Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 21

With the NHL Trade Deadline just hours away, the Week 21 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings is out a little early this week.

No change at the top three this week with Toronto, Albany and Ontario all remaining one two and three. There is a new number four, but before I give it all away too you, click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct and see who it is and where your favorite team ended up this week and, see of your team is a serious playoff contender or not.

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Marlies were handed just their tenth loss of the season by Hershey and respond in kind by hanging ten goals on the Rochester Americans the next night.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
42-10-4-0
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ TOR 3
HER 5 @ TOR 2
RCH 5 @ TOR 10
This Week:
vs. ALB 3/1
@ UTI 3/4
@ RCH 3/5
vs. UTI 3/6

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Albany continues its tear. No reason to drop them down this week. They would lead every other division in the AHL. Tuesday matchup in Toronto has classic written all over it.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
33-13-8-0
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ ALB 4
ALB 3 @ SPR 4 (OT)
ALB 4 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ TOR 3/1
@ STJ 3/4
@ STJ 3/5

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Reign go to Texas and make a Texas sized statement. This is Ontario’s division to win and there is nothing you can do about it.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Record:
32-14-3-1
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ TEX 2 (OT)
ONT 5 @ TEX 2
This Week:
@ SA 3/6

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Bears beat the then Atlantic Division leading Penguins and the current Category Five hurricane Toronto Marlies this week. The Big Bear Machine is up and running now. A schedule heavy with the fumbling and faltering Penguins is what the doctor ordered to separate Hershey from the rest of the division.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
32-15-3-7
Last Week:
HER 4 @ WBS 1
HER 5 @ TOR 2
UTI 1 @ HER 5
This Week:
@ BNG 3/4
vs. WBS 3/5
@ WBS 3/6

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Matchups against teams looking to be where the IceHogs are this week for Rockford. The games with Lake Erie look like ones to watch.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Record:
30-14-6-4
Last Week:
RFD 6 @ MIL 4
RFD 4 @ LE 5
RFD 2 @ LE 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ GR 3/2
vs. LE 3/5
vs. LE 3/6

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Central Division leaders may need to check behind them for a Monster in their mirror.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Record:
30-17-5-4
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ LE 5
RFD 4 @ LE 5
RFD 2 @ LE 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/1
vs. MIL 3/3
@ RFD 3/5
@ RFD 3/6

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Milwaukee and Rockford are passing the division lead around like a hot potato. No one seems to want it, the mythical Griffin and Monster of the Deep may sneak up and take it.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Record:
33-18-3-0
Last Week:
RFD 6 @ MIL 4
CHI 1 @ MIL 4
MIL 1 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ LE 3/1
@ LE 3/3
vs. CHI 3/5
@ CHI 3/6

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Locked in a battled with the Sound Tigers this weekend in what was a testy affair. Providence is likely a safe bet for playoffs, barring a collapse.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 2
Record:
27-18-8-2
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ PRO 6
PRO 1 @ BRI 3
WBS 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/4
@ POR 3/5
vs. POR 3/6

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Utica uses a big weekend to stay third in the North, a spot they will likely stay in for the remainder of the season given the runs that Toronto and Albany are on.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 4
Record:
27-19-5-3
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ UTI 4
UTI 2 @ LV 1
UTI 1 @ HER 5
This Week:
vs. TOR 3/4
vs. SPR 3/5
@ TOR 3/6

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Stars weren’t able to make ground up on the Reign this week after Ontario came to Cedar Park and pushed the Stars around.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 6
Record:
32-20-4-3
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ TEX 2 (OT)
ONT 5 @ TEX 2
This Week:
vs. IA 3/2
vs. IA 3/4
vs. MTB 3/5

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Not a bad week for a Pirates team that is gunning for second now against a free falling Penguins team.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Record:
31-20-2-1
Last Week:
POR 1 @ HFD 0
WBS 3 @ POR 2 (SO)
SPR 2 @ POR 4
This Week:
vs. SYR 3/4
vs. PRO 3/5
@ PRO 3/6

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The Griffins are in the thick of it but we are thinking that they are safer playoff-wise than say, Charlotte for playoffs.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 12th
Change: n/a
Record:
33-20-1-1
Last Week:
GR 5 @ CHI 0
IA 1 @ GR 4
IA 0 @ GR 3
CHI 3 @ GR 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RFD 3/2
@ CHA 3/4
@ CHA 3/5

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San Diego still lingering as the third place team in the Pacific. Most likely a lock for playoffs. Could be a dark horse team.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 6
Record:
27-20-1-2
Last Week:
SD 3 @ STK 4 (SO)
SA 1 @ SD 5
SJ 2 @ SD 5
This Week:
vs. STK 3/4
vs. STK 3/5

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Two of six points for a Bridgeport team in a battle for playoffs. Matches with teams in that same battle for the postseason this week.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 5
Record:
29-22-3-2
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ PRO 6
PRO 1 @ BRI 3
ALB 4 @ BRI 1
This Week:
vs. HFD 3/2
@ PRO 3/4
@ HFD 3/6

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Barracuda are probably a playoff team but may need to watch for that Central Division crossover team.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 7
Record:
23-18-6-3
Last Week:
SJ 4 @ BAK 3
SJ 2 @ SD 5
This Week:
vs. STK 3/1
vs. BAK 3/5
vs. BAK 3/6

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Split a pair with Lehigh Valley this weekend who the Wolf Pack are battling for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 16th
Change: n/a
Record:
28-26-2-0
Last Week:
POR 1 @ HFD 0
HFD 3 @ LV 2 (SO)
LV 2 @ HFD 1
This Week:
@ BRI 3/2
vs. BRI 3/6

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Total free fall mode. A once insurmountable lead was overtaken by the Hershey Bears Sunday after another lifeless loss to the Providence Bruins in a game where the Bruins put up 50 shots on goal. No end in sight unless bodies return from Pittsburgh.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 6
Record:
33-18-4-1
Last Week:
HER 4 @ WBS 1
WBS 3 @ POR 2 (SO)
WBS 2 @ SPR 5
WBS 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ LV 3/4
@ HER 3/5
vs. HER 3/6

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Couple of big wins for Stockton this week to keep their necks above water and within shouting distance of playoffs. More weekends like this and they are there, but three big road games against playoff teams stand in the way.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 2
Record:
23-21-1-2
Last Week:
SD 3 @ STK 4 (SO)
SA 2 @ STK 3
This Week:
@ SJ 3/1
@ SD 3/4
@ SD 3/5

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Falcons show resolve with big wins over Albany and Wilkes-Barre / Scranton this week. New York road trip this week for Springfield.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 10
Record:
21-27-3-4
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ SPR 4 (OT)
WBS 2 @ SPR 5
SPR 2 @ POR 4
This Week:
@ RCH 3/4
@ UTI 3/5

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It’s going to be a disappointing finish for Chicago, who is looking like they will not make the playoffs this season.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 1
Record:
25-25-4-2
Last Week:
GR 5 @ CHI 0
CHI 1 @ MIL 4
MIL 1 @ CHI 2
CHI 3 @ GR 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ MIL 3/5
vs. MIL 3/6

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It was a fun run while it lasted in the top twenty for the Moose here in the AHL Power Rankings but it is back to the bottom third for Manitoba.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 4
Record:
17-30-4-5
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ IA 3
MTB 1 @ IA 2
CHA 2 @ MTB 7
CHA 2 @ MTB 1
This Week:
@ SA 3/4
@ TEX 3/5

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Swept the Moose then were swept by the Griffins. Taking it on the road to Texas against an angry Stars team.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 4
Record:
18-32-3-4
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ IA 3
MTB 1 @ IA 2
IA 1 @ GR 4
IA 0 @ GR 3
This Week:
@ TEX 3/2
@ TEX 3/4

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IceCaps get some home cooking this week against a lights out Devils team.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 5
Record:
24-23-7-3
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ ALB 4
STJ 1 @ UTI 4
STJ 5 @ SYR 1
This Week:
vs. ALB 3/4
vs. ALB 3/5

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We are thinking that the Phantoms goose is cooked but taking three of four points out of Hartford this week helps keep that slim glimmer of hope alive.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 24th
Change: n/a
Record:
26-26-2-3
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ LV 2 (SO)
UTI 2 @ LV 1
LV 2 @ HFD 1
This Week:
@ SYR 3/2
vs. WBS 3/4
@ BNG 3/5

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Bakersfield will be looking to rebuild for better things next season.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-21-3-2
Last Week:
SA 2 @ BAK 3
SJ 4 @ BAK 3
SA 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ SJ 3/5
@ SJ 3/6

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Rampage finish 4-6-1 on the Rodeo Road Trip. They wanted more from the trip but didn’t get it. Are likely not a serious playoff team as a result.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-26-8-0
Last Week:
SA 2 @ BAK 3
SA 1 @ SD 5
SA 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
SA 2 @ STK 3
This Week:
vs. MTB 3/4
vs. ONT 3/6

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Crunch playoff goose is cooked. Second to last in the division with other teams that may make playoffs ahead of those who are already playoff locks.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Record:
22-23-9-2
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ SYR 3
STJ 5 @ SYR 1
SYR 5 @ BNG 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. LV 3/2
@ POR 3/4
@ SPR 3/6

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Amerks traded away their top scorers for Binghamton’s top scorers in a trade of two teams destined to miss playoffs looking to play spoiler in the final month and a half.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 13
Record:
26-26-2-1
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ LE 5
RCH 5 @ TOR 10
This Week:
vs. SPR 3/4
vs. TOR 3/5

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Swapped top scorers with the Rochester Americans. Maybe this will make the B-Sens harder to play against because right now, it’s easy points for all.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 6
Record:
21-30-3-1
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ TOR 3
BNG 2 @ SYR 3
SYR 5 @ BNG 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. HER 3/4
vs. LV 3/5

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Split a series with equally as rough Manitoba. A pair with Grand Rapids this week for the Checkers.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Record:
27-22-3-3
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ MTB 7
CHA 2 @ MTB 1
This Week:
vs. GR 3/4
vs. GR 3/5

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