In the inaugural season for the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, it looked early on as if the team was destined for the Calder Cup Playoffs. However, a rash of injuries left the team short-handed in the weeks before the All-Star break, and that put the team in the position they’re in now.
With the season more than halfway done, the team having played 45 of 76 regular season games, the Gulls sit in 10th place in the Western Conference. The top eight teams in each conference make it into the Calder Cup Playoffs.
San Diego made up some ground with two wins against the Charlotte Checkers, who sit in 8th place, last weekend. Their record of 23-20 trails the Checkers’ 25-20 record in wins only, and there is plenty of time left in the season.
As the Norfolk Admirals last year, the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate finished 14th out of 15th in the Eastern Conference. Excellent fan support and an influx of young talent has helped the Ducks’ new affiliate in San Diego improve on their standing thus far, but a trip to the playoffs would make it that much sweeter.
The Gulls travel to Bakersfield to take on the Condors on Friday, and then are back in San Diego to take on the Ontario Reign on Saturday. Both teams sit ahead of San Diego in the standings, which makes this a prime time for the team to start its journey towards the playoffs.