We already know that the Chicago Blackhawks will not be taking part on the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2008 this spring and the Rockford IceHogs could be missing out on the postseason as well. 

The IceHogs are currently in fifth place of the American Hockey League’s Central Division.  The Calder Cup playoffs take the top four teams from each division based on points percentage because teams in the Pacific Division play fewer games than the rest of the league due to travel restrictions.

Rockford is currently 33 percentage points behind the fourth place Grand Rapids Griffins with 15 games remaining on the regular season schedule.  According to the AHL’s daily playoff primer, the IceHogs will need 35 points over those final 15 games to qualify for the Calder Cup playoffs.

This will not be an easy task for Jeremy Colliton and company.  The IceHogs have the toughest schedule remaining of all the teams in the Central Division with their opponents having a combined .594 points percentage on the year.  Also, 10 of their final 15 games are on the road. 

They will begin their late season push for the postseason tonight when they host the Iowa Wild.  Their season will conclude with a home-and-home series on April 13 and 14 with the Chicago Wolves.  The IceHogs regular season finale will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont if you wanted to see them play close to home.  Hopefully it will not be their last game of the season.

Source: AHL
Image Credit: Rockford IceHogs