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Playoff Primer: April 6

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 Tue., Apr. 5:

x-Portland 7645236298266224.645 8371064122
x-Manchester 7743253695244199.617 1421014512
Connecticut 7739302686211212.558 534923721
Worcester 7836294985207237.545 531893302
Providence 7735363376198244.494 728823121
Springfield 7733392371223249.461 627773021
Bridgeport 7728384767209256.435 424732721
z-W-B/Scranton 77562001113252177.734 7491195221
x-Hershey 7745243598250205.636 3421044521
x-Charlotte 7842272793257240.596 537973920
x-Norfolk 7638248690251215.592 533983704
Binghamton 7740293588248216.571 139944221
Syracuse 7732383471203241.461 230773321
Albany 7632391469211266.454 626773013
Adirondack 7629374668188238.447 425762913
x-Hamilton 7842272793217189.596 636973802
x-Manitoba 7843281693216201.596 934973620
x-Lake Erie 7641273590210196.592 437984122
Abbotsford 7737304684180203.545 1126902903
Toronto 77353111081214211.526 629873221
Grand Rapids 7635312880222239.526 530883413
Rochester 7731375471207251.461 526772921
x-Milwaukee 7642206898215185.645 8341063831
x-Houston 7945281596234209.608 1035983610
Texas 7640264690208202.592 634983813
Peoria 7740293588212210.571 634943730
Oklahoma City 7738282987233226.565 533933603
Chicago 7738294686249249.558 632923521
San Antonio 7739314385222233.552 732913521
Rockford 7735334579203237.513 431853421
Today’s Games:
Manchester at Portland – 6:30 PM EDT
Albany at Adirondack – 7:00 PM EDT
Toronto at Lake Erie – 7:00 PM EDT
Norfolk at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Grand Rapids at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CDT
Texas at Peoria – 7:05 PM CDT

Yesterday’s Results:
Springfield 2 at Bridgeport 6
Portland 2 at Worcester 1 (SO)
Rockford 4 at San Antonio 2
Hamilton 2 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

Wednesday’s Clinching Scenarios:

Portland clinches the Atlantic Division title on Wednesday with:
(a) a regulation win vs. Manchester
Binghamton clinches a playoff berth on Wednesday with:
(a) a point vs. Norfolk
Milwaukee clinches the West Division title on Wednesday with:
(a) a point vs. Grand Rapids
Texas clinches a playoff berth on Wednesday with:
(a) a regulation or overtime win at Peoria

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Hamilton would get N1 over Manitoba based on more regulation/OT wins (36-34)


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