In 2004-05, a total of 16 teams — the top four from each division — will qualify for the AHL’s postseason.
The playoffs will begin with the best-of-seven division semifinals, matching the first-place team against the fourth-place team and the second-place team against the third-place team in each division. These series winners advance to the division finals.
The best-of-seven division finals will match the winners of each division semifinal. These series winners advance to the best-of-seven conference finals, and those series winners will meet in the best-of-seven 2005 Calder Cup Finals.