Playoff Primer: March 25

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. 24:

Portland 6943186294251202.681 7361164765
Manchester 7341233691234193.623 1401054725
Connecticut 7137262682197190.577 4331004254
Worcester 7133264878194218.549 528963763
Providence 7031333368181228.486 724883455
Springfield 7230372365204233.451 624813253
Bridgeport 7023364757184241.407 419772946
x-W-B/Scranton 70511801103228157.736 7441235446
Hershey 7242232591229189.632 3391074744
Norfolk 6936198686232185.623 5311084256
Charlotte 7239252686232217.597 5341024244
Binghamton 7137273481228201.570 136994554
Albany 7030351465188235.464 525853546
Syracuse 7027363461174219.436 225813564
Adirondack 6924354658162221.420 420803165
Lake Erie 7138253584199185.592 3351024445
Manitoba 7138271582197183.577 7311004063
Grand Rapids 7235272880216224.556 530963817
Toronto 7335281980207199.548 629943661
Hamilton 6936261679194175.572 5311014238
Abbotsford 6934264577168187.558 1123993447
Rochester 7030343366188223.471 525863546
Milwaukee 7038195889196171.636 7311094182
Houston 7341261588208188.603 9321023952
Texas 7137244684194189.592 6311024054
Oklahoma City 7236262882214211.569 531983926
Chicago 7136263681235229.570 531994054
Peoria 7137272581198195.570 631994063
San Antonio 7037283279208215.564 730994055
Rockford 7029324567181218.479 425873546
Today’s Games:
Charlotte at Connecticut – 7:00 PM EDT
Bridgeport at Portland – 7:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Hershey at Adirondack – 7:30 PM EDT
Manchester at Norfolk – 7:30 PM EDT
Albany at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EDT
Providence at Worcester – 7:30 PM EDT
Lake Erie at Rochester – 7:35 PM EDT
Chicago at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CDT
San Antonio at Peoria – 7:05 PM CDT
Hamilton at Rockford – 7:05 PM CDT
Abbotsford at Manitoba – 7:30 PM CDT
Grand Rapids at Texas – 7:30 PM CDT
Oklahoma City at Houston – 7:35 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

Clinching Scenarios:

Portland clinches a playoff berth on Friday with:
(a) a win vs. Bridgeport AND a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Providence, OR
(b) a reg/OT win vs. Bridgeport AND a Worcester SO win vs. Providence, OR
(c) an OTL/SOL vs. Bridgeport AND a Worcester regulation loss vs. Providence

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Norfolk would get E3 over Charlotte based on fewer games played (69-72)
  • Grand Rapids would get N3 over Toronto based on fewer games played (72-73)
  • 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