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Playoff Primer: March 18

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 Thu., Mar. 17:

Manchester 7041212690231187.643 1401105046
Portland 6540185287235189.669 7331174878
Connecticut 6733262674186184.552 3301004385
Worcester 6731244874182203.552 5261003967
Providence 6730323265171218.485 723913676
Springfield 6830332365200220.478 624893666
Bridgeport 6722363653177233.396 418793176
W-B/Scranton 6748180197219152.724 6421235576
Hershey 6941221588219179.638 3381104965
Charlotte 6837232682221205.603 4331064557
Norfolk 6634198581221177.614 5291094386
Binghamton 6734263475214192.560 1331014685
Albany 6729341362180224.463 425883849
Adirondack 6623334656156213.424 419843368
Syracuse 6624353455159209.417 222833686
Manitoba 6937261580192175.580 7301024183
Hamilton 6736241679192170.590 53110544310
Toronto 7034261978201194.557 628983873
Lake Erie 6734253576183177.567 3311024458
Grand Rapids 6833252876205208.559 5281004057
Abbotsford 6732264573163185.545 1121993467
Rochester 6830323366186218.485 525903748
Milwaukee 6736185885186164.634 63011143103
Houston 7039251584200182.600 8311044164
Peoria 6937252581192187.587 6311034274
Texas 6835234680183184.588 6291044166
Chicago 6935253679228225.572 5301014174
San Antonio 6637253178203198.591 7301064477
Oklahoma City 6834252777202199.566 52910141210
Rockford 6627304563168204.477 423913777
Today’s Games:
Charlotte at Bridgeport – 7:00 PM EDT
Lake Erie at Grand Rapids – 7:00 PM EDT
Connecticut at Manchester – 7:00 PM EDT
Portland at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Worcester at Providence – 7:05 PM EDT
Albany at Norfolk – 7:30 PM EDT
Hershey at Springfield – 7:30 PM EDT
Toronto at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EDT
Milwaukee at San Antonio – 7:00 PM CDT
Oklahoma City at Rockford – 7:05 PM CDT
Texas at Manitoba – 7:30 PM CDT
Hamilton at Abbotsford – 7:00 PM PDT

Yesterday’s Results:
No Games Scheduled

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