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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 23

It’s the Week 23 Edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and the door is open for teams in the Eastern Conference and teams in the Western Conference with some teams in crossover spots losing key games this weekend.

A once unbeatable team is leaving the door open for their second place divisional foes to take a run at the top spot.

One team has outscored opponents 45-11 in their 11 game winning streak.

To find out who these teams are and see where your favorite team ended up, jump through if you didn’t link in direct.

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11 game winning streak for the Grand Rapids Griffins who are outscoring their opponents 45-11 during the streak. Oh, and they claimed the top spot in the Central Division as well and most importantly the top spot in the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 9
Record:
39-20-1-1
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ GR 7
MTB 1 @ GR 5
GR 4 @ CHI 0
This Week:
@ TEX 3/16
@ TEX 3/19
@ SA 3/20

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Reign take 5 of 6 away from the weekend. Sign us up for a first round matchup against the San Diego Gulls.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
35-14-4-1
Last Week:
ONT 5 @ SA 4
SD 2 @ ONT 1 (OT)
ONT 4 @ SJ 1
This Week:
@ SJ 3/16
vs. SA 3/18
vs. SD 3/19

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Albany caps off a perfect weekend with all six points while Toronto still falters. So, you are saying there is a chance they can do the unthinkable and overtake Toronto?
Rank: 3
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 6
Record:
37-15-8-0
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ BNG 2 (OT)
UTI 3 @ ALB 4
TOR 2 @ ALB 3
This Week:
vs. PRO 3/16
@ UTI 3/19
@ BRI 3/20

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Split a pair with the IceCaps on The Rock. Breathing room on the Penguins for the Atlantic Division lead.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 3
Record:
35-17-3-7
Last Week:
HER 1 @ STJ 2
HER 3 @ STJ 2
This Week:
@ WBS 3/19
vs. WBS 3/20

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Providence’s impressive home point streak ends Sunday against Utica yet the P-Bruins are the dark horse team to overtake the Penguins and Bears for the tops in the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 3
Record:
30-19-9-3
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ PRO 2 (SO)
TOR 2 @ PRO 3 (OT)
UTI 5 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ ALB 3/16
@ TOR 3/19
@ RCH 3/20

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Hartford with a strong week to keep them in the playoff discussion. Some winnable games this week on tap for the Wolf Pack.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 6
Record:
32-27-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ PRO 2 (SO)
LV 2 @ HFD 4
HFD 4 @ POR 3
This Week:
vs. POR 3/18
vs. SPR 3/19
@ SPR 3/20

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Sound Tigers trap the Penguins and sweep them away. Now up to fourth in the Atlantic and looking for more.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Record:
33-23-3-3
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SYR 5
BRI 3 @ WBS 2
WBS 2 @ BRI 3
This Week:
@ SPR 3/16
vs. POR 3/19
vs. ALB 3/20

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Went to Charlotte looking to preserve the Central Division lead but were swept by the suddenly resurgent Charlotte Checkers and lost the Central Division lead to the white hot Grand Rapids Griffins.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 5
Record:
33-16-7-4
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ RFD 5
RFD 3 @ CHA 6
RFD 1 @ CHA 4
This Week:
vs. CHA 3/15
@ CHI 3/18
vs. CHI 3/19
vs. CHA 3/20

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Needed to get max points out of San Antonio and did. Staying alive in the Calder Cup Playoff pursuit.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 4
Record:
33-19-5-5
Last Week:
LE 3 @ SA 2
LE 4 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. MTB 3/18
vs. MTB 3/19
vs. TOR 3/20

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We aren’t saying there is a pathway for Albany to overcome the Marlies for first in the division, are we? We aren’t thinking that, right?
Rank: 10
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 5
Record:
44-14-5-0
Last Week:
TOR 9 @ POR 2
TOR 2 @ PRO 3 (OT)
TOR 2 @ ALB 3
This Week:
vs. LV 3/18
vs. PRO 3/19
@ LE 3/20

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Dropped back to third in the division with the run that the Grand Rapids Griffins were on. Just 4 of 8 points for Milwaukee this week.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 7
Record:
38-21-3-0
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ RFD 5
IA 2 @ MIL 4
MIL 2 @ CHI 4
MIL 5 @ IA 1
This Week:
vs. CHA 3/18
vs. CHA 3/19
@ CHI 3/20

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Respond in a big way Sunday in Providence on a tail end of a three in three against a team that hasn’t lost at home since November. Utica showed a lot of resolve to pull that one off.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 6
Record:
31-21-5-3
Last Week:
UTI 1 @ RCH 3
UTI 3 @ ALB 4
UTI 5 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. STJ 3/18
vs. ALB 3/19
vs. BNG 3/20

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Got two points out of a possible four from Stockton this week. Wanted more. Two tough home dates with Grand Rapids coming this week.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 6
Record:
35-21-5-3
Last Week:
TEX 1 @ STK 2
TEX 3 @ STK 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. GR 3/16
vs. GR 3/19

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Gulls are going to be in good shape we think for playoffs, marring a collapse. Are probably going to be a strong dark horse.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 6
Record:
31-20-2-2
Last Week:
SD 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
BAK 5 @ SD 6 (SO)
SD 2 @ ONT 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SA 3/16
vs. BAK 3/18
@ ONT 3/19

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Condors may not be out of it yet, but they have to start picking up more than just loser points if they are going to be serious about a playoff push.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 7
Record:
26-22-5-2
Last Week:
SD 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
BAK 5 @ SD 6 (SO)
SJ 2 @ BAK 3
This Week:
@ SD 3/18
vs. STK 3/19

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Split their series with the B-Sens and Bears. Still in contention in mid-March but need wins in a hurry.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 1
Record:
27-25-8-3
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ STJ 4
BNG 4 @ STJ 1
HER 1 @ STJ 2
HER 3 @ STJ 2
This Week:
@ UTI 3/18
@ SYR 3/19
@ SYR 3/20

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Playoff chances were looking good then took a blow Sunday at home against the Binghamton Senators. That loss let a lot of teams back in the hunt.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 2
Record:
30-27-2-1
Last Week:
UTI 1 @ RCH 3
RCH 7 @ SYR 4
BNG 6 @ RCH 1
This Week:
vs. LV 3/16
@ BNG 3/19
vs. PRO 3/20

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Weekend looked bright with the parent team getting healthy but two stars go down with injury in Columbus on Friday, warranting two key callups Saturday which missed greatly in the two losses the Penguins suffered at the hands of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday and Sunday.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 4
Record:
36-21-4-1
Last Week:
LV 5 @ WBS 6 (OT)
BRI 3 @ WBS 2
WBS 2 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. HER 3/19
@ HER 3/20

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The streakiest team in the AHL may be the Charlotte Checkers, who rattle off four wins in a row this week, all at home, including a sweep of the then Central Division leading Rockford IceHogs. Now take to the road for a pair more against Rockford and a pair against the Milwaukee Admirals.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 11
Record:
31-24-3-3
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ CHA 3 (SO)
CHI 1 @ CHA 3
RFD 3 @ CHA 6
RFD 1 @ CHA 4
This Week:
@ RFD 3/15
@ MIL 3/18
@ MIL 3/19
@ RFD 3/20

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B-Sens trip up a Rochester side in a playoff race Sunday. Binghamton took 5 of 8 points out of the weekend.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 5
Record:
24-32-4-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ STJ 4
BNG 4 @ STJ 1
ALB 3 @ BNG 2 (OT)
BNG 6 @ RCH 1
This Week:
vs. SYR 3/18
vs. RCH 3/19
@ UTI 3/20

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Playoff chances took a hit this week with just 2 of 6 points taken out of the weekend. San Jose just let a bunch of other teams back in the playoff picture.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 6
Record:
26-21-6-3
Last Week:
SJ 4 @ STK 1
SJ 2 @ BAK 3
ONT 4 @ SJ 1
This Week:
vs. ONT 3/16
vs. IA 3/19

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Bad weekend for the Pirates. Throttled at home against the Marlies Friday. Beat in a shootout by last place Springfield Saturday and beat in regulation by fellow playoff pursuer Hartford on Sunday.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 6
Record:
31-24-3-2
Last Week:
TOR 9 @ POR 2
POR 2 @ SPR 3 (SO)
HFD 4 @ POR 3
This Week:
@ HFD 3/18
@ BRI 3/19
@ LV 3/20

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Tripped up playoff contending teams. That’s all Springfield has left this season. Another shot this week with divisional foes.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 3
Record:
23-30-3-4
Last Week:
POR 2 @ SPR 3 (SO)
SYR 2 @ SPR 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/16
@ HFD 3/19
vs. HFD 3/20

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Heat are probably out of it, but can likely play upset in the final month.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 3
Record:
25-24-2-2
Last Week:
SJ 4 @ STK 1
TEX 1 @ STK 2
TEX 3 @ STK 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. IA 3/18
@ BAK 3/19

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Weekend started bright, but fizzled quickly. Seems to be the story of Syracuse’s season.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 7
Record:
25-25-9-3
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SYR 5
RCH 7 @ SYR 4
SYR 2 @ SPR 4
This Week:
@ BNG 3/18
vs. STJ 3/19
vs. STJ 3/20

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Swept their cellar dwelling brethren Manitoba Moose then were swept in a home and home against the Milwaukee Admirals.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 3
Record:
21-35-3-4
Last Week:
IA 2 @ MTB 1
IA 4 @ MTB 2
IA 2 @ MIL 4
MIL 5 @ IA 1
This Week:
@ STK 3/18
@ STK 3/19

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Wolves get just three out of a possible eight points out of the week essentially driving a nail into their playoff chances.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 27th
Change: n/a
Record:
26-28-5-3
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ CHA 3 (SO)
CHI 1 @ CHA 3
MIL 2 @ CHI 4
GR 4 @ CHI 0
This Week:
vs. RFD 3/18
@ RFD 3/19
vs. MIL 3/20

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Collapse in third period Wednesday against Wilkes-Barre says a lot about where this Phantoms team has been all season. Unable to close.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Record:
27-29-3-3
Last Week:
LV 5 @ WBS 6 (OT)
LV 2 @ HFD 4
This Week:
@ RCH 3/16
@ TOR 3/18
vs. POR 3/20

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Thanks for playing San Antonio, the parting gifts are on the right as you walk out.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Record:
24-31-8-0
Last Week:
ONT 5 @ SA 4
LE 3 @ SA 2
LE 4 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ SD 3/16
@ ONT 3/18
vs. GR 3/20

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Totally defiled this week by the Wild and Griffins. May be the first team eliminated from playoff contention this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 6
Record:
18-35-4-5
Last Week:
IA 2 @ MTB 1
IA 4 @ MTB 2
MTB 2 @ GR 7
MTB 1 @ GR 5
This Week:
@ LE 3/18
@ LE 3/19

I read something the other day that said that if the reader doesn’t comment on a blog post, the reader agrees with everything that the writer says. Ranking these teams is an inexact science. Tell me why I messed your team up.

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