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Playoff Primer: March 20

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 Sat., Mar. 19:

 Portland 6742185291242194.679 7351174876
 Manchester 7241223691232190.632 1401074835
 Connecticut 6935262678191187.565 4311004274
 Worcester 6931264874186212.536 526963765
 Providence 6931323368178223.493 724903565
 Springfield 7030352365201227.464 624853455
 Bridgeport 6923363756181237.406 419783056
xW-B/Scranton 6849180199224155.728 6431235566
 Hershey 7142222591227184.641 3391094854
 Norfolk 6835198684230184.618 5301084266
 Charlotte 7038242684226213.600 5331044355
 Binghamton 6935273477218195.558 134994565
 Albany 6930351364187233.464 525863647
 Syracuse 6826353459166211.434 224833666
 Adirondack 6724334658159214.433 420843367
 Manitoba 7038261582196178.586 7311024173
 Lake Erie 6936253580193181.580 3331024456
 Hamilton 6936261679194175.572 5311014238
 Grand Rapids 7034262878210216.557 529983937
 Toronto 7234281978202198.542 628943662
 Abbotsford 6934264577168187.558 1123993447
 Rochester 6930333366187221.478 525883647
 Milwaukee 6937195887192168.630 6311094292
 Houston 7140251586205183.606 8321044154
 Peoria 7037262581195191.579 6311014173
 Oklahoma City 7036252781211203.579 5311014128
 Texas 6935244680186188.580 6291024065
 Chicago 7035263679231229.564 530994064
 San Antonio 6837273178205207.574 7301024266
 Rockford 6828314565173212.478 424893657
Today’s Games:
Springfield at Connecticut – 3:00 PM EDT
Worcester at Manchester – 3:00 PM EDT
Texas at Manitoba – 2:00 PM CDT
Charlotte at W-B/Scranton – 3:05 PM EDT
Oklahoma City at Chicago – 3:00 PM CDT
Rockford at Grand Rapids – 4:00 PM EDT
Houston at San Antonio – 3:00 PM CDT
Portland at Providence – 4:05 PM EDT
Syracuse at Hershey – 5:00 PM EDT
Binghamton at Bridgeport – 6:00 PM EDT
Lake Erie at Peoria – 5:05 PM CDT

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

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