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2018 Calder Cup Playoff Primer

Updated 2018-03-19 11:00 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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Sunday’s Games:
Binghamton 4 at Charlotte 1
Springfield 0 at Lehigh Valley 3
Bridgeport 1 at Providence 4
Hershey 4 at W-B/Scranton 6
Iowa 3 at Chicago 7
Cleveland 0 at San Antonio 4
Utica 3 at Toronto 1
Rochester 4 at Hartford 6
San Jose 4 at Ontario 5 (OT)
Monday’s Games:
Rockford at Iowa – 7:00 PM CDT
Tuesday’s Games:
Chicago at Cleveland – 7:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Toronto – 7:00 PM EDT
Grand Rapids at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CDT
Manitoba at San Antonio – 7:00 PM CDT
San Jose at Tucson – 7:05 PM MST

Matchups if the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs started today:

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

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