(If you regularly read this AHL analysis, start under the title “The 3 November 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, 3 November in order to prepare you for the upcoming 29 game AHL weekend. 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 provide the PQC calls explained below as every team reaches each 10-game marker (i.e. Game 10, 20, 30, etc.). As they 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 as every game plays out. Remember, however, that projected standings do not gain true clarity until every team has at least one OT/SO loss and/or beginning right around the Game 20 mark.
The 3 November Chart
Here are the two Conferences after games completed on 3 November:
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?”
All teams reach the Game 10 (G10) mark for their first PQC calls by Sunday, 13 November.
After games on 3 November, Eastern Conference PQC status is below:
As laid out last night, five teams retain a chance at a Sharpening Skates call by G10. The remaining 10 can all potentially make an In The Curve call. (We now know seven have, up from five before last night.) Also, 12 teams (up from 11 last night) now will not receive a Tee Time, or playoff elimination call, by G10 as St. John’s has now joined this group and earned an In The Curve call for G10. And we will be ready to pass along the G10 PQC call for Worcester on Sunday.
And on 3 November, the Western Conference PQC status is below:
There is still only one Western Conference team that can still reach the Sharpening Skates mark. All other, 14 teams have a shot at an In The Curve call. Lake Erie is joined in the In The Curve team group by Rochester and Rockford. (There are another six that we know right now will receive an ITC call.) More Western teams will reach the G10 mark this weekend than in the East. On Sunday, Charlotte, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Houston and Oklahoma City reach G10 giving us calls on 1/3 of the AHL.
So above you have it – the updated AHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 3 November. There are no teams in the hunt for a potential Chasing Calder call at Game 10, and 25 (up from 22) teams we know will not be eliminated from the AHL playoffs come April over the course of the first 10 games’ analysis. Here is the beginning of your rolling list of PQC calls:
Friday, 2 November 2012, Bradley Arena, Milwaukee, WI – Based on their play through Game 10, the Lake Erie Monsters hold a PQC rating of In The Curve, or just about average for League play
Saturday, 3 November 2012, Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON – Based on their play through Game 10, the Rochester Americans hold a PQC rating of In The Curve, or just about average for League play
Saturday, 3 November 2012, Mile One Centre, St, John’s, NL – Based on their play through Game 10, the St. John’s IceCaps hold a PQC rating of In The Curve, or just about average for League play
Saturday, 3 November 2012, BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL – Based on their play through Game 10, the Rockford IceHogs hold a PQC rating of In The Curve, or just about average for League play
Your next update will be posted on Sunday, 5 November following the games played Sunday night.
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