Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

AHL Power Rankings: Week 21

The AHL’s Daily Playoff Primer debuted this week, meaning that we are close to the end of the season. About at the three quarter pole for all teams.

But there is much work to do as teams jockey for playoff positioning.

There are three teams in the AHL that are on an absolute tear, and are ranked 1-2-3 in this weeks Rankings. A Penguin and a Griffin walk into a bar and say to the Bear tending bar….I forget the rest, but you get the idea….

If you are new to the Rankings, the way this works is that you click through the jump below to read more or if you clicked in from someplace else, you can just keep scrolling…

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Hershey keeps rolling. The only thing left for them to do was overtake the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Not only have they done that, they are the top team in the AHL.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
HER 5 @ BNG 1
ALB 2 @ HER 4
LV 0 @ HER 2
This Week:
@ PRO 3/6
@ HFD 3/7
vs. POR 3/8

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The roll that Wilkes-Barre is on is slightly overshadowed by what the team above them in these rankings is on and a little bit by the next team down. No one can take away what G Matt Murray has done though. Big time test looking for the Penguins this weekend in New Hampshire.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
WBS 3 @ HFD 2 (OT)
WBS 7 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ MCH 3/6
@ MCH 3/7
@ SPR 3/8

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The hottest team in the AHL may actually be the Grand Rapids Griffins, but because the 30 teams in the AHL don’t play each other at least once, all we are left to do is speculate. The Griffins are 8-0-2-0 in their last ten and are atop the Midwest Division, which has been the most exciting race to watch all season long.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
GR 6 @ IA 2
GR 4 @ MIL 0
GR 5 @ CHI 0
This Week:
vs. OKC 3/4
@ MIL 3/6
@ RFD 3/7

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Oklahoma City loses its grip on the top spot in the AHL with the loss to San Antonio Friday. Although had they won that, it still wouldn’t have mattered because the Hershey Bears have 77 points.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ OKC 3 (OT)
SA 4 @ OKC 2
SA 0 @ OKC 4
This Week:
@ GR 3/4
@ RFD 3/6
@ MIL 3/8

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Split a series with Utica and took three of four away from Charlotte. Hamilton is just six off of Utica for the North lead and in good shape for playoffs in the beginning of March.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ UTI 5
CHA 0 @ HAM 4
CHA 4 @ HAM 3 (OT)
HAM 6 @ UTI 3
This Week:
vs. ADK 3/4
vs. RCH 3/6
vs. UTI 3/7

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This weekend is a test in Manchester. Both for the home side and the visitors. Early playoff preview?
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ MCH 4
MCH 3 @ POR 4
WOR 0 @ MCH 2
This Week:
vs. WBS 3/6
vs. WBS 3/7
vs. HFD 3/8

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The perfect weekend wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Griffins, but Grand Rapids did have the luxury of an extra game this weekend.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
RFD 6 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. OKC 3/6
vs. GR 3/7

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Sweep the Admirals in Virginia to stay ahead of the cut line for eighth in the East.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ NOR 1
PRO 4 @ NOR 3
This Week:
vs. HER 3/6
vs. SPR 3/7
vs. WOR 3/8

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Salvage an overall forgettable week with a big home win over their largest in-state rivals. This stumble cost the Crunch the top spot in the AHL. The Politburo is making a bold statement by asserting that Syracuse will not be a playoff team come April.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 4
ALB 7 @ SYR 6
UTI 1 @ SYR 4
This Week:
vs. POR 3/6
@ BNG 3/8

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Portland is making a push towards playoffs with 5 of 6 points this weekend. Tough slate of teams this week coming up, though.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ POR 2 (SO)
MCH 3 @ POR 4
SPR 1 @ POR 2
This Week:
@ SYR 3/6
@ LV 3/7
@ HER 3/8

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Did the Sharks hit the wall and spin out or are the back-to-back shutout losses a bump on the road? There are some winnable games this week so we will find out quickly.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ WOR 6
STJ 2 @ WOR 0
WOR 0 @ MCH 2
This Week:
vs. HFD 3/6
vs. BRI 3/7
@ PRO 3/8

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Comets are now spiraling downwards, but have built up enough of a healthy lead in the North Division to not be concerned…yet.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ UTI 5
ADK 4 @ UTI 0
UTI 1 @ SYR 4
HAM 6 @ UTI 3
This Week:
vs. RCH 3/4
@ HAM 3/7
@ TOR 3/8

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IceCaps get a visit this week from the Albany Devils who are hot on their tails and equally as hungry to get back into the playoff picture.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ POR 2 (SO)
STJ 3 @ POR 6
STJ 2 @ WOR 0
This Week:
vs. ALB 3/6
vs. ALB 3/7

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Impressive win Friday against Syracuse, a game where there were thirteen goals scored. Went to Hershey and were obliterated but then clawed with Binghamton all game long Sunday. Now two on The Rock with a team in St. John’s that is equally looking to claw back into playoff position.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
ALB 7 @ SYR 6
ALB 2 @ HER 4
BNG 3 @ ALB 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ STJ 3/6
@ STJ 3/7

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This weekend was not what the doctor ordered for a Stars team that more than two of six points in a battle for their playoff positioning.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ OKC 3 (OT)
RFD 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
RFD 6 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. IA 3/6

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5 of 6 points for Rochester as the saga of the league’s yo-yo team continues.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 14
Last Week:
RCH 5 @ LE 1
SYR 3 @ RCH 4
TOR 4 @ RCH 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 3/4
@ HAM 3/6

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If San Antonio does not take home maximum points this coming weekend then they will only have themselves to blame, especially when they are contending for a playoff spot.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 17th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SA 4 @ OKC 2
SA 0 @ OKC 4
This Week:
@ CHA 3/4
@ CHA 3/5
vs. IA 3/7

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The Wolf Pack are still a playoff contender, but had a forgettable weekend. Trips this weekend to teams in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, could be make or break.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ MCH 4
WBS 3 @ HFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ WOR 3/6
vs. HER 3/7
@ MCH 3/8

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Salvage an overall average weekend with a 4-1 win in Milwaukee. Otherwise, the Wolves have slipped out of playoff contention at the moment.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 19th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
GR 5 @ CHI 0
MIL 1 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ LE 3/6
@ LE 3/8

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Falcons are in a bird fight with the Penguins for the four spot in the Conference. Host the Penguins Sunday.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 5
BRI 0 @ SPR 3
SPR 1 @ PRO 2
This Week:
@ PRO 3/7
vs. WBS 3/8

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Perfect weekend for the Marlies who are edging closer to a playoff spot.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
CHA 1 @ TOR 4
TOR 4 @ RCH 3 (OT)
TOR 5 @ ADK 2
This Week:
vs. ADK 3/6
vs. ADK 3/7
vs. UTI 3/8

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Same story for Iowa. Two game win streak for the Wild, but a trip to Texas to take on some tough competition is up next.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
GR 6 @ IA 2
IA 2 @ LE 1 (OT)
IA 3 @ LE 2
This Week:
@ TEX 3/6
@ SA 3/7

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Admirals chase for the Midwest crown slowed by the Griffins and Wolves this week. Could be a bump in the road or not.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
GR 4 @ MIL 0
MIL 1 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ LE 3/4
vs. GR 3/6
vs. OKC 3/8

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The Phantoms need wins, but every time they need one, they run into a buzzsaw team like Hershey. The Politburo sees the Phantoms playoff chances dwindling…
Rank: 24
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ LV 3 (OT)
LV 0 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/6
vs. POR 3/7

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Binghamton needed six points this weekend but came away with just two. That may be the death knell to this B-Sens team.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
HER 5 @ BNG 1
BNG 2 @ LV 3 (OT)
BNG 3 @ ALB 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ NOR 3/4
@ NOR 3/6
vs. SYR 3/8

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Season can’t end quick enough for Charlotte. One of the reasons is because the Politburo hasn’t had a thing to say about them for months.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHA 1 @ TOR 4
CHA 0 @ HAM 4
CHA 4 @ HAM 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SA 3/4
vs. SA 3/5
vs. NOR 3/8

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Flames have slipped out of playoff contention. Good teams recover from this. Gut check time for Adirondack.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ UTI 0
TOR 5 @ ADK 2
This Week:
@ HAM 3/4
@ TOR 3/6
@ TOR 3/7

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Things aren’t going your way as a team if you are swept by the Iowa Wild like the Monsters were this week.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
RCH 5 @ LE 1
IA 2 @ LE 1 (OT)
IA 3 @ LE 2
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/4
vs. CHI 3/6
vs. CHI 3/8

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We will call this upcoming weekend the, “who is serious about catching Lehigh Valley and making a push towards playoffs?” weekend for Norfolk and the B-Sens.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ NOR 1
PRO 4 @ NOR 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 3/4
vs. BNG 3/6
@ CHA 3/8

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Obliterated 15-3 on aggregate this weekend, culminating with a 7-0 whitewash by the hands of the Penguins Sunday.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 5
BRI 0 @ SPR 3
WBS 7 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ LV 3/6
@ WOR 3/7

It always is a great sprint to the finish with interesting matchups and teams on the rise and teams on the fall. Comment section is open for business…

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