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AHL Power Rankings: Week 27

It’s the final week of the regular season and there is one playoff spot available in the East and one in the West down to two teams in the East and three in the West.

There are teams that are fine tuning for playoffs, while others are scrambling for positioning and others that are playing spoiler to playoff sides and others jockeying to get in. With two spots left, it’s shaping up to be a great end to the AHL’s 80th season.

No change to the top four this week. So if you memorized those last week, you are good to go. If not, click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

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Have to feel good going into Albany and blowing out the Devils 3-0 Sunday at the tail end of a three in three. Marlies are your team to beat.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
52-15-5-1
Last Week:
LE 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
TOR 2 @ SYR 3 (SO)
TOR 3 @ ALB 0
This Week:
vs. HFD 4/13
vs. RCH 4/16
vs. RCH 4/17

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Two this week with San Diego, who we feel the Reign will be seeing again in the postseason at some point.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
44-17-4-1
Last Week:
ONT 4 @ STK 1
BAK 1 @ ONT 4
ONT 4 @ BAK 2
This Week:
@ SD 4/15
@ SD 4/16

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Admirals lock up the Central Division title this weekend. Have said all year long that this division is the best in the AHL. These are your champions, yet few outside of Milwaukee has them in any discussion for Calder Cup favorites.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Record:
47-21-3-2
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ MTB 2
MIL 5 @ MTB 2
MIL 6 @ CHA 3
MIL 4 @ CHA 2
This Week:
vs. CHI 4/12
vs. BAK 4/15
@ RFD 4/16

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Bears put distance on the Pens for the Atlantic Division title but have company with the Bruins making a late season push.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 4th
Change: n/a
Record:
41-20-5-7
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ HER 5
WBS 4 @ HER 3
HER 5 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ BNG 4/15
vs. LV 4/16
vs. WBS 4/17

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Tied with Wilkes-Barre for second in the division. Long shots to overtake Hershey for the division, but stranger things have happened.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 6
Record:
38-22-9-4
Last Week:
POR 3 @ PRO 2
PRO 6 @ POR 1
PRO 3 @ SPR 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 4/13
@ WBS 4/16
@ BRI 4/17

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Devils are on cruise control heading into the final weekend. Only concern may be the fact they couldn’t put up much of a fight against Toronto Sunday.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 1
Record:
43-20-8-2
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ SYR 3 (SO)
ALB 1 @ BNG 2
TOR 3 @ ALB 0
This Week:
vs. BNG 4/13
@ RCH 4/15
vs. BRI 4/16

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Sewed up a spot to the Calder Cup Playoffs with a win in Hartford Sunday. A date with Providence Round 1 would be entertaining.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 1
Record:
40-26-5-2
Last Week:
POR 3 @ PRO 2
PRO 6 @ POR 1
HFD 2 @ POR 3
This Week:
vs. BRI 4/15
@ SPR 4/16
@ SPR 4/17

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Fall to third in the Central, but a big matchup looms Wednesday with Grand Rapids which could put the Monsters to second in the division.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 3
Record:
40-22-5-6
Last Week:
LE 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
LE 4 @ RCH 3 (OT)
RCH 2 @ LE 0
This Week:
@ GR 4/13
vs. CHA 4/14
vs. CHA 4/15

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Early season setback was too much for the Griffins to overcome to take the Central Division as Milwaukee takes the crown, but you simply cannot count out the Griffins.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 1
Record:
44-26-1-1
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ GR 4
GR 3 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ IA 4/11
vs. LE 4/13
@ RFD 4/15
vs. BAK 4/16

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Phantoms are spoiling other teams postseason plans. There always is one non-playoff team that plays above all and Lehigh Valley is that team.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 6
Record:
33-33-4-3
Last Week:
LV 4 @ WBS 0
BRI 6 @ LV 4
LV 4 @ BRI 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 4/15
@ HER 4/16
vs. SYR 4/17

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Weren’t going to take the 3-0 shutout the Barracuda laid on them the night prior lightly so the Stars storm back from 5-2 down to win and clinch a playoff spot Saturday.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 1
Record:
39-25-7-3
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ TEX 0
SJ 5 @ TEX 8
This Week:
vs. SA 4/13
vs. MTB 4/16

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Don’t read anything into the overtime loss against the Heat. Stockton has played desperate. Gulls are on cruise control. Big statement week ahead with Ontario coming up.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 3
Record:
38-22-4-2
Last Week:
BAK 5 @ SD 6 (OT)
SD 6 @ STK 2
SD 4 @ STK 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. ONT 4/15
vs. ONT 4/16

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Locked up their fourteenth straight trip to the postseason, but injuries and callups are killing this team. Odds on lock to be the first team dismissed in the first round of the playoffs.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 2
Record:
42-26-4-1
Last Week:
LV 4 @ WBS 0
WBS 4 @ HER 3
HER 5 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ LV 4/15
vs. PRO 4/16
@ HER 4/17

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After Utica clinched Saturday, perhaps there was too much celebrating on George Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland as the IceCaps took it to the Comets on Sunday.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 14th
Change: n/a
Record:
36-24-8-4
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ UTI 4
UTI 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
UTI 1 @ STJ 7
This Week:
vs. SYR 4/15
@ SYR 4/16
vs. BNG 4/17

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Sound Tigers could have punched a ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs Sunday but missed out, losing to Lehigh Valley. Will probably make it in based off of the fact it is down to them and Hartford, who has a ton of work to do to get in.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 3
Record:
39-27-4-3
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ HER 5
BRI 6 @ LV 4
LV 4 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ PRO 4/15
@ ALB 4/16
vs. PRO 4/17

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Checkers in a fight with three other teams to get in. Realistically, just San Jose. Two this week with a tough Lake Erie side.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 3
Record:
35-30-3-5
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ CHA 2 (OT)
RFD 2 @ CHA 1
MIL 6 @ CHA 3
MIL 4 @ CHA 2
This Week:
@ LE 4/14
@ LE 4/15

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Heat keep slim playoff chances alive for one more week. Huge series with San Jose for all the marbles.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 17th
Change: n/a
Record:
31-30-2-2
Last Week:
ONT 4 @ STK 1
SD 6 @ STK 2
SD 4 @ STK 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ BAK 4/12
vs. SJ 4/16
@ SJ 4/17

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Rampage ending a disappointing season on a high note.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 4
Record:
32-34-8-0
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ SA 4 (OT)
IA 3 @ SA 4 (SO)
IA 3 @ SA 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ TEX 4/13
vs. MTB 4/15

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First one and done team in the West? Probably Rockford, who are on a month long slump and got swept in Winnipeg against the Moose.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 19th
Change: n/a
Record:
37-22-10-4
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ CHA 2 (OT)
RFD 2 @ CHA 1
RFD 1 @ MTB 5
RFD 4 @ MTB 5
This Week:
@ IA 4/13
vs. GR 4/15
vs. MIL 4/16

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Crunch have two this week with bitter rival Utica. That’s all they have to look forward to because Syracuse was eliminated this weekend.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 20th
Change: n/a
Record:
32-27-11-3
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ SYR 3 (SO)
TOR 2 @ SYR 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ UTI 4/15
vs. UTI 4/16
@ LV 4/17

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Fate is no longer in their hands (paws?) as Hartford needs a miracle to claim the final spot in the East for the Calder Cup Playoffs against the best team in the AHL in a midweek matchup.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 3
Record:
39-31-3-0
Last Week:
HFD 7 @ SPR 3
SPR 2 @ HFD 6
HFD 2 @ POR 3
This Week:
@ TOR 4/13
@ STJ 4/15
@ STJ 4/16

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Blew a three goal lead in Cedar Park Saturday and lost 8-5. That left the door open for three teams to jump in to the final playoff spot.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 1
Record:
30-25-8-3
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ SA 4 (OT)
SJ 3 @ TEX 0
SJ 5 @ TEX 8
This Week:
@ STK 4/16
vs. STK 4/17

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Gave Rockford fits in the home finale and exposed the playoff bound IceHogs team as a potential one and done team.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 6
Record:
25-40-4-5
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ MTB 2
MIL 5 @ MTB 2
RFD 1 @ MTB 5
RFD 4 @ MTB 5
This Week:
@ SA 4/15
@ TEX 4/16

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Got points out of their final Texas trip. Season ends this week with three games at home before concluding on the road against the Wolves in Rosemont.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 3
Record:
22-39-7-4
Last Week:
IA 3 @ SA 4 (SO)
IA 3 @ SA 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. GR 4/11
vs. RFD 4/13
vs. CHI 4/15
@ CHI 4/16

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Binghamton will always go down swinging, as they did this weekend against Rochester and Albany.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 3
Record:
29-37-6-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ UTI 4
BNG 3 @ RCH 1
ALB 1 @ BNG 2
This Week:
@ ALB 4/13
vs. HER 4/15
@ UTI 4/17

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Split a series with Grand Rapids by identical 4-3 scores.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 4
Record:
31-34-5-3
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ GR 4
GR 3 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ MIL 4/12
@ IA 4/15
vs. IA 4/16

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IceCaps will be looking to spoil the Wolf Packs chances at a playoff spot this week in their finale.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 1
Record:
31-32-8-3
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
UTI 1 @ STJ 7
This Week:
vs. HFD 4/15
vs. HFD 4/16

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Condors officially eliminated this weekend. The turmoil at the top in Edmonton trickled down to the farm. Can still spoil things in the final weekend for some teams.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 3
Record:
28-28-7-2
Last Week:
BAK 5 @ SD 6 (OT)
BAK 1 @ ONT 4
ONT 4 @ BAK 2
This Week:
vs. STK 4/12
@ MIL 4/15
@ GR 4/16

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Have a tough final schedule grid against a Devils and Marlies sides who will be shaping up for playoffs.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5
Record:
34-35-3-1
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ RCH 1
LE 4 @ RCH 3 (OT)
RCH 2 @ LE 0
This Week:
vs. ALB 4/15
@ TOR 4/16
@ TOR 4/17

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Season will mercifully end for the Falcons this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 7
Record:
25-40-3-5
Last Week:
HFD 7 @ SPR 3
SPR 2 @ HFD 6
PRO 3 @ SPR 2
This Week:
@ PRO 4/13
vs. POR 4/16
vs. POR 4/17

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