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AHL Power Rankings: Week 23

The Week 23 AHL Power Rankings are honing in.

You have the top two teams in the AHL 1-2 in this weeks Rankings.

Beyond that, it’s the wild wild west. Up for debate. Are the IceHogs and Wolf Pack a top ten team? They aren’t this week. Is San Antonio overrated? They are in the top ten this week.

Lots of debate this week for you. Pop through the jump to see where your team ended up and leave a comment if you are so obliged.

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The run continues. 18 game point streak. What used to be the best divisional race to watch has become a runaway laugher for Grand Rapids.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
GR 3 @ CHA 2
GR 1 @ CHA 2 (SO)
RFD 1 @ GR 3
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/20
@ LE 3/21
vs. ADK 3/22

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5 of 6 points taken home fem St. John’s in three games. Remain the best team in the AHL for another weekend.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
MCH 4 @ STJ 1
MCH 4 @ STJ 5 (OT)
MCH 4 @ STJ 1
This Week:
@ PRO 3/20
vs. STJ 3/21
vs. POR 3/22

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Nine game winning streak for the Pirates, who remain the one team you do not want to play right now. Two with the Bears this week at home then a roadie to Manchester. This should be the test on what type of team Portland is and will be.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
NOR 1 @ POR 2 (OT)
NOR 0 @ POR 2
This Week:
vs. HER 3/20
vs. HER 3/21
@ MCH 3/22

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The Springtime surge towards playoffs is on for Providence who, like Portland, are becoming the team you don’t want to play right now.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 4th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
LV 2 @ PRO 1 (SO)
PRO 5 @ SPR 0
NOR 1 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. MCH 3/20
@ BRI 3/21
vs. STJ 3/22

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What was heading for a blowout Sunday in Iowa turned into a nail biter. Couple of issues that need to be buttoned up for the Comets but should be.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
UTI 1 @ CHI 2 (OT)
UTI 4 @ CHI 0
UTI 4 @ IA 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. RCH 3/20
@ SYR 3/21
@ RCH 3/22

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Penguins had an answer for everything that Hershey threw at them in the two games this weekend and won both. Then looked out to pasture against a Wolf Pack side that had lost six in a row coming into the weekend. Three points separate the Penguins and Bears from the pinnacle of the East Division.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
HER 3 @ WBS 5
HER 1 @ WBS 3
HFD 5 @ WBS 2
This Week:
@ SYR 3/20
vs. BNG 3/21
@ LV 3/22

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I think you can go ahead and pencil the Oklahoma City Barons in for the 2015 Playoffs with this weekends action. Couple of trap games coming up here.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ OKC 5
CHA 2 @ OKC 1
CHA 1 @ OKC 6
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/17
vs. SA 3/20
vs. CHI 3/21
vs. CHI 3/22

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This San Antonio team is becoming more and more stronger and scarier to play against.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ SA 3 (OT)
LE 4 @ SA 0
LE 2 @ SA 5
This Week:
vs. CHA 3/17
@ OKC 3/20
vs. HAM 3/21
vs. HAM 3/22

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Blasted twice by the Penguins. Once healthy seven point lead on Wilkes-Barre trimmed to three. No room for error now.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
HER 3 @ WBS 5
HER 2 @ BNG 1
HER 1 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ WOR 3/18
@ POR 3/20
@ POR 3/21

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We said last week that the Crunch would not be a playoff team and we still stick by that claim, but a perfect weekend and an eight point cushion on the outside dents our assertion. We will see what this Crunch team is made out of by midnight Sunday.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ SYR 7
SYR 2 @ ALB 1
SYR 2 @ BRI 0
This Week:
vs. WBS 3/20
vs. UTI 3/21
@ SPR 3/22

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Lost to Grand Rapids Saturday then beat in-state rival Chicago in Rosemont. The Politburo doesn’t think that the IceHogs can catch the Griffins for the division lead, but you never know.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ GR 3
RFD 4 @ CHI 3
This Week:
vs. ADK 3/18
vs. ADK 3/21
vs. TEX 3/22

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The remedy for a six game losing streak? The road, of course. The Wolf Pack take max points away from the week and are right back in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 12
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ SPR 1 (OT)
HFD 4 @ BNG 3
HFD 5 @ WBS 2
This Week:
vs. LV 3/20
@ SPR 3/21
@ ALB 3/22

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An unsure Lake Erie team and a slumping Admirals team plays right into the hands of a Stars team trying to scratch their way into playoffs.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
LE 4 @ TEX 6
MIL 3 @ TEX 4
MIL 2 @ TEX 6
This Week:
vs. LE 3/17
@ CHI 3/19
@ MIL 3/21
@ RFD 3/22

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News this week out of Hamilton that this year will be the final year of AHL in the Steel City, ending a 19 year run. meanwhile, on the ice, the Bulldogs remain in the thick of things with 4 of 6 points this weekend.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ ADK 1 (OT)
HAM 4 @ RCH 2
TOR 2 @ HAM 0
This Week:
@ SA 3/21
@ SA 3/22

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Great start to the week for the Devils, but they need to rack up points and not take 3 of 6 like they did this weekend. Should have an easy go against a listless Admirals team in for two this week, but you never know.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
WOR 2 @ ALB 3
SYR 2 @ ALB 1
SPR 1 @ ALB 0 (SO)
This Week:
vs. NOR 3/18
vs. NOR 3/21
vs. HFD 3/22

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Not the best week for the Monsters, just 2 of 6 points, but they are still within shouting distance of a playoff spot.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
LE 4 @ TEX 6
LE 4 @ SA 0
LE 2 @ SA 5
This Week:
@ TEX 3/17
@ TOR 3/20
vs. GR 3/21

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Coud have used those two points against Albany on Friday. Now every game for Worcester is a big one because of the games in hand situation.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
WOR 5 @ BRI 1
WOR 2 @ ALB 3
This Week:
vs. HER 3/18
vs. STJ 3/20
vs. LV 3/21

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If St. John’s gets 4 of 6 points next week, then you can keep that dim light representing a playoff hope alive. Anything less, you can blow it out and start over next year.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
MCH 4 @ STJ 1
MCH 4 @ STJ 5 (OT)
MCH 4 @ STJ 1
This Week:
@ WOR 3/20
@ MCH 3/21
@ PRO 3/22

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Admirals stumble this week. Next week doesn’t get any easier.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ OKC 5
MIL 2 @ SA 3 (OT)
MIL 3 @ TEX 4
MIL 2 @ TEX 6
This Week:
@ OKC 3/17
@ GR 3/20
vs. TEX 3/21

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Springfield still a playoff team as we head into mid-March, but for how much longer?
Rank: 20
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ SPR 1 (OT)
PRO 5 @ SPR 0
SPR 1 @ ALB 0 (SO)
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/20
vs. HFD 3/21
vs. SYR 3/22

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Split against two really good teams, but the Checkers are not playoff contenders in the least.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
GR 3 @ CHA 2
GR 1 @ CHA 2 (SO)
CHA 2 @ OKC 1
CHA 1 @ OKC 6
This Week:
@ SA 3/17
@ IA 3/21
@ IA 3/22

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Light week last week. Business picks up again for the Amerks this weekend.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
HAM 4 @ RCH 2
This Week:
@ UTI 3/20
@ TOR 3/21
vs. UTI 3/22

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Okay, okay. Not the best week for predictions this week at the Chirps from Center Ice Politburo, who said that Toronto would be a playoff team. Not after 2 of 6 points this week, though.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
LV 4 @ TOR 3
TOR 4 @ ADK 5
TOR 2 @ HAM 0
This Week:
vs. LE 3/20
vs. RCH 3/21

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Remember this weekend if the Flames miss playoffs by a point or two.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ ADK 1 (OT)
ADK 4 @ SYR 7
TOR 4 @ ADK 5
BNG 8 @ ADK 7 (OT)
This Week:
@ RFD 3/18
@ RFD 3/21
@ GR 3/22

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Crazy 8-7 overtime win capped off a forgettable weekend for the B-Sens who were in close games but came away with no points.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
HER 2 @ BNG 1
HFD 4 @ BNG 3
BNG 8 @ ADK 7 (OT)
This Week:
vs. NOR 3/20
@ WBS 3/21
@ BRI 3/22

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Wolves could have used six points this week, but just get two. Tough road trip to Oklahoma coming up this week for Chicago.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 26th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
UTI 1 @ CHI 2 (OT)
UTI 4 @ CHI 0
RFD 4 @ CHI 3
This Week:
vs. TEX 3/19
@ OKC 3/21
@ OKC 3/22

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Showed resilience coming back from an 0-3 hole against Utica but fell in a shootout. Could be the caption to the season, really.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ IA 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHA 3/21
vs. CHA 3/22

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The Phantoms did not play Sunday but their playoff chances took a shot with wins by Springfield, Hartford and Providence. Need to be almost perfect to get in, no margin for error. Tough weekend ahead.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
LV 4 @ TOR 3
LV 2 @ PRO 1 (SO)
LV 4 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ HFD 3/20
@ WOR 3/21
vs. WBS 3/22

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Rank: 29
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
WOR 5 @ BRI 1
LV 4 @ BRI 2
SYR 2 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ SPR 3/20
vs. PRO 3/21
vs. BNG 3/22

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See Bridgeport’s capsule, one above this one.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
NOR 1 @ POR 2 (OT)
NOR 0 @ POR 2
NOR 1 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ ALB 3/18
@ BNG 3/20
@ ALB 3/21

Again, comments are yours if you want them.

One response to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 23

  1. nafsnep March 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I messed up Lake Erie’s ranking, thinking they took 4 of 6. The ranking will be adjusted next week. I only go over these things 50 times before they go to publish.