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AHL Power Rankings: Week 25

So this week, the AHL saw two teams punch their tickets to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Neither team is the number one team in this edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

I’m not going to give it away, so you will have to pop through the jump to see who it is. And it is probably a team that will surprise you, but shouldn’t.

Anyway, there are teams that are shuffling in and shuffling out as playoff contenders. Some teams are in free fall mode. Some teams are ascending to glory. When you click through the jump below, you will see who, or perhaps as a fan of that team you already know what I am talking about.

I will shutup now and let you read on….

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When are you going to start taking the San Antonio Rampage serious? When you do, it may be too late.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SA 4 @ MIL 3 (SO)
SA 1 @ IA 0
SA 4 @ IA 1
This Week:
vs. ADK 4/2
vs. ADK 4/4

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First team from the East in to clinch a spot with a classic series against the second team to meet them there, Hershey.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
MCH 6 @ HER 3
MCH 2 @ HER 6
MCH 3 @ LV 1
This Week:
@ ALB 4/1
@ POR 4/3
@ HFD 4/4

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Second team to clinch in the East this weekend (Manchester) – Bears will be a tough out for sure. Next up is sealing the East Division up. Looking at the short term schedule, should be a breeze.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
MCH 6 @ HER 3
MCH 2 @ HER 6
HER 4 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. WOR 4/1
@ NOR 4/3
@ NOR 4/4

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They made a big run late last year and missed the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. This season was never in doubt. Utica can coast in from here.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
OKC 2 @ UTI 4
RFD 2 @ UTI 4
This Week:
vs. RCH 4/1
@ HAM 4/4

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Griffs took home max points from defending champs in Cedar Park this weekend. Midwest Division crown probably comes down to the midweek home and home against the Rockford IceHogs.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
GR 2 @ TEX 0
GR 4 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. RFD 4/1
@ RFD 4/3
vs. TOR 4/4

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Syracuse will probably be the next team in from the East this week, but decimated by call-ups and injuries, may be one of the first teams out.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SYR 6 @ LV 1
BRI 3 @ SYR 4
RCH 2 @ SYR 0
This Week:
vs. BNG 4/1
@ HFD 4/3
@ BRI 4/4

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Rockford would do well for itself if they are able to sweep the home and home against Grand Rapids. They would also do well for the rest of the league that doesn’t want to see the Griffs tear up the league like they did two years ago.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 7th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
LE 2 @ RFD 3
RFD 4 @ ADK 0
RFD 2 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ GR 4/1
vs. GR 4/3
vs. RCH 4/4

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Worcester took a huge step forward with a perfect six point weekend. A four point cushion over the ninth place Springfield Falcons.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
WOR 6 @ SPR 3
STJ 2 @ WOR 3 (OT)
SPR 1 @ WOR 4
This Week:
@ HER 4/1
@ WBS 4/3

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Seemed that every time the Penguins got close to the Bears for the division, something bad happened and Wilkes-Barre took three steps back. Penguins can probably punch their ticket to their thirteenth straight trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs this week, but they face two hungry, dangerous teams in Hartford and Worcester and another Phantoms team that has had the keys to the City of Wilkes-Barre all season long.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 9th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WBS 3 @ BNG 1
WBS 1 @ LV 4
This Week:
vs. HFD 4/1
vs. WOR 4/3
vs. LV 4/4

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Hartford takes home maximum points this weekend to stay above 6 down in the 5 seed. Big week coming up for the Wolf Pack, starting Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
PRO 0 @ HFD 5
HFD 3 @ SPR 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ WBS 4/1
vs. SYR 4/3
vs. MCH 4/4

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Stars are probably in, because of the nice lead that they have on eight and the fact that Oklahoma City is in free fall mode.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ IA 3
GR 2 @ TEX 0
GR 4 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. ADK 4/1
@ MIL 4/3
@ CHI 4/4

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Albany did what Albany needed to do this weekend. Go to Norfolk and take max points away. Need to continue racking up points to keep the playoff hopes alive.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ NOR 3 (OT)
ALB 3 @ NOR 1
This Week:
vs. MCH 4/1
@ SPR 4/3
vs. BNG 4/4

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The plan was a win against Hartford to jump over them and advance towards the Penguins and the 4 seed. Instead, the P-Bruins were blasted by the ‘Pack 5-0. Took it out the next night on the Pirates. Now a trip to St. John’s.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
PRO 0 @ HFD 5
PRO 5 @ POR 2
This Week:
@ STJ 4/3
@ STJ 4/4

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Even with two wins against Charlotte, Lake Erie has a lot of ground to cover if they want to get to the eighth and final spot in the West.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
LE 2 @ RFD 3
LE 3 @ CHA 2
LE 5 @ CHA 1
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/31
vs. MIL 4/1
vs. TOR 4/3

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Hmm. Two wins against a non-playoff team followed up by a drubbing by a playoff team. Pirates may just make it, only because Springfield doesn’t want anything to do with playoffs and the other teams are too far back.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
STJ 0 @ POR 6
STJ 4 @ POR 6
PRO 5 @ POR 2
This Week:
vs. MCH 4/3
@ SPR 4/4

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Nice weekend for the Bulldogs, taking home 5 of 6 points. Still in a battle with about five other teams for the final playoff spots in the West.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ ADK 1
HAM 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
HAM 2 @ TOR 1
This Week:
vs. CHI 4/2
vs. UTI 4/4

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Wolves took max points home for the first time since January 2012 and also cemented themselves as contenders for the final spots in the Western Conference Playoffs.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
CHI 8 @ MIL 4
MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
IA 2 @ CHI 3
This Week:
@ TOR 4/1
@ HAM 4/2
vs. TEX 4/4

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Marlies will make these final few weeks interesting. Still two points out with 10 games to play.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
OKC 2 @ TOR 3
HAM 2 @ TOR 1
TOR 4 @ RCH 3
This Week:
vs. CHI 4/1
@ LE 4/3
@ GR 4/4

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Scratch the IceCaps name off of the list for realistic contenders for the eighth and final spot in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
STJ 0 @ POR 6
STJ 4 @ POR 6
STJ 2 @ WOR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. PRO 4/3
vs. PRO 4/4

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Oklahoma City is 2-6-2-0 in their last 10 games, including six losses in a row. The cauterization should happen this week with a trip to Charlotte.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 13h
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
OKC 2 @ TOR 3
OKC 2 @ UTI 4
OKC 3 @ ADK 7
This Week:
@ CHA 4/2
@ CHA 4/3

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Sound Tigers were the second Eastern Conference team eliminated (Norfolk) this weekend. Season looked promising with all of those off season acquisitions.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SYR 4
BRI 4 @ BNG 1
HER 4 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. SPR 4/1
vs. SYR 4/4

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Milwaukee is stalling on its way into a playoff spot. Should be OK though, may just need to dodge Hamilton or Chicago for the final spot.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SA 4 @ MIL 3 (SO)
CHI 8 @ MIL 4
MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ LE 3/31
@ LE 4/1
vs. TEX 4/3

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Flames may have seen their hopes of making the Calder Cup Playoffs go up in smoke after just taking home 2 of 6 points this weekend.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ ADK 1
RFD 4 @ ADK 0
OKC 3 @ ADK 7
This Week:
@ TEX 4/1
@ SA 4/2
@ SA 4/4

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Checkers can play spoiler this week with two against the all of a sudden slumping Barons.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ NOR 2
LE 3 @ CHA 2
LE 5 @ CHA 1
This Week:
vs. OKC 4/2
vs. OKC 4/3

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Welcome to Rochester. We aren’t as bad as Iowa, but are worse than Charlotte.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
RCH 2 @ SYR 0
TOR 4 @ RCH 3
This Week:
@ UTI 4/1
@ IA 4/3
@ RFD 4/4

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Someone should tell the Falcons that tanking this late in the season isn’t going to net them the services of Jack Eichel.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
WOR 6 @ SPR 3
HFD 3 @ SPR 2 (OT)
SPR 1 @ WOR 4
This Week:
@ BRI 4/1
vs. ALB 4/3
vs. POR 4/4

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That win against the Penguins with a depleted lineup on Saturday night had to feel good for a Phantoms team which isn’t going to make playoffs this year.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
SYR 6 @ LV 1
WBS 1 @ LV 4
MCH 3 @ LV 1
This Week:
@ NOR 4/1
@ BNG 4/3
@ WBS 4/4

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B-Sens blitzkrieged by the Penguins and Sound Tigers. They are playing out the string on the Southern Tier.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
WBS 3 @ BNG 1
BRI 4 @ BNG 1
This Week:
@ SYR 4/1
vs. LV 4/3
@ ALB 4/4

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Admirals season ended when they announced the team would be sold it seems. Can’t even play spoiler to an unsure Albany team.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ NOR 2
ALB 4 @ NOR 3 (OT)
ALB 3 @ NOR 1
This Week:
vs. LV 4/1
vs. HER 4/3
vs. HER 4/4

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Thanks for playing Iowa. Your complementary bucket of golf balls is right out front there next to the swimming pool.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ IA 3
SA 1 @ IA 0
SA 4 @ IA 1
IA 2 @ CHI 3
This Week:
vs. RCH 4/3

As always, comments are open for your thoughts.

2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 25

  1. Randy Carter March 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Again I think your assessment of the Admirals is spot on. I do share your beleif that the sale annoucement took the air out of everyone’s sails, team, fans and local management. We are even having our equipment sale this Friday with over 2 weeks left in the season. What does that tell you?