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Playoff Primer: April 9

A daily look at the race to the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 2010-11 regular season ends on Sunday.

Standings through games of Fri., Apr. 8:

x-Portland 78462462100276234.641 8381044011
x-Manchester 7944254698253206.620 1431004401
x-Connecticut 7840302688215213.564 535923720
Worcester 7936304985208239.538 531873201
Providence 7836363378203248.500 729823111
Springfield 7834392373229249.468 628773011
Bridgeport 7828394767210260.429 424712611
z-W-B/Scranton 78562101113253179.724 7491175111
x-Hershey 78462435100252206.641 3431044520
x-Charlotte 7943272795259241.601 538973910
x-Binghamton 7942293592254219.582 141944210
x-Norfolk 7838259691255222.583 533953502
Syracuse 7833383473208244.468 231773311
Adirondack 7830384670193243.449 426742802
Albany 7832411469212276.442 626732811
x-Hamilton 7943272795223192.601 637973801
x-Manitoba 7943291693219207.589 934953510
x-Lake Erie 7842283592215202.590 438964011
Abbotsford 7838304686186203.551 1127902902
Grand Rapids 7836322882224246.526 531863302
Toronto 78353211081216214.519 629853120
Rochester 7831385471209255.455 526752811
x-Milwaukee 7842226898218190.628 8341023611
x-Houston 7945281596234209.608 1035983610
x-Texas 7841274692213207.590 635963711
x-Peoria 7942293592220214.582 636943710
Oklahoma City 7839282989240228.571 534933602
Chicago 7838304686251254.551 632903420
San Antonio 7839324385224240.545 732893411
Rockford 7836334581207239.519 432853411
Today’s Games:
Rochester at Toronto – 3:00 PM EDT
Portland at Albany – 7:00 PM EDT
Worcester at Charlotte – 7:00 PM EDT
Bridgeport at Connecticut – 7:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Hershey – 7:00 PM EDT
Providence at Springfield – 7:00 PM EDT
Adirondack at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Abbotsford at Lake Erie – 7:30 PM EDT
Norfolk at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EDT
San Antonio at Chicago – 7:00 PM CDT
Oklahoma City at Texas – 7:00 PM CDT
Milwaukee at Peoria – 7:05 PM CDT
Grand Rapids at Rockford – 7:05 PM CDT
Hamilton at Manitoba – 7:30 PM CDT

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

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:

Portland clinches the Atlantic Division title on Saturday with:
(a) a point at Albany
Hamilton clinches the North Division title on Saturday with:
(a) a win at Manitoba, OR
(b) a Lake Erie regulation loss vs. Abbotsford, OR
(c) an OTL/SOL at Manitoba AND a Lake Erie OTL/SOL vs. Abbotsford
Milwaukee clinches the West Division title on Saturday with:
(a) a point at Peoria
Oklahoma City clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a point at Texas

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Texas would get W3 over Peoria based on fewer games played (78-79)


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 points in the standings, regardless of division, 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