Of the 16 teams about to embark on the quest that is the 2017 Calder Cup playdowns, the IceCaps bring the lowest winning percentage. At .539, it is considerably poorer than the .605 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who finished fifth in the Atlantic Division and out of the post-season picture. That record would have allowed the Sound Tigers to take the spot the IceCaps now occupy had the AHL not changed its playoff qualification rules over the summer. If this had been last spring, Bridgeport would have been able to cross over from the Atlantic Division to the North with its superior record and dislodge the IceCaps. But this season, there was no such cross-over option. It was simply the case of the top four teams in each division advancing.