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Playoff Primer: March 16

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., Mar. 15:

Manchester 6940212688227185.638 1391105056
Portland 6540185287235189.669 7331174878
Connecticut 6733262674186184.552 3301004385
Worcester 6731244874182203.552 5261003967
Springfield 6730322365198216.485 624913767
Providence 6730323265171218.485 723913676
Bridgeport 6622363552176231.394 418803286
W-B/Scranton 6647180195215151.720 6411235577
Hershey 6941221588219179.638 3381104965
Norfolk 6634198581221177.614 5291094386
Charlotte 6736232680219204.597 3331064658
Binghamton 6634253475212187.568 1331034786
Albany 6628341360174223.455 4248838410
Syracuse 6524343455158203.423 222853796
Adirondack 6522334654151211.415 418843378
Manitoba 6837251580191171.588 7301044293
Toronto 7034261978201194.557 628983873
Hamilton 6635241677190170.583 53010544311
Lake Erie 6734253576183177.567 3311024458
Grand Rapids 6732252874203207.552 4281004167
Abbotsford 6732264573163185.545 1121993467
Rochester 6730313366186216.493 525923858
Milwaukee 6636185784185162.636 63011244104
Houston 7039251584200182.600 8311044164
Peoria 6937252581192187.587 6311034274
Texas 6835234680183184.588 6291044166
Chicago 6935253679228225.572 5301014174
San Antonio 6536253176201197.585 6301064587
Oklahoma City 6734252676201197.567 52910242211
Rockford 6627304563168204.477 423913777
Today’s Games:
Binghamton at Adirondack – 7:00 PM EDT
Charlotte at Bridgeport – 7:00 PM EDT
Oklahoma City at Grand Rapids – 7:00 PM EDT
Springfield at Manchester – 7:00 PM EDT
Albany at Syracuse – 7:00 PM EDT
Hamilton at Rochester – 7:05 PM EDT
Milwaukee at San Antonio – 7:00 PM CDT
W-B/Scranton at Manitoba – 7:30 PM CDT

Yesterday’s Results:
Milwaukee 2 at Houston 3 (OT)
Oklahoma City 1 at Peoria 2 (SO)
W-B/Scranton 2 at Manitoba 0

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


Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:











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