 at Hamilton 2
Worcester 3 at Manchester 1
Grand Rapids 5 at Oklahoma City 6 (OT)
Bridgeport 3 at Providence 4 (SO)
Albany 2 at Adirondack 1
Binghamton 3 at Norfolk 8
Portland 5 at Springfield 3
Texas 0 at Syracuse 1 (SO)
Toronto 6 at Rochester 5
Rockford 2 at Milwaukee 0
Peoria 5 at Chicago 4 (SO)
Manitoba 2 at Houston 1 (SO)
W-B/Scranton 4 at Abbotsford 0

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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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