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Playoff Primer: March 22

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 Mon., Mar. 21:

Portland 6843185293247197.684 7361174875
Manchester 7341233691234193.623 1401054725
Connecticut 7036262680194188.571 4321004264
Worcester 7032264876189214.543 527963764
Providence 7031333368181228.486 724883455
Springfield 7130362365202230.458 624833354
Bridgeport 7023364757184241.407 419772946
x-W-B/Scranton 69501801101226156.732 6441235556
Hershey 7242232591229189.632 3391074744
Norfolk 6835198684230184.618 5301084266
Charlotte 7138252684227215.592 5331024254
Binghamton 7036273479222198.564 135994564
Albany 6930351364187233.464 525863647
Syracuse 6927353461171213.442 225833665
Adirondack 6724334658159214.433 420843367
Lake Erie 7037253582197184.586 3341024455
Manitoba 7138271582197183.577 7311004063
Grand Rapids 7135262880215219.563 530983927
Hamilton 6936261679194175.572 5311014238
Toronto 7234281978202198.542 628943662
Abbotsford 6934264577168187.558 1123993447
Rochester 6930333366187221.478 525883647
Houston 7241251588208185.611 9321044053
Milwaukee 6937195887192168.630 6311094292
Texas 7036244682191189.586 6301024064
Oklahoma City 7136262781211207.570 531994027
Chicago 7136263681235229.570 531994054
Peoria 7137272581198195.570 631994063
San Antonio 6937273279207210.572 7301014156
Rockford 6928324565176217.471 424873556
Today’s Games:
Worcester at Portland – 11:00 AM EDT
Adirondack at Charlotte – 7:00 PM EDT
Rochester at Lake Erie – 7:00 PM EDT
Oklahoma City at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CDT
Houston at Texas – 7:30 PM CDT

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

Today’s Clinching Scenarios:

Portland clinches a playoff berth on Tuesday with:
(a) a regulation or overtime win vs. Worcester

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Norfolk would get E3 over Charlotte based on fewer games played (68-71)
  • Lake Erie would get N1 over Manitoba based on fewer games played (70-71)
  • Oklahoma City would get W4 over Chicago and Peoria based on best points percentage in combined season series (.656-.567-.567)
  • Chicago would get W5 over Peoria based on points in season series (11-8)


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