They currently sit in the fifth place – just six points out of first place in the division, and the ability to leap frog the Toronto Marlies for the division lead.
With 18 points on the table – and two of them against the Marlies – it is not without possibility that the Americans could make a run at a division title under interim head coach Chadd Cassidy.
On deck for games against the Rochester Americans other than the Marlies are two games against the Hamilton Bulldogs to close out the season, two games against the Albany Devils, and single games against the Lake Erie Monsters, Adirondack Phantoms, Oklahoma City Barons, and Syracuse Crunch.
How do those teams stack up heading into the final month of regular season action in the American Hockey League?
The Rochester Americans play the last place teams in both conferences – three games and six points that should be easily won. The final two games of the season are against the Hamilton Bulldogs – who hold down the last place spot in the Western Conference – and April 6th the Amerks faceoff against last place Adirondack of the Eastern Conference.
Also out of the playoff picture are the Rochester Americans next opponent – the Lake Erie Monsters, who hold down the 13th overall spot in the Western Conference – have little chance at making the Calder Cup playoffs.
The Albany Devils sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and are only five points out of the playoff race.
Only three of the Amerks remaining nine games are against teams in playoff contention right now, The Barons, Marlies, and Crunch.
The Buffalo Sabres are not going to make things easier on the Rochester Americans – as they continue to trade away players of their roster for draft picks, the Amerks will have to back fill the open roster spots.