Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 22

It’s Week 22 in the AHL and things are really heating up.

Right now, here are three teams for two playoff spots in the Atlantic and Pacific Division. The playoff race is shaping up with about a month to go!

San Jose reclaims the top spot in this weeks rankings after taking down the Gulls twice and the Central leading Griffins.

To see the rest of the order, click through the jump if you didn’t link here direct.

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Barracuda are back to number one this week after taking down quality opponents this week. Switching into playoff mode for San Jose.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
36-12-2-4
Last Week:
SJ 6 @ SD 7 (OT)
GR 0 @ SJ 1 (SO)
SD 0 @ SJ 3
This Week:
@ BAK 3/14
vs. STK 3/17
@ STK 3/18

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Grand Rapids squeaks ahead of the Wolves a bit more this week. Big time meetings with Chicago this week in a home and home and then Milwaukee this coming Sunday.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Record:
38-17-1-4
Last Week:
GR 3 @ SA 0
GR 4 @ TEX 5
GR 0 @ SJ 1 (SO)
GR 4 @ STK 5 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 3/17
@ CHI 3/18
@ MIL 3/19

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Doing more with less was the theme this week for the Penguins, who lost some bodies to Pittsburgh. Look for more reinforcements to be recalled to the NHL if they haven’t already. 6 more dates with Lehigh Valley, including a home and home series this weekend.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Record:
41-17-3-0
Last Week:
LV 3 @ WBS 0
HFD 1 @ WBS 8
PRO 2 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ LV 3/17
vs. LV 3/18

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Chicago may not with the Central, but discount the Wolves at your peril.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Record:
36-17-5-3
Last Week:
CLE 3 @ CHI 2 (OT)
CHI 4 @ MIL 0
This Week:
vs. TEX 3/15
@ GR 3/17
vs. GR 3/18

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San Diego may be ceding to San Jose for the division crown.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
34-15-3-2
Last Week:
SJ 6 @ SD 7 (OT)
TUC 1 @ SD 2
SD 0 @ SJ 3
This Week:
vs. STK 315
@ SA 3/17
@ SA 3/18

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No cupcakes left on the Phantoms schedule from here on out. Dates with division leaders this weekend for Lehigh Valley.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 3
Record:
39-18-3-0
Last Week:
LV 3 @ WBS 0
HER 2 @ LV 3
UTI 1 @ LV 4
This Week:
vs. SYR 3/15
vs. WBS 3/17
@ WBS 3/18

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Get this. Devils have most wins in the North (34) and have lived in second place in the North for months.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 3
Record:
34-25-1-1
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ BNG 2 (SO)
ALB 4 @ BRI 1
This Week:
vs. SPR 3/17
@ SYR 3/19
@ SPR 3/19

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Bears making it interesting with the Bruins and Sound Tigers. All three teams have 77 points and one of them is not going to the playoffs.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 3
Record:
33-18-8-3
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 3
HER 7 @ BNG 1
PRO 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. HFD 3/17
vs. HFD 3/18
@ BRI 3/19

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You can write off Milwaukee making a push for the Central Division crown after this abysmal weekend.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 5
Record:
34-20-3-3
Last Week:
CLE 5 @ MIL 3
RFD 2 @ MIL 5
CHI 4 @ MIL 0
This Week:
@ RFD 3/14
vs. IA 3/17
@ IA 3/18
vs. GR 3/19

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Running out of things to say about how this team is still in first in the North somehow. Tough weekend ahead for the Crunch.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 2
Record:
30-20-6-5
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ SYR 4
SPR 3 @ SYR 2
STJ 3 @ SYR 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ LV 3/15
@ UTI 3/17
vs. ALB 3/18

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Huge sweep in Cedar Park bolsters the Wild’s playoff chances. Big weekend of home and home with Milwaukee.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 5
Record:
29-23-6-2
Last Week:
IA 5 @ TEX 1
IA 3 @ TEX 2
This Week:
@ MIL 3/17
vs. MIL 3/18

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Three straight losses this week against playoff contending teams. Very little margin for error in the Atlantic.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 6
Record:
34-18-5-4
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ BRI 5
PRO 2 @ WBS 3
PRO 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 3/17
vs. SPR 3/18
vs. UTI 3/19

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Sound Tigers give away points to out of division teams in Albany and Utica but pick up points on Atlantic Division neighbors.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 1
Record:
37-21-2-1
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ BRI 5
BRI 1 @ UTI 2
ALB 4 @ BRI 1
HFD 2 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ PRO 3/17
vs. UTI 3/18
vs. HER 3/19

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Comets making a push here in the North and elbow past St. John’s for the fourth spot in the North.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 2
Record:
28-24-7-2
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ UTI 2
UTI 1 @ LV 4
BNG 0 @ UTI 5
This Week:
vs. SYR 3/17
@ BRI 3/18
@ PRO 3/19

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Pacific will be fun to watch with Bakersfield, Stockton and Tucson all vying for the fourth and final spot there. Condors are 7-3 in their last ten.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 2
Record:
26-22-5-1
Last Week:
BAK 0 @ STK 4
ONT 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
STK 3 @ BAK 2
This Week:
vs. SJ 3/14
@ TUC 3/17
@ TUC 3/18

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Ontario takes just 3 of 6 points this week but are a solid three seed in the Pacific. Now head East to take on the Checkers for a pair.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 1
Record:
30-17-9-0
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
TUC 5 @ ONT 4
TUC 0 @ ONT 5
This Week:
@ CHA 3/17
@ CHA 3/18

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4 of 6 points this week for the Roadrunners isn’t bad by any stretch but it isn’t good when Tucson is in a tumbler with three teams for the final playoff spot in the Pacific.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-24-6-0
Last Week:
SD 1 @ TUC 2
ONT 5 @ TUC 4
ONT 0 @ TUC 0
This Week:
vs. BAK 3/17
vs. BAK 3/18

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Heat are making this a three horse race in the Pacific. Or are they? Big week ahead with three against the heavyweights in the division.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 18th
Change: n/a
Record:
26-23-4-1
Last Week:
BAK 0 @ STK 4
STK 3 @ BAK 2
GR 4 @ STK 5 (SO)
This Week:
@ SD 3/15
@ SJ 3/17
vs. SJ 3/18

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Split the week. Final weeks ahead will be interesting in Toronto to see if the Marlies can come out of this with a two seed or higher.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 4
Record:
31-25-4-1
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ RCH 4
TOR 5 @ MTB 4
This Week:
@ MTB 3/14
vs. BNG 3/17
vs. BNG 3/18

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St. John’s returns home currently out of a playoff spot in the North and host last place Rochester his weekend.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 20th
Change: n/a 
Record:
29-25-7-1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ SYR 4
STJ 3 @ RCH 2
STJ 3 @ SYR 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RCH 3/17
vs. RCH 3/18

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Iowa’s big weekend closes the door some more on Charlotte, despite the Checkers heading to Winnipeg and sweeping the Moose.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 21st
Change: n/a
Record:
28-27-4-0
Last Week:
CHA 4 @ MTB 3
CHA 4 @ MTB 1
This Week:
vs. ONT 3/17
vs. ONT 3/18

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Thunderbirds won’t be pushovers, despite the impossible odds Springfield faces for playoffs. It’s never too early to start building towards next season.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 2
Record:
25-26-8-2
Last Week:
SPR 3 @ SYR 2
HFD 2 @ SPR 5
RCH 0 @ SPR 2
This Week:
@ ALB 3/17
@ PRO 3/18
vs. ALB 3/19

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Amerks trying to play for pride we think. They are overmatched every night but unlike teams in Hartford and Binghamton, try to give teams a battle.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 23rd
Change: n/a
Record:
24-34-0-2
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ RCH 4
STJ 3 @ RCH 2
RCH 0 @ SPR 2
This Week:
vs. BNG 3/15
@ STJ 3/17
@ STJ 3/18

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Monsters are five points out of a playoff spot with about a month left to play. Long way to go for the defending champions.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 5
Record:
27-25-3-4
Last Week:
CLE 5 @ MIL 3
CLE 3 @ CHI 2 (OT)
CLE 3 @ SA 4
This Week:
@ SA 3/14
vs. TEX 3/17
vs. TEX 3/18

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Stars are running out of time if they want to make one final push towards playoffs.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 3
Record:
27-29-1-2
Last Week:
GR 4 @ TEX 5
IA 5 @ TEX 1
IA 3 @ TEX 2
This Week:
vs. SA 3/13
@ CHI 3/15
@ CLE 3/17
@ CLE 3/18

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We will talk about teams just playing out the string and Manitoba is certainly one of those clubs.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 4
Record:
23-31-4-4
Last Week:
CHA 4 @ MTB 3
CHA 4 @ MTB 1
TOR 5 @ MTB 4
This Week:
vs. TOR 3/14
vs. RFD 3/17
vs. RFD 3/18

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We turned our clocks ahead this weekend to get an hour closer to the end of the IceHogs season.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Record:
21-30-8-3
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 5
This Week:
vs. MIL 3/14
@ MTB 3/17
@ MTB 3/18

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Split the week and aren’t the last place team in the Power Rankings, at least for this week.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 2
Record:
22-32-4-1
Last Week:
GR 3 @ SA 0
CLE 3 @ SA 4
This Week:
@ TEX 3/13
vs. CLE 3/14
vs. SD 3/17
vs. SD 3/18

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18-5 aggregate this week for Hartford who have mailed the season in.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Record:
21-35-3-2
Last Week:
HFD 1 @ WBS 8
HFD 2 @ SPR 5
HFD 2 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ HER 3/17
@ HER 3/18

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Playing out the string on the Southern Tier. No idea how a professional hockey team one step below the NHL managed to score just three goals in three games.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 4
Record:
24-34-2-2
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ BNG 2 (SO)
HER 7 @ BNG 1
BNG 0 @ UTI 5
This Week:
@ RCH 3/15
@ TOR 3/17
@ TOR 3/18

Have a great week, everyone!

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