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Playoff Primer: March 30

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 Tue., Mar. 29:

x-Portland 7244206296259212.667 7371124535
x-Manchester 7542243693239195.620 1411034623
Connecticut 7438282684203201.568 533963933
Worcester 7434284880201230.541 529923533
Providence 7433353372190239.486 726843242
Springfield 7431382367212239.453 625793142
Bridgeport 7325374761195247.418 421752834
y-W-B/Scranton 73522001105233165.719 7451195243
x-Hershey 7543243594239198.627 3401044523
Charlotte 7541252791247226.607 5361014132
Norfolk 7237218688236198.611 5321044035
Binghamton 7440273487239203.588 139994533
Syracuse 7330363467190226.459 228813543
Albany 7331371467200250.459 526813334
Adirondack 7326374662170233.425 422762943
Lake Erie 7340253588205189.603 4361024343
Manitoba 7441271588205188.595 8331003933
Hamilton 7338262785204183.582 533994025
Toronto 74352811081209202.547 629933551
Grand Rapids 7435292880220234.541 530923615
Abbotsford 7234284678172195.542 1123943144
Rochester 7330364367196235.459 525813234
Milwaukee 7340196894204177.644 7331084061
Houston 7644261594223198.618 10341023822
Texas 7339244688204193.603 6331024034
Peoria 7438292583203202.561 632953833
Chicago 7437283683241237.561 631953733
Oklahoma City 7536282983224226.553 531933623
San Antonio 7338303281213221.555 731953852
Rockford 7332324573191225.500 428873525
Today’s Games:
Syracuse at Toronto – 11:00 AM EDT
Bridgeport at Portland – 6:30 PM EDT
Abbotsford at Hamilton – 7:00 PM EDT
Rockford at Lake Erie – 7:00 PM EDT
W-B/Scranton at Norfolk – 7:15 PM EDT
San Antonio at Milwaukee – 7:00 PM CDT
Rochester at Manitoba – 7:30 PM CDT

Yesterday’s Results:
Providence 0 at Portland 3
Adirondack 2 at Albany 6
Abbotsford 1 at Hamilton 3
Rochester 2 at Manitoba 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

Wednesday’s Clinching Scenarios:

Milwaukee clinches a playoff berth on Wednesday with:
(a) a point vs. San Antonio
Houston clinches a playoff berth on Wednesday with:
(a) a San Antonio loss (reg/OT/SO) at Milwaukee

Matchups if the Calder Cup Playoffs started today:









Tiebreaker Notes:

  • Lake Erie would get N1 over Manitoba based on fewer games played (73-74)
  • Milwaukee would get W1 over Houston based on fewer games played (73-76)
  • Peoria would get W4 over Chicago and Oklahoma City based on more ROW (32-31-31)
  • Chicago would get W5 over Oklahoma City based on fewer games played (74-75)


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