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Playoff Primer: March 27

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 Sat., Mar. 26:

ATLANTICGPWLOTLSOLPTSGFGAPct SOWROWMax PtsMax ROWHRAR
x-Portland7143206294256212.662 7361124545
x-Manchcester7542243693239195.620 1411034623
Connecticut7338272684201197.575 533984034
Worcester7333284878198229.534 528923543
Providence7232343370186234.486 725863353
Springfield7331372367211235.459 625813252
Bridgeport7225364761194243.424 421772944
EAST GP WLOTLSOLPTSGFGAPct SOWROWMax PtsMax ROWHRAR
x-W-B/Scranton72512001103230163.715 7441195244
x-Hershey7443242593237195.628 3401054633
Charlotte7440252789239224.601 5351014142
Norfolk7137208688234190.620 5321064136
Binghamton7339273485235202.582 138994534
Syracuse7229363465186225.451 227813544
Albany7230371465194248.451 525813344
Adirondack7126354662167224.437 422803145
NORTH GP WLOTLSOLPTSGFGAPct SOWROWMax PtsMax ROWHRAR
Lake Erie7340253588205189.603 4361024343
Manitoba7239271584200185.583 8311003953
Hamilton7136262781198181.570 531994036
Toronto74352811081209202.547 629933551
Grand Rapids7435292880220234.541 530923615
Abbotsford7034264678170190.557 1123983346
Rochester7230354367194232.465 525833335
WEST GP WLOTLSOLPTSGFGAPct SOWROWMax PtsMax ROWHRAR
Milwaukee7239196892202176.639 7321084071
Houston7543261592218194.613 10331023832
Texas7339244688204193.603 6331024034
Peoria7338282583202199.568 632973943
Chicago7337273683239234.568 631973843
Oklahoma City7436272983220221.561 531953724
San Antonio7238293281212219.563 731973953
Rockford7231324571188223.493 427873526
                 
Today’s Games:
Abbotsford at Manitoba – 12:00 PM CDT
Syracuse at Bridgeport – 3:00 PM EDT
Binghamton at Springfield – 3:00 PM EDT
Adirondack at Worcester – 3:00 PM EDT
Rockford at Chicago – 3:00 PM CDT
Connecticut at Providence – 4:05 PM EDT
Norfolk at Charlotte – 5:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Hershey – 5:00 PM EDT
Oklahoma City at Houston – 4:05 PM CDT
Hamilton at Peoria – 4:05 PM CDT
San Antonio at Milwaukee – 5:00 PM CDT

Yesterday’s Results:
Lake Erie 3 at Toronto 2 (SO)
W-B/Scranton 2 at Adirondack 3
Bridgeport 5 at Connecticut 1
Albany 4 at Hershey 7
Charlotte 5 at Portland 4
Springfield 7 at Worcester 2
Providence 1 at Binghamton 4
Manchester 1 at Norfolk 2
Rochester 4 at Syracuse 6
Hamilton 1 at Chicago 2 (SO)
Grand Rapids 1 at Texas 5
San Antonio 0 at Peoria 2
Milwaukee 2 at Rockford 3 (OT)
Oklahoma City 5 at Houston 6 (SO)

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

Clinching Scenarios:

Charlotte clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:
(a) a win vs. Norfolk AND a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Adirondack, OR
(b) an OTL/SOL vs. Norfolk AND a Worcester regulation loss vs. Adirondack
 
  
W-B/Scranton clinches the division title on Sunday with:
(a) a win at Hershey AND a Norfolk loss (reg/OT/SO) at Charlotte
 
 
  

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:

A1
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

]
W1
W4

]
W2
W3

]
 
Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Hamilton would get N3 over Toronto based on fewer games played (71-74)
  • Milwaukee would get W1 over Houston based on fewer games played (72-75)
  • Peoria would get W4 over Chicago and Oklahoma City based on more ROW (32-31-31)
  • Chicago would get W5 over Oklahoma City based on fewer games played (73-74)

 


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. (Prior to the end of the regular season, the team with fewer games played is ranked higher in the event of a tie in points.) 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