2018 Calder Cup Playoff Primer

Updated 2018-04-15 8:20 AM EDT

A daily look at the race to the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 2017-18 regular season ends Sunday, April 15.

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Saturday’s Games:
Laval 4 at Toronto 6
Utica 1 at Belleville 3
Cleveland 4 at Grand Rapids 6
Bridgeport 1 at Hershey 2
Iowa 4 at Milwaukee 2
Rochester 4 at Syracuse 2
Hartford 4 at Binghamton 2
W-B/Scranton 1 at Lehigh Valley 2 (SO)
Providence 5 at Springfield 0
Rockford 4 at Chicago 5
San Antonio 4 at Texas 3 (SO)
San Jose 2 at Stockton 1
Ontario 1 at Bakersfield 5
San Diego 3 at Tucson 6
Sunday’s Games:
Binghamton at Utica – 3:00 PM EDT
Springfield at Providence – 3:05 PM EDT
Belleville at Toronto – 4:00 PM EDT
Charlotte at Bridgeport – 5:00 PM EDT
Manitoba at Chicago – 4:00 PM CDT
W-B/Scranton at Hershey – 5:00 PM EDT
– end regular season –
Monday’s Games:
No games scheduled.


Lehigh Valley has clinched first place

W-B/Scranton has clinched second place

Charlotte locks into third place/Providence locks into fourth place on Sunday with:
(a) a Charlotte point at Bridgeport, OR
(b) a Providence loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Springfield

Providence locks into third place/Charlotte locks into fourth place on Sunday with:
(a) a Providence win vs. Springfield AND a Charlotte regulation loss at Bridgeport


Toronto has clinched first place

Syracuse has clinched second place

Rochester has clinched third place

Utica has clinched fourth place


Chicago has clinched first place

Grand Rapids has clinched second place

Manitoba has clinched third place

Rockford has clinched fourth place


Tucson has clinched first place

Texas has clinched second place

Ontario has clinched third place

San Jose has clinched fourth place

Matchups if the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs started today:

A1 Lehigh Valley
A4 Providence
C1 Chicago
C4 Rockford
A2 W-B/Scranton
A3 Charlotte
C2 Grand Rapids
C3 Manitoba
N1 Toronto
N4 Utica
P1 Tucson
P4 San Diego
N2 Syracuse
N3 Rochester
P2 Texas
P3 Ontario

2018 Calder Cup Playoffs Qualification Rules:


In 2017-18, 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 2018 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