Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 20

We are 20 weeks into the AHL season and there is about 20 games left for most teams and for some, their chances at a postseason berth took a huge hit this past week. Cleveland, Binghamton, Tucson and Texas come to immediate mind.

The San Jose Barracuda are the best team in the AHL right now and are halfway to the Norfolk Admirals record of 28 straight wins. So of course they remain the number one team this week.

Click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Halfway to the record that the Norfolk Admirals set a few years ago with 14 straight wins. Right now, we don’t see a loss on the schedule for the Barracuda. Have to watch that San Diego game next weekend though.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
33-11-1-3
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ SJ 5
SJ 4 @ TUC 3
SJ 4 @ TUC 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TEX 3/1
@ STK 3/4
vs. SD 3/5

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Gulls are keeping what little heat they can on first place San Jose right now. As long as they don’t fall into a patented Gulls losing streak, San Diego should be fine.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 2
Record:
30-14-2-2
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ SD 6
RFD 2 @ SD 3
This Week:
@ TUC 2/28
vs. TUC 3/3
@ SJ 3/5

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Split with Milwaukee this week and are in a dead heat with Chicago for tops in the Central.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Record:
35-15-1-2
Last Week:
MIL 5 @ GR 3
MIL 2 @ GR 6
This Week:
@ CHA 2/28
@ CHA 3/1
vs. MTB 3/4

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Split with Grand Rapids and are solidly a playoff team as we enter March. Travel to Charlotte in which could be some trap games.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
31-18-3-2
Last Week:
MIL 5 @ GR 3
MIL 2 @ GR 6
This Week:
@ CHA 2/28
@ CHA 3/1
vs. MTB 3/4

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Crunch are still first in the North. Start sharpening your pencils for Syracuse as a playoff team.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Record:
28-17-5-5
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
SYR 5 @ RCH 4
RCH 3 @ SYR 4
This Week:
vs. HER 3/3
vs. BNG 3/4
@ BNG 3/5

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Four game losing streak ends in Allentown. After a rare Friday off, the road trip continues in Hershey Saturday and Hartford Sunday.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 2
Record:
38-15-3-0
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ UTI 2
WBS 4 @ LV 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ HER 3/4
@ HFD 3/5

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Perfect weekend for the P-Bruins who are starting to loom large behind Wilkes-Barre, just 4 points out of first place now.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 2
Record:
33-14-5-4
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ PRO 2
PRO 4 @ BRI 3
SPR 0 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. ALB 3/3
vs. LV 3/5

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Seven game winning streak and Jaroslav Halak’s 12 game win streak ended Friday in Providence but a big win Sunday at home against Hershey who are pursuing Bridgeport for fourth in the Atlantic and the final playoff spot.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 6
Record:
34-18-1-1
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ PRO 2
PRO 4 @ BRI 3
HER 1 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ TOR 3/2
@ RCH 3/4
@ UTI 3/5

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Wolves with the win Sunday against Iowa pull even with Grand Rapids in points. Here’s the problem, the Griffins have four games in hand.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 2
Record:
33-17-4-3
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ CHI 4
IA 1 @ CHI 4
IA 3 @ CHI 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CLE 3/4
vs. MTB 3/5

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Marlies see five game winning streak end in Hershey Saturday. They are pushing Albany for second in the North now.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 2
Record:
29-23-3-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ TOR 4
SYR 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
TOR 6 @ BNG 3
TOR 3 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/2
vs. STJ 3/4
vs. STJ 3/5

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Devils may not catch Syracuse for first in the North and now have to fend of the second spot to a hard charging Toronto team. Two on the road this week for Albany.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 4
Record:
31-24-1-1
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ ALB 2
ALB 3 @ STJ 2 (OT)
ALB 4 @ STJ 5
This Week:
@ PRO 3/3
@ UTI 3/4

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One point out of the week and with how competitive the Atlantic, have slipped to third in the division. There is literally no margin for error.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 2
Record:
34-17-3-0
Last Week:
LV 3 @ SPR 5
WBS 4 @ LV 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ SPR 3/3
@ HFD 3/4
@ PRO 3/5

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It’s looking like a three horse race between the Reign, Gulls and Barracuda for the first three spots in the Pacific.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 13th
Change: n/a
Record:
28-14-8-0
Last Week:
TUC 0 @ ONT 3
ONT 3 @ BAK 4
RFD 4 @ ONT 5
This Week:
@ STK 3/1
vs. STK 3/3
vs. TUC 3/4

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Beat a team that they needed to for playoff jockeying twice at home. Four more home games coming up this week for Charlotte.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 4
Record:
25-24-4-0
Last Week:
CLE 4 @ CHA 5 (OT)
CLE 1 @ CHA 6
This Week:
vs. MIL 2/28
vs. MIL 3/1
vs. BAK 3/4
vs. BAK 3/5

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Took 3 of 4 out of the Devils at home this week. Now take to the road again looking to improve on their playoff seeding.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 1
Record:
25-23-7-1
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ STJ 2 (OT)
ALB 4 @ STJ 5
This Week:
@ RCH 3/3
@ TOR 3/4
@ TOR 3/5

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Bakersfield is up to a playoff spot now with the free fall that Tucson has been on of late. Condors have been pushing and have a quiet three game winning streak.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 6
Record:
22-20-5-1
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ BAK 4
STK 1 @ BAK 3
This Week:
vs. TEX 2/28
@ CHA 3/4
@ CHA 3/5

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Five game winning streak ends Sunday in Providence. Springfield can play upset here down the stretch we think.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 4
Record:
22-24-7-2
Last Week:
LV 3 @ SPR 5
HFD 0 @ SPR 2
SPR 0 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ HFD 3/1
vs. LV 3/3
@ HER 3/5

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Would have felt good getting 2 or 3 points out of Rosemont this weekend but the Wild only take one point out of the Wolves den.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 3
Record:
26-23-6-2
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ IA 4
IA 1 @ CHI 4
IA 3 @ CHI 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ RFD 3/4

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Bears end Toronto’s five game win streak Saturday at home but traveled to Bridgeport and were dealt a crippling blow by the Sound Tigers who own the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 3
Record:
28-17-8-3
Last Week:
HER 6 @ HFD 1
TOR 3 @ HER 4
HER 1 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ SYR 3/3
vs. WVS 3/4
vs. SPR 3/5

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Mumps pandemic in the Vancouver locker room necessitating a few call ups from Utica. No matter, the Comets get 7 out of 8 points in the week. Utica is within reach of a playoff spot.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 7
Record:
23-23-7-2
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ ALB 2
UTI 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
WBS 1 @ UTI 2
UTI 3 @ BNG 2
This Week:
vs. BNG 3/3
vs. ALB 3/4
vs. BRI 3/5

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Rockford goes to California and see their little winning streak end. IceHogs aren’t totally out of it, but it will take a huge undertaking to get there and we don’t think that Rockford has it in them.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 2
Record:
21-26-8-3
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ MTB 3
RFD 1 @ MTB 0 (SO)
RFD 2 @ SD 3
RFD 4 @ ONT 5
This Week:
vs. MTB 2/28
vs. MTB 3/3
vs. IA 3/4

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Stockton get 4 of 6 out of the week. They are still buried deep in the Pacific basement though.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 6
Record:
21-22-4-1
Last Week:
TEX 1 @ STK 5
STK 1 @ BAK 3
TEX 1 @ STK 4
This Week:
vs. ONT 3/1
@ ONT 3/3
vs. SJ 3/4

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Crippling week for Cleveland who, if they miss the playoffs, can point back to this weekend as one of the bigger reasons why.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 6
Record:
24-23-3-4
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ IA 4
CLE 2 @ CHI 4
CLE 4 @ CHA 5 (OT)
CLE 1 @ CHA 6
This Week:
vs. GR 2/28
@ CHI 3/4

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2-7-1 in their last ten in Tucson. Playing San Jose twice and the defending Pacific Division Champions this past week don’t do the Roadrunners any justice. Home and home with equally as tough San Diego coming up.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 5 
Record:
22-20-6-0
Last Week:
TUC 0 @ ONT 3
SJ 4 @ TUC 3
SJ 4 @ TUC 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SD 2/28
@ SD 3/3
@ ONT 3/4

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Stars needed a big week to get back into playoff contention and instead go 0-4. Get the fork out….
Rank: 25
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 5
Record:
24-25-1-2
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ SJ 5
TEX 1 @ STK 5
TEX 2 @ SD 6
TEX 1 @ STK 4
This Week:
@ BAK 2/28
@ SJ 3/1
vs. GR 3/4
@ SA 3/5

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Stick a fork in Binghamton. Like you will see in the Rochester capsule, with a wide open North, the Senators seem wholly disinterested in competing and beating teams that they should beat.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 2
Record:
23-30-2-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ TOR 4
TOR 6 @ BNG 3
UTI 3 @ BNG 2
BNG 1 @ HFD 3
This Week:
@ UTI 3/3
@ SYR 3/4
vs. SYR 3/5

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Identical 4-2 wins over equally as bad San Antonio this weekend for the Moose is a bright spot on what has been an overall dark start to 2017 for Manitoba.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 3
Record:
21-27-3-4
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ MTB 3
RFD 1 @ MTB 0 (SO)
SA 2 @ MTB 4
SA 2 @ MTB 4
This Week:
@ RFD 2/28
@ RFD 3/3
@ MIL 3/4
@ CHI 3/5

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Not a good situation in Rochester. North Division is wide open top to bottom, but Rochester seems disinterested in wanting to contend.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 3
Record:
22-31-0-2
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
SYR 5 @ RCH 4
RCH 3 @ SYR 4
This Week:
vs. STJ 3/3
vs. BRI 3/4

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Nothing you can say here, Hartford is just a bad team that seems like it lacks direction.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 3
Record:
20-30-3-2
Last Week:
HER 6 @ HFD 1
HFD 0 @ SPR 2
BNG 1 @ HFD 3
This Week:
vs. SPR 3/1
vs. LV 3/4
vs. WBS 3/5

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San Antonio has mailed it in. Utter disappointment for a team which was slated to contend in the Pacific Division.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 29th
Change: Down 1
Record:
21-29-4-1
Last Week:
SA 2 @ MTB 4
SA 2 @ MTB 4
This Week:
vs. GR 3/3
vs. TEX 3/5

Have a great week, everyone!

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