2019 Calder Cup Playoff Primer

Updated 2019-04-14

A daily look at the race to the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 2018-19 regular season ends Sunday, April 14.

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Saturday’s Games:
Belleville 3 at Toronto 2 (OT)
Utica 1 at Hershey 4
Rockford 0 at Iowa 3
Grand Rapids 0 at Milwaukee 5
Rochester 3 at Syracuse 4
Laval 4 at Binghamton 3 (OT)
Hartford 2 at Lehigh Valley 3 (SO)
Providence 5 at Springfield 3
Bridgeport 5 at W-B/Scranton 2
Manitoba 2 at Chicago 4
San Antonio 3 at Texas 1
San Jose 2 at Colorado 3
Ontario 3 at Bakersfield 6
San Diego 4 at Tucson 3
Sunday’s Games:
Rochester at Belleville – 2:00 PM EDT
Springfield at Providence – 3:05 PM EDT
Binghamton at W-B/Scranton – 3:05 PM EDT
Cleveland at Toronto – 4:00 PM EDT
Manitoba at Chicago – 4:00 PM CDT
Hartford at Hershey – 5:00 PM EDT
Syracuse at Utica – 5:00 PM EDT
Milwaukee at Rockford – 6:00 PM CDT
Bakersfield at Stockton – 5:00 PM PDT

— end regular season —

Monday’s Games:
No games scheduled.

Clinching Scenarios:

Belleville clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:
(a) a win vs. Rochester, OR
(b) a Cleveland regulation loss at Toronto, OR
(c) an OTL/SOL vs. Rochester AND a Cleveland OTL/SOL at Toronto
Cleveland clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:
(a) a win at Toronto AND a Belleville loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Rochester, OR
(b) an OTL/SOL at Toronto AND a Belleville regulation loss vs. Rochester

Matchups if the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs started today:


2019 Calder Cup Playoffs Qualification Rules:


In 2018-19, the AHL will have 16 teams participating in the postseason.

The top four teams in each of the AHL’s four divisions will qualify for the 2019 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