Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 24

It’s Week 24 of the AHL Power Rankings here at Chirps from Center Ice and there is already one team qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

It’s the Toronto Marlies.

But the Marlies are not the number one team this week.

It’s not last weeks number one Grand Rapids, either.

Instead of me ruining it for you here in the lede, click through to see who it is and where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Ontario may be letting San Diego into the division title picture. Three this week for the Reign against desperate teams.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
37-15-4-1
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ SJ 2 (OT)
SA 3 @ ONT 5
SD 4 @ ONT 1
This Week:
@ BAK 3/22
vs. STK 3/25
vs. STK 3/26

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13 game winning streak ends against the most unlikeliest of opponents, the last place San Antonio Rampage Sunday in Texas. The Griffins have two different win streaks of 10 or more games this season, so there is time to start a new one.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Record:
41-21-1-1
Last Week:
GR 4 @ TEX 1
GR 6 @ TEX 5 (OT)
GR 0 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ SA 3/22
vs. LE 3/26

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News about the Marlies demise greatly exaggerated. Toronto is the first team to a playoff spot.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 7
Record:
46-15-5-0
Last Week:
LV 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
PRO 5 @ TOR 4
TOR 4 @ LE 1
This Week:
vs. STJ 3/26

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Providence is the team that no one wants to face. While the Penguins and Bears have still a handful of meetings with one another, the P-Bruins may cruise right past the bitter Pennsylvania rivals as they beat each other up and take the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
33-19-9-3
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ ALB 1 (SO)
PRO 5 @ TOR 4
PRO 4 @ RCH 1
This Week:
@ HFD 3/23
@ LV 3/25
@ WBS 3/26

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Alright, so maybe we were a little overzealous in planting the seed of hope in Albany Devils fans minds that they could overcome the Toronto Marlies for tops in the North. Still though, Albany could wrap up a playoff berth this weekend and is looking to be a tough, tough out.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
38-16-8-1
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ ALB 1 (SO)
ALB 5 @ UTI 1
ALB 2 @ BRI 4
This Week:
vs. SPR 3/22
@ SYR 3/25
@ HER 3/26

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Wolf Pack needed a big weekend and got one. Not out of the playoff discussion in the East by a long shot.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 6th
Change: n/a
Record:
35-27-2-0
Last Week:
POR 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
SPR 3 @ HFD 4 (SO)
HFD 3 @ SPR 0
This Week:
vs. PRO 3/23
vs. BRI 3/25
@ LV 3/26

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Big wins by Bridgeport which help cement the Sound Tigers as a playoff contending team.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 7th
Change: n/a
Record:
36-23-3-3
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ SPR 2
POR 1 @ BRI 2 (OT)
ALB 2 @ BRI 4
This Week:
@ POR 3/23
@ HFD 3/25

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Admirals win the weekend to keep pace with a Griffins team getting away from them.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 3
Record:
40-21-3-1
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ MIL 1 (SO)
CHA 2 @ MIL 6
MIL 2 @ CHI 1
This Week:
@ TEX 3/23
@ TEX 3/26

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Back to first place in the Atlantic with a sweep of the Bears this weekend. Think Binghamton is a pushover this week? Think again. The Senators have won four straight.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 9
Record:
38-21-4-1
Last Week:
HER 1 @ WBS 4
WBS 6 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 3/23
@ BNG 3/25
vs. PRO 3/26

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You love the Penguins / Bears rivalry if you are a fan of any other team. The two sides put on a great display again as the Bears step aside for the time being and let the Pens drive the Atlantic Division bus at least for the time being.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 6
Record:
35-18-4-7
Last Week:
HER 1 @ WBS 4
WBS 6 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ LV 3/23
@ UTI 3/25
vs. ALB 3/26

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San Diego may be the only team left as a real threat to Ontario for the Pacific Division crown. Two this week for the Gulls at San Jose against what is emerging to be a dark horse San Jose team.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Record:
33-21-2-2
Last Week:
SA 2 @ SD 6
BAK 7 @ SD 5
SD 4 @ ONT 1
This Week:
@ SJ 3/26
@ SJ 3/27

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Those two losses to the Wolves are going to prove costly in a few weeks and may just have cost the IceHogs a shot at the division title.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 4
Record:
35-17-8-4
Last Week:
CHA 0 @ RFD 1
RFD 1 @ CHI 4
CHI 4 @ RFD 3 (OT)
CHA 1 @ RFD 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ LE 3/24
@ LE 3/25

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This week Lake Erie is running into buzzsaw teams that, if they are able to beat or keep close, will only bolster them as a unit once playoffs start in about a month.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 4
Record:
34-21-5-5
Last Week:
MTB 4 @ LE 0
MTB 0 @ LE 5
TOR 4 @ LE 1
This Week:
vs. RFD 3/24
vs. RFD 3/25
@ GR 3/26

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Two bad losses for the Amerks but still in OK shape for playoffs. They would lose out to the Atlantic Division crossover team where they sit currently.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 3
Record:
31-29-2-1
Last Week:
LV 1 @ RCH 3
RCH 3 @ BNG 5
PRO 4 @ RCH 1
This Week:
vs. STJ 3/23
vs. STJ 3/25
@ SYR 3/26

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Four wins in a row for the Binghamton Senators who are playing spoiler to playoff teams and are looking to be a very tough team to take points off of.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 5
Record:
27-32-4-1
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
RCH 3 @ BNG 5
BNG 3 @ UTI 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ WBS 3/23
vs. WBS 3/25
vs. UTI 3/26

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Barracuda are amassing points and making a strong push for the playoffs.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 5
Record:
27-21-7-3
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ SJ 2 (OT)
IA 2 @ SJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SD 3/26
vs. SD 3/27

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Max points for the Heat this week who will make things interesting for other teams looking to make it in. Grueling travel week coming up.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 7
Record:
27-24-2-2
Last Week:
IA 1 @ STK 5
STK 6 @ BAK 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ MTB 3/21
@ MTB 3/23
@ ONT 3/25
@ ONT 3/26

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Yeah, that Grand Rapids team is pretty good, isn’t it?
Rank: 18
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 5
Record:
35-22-6-3
Last Week:
GR 4 @ TEX 1
GR 6 @ TEX 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/23
vs. MIL 3/26
@ SA 3/27

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Nice wins over St. John’s this weekend to bolster Syracuse’s slim playoff hopes.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 6
Record:
27-25-10-3
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
STJ 2 @ SYR 3
STJ 2 @ SYR 6
This Week:
@ UTI 3/23
vs. ALB 3/25
vs. RCH 3/26

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Utica’s losses this weekend lets Rochester, Syracuse and St. John’s back into the discussion for third in the North. Big games this week for Utica.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 8
Record:
31-22-6-4
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ UTI 1 (OT)
ALB 5 @ UTI 1
BNG 3 @ UTI 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SYR 3/23
vs. HER 3/25
@ BNG 3/26

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It’s going to come down to Charlotte and the fourth place team in the Pacific for the crossover spot it looks like. Checkers would then take on the top seed in the West which is looking like it will be the Ontario Reign.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 2
Record:
32-26-3-4
Last Week:
CHA 0 @ RFD 1
CHA 2 @ MIL 1 (SO)
CHA 2 @ MIL 6
CHA 1 @ RFD 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ CHI 3/23
@ MTB 3/26

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Wasn’t the weekend that the Bakersfield Condors playoff hopes intended.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 7
Record:
27-22-6-2
Last Week:
BAK 7 @ SD 5
STK 6 @ BAK 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. ONT 3/22
@ SA 3/26

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A trip to Lehigh Valley was just what the doctor ordered for Portland who were slipping. .001 percentage points ahead of the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 1
Record:
32-24-5-2
Last Week:
POR 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
POR 1 @ BRI 2 (OT)
POR 4 @ LV 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/23
vs. SPR 3/25
vs. SPR 3/26

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Crippling losses to the Syracuse Crunch who the IceCaps are locked into a battle with for the last playoff spot in the North.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 8
Record:
28-27-8-3
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ UTI 1 (OT)
STJ 2 @ SYR 3
STJ 2 @ SYR 6
This Week:
@ RCH 3/23
@ RCH 3/25
@ TOR 3/26

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Falcons are looking like an easy point grab these days and have teams in need of points on the schedule this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
23-32-3-5
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ SPR 2
SPR 3 @ HFD 4 (SO)
HFD 3 @ SPR 0
This Week:
@ ALB 3/22
@ POR 3/25
@ POR 3/26

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Rampage won’t have many memories to look back on this forgettable season, but the 2-0 shutout at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins that ended the Griffins 13 game winning streak has to be one of them.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 3
Record:
25-33-8-0
Last Week:
SA 2 @ SD 6
SA 3 @ ONT 5
GR 0 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. GR 3/22
vs. BAK 3/26
vs. TEX 3/27

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Wolves too far out of it to make a push for playoffs. Will continue to play hard and give Central Division foes fits in the final month.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 27th
Change: n/a
Record:
28-29-5-3
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ CHI 4
CHI 4 @ RFD 3 (OT)
MIL 2 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. CHA 3/23
@ IA 3/25
@ IA 3/26

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Wild go to California and just bring back just one point for their efforts.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 2
Record:
21-36-4-4
Last Week:
IA 1 @ STK 5
IA 2 @ SJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHI 3/25
vs. CHI 3/26

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The Moose were the first team eliminated form AHL Calder Cup Playoff contention this past weekend.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Record:
19-36-4-5
Last Week:
MTB 4 @ LE 0
MTB 0 @ LE 5
This Week:
vs. STK 3/21
vs. STK 3/23
vs. CHA 3/26

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Thank goodness we only have about three more weeks to come up with things to say about this underachieving, disappointing team that is winless in seven straight games.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2 
Record:
27-31-4-3
Last Week:
LV 1 @ RCH 3
LV 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
POR 4 @ LV 2
This Week:
vs. HER 3/23
vs. PRO 3/25
vs. HFD 3/26

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