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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 26

Has your ticket been punched yet?

Is your team still in it? Are you done? How you looking these last few weeks? Are you going to go deep? Are you one and done? Rebuilding for next year?

For some cities, these are questions which are yet to be answered. Hopefully, this Week 26 edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings will be your guide as you navigate though these final weeks.

Oh, there is a new number one again this week. Word got around and….well, I am just going to let you hop through the jump and read through….

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Word gets around to this blog that the good people of Utica think that the Politboro underrates the Utica Comets. Well good people of Utica, your Comets are number one this week. Can you be a dark horse and a favorite all at the same time? Time will tell.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ UTI 5
UTI 3 @ HAM 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HAM 4/7
vs. ADK 4/10
@ BNG 4/11
vs. SYR 4/12

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For as good as Manchester has been all season, they still have not sewed up the Atlantic Division title yet.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
MCH 2 @ ALB 1
MCH 4 @ POR 3 (OT)
MCH 2 @ HFD 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. POR 4/10
@ BRI 4/11
@ BRI 4/12

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Rampage ousted from the top spot because due to the 7-3 blasting that Adirondack laid on them Saturday. Still a damn good Rampage team that will be a tough out.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ SA 5
ADK 7 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ OKC 4/7
vs. GR 4/10
vs. GR 4/11

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Griffins put space between them and second place Rockford with that 6-1 thrashing on Wednesday. Will probably be able to sew up the division crown sooner rather than later now.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ GR 6
GR 2 @ RFD 6
TOR 2 @ GR 7
This Week:
vs. MIL 4/8
@ SA 4/10
@ SA 4/11

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Sewed up a playoff spot this weekend. Midwest crown may be unattainable, but the ‘Hogs are proving to be a tough out.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ GR 6
GR 2 @ RFD 6
RCH 2 @ RFD 7
This Week:
vs. MIL 4/7
@ IA 4/9
@ CHA 4/11
@ CHA 4/12

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Have the Bears put it on cruise control heading into the playoffs or was it a matchup thing against Worcester and Friday in Norfolk?
Rank: 6
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
WOR 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
HER 0 @ NOR 4
HER 2 @ NOR 0
This Week:
@ STJ 4/10
@ STJ 4/11

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Stars take the perfect weekend to give themselves breathing room for playoff consideration. You are going to have to take it from Texas this Spring.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ TEX 7
TEX 3 @ MIL 2 (SO)
TEX 6 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ IA 4/7
vs. HAM 4/10
vs. HAM 4/11

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The suddenly hard charging Wolf Pack are in the Syracuse Crunch mirrors as we wind down the season. The Northeast Division race is going to be one to watch in the closing weeks.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ WBS 4
SYR 4 @ HFD 6
MCH 2 @ HFD 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SPR 4/10
vs. ALB 4/11
@ PRO 4/12

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Look out. The Worcester Sharks are on a tear at the right time and are looking to play upset in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Ridiculously busy week for the Sharks starting tonight in Bridgeport.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
WOR 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
WOR 4 @ WBS 2
This Week:
@ BRI 4/6
@ POR 4/7
@ PRO 4/10
vs. PRO 4/11
vs. ALB 4/12

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A good win is followed up by a bad loss. Which is it? Wilkes-Barre is a scant two points away from locking up its thirteenth consecutive trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Also has won 40 games for the past ten seasons. A feat only accomplished once before. (Milwaukee, 2003-13)
Rank: 10
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ WBS 4
WOR 4 @ WBS 2
LV 0 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ LV 4/8
@ POR 4/11
@ POR 4/12

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Bruins did what they needed this week and are two points out of home ice for the first round.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ STJ 0
PRO 5 @ STJ 4
This Week:
vs. WOR 4/10
@ WOR 4/11
vs. HFD 4/12

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Crunch punched a ticket into the playoffs this weekend but are the money favorite to get swept or knocked out in four in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with all of the personnel losses.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ SYR 2 (OT)
SYR 4 @ HFD 6
SYR 2 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. BRI 4/10
vs. SPR 4/11
@ UTI 4/12

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Wolves took 4 out of 6 from the weekend to keep their head above water to stay in the playoff discussion.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ TOR 1
CHI 4 @ HAM 2
TEX 6 @ CHI 2
This Week:
vs. LE 4/7
@ MIL 4/10
vs. OKC 4/11
vs. IA 4/12

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5 of 6 this weekend to stop the bleeding. Falcons may just squeak in if Albnay remains inconsistent and Portland keeps free falling.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 12
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ BRI 1
ALB 1 @ SPR 0 (SO)
POR 2 @ SPR 5
This Week:
@ HFD 4/10
@ SYR 4/11

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Two horse race between Albany and Springfield for last contender for the Calder Cup Playoffs. Devils trail the Falcons by four points with two games in hand, but the team that both are pursuing in Portland has a game in hand on the Devils. It’s an uphill battle.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
MCH 2 @ ALB 1
ALB 1 @ SPR 0 (SO)
BNG 1 @ ALB 4
This Week:
@ BNG 4/10
@ HFD 4/11
@ WOR 4/12

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Pirates are taking on water fast. The schedule this week, all against playoff contenders, doesn’t get any easier.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
MCH 4 @ POR 3 (OT)
POR 2 @ SPR 5
This Week:
vs. WOR 4/7
@ MCH 4/10
vs. WBS 4/11
vs. WBS 4/12

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Monsters need max points this week if they want to even be considered in the discussion for Calder Cup Playoff contention. It starts Tuesday in Chicago.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ LE 2 (OT)
MIL 3 @ LE 2 (OT)
TOR 4 @ LE 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ CHI 4/7
vs. RCH 4/9
@ ADK 4/11
@ ADK 4/12

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Milwaukee took 4 of 6 points this weekend. Every game went into overtime or a shootout. With all this extra wear this late in the season, will it take a toll?
Rank: 18
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ LE 2 (OT)
MIL 3 @ LE 2 (OT)
TEX 3 @ MIL 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ RFD 4/7
@ GR 4/8
vs. CHI 4/10

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Went to Texas and came home wiuth just two possible points. Flames need a run, and quick, or else the Calder Cup fire will be extinguished.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ TEX 7
ADK 4 @ SA 5
ADK 7 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ TOR 4/7
@ UTI 4/10
vs. LE 4/11
vs. LE 4/12

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Split a pair with the sorry Checkers this week. Are hanging on and will probably make the playoffs, but how far is this team going to go as compared to what you thought a month ago?
Rank: 20
Last Week: 20th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
OKC 3 @ CHA 2 (OT)
OKC 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
vs. SA 4/7
@ IA 4/10
@ CHI 4/11

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Sound Tigers are just playing spoiler right now, and have made the race between Hartford and Syracuse interesting.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 21st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ BRI 1
SYR 2 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. WOR 4/6
@ SYR 4/10
vs. MCH 4/11
vs. MCH 4/12

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Took three of four away from the Barons who are still sputtering. That’s all that is left for the Checkers until the end of the season.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
OKC 3 @ CHA 2 (OT)
OKC 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
vs. RFD 4/11
vs. RFD 4/12

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Marlies didn’t do themselves any favors with this three point week. Two games in hand over eighth place Milwaukee. If they don’t go three for three this weekend, forget it.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ TOR 1
TOR 4 @ LE 3 (OT)
TOR 2 @ GR 7
This Week:
vs. ADK 4/7
@ RCH 4/10
vs. RCH 4/11

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Getting zero points out of a weekend when you are battling for your playoff life is a recipe for disaster.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ HAM 2
UTI 3 @ HAM 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 4/7
@ TEX 4/10
@ TEX 4/11

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Feel good win Friday against a division rival, but nothing much else to remember for a season that will end in disappointment in a few weeks.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
LV 3 @ NOR 2
HER 0 @ NOR 4
HER 2 @ NOR 0
This Week:
@ BNG 4/7
@ LV 4/10
@ LV 4/11

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That 6-0 blasting of a sorry Rochester squad had to feel good for a Wild team that hasn’t had many good things to feel good about.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
RCH 0 @ IA 6
This Week:
vs. TEX 4/7
vs. RFD 4/9
vs. OKC 4/10
@ CHI 4/12

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IceCaps were eliminated this weekend after getting knocked around by Providence twice this weekend. Better hopes next season with Montreal prospects.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ STJ 0
PRO 5 @ STJ 4
This Week:
vs. HER 4/10
vs. HER 4/11

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Have the players mailed it in two weeks before the season ends?
Rank: 28
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
LV 3 @ NOR 2
LV 3 @ BNG 4
LV 0 @ WBS 3
This Week:
vs. WBS 4/8
vs. NOR 4/10
vs. NOR 4/11

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Offense never caught up with the defense or vice versa. Binghamton was eliminated this weekend.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ SYR 2 (OT)
LV 3 @ BNG 4
BNG 1 @ ALB 4
This Week:
vs. NOR 4/7
vs. ALB 4/10
vs. UTI 4/11

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I’ve got nothing. The games that the Amerks played this week weren’t even close! Embarrassing way to close out a forgettable season.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ UTI 5
RCH 0 @ IA 6
RCH 2 @ RFD 7
This Week:
@ LE 4/9
vs. TOR 4/10
@ TOR 4/11

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2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 26

  1. Anthony Carro April 6, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Just wanted to let you know Hamilton got an OT point over the weekend against utica who won in OT