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Playoff Primer: March 14

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 Sun., Mar. 13:

Manchester 6940212688227185.6381391105056
Portland 6540185287235189.6697331174878
Connecticut 6733262674186184.5523301004385
Worcester 6731244874182203.5525261003967
Springfield 6730322365198216.485624913767
Providence 6730323265171218.485723913676
Bridgeport 6622363552176231.394418803286
W-B/Scranton 6546180193213151.7156401235578
Hershey 6941221588219179.6383381104965
Norfolk 6634198581221177.6145291094386
Charlotte 6736232680219204.5973331064658
Binghamton 6634253475212187.5681331034786
Albany 6628341360174223.4554248838410
Syracuse 6524343455158203.423222853796
Adirondack 6522334654151211.415418843378
Manitoba 6737241580191169.59773010643103
Toronto 7034261978201194.557628983873
Hamilton 6635241677190170.58353010544311
Lake Erie 6734253576183177.5673311024458
Grand Rapids 6732252874203207.5524281004167
Abbotsford 6732264573163185.5451121993467
Rochester 6730313366186216.493525923858
Milwaukee 6536184783183159.63863011345105
Houston 6938251582197180.5948301044174
Texas 6835234680183184.5886291044166
Peoria 6836252579190186.5815311034384
Chicago 6935253679228225.5725301014174
San Antonio 6536253176201197.5856301064587
Oklahoma City 6634252575200195.56852910343212
Rockford 6627304563168204.477423913777
Today’s Games:
No Games Scheduled

Yesterday’s Results:
Adirondack 3 at Springfield 0
Texas 2 at Toronto 1 (SO)
Connecticut 4 at Worcester 5
Syracuse 1 at Albany 4
Rochester 6 at Hamilton 5
Manchester 4 at Portland 2
Bridgeport 5 at Providence 1
Norfolk 3 at Hershey 2 (SO)
Manitoba 3 at Houston 6
Chicago 5 at Rockford 1
Grand Rapids 5 at San Antonio 4 (SO)
Peoria 1 at Milwaukee 2

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 point)
PTS – points
GF – goals for
GA – goals against
Pct – points percentage
SOW – shootout wins
ROW – regulation/overtime wins
Max Pts – maximum possible points
Max ROW – maximum possible reg/OT wins
HR – home games remaining
AR – away games remaining


Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:











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