Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 20

We begin the Week 20 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings with an apology to the Toronto Marlies.

We dropped the Marlies out of the top spot for the first time in a while last week. What do the Marlies do? Obliterate the Atlantic Division leading Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins rattling off four straight goals in the third period. Then next night, they beat the third place Atlantic Division Portland Pirates.

Their capsule tells the story as why the Marlies should be your legitimate Calder Cup contenders. So go ahead, and jump through to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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First AHL team to 40 wins. Marlies fifth consecutive 40 win season. First AHL team to win 40+ games in a row with four different head coaches. This, my friends, is a Big Blue Machine™
Rank: 1
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 2
Record:
40-9-4-0
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ TOR 4
POR 1 @ TOR 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/24
vs. HER 2/26
vs. RCH 2/27

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Albany’s .676 points percentage would put them first in every other division except the division they reside in, the North. This is a dangerous, dangerous team.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 4
Record:
31-13-7-0
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ UTI 2 (OT)
ALB 5 @ BRI 2
This Week:
vs. STJ 2/24
@ SPR 2/26
@ BRI 2/28

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That big green star in Ontario’s rear view mirror is getting bigger and bigger and bigger….Two this week with Texas in what is shaping up to be an epic contest.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Record:
30-14-3-1
Last Week:
STK 1 @ ONT 6
TEX 1 @ ONT 4
ONT 2 @ SD 4
This Week:
@ TEX 2/26
@ TEX 2/27

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Stars are nipping at the heels of the Reign for the Pacific Division lead and host the leaders this weekend.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 2
Record:
32-19-3-3
Last Week:
TEX 6 @ SD 3
TEX 1 @ ONT 4
TEX 4 @ BAK 2
This Week:
vs. ONT 2/26
vs. ONT 2/27

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The Chirps from Center Ice Politburo are accepting signups for the Hershey – Providence playoff series.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 3
Record:
29-15-3-7
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ HER 3
PRO 6 @ HER 3
This Week:
@ WBS 2/23
@ TOR 2/26
vs. UTI 2/28

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The P-Bruins cooled off a bit with losses to the Wolf Pack and Bears but instead of packing it in Sunday in Hershey, double up the second place Bears.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 5
Record:
25-17-8-2
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ HFD 3
PRO 2 @ HER 3
PRO 6 @ HER 3
This Week:
vs, BRI 2/26
@ BRI 2/27
vs. WBS 2/28

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Rockford underestimated a Manitoba side that swept them on their home ice. Now in a virtual deadlock with Milwaukee for the Central Division lead.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 3
Record:
29-13-5-4
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ RFD 2
MTB 3 @ RFD 2
RFD 4 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ MIL 2/24
@ LE 2/26
@ LE 2/27

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Milwaukee and Rockford are tied in the Central with a .657 points percentage. It’s going to be a fun finish with these two teams to see who takes home the division championship.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 3
Record:
32-16-3-0
Last Week:
CHA 0 @ MIL 3
MIL 1 @ GR 4
MTB 4 @ MIL 1
IA 1 @ MIL 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. RFD 2/24
vs. CHI 2/26
@ CHI 2/27

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Four of six points this week for the Sound Tigers. Points streak for Bridgeport ends at 11 games.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 2
Record:
28-20-3-2
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 4 (SO)
BRI 5 @ LV 4 (SO)
ALB 5 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ PRO 2/26
vs. PRO 2/27
vs. ALB 2/28

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Three of four for the Monsters, a dark horse team in the making who sit third in the Central Division with just about two months to play.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 2
Record:
27-17-5-4
Last Week:
SA 3 @ LE 4 (OT)
SA 3 @ LE 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. RCH 2/25
vs. RFD 2/26
vs. RFD 2/27

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Atlantic leaders can’t seem to close out their opponents and begin a division heavy schedule starting this Tuesday against Hershey. Is Wilkes-Barre just keeping the seat warm for the 11-time Calder Cup Champions?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Record:
32-15-4-1
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ TOR 4
WBS 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HER 2/23
@ POR 2/26
@ SPR 2/27
@ PRO 2/28

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Griffins are still hanging around after winning two of three this week. A couple of beatable teams up next for Grand Rapids.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 1
Record:
29-20-1-1
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ GR 4
CHA 4 @ GR 2
CHA 2 @ GR 5
This Week:
@ CHI 2/23
vs. IA 2/26
vs. IA 2/27
vs. CHI 2/28

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Comets tripped up by their biggest foes in Syracuse and a very, very good team north in Albany.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 4
Record:
25-18-5-3
Last Week:
POR 2 @ UTI 5
UTI 4 @ SYR 5
ALB 3 @ UTI 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. STJ 2/26
@ LV 2/27
@ HER 2/28

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Portland finishes its road trip getting smoked by a Utica team on a rise, a streaky Rochester team and an absolute machine known as the Toronto Marlies.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 4
Record:
29-20-2-0
Last Week:
POR 2 @ UTI 5
POR 1 @ RCH 2 (OT)
POR 1 @ TOR 3
This Week:
@ HFD 2/24
vs. WBS 2/26
vs. SPR 2/28

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Sweep the weekend against two playoff teams and a team in disarray. Rochester all of sudden has crashed the playoff discussion party.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 8
Record:
26-24-2-1
Last Week:
POR 1 @ RCH 2 (OT)
RCH 6 @ SYR 2
WBS 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ LE 2/25
@ TOR 2/27

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Hartford’s push to the playoffs is on. As we have said before, it may be down to them and their in-State rival Bridgeport.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 2
Record:
27-24-2-0
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ HFD 3
HFD 7 @ SPR 2
BNG 6 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. POR 2/24
@ LV 2/26
vs. LV 2/28

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Break up the Manitoba Moose! A four game winning streak and points in their last six! Winnable games again this week for the Moose.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 7
Record:
16-27-4-5
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ RFD 2
MTB 3 @ RFD 2
MTB 4 @ MIL 1
This Week:
@ IA 2/22
@ IA 2/24
vs. CHA 2/27
vs. CHA 2/28

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Wild are improved, but still mired at the bottom of the AHL. Certainly playing above their .368 points percentage.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 2
Record:
16-30-3-4
Last Week:
IA 3 @ CHI 2 (OT)
IA 1 @ MIL 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. MTB 2/22
vs. MTB 2/24
@ GR 2/26
@ GR 2/27

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Gulls are hanging around. Two wins this week against decent division foes have them right behind the Reign and Stars.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 4
Record:
25-20-1-1
Last Week:
TEX 6 @ SD 3
SD 3 @ BAK 2
ONT 2 @ SD 4
This Week:
@ STK 2/24
vs. SA 2/26
vs. SJ 2/27

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10 game home win streak ended at the hands of the San Jose Barracuda Sunday night. Stockton is one of the handful of teams that could make a push.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 4
Record:
21-21-1-2
Last Week:
STK 1 @ ONT 6
SJ 5 @ STK 6 (OT)
SJ 4 @ STK 1
This Week:
vs. SD 2/24
vs. SA 2/28

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Chicago dug themselves into this current sixth place hole. They have to really push hard against some really good teams in order to make playoffs starting this Tuesday at home against Grand Rapids.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-23-3-2
Last Week:
IA 3 @ CHI 2 (OT)
RFD 4 @ CHI 2
CHA 2 @ CHI 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. GR 2/23
@ MIL 2/26
vs. MIL 2/27
@ GR 2/28

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Barracuda are a fringe team that could make it interesting for teams as the season winds down.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 1
Record:
22-17-6-3
Last Week:
SJ 5 @ STK 6 (OT)
SJ 4 @ STK 1
This Week:
@ BAK 2/26
@ SD 2/27

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This far out of it, all Binghamton can do at this point can play spoiler. With four straight wins, including a sweep of the weekend over teams that are battling for their playoff lives, they are doing just that.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 4
Record:
21-28-3-0
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ BNG 2
STJ 1 @ BNG 4
BNG 6 @ HFD 2
This Week:
@ TOR 2/24
@ SYR 2/26
vs. SYR 2/28

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Phantoms manage points out off all games this weekend. With 54 games played and a .500 points percentage, that aren’t going to be a playoff team this season, but they could play upset to some of the contenders.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 1
Record:
25-25-2-2
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ LV 2
BRI 5 @ LV 4 (SO)
LV 5 @ SPR 4
This Week:
vs. HFD 2/26
vs. UTI 2/27
@ HFD 2/28

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Crunch get a shootout point against a free falling St. John’s team and beat their biggest foe in Utica, but there are tumultuous times in Syracuse.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 4
Record:
20-22-9-2
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
UTI 4 @ SYR 5
RCH 6 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/26
vs. STJ 2/27
@ BNG 2/28

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After winning five straight, Bakersfield dropped both games this weekend. Should be an interesting, exciting finish for the Condors.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 9
Record:
23-20-2-2
Last Week:
SD 3 @ BAK 2
TEX 4 @ BAK 2
This Week:
vs. SA 2/23
vs. SA 2/26
vs. SA 2/27

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Rodeo Road trip concludes with four in California this week. Rampage are still mired at the bottom of the Pacific Division.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 3
Record:
23-23-8-0
Last Week:
SA 3 @ LE 4 (OT)
SA 3 @ LE 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ BAK 2/23
@ SD 2/26
@ BAK 2/27
@ STK 2/28

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If St. John’s doesn’t make playoffs you can point back to this weekend, a weekend where the IceCaps were swept in Binghamton, as the reason why.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 9
Record:
23-21-7-3
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
STJ 1 @ BNG 2
STJ 1 @ BNG 4
This Week:
@ ALB 2/24
@ UTI 2/26
@ SYR 2/27

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Season can’t end soon enough for the Falcons. One of three teams who have yet to win 20 games and we are a week away from March.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 3
Record:
19-26-3-4
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 4 (SO)
SPR 1 @ LV 2
HFD 7 @ SPR 2
LV 5 @ SPR 4
This Week:
vs. ALB 2/26
vs. WBS 2/27
@ POR 2/28

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Charlotte can’t get out of its own way. Losers of 12 of their last 13 games.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2
Record:
26-21-3-3
Last Week:
CHA 0 @ MIL 3
CHA 4 @ GR 2
CHA 2 @ GR 5
CHA 2 @ CHI 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ MTB 2/27
@ MTB 2/28

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