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AHL Power Rankings: Week 24

It’s Monday, and the Week 24 AHL Power Rankings are here to hopefully paint the picture for you as we head towards the end of the regular season.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have the Atlantic Division on lockdown. They will most likely be the next AHL team to lock up a postseason berth.

The Toronto Marlies slipped to the Utica Comets Sunday and yield the top spot to Lehigh Valley. Discount the Marlies at your peril however, they will be a tough out.

Another week and Tucson remains in third after a good week and should be one of the first Western Conference teams to lock up a playoff spot.

Syracuse was the next team to punch a postseason ticket, and are fourth and within distance to maybe take over the top spot in the North.

Providence rounds out the top five this week after taking 4 of 6 points out of the week in preparation for their inevitable first round meeting with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

To check out six and beyond, hop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: LV 3 @ HFD 4 (SO), PRO 0 @ LV 3, SPR 0 @ LV 3
Back to back shutouts of opponents. Lehigh Valley is firing on all cylinders right now and should be the next Eastern Conference team to punch a postseason ticket. But, are the Phantoms peaking too soon?

+1

This Week: @ PRO 3/23, @ PRO 3/24
Record: 42-16-3-5

2

Last Week: LAV 1 @ TOR 4, LAV 0 @ TOR 4, TOR 3 @ BEL 1, UTI 3 @ TOR 1
Marlies slip up Sunday against Utica. Busy week this week starting with the Penguins on Tuesday.

-1

This Week: vs. WBS 3/20, @ BEL 3/23, vs. BEL 3/24, vs. SPR 3/25
Record: 44-17-1-1

3

Last Week: TUC 3 @ BAK 3 (OT), TUC 3 @ STK 0, TUC 2 @ STK 1
Roadrunners keep setting the bar in the Pacific. Busy week coming up for the Roadrunners could cement them as a playoff team this week and likely number one seed in their division.

n/a

This Week: vs. SJ 3/20, vs. SJ 3/21, @ BAK 3/24, @ SJ 3/25
Record: 34-18-4-1

4

Last Week: SYR 6 @ BNG 2, SYR 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), LAV 2 @ SYR 5
Crunch seal up a playoff spot, likely heading into a playoff series with Rochester in the first round.

+5

This Week: vs. BRI 3/23, vs. UTI 3/24
Record: 39-19-3-4

5

Last Week: RCH 3 @ PRO 5, PRO 0 @ LV 3, BRI 1 @ PRO 4
4 of 6 points this week to keep pace with their eventual first round opponent the Penguins.

+1

This Week: vs. LV 3/23, vs. LV 3/24
Record: 38-21-3-2

6

Last Week: RFD 3 @ CHI 2, IA 3 @ CHI 7
Wolves thump Iowa Sunday. Message sent to the Wild that they have company for second in the Central?

-2

This Week: @ CLE 3/20, @ CLE 3/22, @ RFD 3/24, vs. GR 3/25
Record: 34-20-7-2

7

Last Week: IA 2 @ RFD 3 (OT), RFD 3 @ GR 4 (OT), RFD 3 @ CHI 2
IceHogs pushing for that fourth spot in the Central. Have been playing slightly better hockey than their opponents chasing the same spot; 6-2-1-1.

+7

This Week: @ IA 3/19, vs. MIL 3/23, vs. CHI 3/24
Record: 32-24-4-4

8

Last Week: WBS 5 @ CHA 2, WBS 1 @ CHA 3, HFD 4 @ WBS 1, HER 4 @ WBS 6
Nice comeback win Sunday against Hershey caps off what was looking like a frustrating week. No one wants to back into the playoffs.

-3

This Week: @ TOR 3/20, @ UTI 3/23, @ BNG 3/24, vs. BRI 3/25
Record: 37-19-4-2

9

Last Week: WBS 5 @ CHA 2, WBS 1 @ CHA 3, BNG 2 @ CHA 4, BNG 4 @ CHA 1
Checkers split each game with their two opponents who stopped in this week. Should easily beat Laval this week.

-1

This Week: @ LAV 3/23, @ LAV 3/24
Record: 37-26-0-3

10

Last Week: IA 2 @ RFD 3 (OT), IA 4 @ GR 2, IA 2 @ GR 1, IA 3 @ CHI 7
Week was primed to be a good one, but then Iowa was crushed by Chicago. Will that stall out the Wild? We don’t think so but it will be interesting to watch down the stretch.

+2

This Week: vs. RFD 3/19, vs. GR 3/23, vs. GR 3/24, @ MIL 3/25
Record: 30-19-9-5

11

Last Week: CLE 2 @ ONT 3 (OT), MIL 2 @ ONT 3, SJ 4 @ ONT 5 (OT)
Big week for Ontario who always shows up at the end. Are within striking distance of Tucson for the top spot.

+5

This Week: vs. BAK 3/23, @ SJ 3/24
Record: 32-20-4-2

12

Last Week: SA 1 @ SD 2, MIL 0 @ SD 2, BAK 5 @ SD 2
That loss to Bakersfield is going to stink for a bit, but the Gulls are heading to Cleveland, who are easy points to pick up.

+7

This Week: @ CLE 3/24, @ CLE 3/25
Record: 32-21-3-1

13

Last Week: IA 4 @ GR 2, RFD 3 @ GR 4 (OT), IA 2 @ GR 1
Griffins were once a contender for Manitoba but have hit a skid and are just 5-5 in their last ten.

-2

This Week: @ MIL 3/20, @ IA 3/23, @ IA 3/24, @ CHI 3/25
Record: 33-24-1-6

14

Last Week: MTB 6 @ TEX 3, CLE 6 @ TEX 5 (OT), MTB 4 @ TEX 6
Split with Manitoba and were beaten in overtime by a bad Cleveland team. Still lots of work to do for this Texas team. A home and home with San Antonio this week is a must have week for the Stars.

-7

This Week: vs. SA 3/23, @ SA 3/24
Record: 33-22-7-3

15

Last Week: RCH 4 @ BRI 6, BRI 2 @ HER 3, BRI 1 @ PRO 4
Sound Tigers aren’t out of it yet but time is running out. Likely coming down to the wire again for Bridgeport.

-5

This Week: @ SYR 3/23, @ WBS 3/25
Record: 31-25-5-3

16

Last Week: TUC 3 @ BAK 2 (OT), SJ 4 @ BAK 8, BAK 5 @ SD 2
Bakersfield is 6-2-2-0 in their last ten and have points in their last four contests. Looking to spoil the playoff plans for more contending teams.

+10

This Week: @ ONT 3/23, vs. TUC 3/24
Record: 25-22-9-1

17

Last Week: MTB 6 @ TEX 3, MTB 3 @ SA 2 (OT), MTB 4 @ TEX 6
Moose keeping pursuers at arms length. Good week this week.

+4

This Week: @ SA 3/20, vs. STK 3/22, vs. STK 3/24
Record: 38-18-4-4

18

Last Week: SA 1 @ SD 2, MTB 3 @ SA 2 (OT), CLE 0 @ SA 4
Is there time to make a run in San Antonio? A pair this week with Texas should tell the story.

+5

This Week: vs. MTB 3/20, @ TEX 3/23, vs. TEX 3/24
Record: 30-25-10-0

19

Last Week: LV 3 @ HFD 4 (SO), HFD 4 @ WBS 1, RCH 4 @ HFD 6
Got points out of the week, but are too far out to make noise with less than a month to play.

+10

This Week: vs. HER 3/24, @ HER 3/25
Record: 29-29-5-3

20

Last Week: BRI 2 @ HER 3, SPR 2 @ HER 4, HER 4 @ WBS 6
Perhaps were out of gas in the second half of the game Sunday in Wilkes-Barre. Home and home with Hartford this week.

+8

This Week: @ HFD 3/24, vs. HFD 3/25
Record: 27-30-4-5

21

Last Week: SYR 6 @ BNG 2, BNG 2 @ CHA 4, BNG 4 @ CHA 1
Split with Charlotte. Best Devils can do is play spoiler and they have been good at that of recent, just not this week.

-3

This Week: @ RCH 3/23, vs. WBS 3/24, vs. UTI 3/25
Record: 21-33-7-3

22

Last Week: MIL 3 @ STK 2 (SO), TUC 3 @ STK 0, TUC 2 @ STK 1
Swept by the division leading Roadrunners. Points the Heat needed, and probably the final nail in the coffin for a team chasing the final spot in the Pacific.

-9

This Week: @ MTB 3/22, @ MTB 3/24
Record: 29-22-2-4

23

Last Week: RCH 4 @ BRI 6, RCH 3 @ PRO 5, RCH 4 @ HFD 6
Amerks go 0-3 on this road trip. Are in free fall mode.

-8

This Week: vs. BNG 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24
Record: 30-19-10-6

24

Last Week: LAV 1 @ TOR 4, LAV 0 @ TOR 4, LAV 4 @ UTI 2, LAV 2 @ SYR 4
Laval has always played better than Belleville and Binghamton but haven’t touched fourth place in months. It’s been the story of their season.

n/a

This Week: vs. CHA 3/23, vs. CHA 3/24, @ BEL 3/25
Record: 24-33-6-2

25

Last Week: MIL 3 @ STK 2 (SO), MIL 0 @ SD 2, MIL 2 @ ONT 3
Two game skid to end the week, with how competitive things are in the race for the fourth spot in the Central, has Milwaukee out of things as we hit the final month of the regular season.

-8

This Week: vs. GR 3/20, @ RFD 3/23, vs. IA 3/25
Record: 32-27-4-1

26

Last Week: TOR 3 @ BEL 1, UTI 3 @ BEL 4
Split the week, playing out the string.

+1

This Week: vs. TOR 3/23, @ TOR 3/24, vs. LAV 3/25
Record: 24-36-2-3

27

Last Week: LAV 4 @ UTI 2, UTI 3 @ BEL 4, UTI 3 @ TOR 1
Big win Sunday beating the Marlies. Will that turn around Utica’s misfortunes of late?

-2

This Week: vs. WBS 3/23, @ SYR 3/24, @ BNG 3/25
Record: 31-23-6-4

28

Last Week: CLE 2 @ ONT 3 (OT), CLE 6 @ TEX 5 (OT), CLE 0 @ SA 4
Some playoff seeking teams are stopping by this week. Does Cleveland get steamrolled or do they put up a fight and try to build towards next year?

+2

This Week: vs. CHI 3/20, vs. CHI 3/22, vs. SD 3/24, vs. SD 3/25
Record: 22-32-5-3

29

Last Week: SJ 4 @ BAK 8, SJ 4 @ ONT 5 (OT)
One point out of the week after getting plastered by Bakersfield earlier in the week.

-7

This Week: @ TUC 3/20, @ TUC 3/21, vs. ONT 3/24, vs. TUC 3/25
Record: 26-23-4-3

30

Last Week: SYR 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), SPR 2 @ HER 4, SPR 0 @ LV 3
Playing out the string in Springfield. One point out of the week.

-10

This Week: @ RCH 3/24, @ TOR 3/25
Record: 28-31-5-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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