(If you regularly read this AHL analysis, start under the title “The 27 October Chart,” and don’t miss the ending section “What Do We Already Know?”.)
Below is your AHL Point Predictor and Playoff Qualifying Curve (PQC) update for AHL games ending Saturday, 27 October. What are we showing here? Where the AHL is going, not where they were after the games that night.
How Will We Do It? Check back here several times a week as we provide you the simple chart below where you can follow the AHL’s march to the Playoffs. We will provide the PQC calls explained below as each team reaches another 10-game marker (i.e. Game 10, 20, 30, etc.). As teams do so, the standings’ line color changes to the appropriate PQC designation. And once we make a call of IN (Chasing Calder) or OUT (Tee Time), we stick by it unless a BAD CALL (Shot Off The Post) notification is made.
Additionally, we also give you projected standings based on team play. Note here that the chart is from early in the season, but we gain more and more accuracy with every game played. Still, projected standings will not gain true clarity until every team has at least one OT/SO loss and/or beginning around the Game 20 mark.
The 27 October Chart
Here are the two Conferences after games completed on 27 October:
Here are notes to explain the chart:
1. AHL Conferences are shown Western and Eastern from left to right as they would be on a map. The far left column in each chart titled ‘AHL Stnd’ indicates current team AHL standings as of the posted date. And teams use standard AHL abbreviations and color schemes.
2. ‘GP’ = Games Played.
3. ‘eW’ = Estimated Wins, our own formulary as the season progresses.
4. ‘eL’ = Estimated Losses
5. ‘eOTL’ = Estimated Overtime Losses, the third point in three-point games
6. ‘ePts’ = Estimated Points
7. ‘ePt Rnk’ = Estimated Points Rank, our order of how they will fare overall
8. And the ‘PQC Code’: ‘CC’ = Chasing Calder, or IN the Playoffs; ‘SS’ = Sharpening Skates, or just shy of IN the Playoffs; ‘ITC’ = In The Curve, or playing right about on average; ‘DoC’ = Dusting Off Clubs, or almost OUT of the Playoffs; ‘TT’ = Tee Time, or OUT of the Playoffs; and ‘SotP’ = Shot Off The Post, or a bad call of CC or TT. Remember, the PQC Codes get called every 10 games. (For example, my hometown Houston Aeros’ first PQC call will come after the game they play on 4 November, their Game 10.)
“What Do We Already Know?”
We are three games away from closing in on the Game 5 (G5) mark for all teams which we will reach on Saturday night, 27 October. We are also about one week away from some teams reaching the G10 mark for our first PQC calls. Things are beginning to shake out for the first round of predictions already.
In the East, five (down from six) of 15 teams still retain a chance at a Chasing Calder call. None can be better than Sharpening Skates, although a single loss to all but one of those five teams can restock that call. The other ten of the eastern teams cannot beat an In The Curve for their call. Finally, Syracuse, Norfolk, Springfield and now Bridgeport, Manchester and St. John’s are the teams who currently will not be at Tee Time come G10 and three others need one win or an OT/SO loss to join them.
Out West, the maximum PQC numbers are currently two Chasing Calder’s, one Sharpening Skates and nine who cannot surpass In The Curve. Three teams are already at In The Curve and await their G10 call. Additionally, Abbotsford, Charlotte, Chicago, Lake Erie, Rochester and now Houston will not be at Tee Time once G10 rolls around.
We will know what each team’s PQC is for the G10 mark before we give you the call, but we cannot give you our recipe – just the final, plated dish. But stand by as you will only have to wait about two-to-three weeks for those calls.
So above you have it – the updated AHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 27 October. There are only seven (down from nine) teams in the hunt for a potential Chasing Calder call, and 12 (up from nine) teams we know will not be eliminated from the AHL playoffs come April over the course of the first 10 games’ analysis. Your next update will be posted on Monday, 29 October following the games played Sunday night.
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