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Playoff Primer: April 3

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 Sat., Apr. 2:

x-Portland 7444226296262219.649 7371084324
x-Manchester 7743253695244199.617 1421014512
Connecticut 7638302684207210.553 533923731
Worcester 7635294882204234.539 530903413
Providence 7635353376197242.500 728843231
Springfield 7633382371221243.467 627793122
Bridgeport 7627384765203254.428 423732731
z-W-B/Scranton 76552001111247174.730 7481195222
x-Hershey 7745243598250205.636 3421044521
x-Charlotte 7742262793255235.604 537994030
Norfolk 7537248688246213.587 532983705
Binghamton 7640293487246213.572 139954322
Syracuse 7632373471200236.467 230793431
Albany 7531391467208264.447 526773123
Adirondack 7528374666182238.440 424762923
Hamilton 7641262791215187.599 635993904
Manitoba 7742281691213199.591 933973621
Lake Erie 7641273590210196.592 437984122
Abbotsford 7536294682178201.547 1125923023
Toronto 76353011081212208.533 629893331
Grand Rapids 7635312880222239.526 530883413
Rochester 7631365471207245.467 526793022
x-Milwaukee 7542196898212181.653 8341083941
x-Houston 7945281596234209.608 1035983610
Texas 7540254690207197.600 6341003923
Oklahoma City 7738282987233226.565 533933603
Peoria 7639293586208207.566 633943731
Chicago 7738294686249249.558 632923521
San Antonio 7639304385220229.559 732933631
Rockford 7533334575194234.500 429853423
Today’s Games:
Manitoba at Toronto – 1:00 PM EDT
Portland at Connecticut – 3:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Syracuse – 3:00 PM EDT
Binghamton at Albany – 4:00 PM EDT
Worcester at Providence – 4:05 PM EDT
Peoria at Milwaukee – 5:00 PM CDT
Rockford at Texas – 5:00 PM CDT

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

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

Sunday’s Clinching Scenarios:

Binghamton clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:
(a) a win at Albany AND a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) at Providence, OR
(b) a point at Albany AND a Worcester regulation loss at Providence
Manitoba clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:
(a) a point at Toronto
Milwaukee clinches the West Division title on Sunday with:
(a) a win vs. Peoria AND a Texas loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Rockford, OR
(b) a point vs. Peoria AND a Texas regulation loss vs. Rockford

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Hamilton would get N1 over Manitoba based on fewer games played (76-77)
  • Peoria would get W5 over Chicago based on fewer games played (76-77)


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