Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 25

Things are decided in the North Division. The four teams (Toronto, Syracuse, Rochester and Utica) are set to tangle in less than a month in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The rest of the divisions remain in flux.

Just a quick shuffle in the top five this week with Syracuse and Tucson swapping spots. After fifth place Providence, pop past the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up. Let’s dive right in…

1

Last Week: LV 4 @ PRO 5 (OT), LV 1 @ PRO 6
Wrapped up a spot in the playoffs this weekend, will probably sew up the division as well. Forget about that 6-1 thumping that Providence put on Lehigh Valley and move on.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 3/30, vs. BEL 3/31
Record: 42-17-4-5

2

Last Week: WBS 3 @ TOR 4 (OT), TOR 4 @ BEL 2, BEL 4 @ TOR 2, SPR 2 @ TOR 0
Possible Calder Cup Final preview this week in Winnipeg or nah?

n/a

This Week: vs. LAV 3/28, @ MTB 3/30, @ MTB 3/31
Record: 47-18-1-1

3

Last Week: BRI 1 @ SYR 4, UTI 0 @ SYR 2
Crunch are jockeying for home ice. Given the schedule this week, will probably cement that status.

+1

This Week: vs. BNG 3/28, vs. BEL 3/30, vs. CHA 3/31
Record: 41-19-3-4

4

Last Week: SJ 0 @ TUC 4, SJ 4 @ TUC 3 (OT), TUC 2 @ BAK 1, TUC 2 @ SJ 3
5 of 8 points this week for Tucson who continue to sit atop the Pacific. Two this week with a stone cold Iowa side.

-1

This Week: @ IA 3/30, @ IA 3/31
Record: 36-19-5-1

5

Last Week: LV 4 @ PRO 5 (OT), LV 1 @ PRO 6
Bruins getting previews of possible playoff opponents. Home ice with Wilkes-Barre not decided yet, will probably come down to final weekend. Two this week with their likely first round opponent.

n/a

This Week: @ WBS 3/28, @ LV 3/30, @ WBS 3/31
Record: 40-21-3-2

6

Last Week: CHI 3 @ CLE 2 (OT), CHI 5 @ CLE 1, CHI 3 @ RFD 5, GR 2 @ CHI 3 (SO)
Big come from behind win Sunday against Grand Rapids to keep things tight in the Central. Wolves sweep the week.

n/a

This Week: vs. IA 3/28, vs. TEX 3/31
Record: 37-21-7-2

7

Last Week: RFD 5 @ IA 2, MIL 5 @ RFD 2, CHI 3 @ RFD 5
IceHogs go 2-1 this week and are still in it for the fourth spot in the Central. Heading to Manitoba which would likely be their first round opponent if they get to the playoffs.

n/a

This Week: @ MTB 3/26, @ MTB 3/28, vs. SJ 3/31
Record: 34-25-4-4

8

Last Week: CHA 3 @ LAV 2 (OT), CHA 5 @ LAV 3
Charlotte all but seals out Bridgeport for the fourth and final spot in the Atlantic. Checkers are 8-2 in their last ten.

+1

This Week: @ RCH 3/30, @ SYR 3/31
Record: 39-26-0-3

9

Last Week: BAK 4 @ ONT 1, ONT 7 @ SJ 3
Reign pushing for a playoff spot. 6-2-1-1 in their last ten is doing it.

+2

This Week: vs. BAK 3/30, vs. CLE 3/31
Record: 33-21-4-2

10

Last Week: SD 4 @ CLE 3 (OT), SD 2 @ CLE 1
Gulls are the latest team to make a run at Tucson’s grip on the Pacific Division lead. Three this week with non-playoff contenders can help get them there.

+2

This Week: vs. BAK 3/28, vs. CLE 3/30, @ BAK 3/31
Record: 34-21-3-1

11

Last Week: WBS 3 @ TOR 4 (OT), WBS 4 @ UTI 5 (OT), WBS 5 @ BNG 4 (SO), BRI 6 @ WBS 3
Points on the road in all games after a hellish week of travel, but lay an egg on home ice Sunday against a rested Bridgeport team. Two huge matchups this week against Providence for playoff home seeding.

-3

This Week: vs. PRO 3/28, @ HFD 3/30, vs. PRO 3/31
Record: 38-20-6-2

12

Last Week: GR 2 @ MIL 1, GR 5 @ IA 3, GR 3 @ IA 2 (SO), GR 2 @ CHI 3 (SO)
Griffins see Chicago tie it late then win in a shootout Sunday. That’s a point that Grand Rapids can’t afford to lose with how tight things are in the Central. Yet, 7 of 8 points isn’t anything to get mad at.

+1

This Week: vs. TEX 3/28, vs. SJ 3/30, @ MIL 3/31
Record: 36-24-1-7

13

Last Week: MTB 2 @ SA 4, STK 1 @ MTB 4, MTB 3 @ STK 1
Moose are certainly backing into a playoff spot. Division championship not a given, either.

+4

This Week: vs. RFD 3/26, vs. RFD 3/28, vs. TOR 3/30, vs. TOR 3/31
Record: 39-20-4-4

14

Last Week: SA 1 @ TEX 2, TEX 1 @ SA 2
Split with the Rampage. Heading to the Central for three road games that may be make or break.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 3/28, @ MIL 3/30, @ CHI 3/31
Record: 34-23-7-3

15

Last Week: RFD 5 @ IA 2, GR 5 @ IA 3, GR 3 @ IA 2 (SO), IA 2 @ MIL 7
Yikes. One point out of the week for the Wild who are in free fall. Missing playoffs is a distinct possibility in Des Moines.

-5

This Week: @ CHI 3/28, vs. TUC 3/30, vs. TUC 3/31
Record: 30-22-9-6

16

Last Week: BRI 1 @ SYR 4, BRI 6 @ WBS 3
Needed the win Sunday in Wilkes-Barre to remain within faint touch of the Charlotte Checkers.

-1

This Week: vs. HER 3/28, @ SPR 3/30, @ HFD 3/31
Record: 32-26-5-3

17

Last Week: BNG 4 @ RCH 2, SPR 2 @ RCH 4
Amerks locked up a playoff spot Saturday. Nice turnaround in Rochester this year.

+7

This Week: vs. UTI 3/28, vs. CHA 3/30, @ BNG 3/31
Record: 31-20-10-6

18

Last Week: MTB 2 @ SA 4, SA 1 @ TEX 2, TEX 1 @ SA 2
San Antonio not out of it by any stretch, but the Rampage need to start pushing harder. Stockton coming in this week for a huge series at the Alamo.

n/a

This Week: vs. STK 3/30, vs. STK 3/31
Record: 32-26-10-0

19

Last Week: GR 2 @ MIL 1, MIL 5 @ RFD 2, IA 2 @ MIL 7
Milwaukee gets 4 of 6 points this week to keep their playoff chances alive for another week. Two home games this week.

+6

This Week: vs. TEX 3/30, vs. GR 3/31
Record: 34-28-4-1

20

Last Week: WBS 4 @ UTI 5 (OT), UTI 0 @ SYR 2, UTI 4 @ BNG 3
Comets back into the final spot in a top heavy North. Were outshot 41-14 in Binghamton Sunday. Are likely first round opponents for the Toronto Marlies.

+7

This Week: @ RCH 3/28, vs. HER 3/30, @ SPR 3/31
Record: 33-24-6-4

21

Last Week: HER 2 @ HFD 1, HFD 4 @ HER 2
Wolf Pack playing for pride now. Finishing at .500 or above would be a positive.

-2

This Week: vs. SPR 3/28, vs. WBS 3/30, vs. BRI 3/31
Record: 30-30-5-3

22

Last Week: SJ 0 @ TUC 4, SJ 4 @ TUC 3 (OT), ONT 7 @ SJ 3, TUC 2 @ SJ 3
Took 4 of 6 from Tucson this week. Not bad, but too little too late for San Jose.

+7

This Week: @ GR 3/30, @ RFD 3/31
Record: 28-25-4-3

23

Last Week: BAK 4 @ ONT 1, TUC 2 @ BAK 1
Condors run of late has them out of the Pacific basement here in the last week of April. Won’t make playoffs, so the goal is to not finish last.

-8

This Week: @ SD 3/28, @ ONT 3/30, vs. SD 3/31
Record: 26-23-9-1

24

Last Week: TOR 4 @ BEL 2, BEL 4 @ TOR 2, LAV 2 @ BEL 8
Belleville finishes off a week with a solid thrashing of Laval. Last place Senators still putting up a fight.

+2

This Week: @ SYR 3/30, @ LV 3/31
Record: 25-37-2-3

25

Last Week: HER 2 @ HFD 1, HFD 4 @ HER 2
Bears were officially eliminated from playoff contention after Sunday’s loss to Hartford. Uncharacteristic of Hershey to be dismissed this early.

-5

This Week: @ BRI 3/28, @ UTI 3/30, vs. LAV 3/31
Record: 28-31-4-5

26

Last Week: STK 1 @ MTB 4, STK 3 @ MTB 1
Heat stalling out. 4-5-0-1 in their last ten. Big series with San Antonio the weekend.

-4

This Week: vs. CLE 3/28, @ SA 3/30, @ SA 3/31
Record: 30-23-2-4

27

Last Week: BNG 4 @ RCH 2, WBS 5 @ BNG 4 (SO), UTI 4 @ BNG 3
Binghamton outshoots Utica 41-14 and lose 4-3 Sunday. Capsule of the Devils season to a tee.

-6

This Week: @ SYR 3/28, vs. LAV 3/30, vs. RCH 3/31
Record: 22-34-7-4

28

Last Week: SPR 2 @ RCH 4, SPR 0 @ TOR 2
Seems like when the Thunderbirds got to .500 they forgot that they had about a month more of schedule to play.

+2

This Week: @ HFD 3/28, vs. BRI 3/30, vs. UTI 3/31
Record: 28-33-5-1

29

Last Week: CHI 3 @ CLE 2 (OT), CHI 5 @ CLE 1, SD 4 @ CLE 3 (OT) , SD 2 @ CLE 1
Perhaps the competition will be easier for Cleveland when they move to the Eastern Conference next season.

-1

This Week: @ STK 3/28, @ SD 3/30, @ ONT 3/31
Record: 21-35-7-3

30

Last Week: CHA 3 @ LAV 2 (OT), CHA 5 @ LAV 3, LAV 2 @ BEL 8
Biggest disappointment this season has to be Laval, doesn’t it? To completely roll over and get smoked by a last place Belleville team Sunday in the way that they did costs people jobs.

-6

This Week: @ TOR 3/28, @ BNG 3/30, @ LV 3/31
Record: 24-35-7-2

Have a great week, everyone!

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