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AHL Power Rankings: Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 where things are still in flux around the American Hockey League.

Pretty much the top teams in all the divisions are safe bets for a playoff spot. Beyond all that, anything can happen it seems.

Lehigh Valley are separating themselves from the best of the rest of the Atlantic.

Toronto jumps back to the second spot and are number two this week as the first team to 40 wins in the AHL.

Tucson stays in third. With all the moving teams in these Rankings, seems like Tucson has been number three forever.

Chicago bumps up one as a serious contender for Manitoba’s top spot in the Central, something that seemed out of reach is now a possibility for the Wolves or anyone else who wants that spot.

Syracuse is keeping Toronto honest in the North, are fifth this week in the Rankings.

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

1

Last Week: HER 6 @ LV 7, BNG 0 @ LV 4, LV 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
Lehigh Valley is hot. 17 wins in their last 22 games and starting to run away with the Atlantic Division lead.

n/a

This Week: vs. BRI 3/9, @ BRI 3/10, vs. BNG 3/11
Record: 38-15-3-4

2

Last Week: SYR 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), RCH 4 @ TOR 1, TOR 4 @ BEL 1
After some recent slip ups, the Marlies are the first team to 40 wins this season. Every good team has some bumps. One game this week for the Marlies.

+5

This Week: vs. PRO 3/10
Record: 40-16-1-1

3

Last Week: TUC 2 @ GR 3, TUC 5 @ CLE 1, TUC 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
3 of 6 points this week for the Pacific Division leaders. Two at home this week against Texas.

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This Week: vs. TEX 3/9, vs. TEX 3/10
Record: 30-17-4-1

4

Last Week: TEX 3 @ CHI 4 (SO), CHI 3 @ SA 0, CHI 4 @ TEX 1
Wolves slowly tightening the noose on the Moose for the top spot in the Central, something that was inconceivable a few months ago.

+1

This Week: @ SA 3/6, @ MIL 3/9, vs. MTB 3/10, vs. RFD 3/11
Record: 31-18-6-2

5

Last Week: SYR 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), BNG 2 @ SYR 3, LAV 5 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Keep pace with Toronto. Two this week with third place Rochester.

+1

This Week: vs. HER 3/9, vs. RCH 3/10, @ RCH 3/11
Record: 35-18-3-3

6

Last Week: WBS 4 @ GR 2, WBS 0 @ RFD 3, WBS 2 @ MIL 3 (SO)
3 of 6 out of the weekend for the Penguins. Meat grinder schedule for March just getting going. So far, so good.

+2

This Week: @ BNG 3/9, vs. GR 3/10
Record: 33-17-4-2

7

Last Week: CHA 3 @ PRO 6, PRO 6 @ HFD 2, SPR 2 @ PRO 0
Weekend spoiled by the Thunderbirds, who the Bruins may have underestimated coming in to a Sunday afternoon. Two points that get away from a Providence side in the hunt in the Atlantic.

+2

This Week: @ LAV 3/7, @ RCH 3/9, @ TOR 3/10
Record: 34-19-3-2

8

Last Week: CHA 3 @ PRO 6, CHA 3 @ SPR 2, CHA 4 @ HFD 3
Checkers overcome a two goal deficit again this weekend and are keeping the Sound Tigers at arms length.

+4

This Week: vs. HFD 3/9, vs. HFD 3/10
Record: 33-24-0-3

9

Last Week: SA 2 @ ONT 3 (OT), ONT 4 @ SD 5 (OT), ONT 1 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Ontario back in the mix this week after getting points in all their contests. Busy week coming up for the Reign.

+6

This Week: @ STK 3/7, vs. SD 3/9, vs. SA 3/11
Record: 27-19-4-2

10

Last Week: TEX 3 @ CHI 4 (SO), TEX 1 @ RFD 2, CHI 4 @ TEX 1, TEX 2 @ SA 1 (OT)
Coupla losses this week drop the Stars from second in the division. Big showdown with the Roadrunners this weekend in Tucson.

-6

This Week: vs. IA 3/7, @ TUC 3/9, @ TUC 3/10
Record: 30-21-5-3

11

Last Week: BAK 6 @ STK 4, SD 4 @ STK 5 (SO)
Split the week. Heat remain very much in the playoff race as we approach mid-March.

-1

This Week: vs. ONT 3/7, @ BAK 3/9, vs. CLE 3/11
Record: 27-19-2-3

12

Last Week: BRI 2 @ RCH 1 (OT), BRI 4 @ LAV 2, BRI 4 @ BEL 2
Sound Tigers sweep the week, have a four game winning streak, and are hot on the Checkers tails for the final spot in the Atlantic. Home and home with Lehigh Valley this week could be a future first round playoff matchup.

+2

This Week: @ LV 3/9, vs. LV 3/10, vs. SPR 3/11
Record: 28-22-5-3

13

Last Week: IA 4 @ MTB 5 (OT), IA 4 @ MTB 3
Nice trip North of the Border taking 3 of 4 away from the Moose in Winnipeg. Iowa is team that you may not want to play.

n/a

This Week: @ TEX 3/7, @ SA 3/9, vs. MTB 3/11
Record: 27-17-8-4

14

Last Week: TUC 2 @ GR 3, WBS 4 @ GR 2, MIL 4 @ GR 1
Bad weekend for the Griffins, who drop one to an out of conference opponent and another to a playoff contender.

-12

This Week: @ WBS 3/10, @ HER 3/11
Record: 31-21-1-6

15

Last Week: SA 0 @ SD 3, ONT 4 @ SD 5 (OT), SD 4 @ STK 5 (SO)
They should just rename the Pacific Division the Elevator Division with the amount of teams that got up and down all the time. This week, it’s San Diego a few floors below the penthouse.

+6

This Week: vs. CLE 3/6, @ ONT 3/9, @ BAK 3/10
Record: 30-19-1-1

16

Last Week: BRI 2 @ RCH 1 (OT), RCH 4 @ TOR 1, LAV 2 @ RCH 4
Nice wins to close out the week for the Amerks, who are still hanging around at third in the North.

+7

This Week: vs. PRO 3/9, @ SYR 3/10, vs. SYR 3/11
Record: 29-15-9-6

17

Last Week: TEX 1 @ RFD 2, RFD 1 @ MIL 4, WBS 0 @ RFD 3
Good weekend overall for Rockford, who shut out the Penguins at the BMO Saturday night. IceHogs are in a dead heat for the fourth spot in the Central with about three teams.

+5

This Week: @ MIL 3/10, @ CHI 3/11
Record: 29-24-3-3

18

Last Week: RFD 1 @ MIL 4, MIL 4 @ GR 1, WBS 2 @ MIL 3 (SO)
Milwaukee sweeps the weekend. Now on the cusp of the fourth spot in the Central.

+10

This Week: vs. MTB 3/7, vs. CHI 3/9, vs. RFD 3/10
Record: 29-24-4-1

19

Last Week: HFD 4 @ SPR 5 (OT), CHA 3 @ SPR 2, SPR 2 @ PRO 0
Not a bad week for Springfield who can use weekends like these to string together a run up the standings.

-1

This Week: @ UTI 3/9, vs. UTI 3/10, @ BRI 3/11
Record: 27-28-3-1

20

Last Week: IA 4 @ MTB 5 (OT), IA 4 @ MTB 3
Moose are slipping, and the Wolves are on the charge. Three on the road this week with very tough teams.

-1

This Week: @ MIL 3/7, @ CHI 3/10, @ IA 3/11
Record: 35-16-4-3

21

Last Week: BNG 4 @ BEL 1, BNG 2 @ SYR 3, BNG 0 @ LV 4, UTI 2 @ BNG 7
Nice wins this week for Binghamton, who were clearly underestimated buy Utica Sunday.

-1

This Week: vs. WBS 3/9, vs. HER 3/10 @ LV 3/11
Record: 19-30-6-3

22

Last Week: HER 6 @ LV 7, UTI 0 @ HER 3, LV 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
The stone in the shoe Lehigh Valley Phantoms, come back from down 5-1 Friday and beat the Bears 7-6 in regulation then Sunday beat the Bears 3-2 in a shootout. Thankfully for the Bears, that’s all for the Phantoms this season.

-5

This Week: @ SYR 3/9, @ BNG 3/10, vs. GR 3/11
Record: 24-27-4-5

23

Last Week: BEL 1 @ UTI 0, UTI 0 @ HER 3, UTI 2 @ BNG 7
Three games, two goals all week, including two shutouts against. Comets are in free fall. Six straight losses for the Comets.

-12

This Week: vs. SPR 3/9 @ SPR 3/10
Record: 29-20-6-4

24

Last Week: HFD 4 @ SPR 5 (OT), PRO 6 @ HFD 2, CHA 4 @ HFD 3
Bad weekend for Hartford who aren’t getting closer to a playoff spot with a weekend like this.

-8

This Week: @ CHA 3/9, @ CHA 3/10
Record: 26-27-5-3

25

Last Week: BRI 4 @ LAV 2, LAV 5 @ SYR 4 (OT), LAV 2 @ RCH 4
Figure that the weeks are quickly running out on the Rocket if they want to push for the final playoff spot in the North.

-1

This Week: vs. PRO 3/7, vs. BEL 3/9, vs. BEL 3/10
Record: 22-28-6-2

26

Last Week: TUC 5 @ CLE 1, TUC 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
Split with the Roadrunners this weekend. Busy California trip on deck for the Monsters.

n/a

This Week: @ SD 3/6, @ SJ 3/9, @ SJ 3/10, @ STK 3/11
Record: 19-29-4-3

27

Last Week: BAK 1 @ SJ 2 (OT), ONT 1 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Barracuda work overtime this weekend to manufacture four points out of the weekend. Monsters drop in this week.

+2

This Week: vs. CLE 3/9, vs. CLE 3/10
Record: 24-22-3-3

28

Last Week: SA 0 @ SD 3, SA 2 @ ONT 3 (OT), CHI 3 @ SA 0, TEX 2 @ SA 1 (OT)
Rampage are fading quickly. Schedule this week isn’t getting any easier.

-3

This Week: vs. CHI 3/6, vs. IA 3/9, @ ONT 3/11
Record: 27-23-9-0

29

Last Week: BAK 1 @ SJ 2 (OT), BAK 6 @ STK 4
Time slowly dwindling on the season, but Bakersfield has a punchers chance of pushing for the final spot in the Pacific.

-2

This Week: vs. STK 3/9, vs. SD 3/10
Record: 22-21-8-1

30

Last Week: BNG 4 @ BEL 1, BEL 1 @ UTI 0, BRI 4 @ BEL 2, TOR 4 @ BEL 1
Struggles continue for the Belleville. Nice win over Utica this week, though.

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 3/9, @ LAV 3/10
Record: 22-35-1-3

Have a great week, everyone!

2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 22

  1. Jeremy March 7, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    What happened to Lindberg and Dunn report to. I see Lindberg was loaned to Chicago why didn’t he come to Wbs and Dunn I can’t find anything on

    • nafsnep March 7, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Neither reported to WBS. Lindberg is a “loan” to Chicago which means that there is no room on the WBS roster (that plays every night) for him. Believe it or not, WBS is that stacked up front. Dunn was a throw in who is mainly an ECHLer, he was with Belleville but went back down to Brampton. Lindberg I think was hurt last week.