Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 25

Week 25 and the playoff picture in the AHL is starting to come together.

The first Eastern Conference team has punched a playoff ticket in Wilkes-Barre.

There is a game being played of hot potato for the fourth sport in many divisions.

San Jose remains your number one team this week as it appears it will be down to the Barracuda and the Penguins to decide who wins the regular season championship.

Penguins jump up to second this week, their biggest rivals in Hershey take a nosedive out of the top 20.

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

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San Jose is still sitting OK in the quest for the Pacific Division crown and the best overall team in the AHL.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
41-14-2-5
Last Week:
MTB 0 @ SJ 3
MTB 3 @ SJ 6
This Week:
vs. ONT 4/5
@ STK 4/8
vs. STK 4/9

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Wilkes-Barre is the first team in the Eastern Conference to punch a ticket to the playoffs Sunday. Looking to wrap up the Atlantic this weekend.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
47-19-3-1
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ SPR 3
LV 0 @ WBS 3
UTI 3 @ WBS 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ LV 4/7
@ HFD 4/8
@ PRO 4/9

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Gulls with a pair of blowout wins in Tucson and are keeping the heat on San Jose for the top spot in the Pacific.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Record:
40-17-3-2
Last Week:
SD 8 @ TUC 2
SD 4 @ TUC 1
This Week:
@ STK 4/5
vs. ONT 4/7
@ ONT 4/8

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Milwaukee has to wait a few more days to punch a ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs this week.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
41-23-3-3
Last Week:
MIL 3 @ GR 2
TEX 5 @ MIL 2
TEX 2 @ MIL 7
This Week:
vs. CLE 4/7
vs. RFD 4/8
@ IA 4/9

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Grand Rapids remains at the top of the Central for another week. They are looking to close out Chicago to stay there as the season winds down.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 3
Record:
43-21-1-4
Last Week:
MIL 3 @ GR 2
CHA 3 @ GR 1
GR 1 @ RFD 4
This Week:
@ MTB 4/4
@ MTB 4/5
vs. CLE 4/8
@ CLE 4/9

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Marlies looking to keep the top spot in the North for good as the season winds down. Four games this week is a busy week for any team.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Record:
39-26-4-1
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
TOR 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. STJ 4/4
@ UTI 4/7
vs. HER 4/8
vs. RCH 4/9

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It’s looking more and more like Providence and Lehigh Valley are heading to a first round date in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 2
Record:
41-20-5-4
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ PRO 4
PRO 2 @ SPR 3
HFD 1 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 4/7
@ BRI 4/8
vs. WBS 4/9

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Monsters are your fourth place Central Division team this week. Cleveland has to run a gamut this week if they want to stay there though.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 8
Record:
35-28-3-4
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
CHA 4 @ CLE 1
CLE 5 @ CHI 2
CLE 4 @ IA 0
This Week:
@ IA 4/4
@ MIL 4/7
@ GR 4/8
vs. GR 4/9

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Checkers and Monsters are passing that fourth spot in the Central like a hot potato.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 3
Record:
35-29-5-0
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
CHA 4 @ CLE 1
CHA 3 @ GR 1
CHA 3 @ CHI 5
This Week:
vs. SA 4/4
vs. SA 4/5
vs. TEX 4/8
vs. TEX 4/9

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Wolves punch a ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Still chasing down Grand Rapids for the top spot in the Central.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 2
Record:
40-19-7-5
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ IA 0
CLE 5 @ CHI 2
CHA 3 @ CHI 5
This Week:
vs. IA 4/8
vs. RFD 4/9

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Sound Tigers have thundered back and overtaken Hershey for the fourth spot in the Atlantic. Bridgeport is up a point on the Bears for fourth with a game in hand.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 10
Record:
42-24-3-1
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 2
BRI 3 @ LV 1
BRI 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 4/4
@ PRO 4/7
vs. PRO 4/8
vs. HFD 4/9

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Phantoms are clinging to that second spot in the Atlantic. Hard charge from Providence who sit a point behind.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 6
Record:
44-22-4-0
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ LV 1
LV 0 @ WBS 3
LV 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. HER 4/5
vs. WBS 4/7
vs. SPR 4/8

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By some miracle the Crunch remain a playoff team. Two this week with Albany who are desperate.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 1
Record:
34-23-6-7
Last Week:
SYR 6 @ BNG 1
TOR 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
TOR 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ ALB 4/5
@ BNG 4/7
vs. ALB 4/8

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Thunderbirds play upset to the Bruins and Penguins last week.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 9
Record:
29-30-9-2
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 2
WBS 1 @ SPR 3
PRO 2 @ SPR 3
This Week:
@ BRI 4/4
@ HFD 4/7
@ LV 4/8

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Heat begin an important week against really good competition in an attempt to nudge into that fourth place spot in the Pacific.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 5
Record:
31-25-4-2
Last Week:
STK 4 @ TEX 1
STK 3 @ SA 2
STK 5 @ SA 3
This Week:
vs. SD 4/5
vs. SJ 4/8
@ SJ 4/9

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Condors face an important week, tied in points and percentage with fifth place Stockton.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 5
Record:
31-25-5-1
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ BAK 2
ONT 3 @ BAK 1
ONT 1 @ BAK 4
This Week:
@ TEX 4/5
@ SA 4/7
@ SA 4/9

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Reign split with Bakersfield this week. Pencil Ontario as your P3.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 4
Record:
33-19-10-0
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ BAK 1
ONT 1 @ BAK 4
This Week:
@ SJ 4/5
@ SD 4/7
vs. SD 4/8

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Utica projects to finish as high as third in the North or they could miss entirely.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 1
Record:
33-28-7-2
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ RCH 5
RCH 3 @ UTI 5
UTI 3 @ WBS 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. TOR 4/7
@ RCH 4/8
vs. STJ 4/9

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Devils snap the seven game losing streak with a win against Hartford but Albany is in danger of missing playoffs if they don’t work out of all of these losses and quickly.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 1
Record:
35-30-2-3
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ PRO 4
HFD 3 @ ALB 4
RCH 2 @ ALB 1
This Week:
vs. SYR 4/5
vs STJ 4/7
@ SYR 4/8

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St. John’s splits with Binghamton at home this week. Tough week ahead.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 5
Record:
33-27-8-2
Last Week:
BNG 4 @ STJ 2
BNG 2 @ STJ 4
This Week:
@ TOR 4/4
@ ALB 4/7
@ BNG 4/8
@ UTI 4/9

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Bears go 0-for-3 this week and are in serious danger of dropping out of the playoff hunt. Need near perfect hockey from here on out to get in.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 14
Record:
38-22-8-3
Last Week:
HER 0 @ HFD 3
BRI 4 @ HER 2
LV 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
@ LV 4/5
@ RCH 4/7
@ TOR 4/8

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Hartford spoils Hershey’s playoff push by shutting them out Friday at home.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 4
Record:
23-41-4-2
Last Week:
HER 0 @ HFD 3
HFD 3 @ ALB 4
HFD 1 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. SPR 4/7
vs. WBS 4/8
@ BRI 4/9

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Amerks play upset to Utica and Albany this past week.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 1
Record:
29-38-0-2
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ RCH 5
RCH 3 @ UTI 5
RCH 2 @ ALB 1
This Week:
vs. BNG 4/5
vs. HER 4/7
vs. UTI 4/8
@ TOR 4/9

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A pair of 4-0 losses are probably the nail in the proverbial coffin for Iowa who sit seven points out of a playoff spot with seven games to go.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 7
Record:
31-30-6-2
Last Week:
RFD 0 @ IA 4
CHI 4 @ IA 0
CLE 4 @ IA 0
This Week:
vs. CLE 4/4
vs. RFD 4/6
@ CHI 4/8
vs. MIL 4/9

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Great season or Tucson. Disappointing finish to a bright start in Arizona
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
26-30-7-0
Last Week:
SA 2 @ TUC 5
SD 8 @ TUC 2
SD 4 @ TUC 1
This Week:
@ MTB 4/7
@ MTB 4/9

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Stars are close to being done like dinner if not done already.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 2
Record:
31-34-1-4
Last Week:
STK 4 @ TEX 1
TEX 1 @ RFD 3
TEX 5 @ MIL 2
TEX 2 @ MIL 7
This Week:
vs. BAK 4/5
@ CHA 4/8
@ CHA 4/9

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It’s all over but the shouting in San Antonio.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 27th
Change: n/a
Record:
25-37-5-2
Last Week:
SA 2 @ TUC 5
STK 3 @ SA 2
STK 5 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ CHA 4/4
@ CHA 4/5
vs. BAK 4/7
vs. BAK 4/9

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Playing out the string on the Southern Tier.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Record:
26-40-2-2
Last Week:
SYR 6 @ BNG 1
BNG 4 @ STJ 2
BNG 2 @ STJ 4
This Week:
@ RCH 4/5
vs. SYR 4/7
vs. STJ 4/8

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IceHogs win a couple games this week to move out of the Central basement.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-34-9-3
Last Week:
RFD 0 @ IA 4
TEX 1 @ RFD 3
GR 1 @ RFD 4
This Week:
@ IA 4/6
@ MIL 4/8
@ CHI 4/9

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Those games against San Jose went about how you would expect for Manitoba. Moose are last in the Central.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 29th
Change: Down 1
Record:
25-36-4-5
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ BAK 2
MTB 0 @ SJ 3
MTB 3 @ SJ 6
This Week:
vs. GR 4/4
vs. GR 4/5
vs. TUC 4/7
vs. TUC 4/9

Have a great week, everyone!

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