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Playoff Primer: April 2

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 Fri., Apr. 1:

x-Portland 7344216296260214.658 7371104425
x-Manchester 7642253693239197.612 1411014522
Connecticut 7538292684205204.560 533943832
Worcester 7535284882203230.547 530923523
Providence 7534353374193241.493 727843232
Springfield 7532382369215241.460 626793132
Bridgeport 7526384763199251.420 422732732
y-W-B/Scranton 75542001109243171.727 7471195232
x-Hershey 7644243596245201.632 3411044522
Charlotte 7641262791250232.599 536994031
Norfolk 7437238688242208.595 5321003815
Binghamton 7540283487243209.580 139974432
Syracuse 7532363471200233.473 230813532
Albany 7431381467205259.453 526793233
Adirondack 7427374664179238.432 423762933
Manitoba 7642281590211196.592 933983722
Hamilton 7540262789212185.593 535994014
Lake Erie 7540273588208196.587 436984123
Toronto 75352911081212206.540 629913441
Abbotsford 7435294680177201.541 1124923033
Grand Rapids 7535302880222238.533 530903514
Rochester 7531364470204241.467 526803123
x-Milwaukee 7542196898212181.653 8341083941
x-Houston 7844281594228208.603 1034983611
Texas 7440244690207195.608 6341024024
Chicago 7638284686248243.566 632943631
Peoria 7539292585206204.567 633953832
Oklahoma City 7637282985231226.559 532933613
San Antonio 7538304383217227.553 731933641
Rockford 7533334575194234.500 429853423
Today’s Games:
Manitoba at Hamilton – 4:00 PM EDT
Lake Erie at Toronto – 5:00 PM EDT
Syracuse at Adirondack – 7:00 PM EDT
Charlotte at Albany – 7:00 PM EDT
Portland at Manchester – 7:00 PM EDT
Connecticut at Springfield – 7:00 PM EDT
Providence at Worcester – 7:00 PM EDT
Bridgeport at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Rochester at W-B/Scranton – 7:05 PM EDT
Hershey at Norfolk – 7:15 PM EDT
Houston at Chicago – 7:00 PM CDT
Peoria at San Antonio – 7:00 PM CDT
Texas at Oklahoma City – 7:05 PM CDT
Grand Rapids at Abbotsford – 7:00 PM PDT

Yesterday’s Results:
Connecticut 2 at Providence 3
Charlotte 3 at W-B/Scranton 6
Albany 5 at Adirondack 9
Hamilton 4 at Lake Erie 1
Hershey 6 at Norfolk 3
Bridgeport 2 at Springfield 3
Binghamton 4 at Syracuse 6
Manchester 0 at Worcester 2
Manitoba 1 at Rochester 4
Houston 2 at Milwaukee 5
Peoria 3 at San Antonio 2 (OT)
Rockford 0 at Oklahoma City 7
Chicago 2 at Texas 3 (OT)
Grand Rapids 2 at Abbotsford 4

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

Saturday’s Clinching Scenarios:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton clinches the overall points title on Saturday with:
(a) a point vs. Rochester, OR
(b) a Portland loss (reg/OT/SO) at Manchester
Charlotte clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a point at Albany, OR
(b) a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Providence
Manitoba clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a win at Hamilton, OR
(b) an OTL/SOL at Hamilton AND a Toronto loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Lake Erie AND an Abbotsford loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Grand Rapids
Hamilton clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a win vs. Manitoba AND an Abbotsford loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Grand Rapids
Lake Erie clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a win at Toronto AND an Abbotsford regulation loss vs. Grand Rapids
Texas clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a regulation win at Oklahoma City AND a San Antonio regulation loss vs. Peoria

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Peoria would get W5 over Oklahoma City based on fewer games played (75-76)


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