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Playoff Primer: March 19

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 Fri., Mar. 18:

Manchester 7141222690231188.634 1401084936
Portland 6641185289238191.674 7341174877
Connecticut 6834262676187184.559 3311004384
Worcester 6831254874183207.544 526983866
Providence 6831323267175219.493 724913666
Springfield 6930342365201225.471 624873556
Bridgeport 6822363754179236.397 418783066
W-B/Scranton 6748180197219152.724 6421235576
Hershey 7042221590224180.643 3391104964
Charlotte 6938232684224207.609 5331064456
Norfolk 6735198583225178.619 5301094376
Binghamton 6834273475216195.551 133994575
Albany 6829351362181228.456 425863748
Syracuse 6725353457160209.425 223833676
Adirondack 6623334656156213.424 419843368
Manitoba 7038261582196178.586 7311024173
Hamilton 6836251679194173.581 5311034339
Lake Erie 6835253578190179.574 3321024457
Toronto 7134271978201195.549 628963772
Grand Rapids 6933262876207215.551 528983947
Abbotsford 6833264575166187.551 1122993457
Rochester 6830323366186218.485 525903748
Milwaukee 6837185887190165.640 63111143102
Houston 7039251584200182.600 8311044164
Peoria 6937252581192187.587 6311034274
Texas 6935244680186188.580 6291024065
Oklahoma City 6935252779207200.572 5301014129
Chicago 6935253679228225.572 5301014174
San Antonio 6737263178204202.582 7301044367
Rockford 6727314563169209.470 423893667
Today’s Games:
Adirondack at Toronto – 3:00 PM EDT
Manchester at Bridgeport – 7:00 PM EDT
Providence at Connecticut – 7:00 PM EDT
Rochester at Grand Rapids – 7:00 PM EDT
Portland at Hershey – 7:00 PM EDT
Springfield at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Worcester at W-B/Scranton – 7:05 PM EDT
Albany at Norfolk – 7:15 PM EDT
Charlotte at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EDT
Oklahoma City at Chicago – 7:00 PM CDT
Lake Erie at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CDT
Peoria at Rockford – 7:05 PM CDT
San Antonio at Houston – 7:35 PM CDT
Hamilton at Abbotsford – 7:00 PM PDT

Yesterday’s Results:
Charlotte 3 at Bridgeport 2 (SO)
Lake Erie 7 at Grand Rapids 2
Connecticut 1 at Manchester 0
Portland 3 at Binghamton 2
Worcester 1 at Providence 4
Albany 1 at Norfolk 4
Hershey 5 at Springfield 1
Toronto 0 at Syracuse 1
Milwaukee 4 at San Antonio 1
Oklahoma City 5 at Rockford 1
Texas 3 at Manitoba 4
Hamilton 2 at Abbotsford 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

Today’s Clinching Scenarios:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a point vs. Worcester

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