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Playoff Primer: March 26

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. 25:


Portland 7043196294252207.671 7361144664
Manchester 7442233693238193.628 1411054724
Connecticut 7238262684200192.583 4341004253
Worcester 7233274878196222.542 528943662
Providence 7132333370185230.493 725883454
Springfield 7230372365204233.451 624813253
Bridgeport 7124364759189242.415 420772945
x-W-B/Scranton 71511901103228160.725 7441215345
Hershey 7342242591230191.623 3391054643
Charlotte 7339252787234220.596 5341014143
Norfolk 7036208686232189.614 5311064155
Binghamton 7238273483231201.576 137994553
Albany 7130361465190241.458 525833445
Syracuse 7128363463180221.444 226813563
Adirondack 7025354660164222.429 421803164
Lake Erie 7239253586202187.597 3361024444
Manitoba 7239271584200185.583 7321004062
Hamilton 7036262680197179.571 5311004137
Grand Rapids 7335282880219229.548 530943716
Toronto 7335281980207199.548 629943661
Abbotsford 7034264678170190.557 1123983346
Rochester 7130344367190226.472 525853445
Milwaukee 7139195891200173.641 7321094181
Houston 7442261590212189.608 9331023942
Texas 7238244686199192.597 6321024053
Oklahoma City 7336272882215215.562 531963825
San Antonio 7138283281212217.570 731994054
Chicago 7236273681237233.563 531973953
Peoria 7237282581200199.563 631973962
Rockford 7130324569185221.486 426873545
Today’s Games:
Lake Erie at Toronto – 3:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Adirondack – 7:00 PM EDT
Bridgeport at Connecticut – 7:00 PM EDT
Albany at Hershey – 7:00 PM EDT
Charlotte at Portland – 7:00 PM EDT
Springfield at Worcester – 7:00 PM EDT
Providence at Binghamton – 7:05 PM EDT
Manchester at Norfolk – 7:15 PM EDT
Rochester at Syracuse – 7:30 PM EDT
Hamilton at Chicago – 7:00 PM CDT
Grand Rapids at Texas – 7:00 PM CDT
San Antonio at Peoria – 7:05 PM CDT
Milwaukee at Rockford – 7:05 PM CDT
Oklahoma City at Houston – 7:35 PM CDT

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

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 Saturday with:
(a) a point vs. Charlotte, OR
(b) a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) or shootout win vs. Springfield
Manchester clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a point at Norfolk, OR
(b) a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Springfield
Hershey clinches a playoff berth on Saturday with:
(a) a win vs. Albany AND a Worcester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Springfield, OR
(b) an OTL/SOL vs. Albany AND a Worcester regulation loss vs. Springfield
W-B/Scranton clinches the division title on Saturday with:
(a) a win at Adirondack AND a Norfolk loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Manchester AND a Hershey loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Albany, OR
(b) an OTL/SOL at Adirondack AND a Norfolk regulation loss vs. Manchester AND a Hershey regulation loss vs. Albany

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Hamilton would get N3 over Grand Rapids and Toronto based on fewer games played (70-73-73)
  • San Antonio would get W5 over Chicago and Peoria based on fewer games played (71-72-72)


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