Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Plenty of possibilities for River Rats' first-round opponent

The Albany River Rats will open the Calder Cup playoffs at home a week from Wednesday.
While they’ve already wrapped up second place in the East Division and a second-seed in the divisional playoffs, but it’s still up in the air whom they’ll face in the first round.
Albany (42-28-3-5) may face either third-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (39-32-2-3), fourth-place Norfolk (37-34-3-3) — or Lowell (37-30-4-6) or Bridgeport (36-31-4-6) of the Atlantic Division.
Lowell and Bridgeport, which stand in fourth and fifth place in the Atlantic Division, respectively, are also in the picture since if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic finishes with more points than the fourth-place team in the East, that Atlantic Division team would qualify for the postseason.
Here are how the races for the final playoff spots — for third place in the East Division and for fourth and fifth place in the Atlantic — are shaping up.

East Division
3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 39-32-2-3, 83 points, 4 games left
4. Norfolk 37-34-3-3, 80 points, 3 games left

Atlantic Division
4. Lowell 37-30-4-6, 84 points, 3 games left
5. Bridgeport 36-31-4-6, 82 points, 3 games left


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