Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 26

As the calendar turns to April, there are a ton of races to watch as the finish line is in sight.

Six teams have qualified. A handful more should punch their ticket this week. There is a bunch of playoff seed jockeying still going on in all the divisions.

We use the Week 26 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings to break it all down.

Toronto jumps back into the top spot this week after breaking the AHL record for wins on the road, followed closely by Lehigh Valley who are going to wrap up the Atlantic Division fairly soon.

Tucson is back to third after punching their ticket to the postseason followed by your new Central Division leaders in Chicago, who overtook the stale Moose for first in the division this week.

The top five is rounded out with a white hot Rockford side who are surging.

Pop past the IceHogs to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: LAV 1 @ TOR 5, TOR 3 @ MTB 2, TOR 5 @ MTB 4
Marlies continue to roll. Set an AHL records for most road wins this past weekend. There is still another two weeks left in the season, by the way.

+1

This Week: vs. UTI 4/5, @ UTI 4/6, @ RCH 4/7
Record: 50-18-1-1

2

Last Week: PRO 0 @ LV 2, BEL 2 @ LV 4
Lehigh Valley are firing on all cylinders and should be close to wrapping up the division title this week. First round playoff preview this week with Charlotte most likely.

-1

This Week: @ CHA 4/3, @ CHA 4/4, @ HFD 4/7, @ PRO 4/8
Record: 44-17-4-5

3

Last Week: TUC 6 @ IA 4, TUC 4 @ IA 3
Roadrunners punch a ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs, the first Western Conference team to do so. Tucson has flown under the radar for a bit here and are ready to shine in the postseason.

+1

This Week: vs. GR 4/6, vs. GR 4/7
Record: 38-19-5-1

4

Last Week: IA 1 @ CHI 3, TEX 2 @ CHI 1 (SO)
Took over first in the Central after Manitoba’s free fall. Tough opponents coming up this week for the new Central leaders.

+2

This Week: vs. MIL 4/3, @ IA 4/6, vs. MIL 4/7
Record: 38-21-7-3

5

Last Week: RFD 4 @ MTB 2, RFD 4 @ MTB 3, SJ 3 @ RFD 5
IceHogs are 8-1-1-0 in their last ten and on a roll which is what you need when you storm into playoffs. You want a dark horse team? Look no further.

+2

This Week: @ SA 4/4, @ TEX 4/6, @ TEX 4/7
Record: 37-25-4-4

6

Last Week: BAK 0 @ ONT 6, CLE 3 @ ONT 5
Reign looking good as we head to the final month of the season. May be a first round preview with San Diego this week, also.

+3

This Week: @ BAK 4/4, vs. SD 4/6, @ SD 4/7
Record: 35-21-4-2

7

Last Week: BNG 1 @ SYR 5, BEL 1 @ SYR 4, CHA 4 @ SYR 1
That loss to Charlotte Saturday probably closes out the Crunch’s faint hopes at a division title, but do not discount this Syracuse side.

-4

This Week: @ BNG 4/6, vs. UTI 4/7, vs. BNG 4/8
Record: 43-20-3-4

8

Last Week: CHA 3 @ RCH 4 (OT), CHA 4 @ SYR 1
Checkers are in good shape here barring a letdown of epic proportions. Likely first round preview this week at home against the Phantoms.

n/a

This Week: vs. LV 4/3, vs. LV 4/4, vs. HER 4/7, vs. HER 4/8
Record: 40-26-1-3

9

Last Week: TEX 2 @ GR 3 (SO), SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO), GR 6 @ MIL 2
Griffins tied with Manitoba in points. Are looking to get to first in the Central and who is to doubt the defending champs?

+3

This Week: @ TUC 4/6, @ TUC 4/7
Record: 39-24-1-7

10

Last Week: PRO 2 @ WBS 5, PRO 0 @ LV 2, PRO 3 @ WBS 1
Go 1-2 last week and split a series with Wilkes-Barre. Still pushing to get in the playoffs, which should happen this week.

-5

This Week: @ BRI 4/3, vs. HFD 4/6, @ BRI 4/7, vs. LV 4/8
Record: 41-23-3-2

11

Last Week: PRO 2 @ WBS 5, WBS 4 @ HFD 3 (OT), PRO 3 @ WBS 1
Achieved 40 wins for the thirteenth straight season, but can’t score a power play goal to win a game.

n/a

This Week: vs. HER 4/3, vs. BRI 4/6, vs. BNG 4/7, @ BRI 4/8
Record: 40-21-6-2

12

Last Week: TEX 2 @ GR 3 (SO), TEX 3 @ MIL 5, TEX 2 @ CHI 1 (SO)
Stars hang on to fourth and final spot in Pacific for now. Big home matchup with Rockford coming up this weekend.

+2

This Week: vs. STK 4/4, vs. RFD 4/6, vs. RFD 4/7
Record: 35-24-7-4

13

Last Week: UTI 3 @ RCH 2 (OT), HER 1 @ UTI 3, UTI 6 @ SPR 5
Comets turning around their slumping March and have won four straight and have made it a contest again with Rochester for the third spot in the North.

+7

This Week: @ TOR 4/5, vs. TOR 4/6, @ SYR 4/7
Record: 36-24-6-4

14

Last Week: BAK 3 @ SD 2, CLE 1 @ SD 3, SD 1 @ BAK 2
That loss to the Condors smells, and not in a good way. San Diego is not in a position to be giving away points this late in the season with nothing decided yet.

-4

This Week: @ SJ 4/4, @ ONT 4/6, vs. ONT 4/7
Record: 35-23-3-1

15

Last Week: UTI 3 @ RCH 2 (OT), CHA 3 @ RCH 4 (OT), RCH 5 @ BNG 3
Pick your poison, Amerks fans. Probably not getting home ice in the first round, so it’s a race between Rochester and Utica for who gets Syracuse or Toronto in Round 1.

+2

This Week: @ LAV 4/4, vs. BEL 4/6, vs. TOR 4/7
Record: 33-20-11-6

16

Last Week: HER 4 @ BRI 6, BRI 0 @ SPR 5, BRI 5 @ HFD 1
Sound Tigers are going down swinging, that’s for sure. Still not out of it. Busy, important week ahead for Bridgeport.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 4/3, @ WBS 4/6, vs. PRO 4/7, vs. WBS 4/8
Record: 34-27-5-3

17

Last Week: CLE 6 @ STK 0, STK 3 @ SA 5, STK 4 @ SA 1
Stockton is not out of it yet. Schedule looks good this week to get them there too.

+9

This Week: @ TEX 4/4, vs. SJ 4/6, @ SJ 4/7
Record: 31-25-2-4

18

Last Week: STK 3 @ SA 5, STK 4 @ SA 1
Rampage are running out of time. Cleveland this week are easy points, but it may be too little, too late.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 4/4, @ CLE 4/6, @ CLE 4/8
Record: 33-27-10-0

19

Last Week: RFD 4 @ MTB 2, RFD 4 @ MTB 3, TOR 3 @ MTB 2, TOR 5 @ MTB 4
Moose fall out of first place, a position they have held forever it seems, this week. And with how tight everything is in the Central, nothing is guaranteed.

-6

This Week: vs. BAK 4/6, vs. BAK 4/8
Record: 39-24-4-4

20

Last Week: BAK 3 @ SD 2, BAK 0 @ ONT 6, SD 1 @ BAK 2
It would take a miracle, but Bakersfield is still mathematically in it, which is something that a few teams can’t say today. Condors are 6-3-1-0 in their last ten.

+3

This Week: vs. ONT 4/4. @ MTB 4/6, @ MTB 4/8
Record: 28-24-9-1

21

Last Week: TEX 3 @ MIL 5, GR 6 @ MIL 2
Admirals 5-5 in their last ten isn’t going to be enough right now to be serious contenders for a spot in the playoffs.

-2

This Week: @ CHI 4/3, vs. CLE 4/4, @ CHI 4/7, vs. IA 4/8
Record: 35-29-4-1

22

Last Week: IA 1 @ CHI 3, TUC 6 @ IA 4, TUC 4 @ IA 3
Free fall mode for Iowa, who have lost eight straight and have plummeted to seventh in the Central.

-7

This Week: vs. CLE 4/3, vs. CHI 4/6, @ MIL 4/8
Record: 30-25-9-6

23

Last Week: BNG 1 @ SYR 5, LAV 2 @ BNG 3, RCH 5 @ BNG 3
Binghamton playing better than non-playoff bound foes in Belleville and Laval.

+4

This Week: vs. SYR 4/6, @ WBS 4/7, @ SYR 4/8
Record: 23-36-7-4

24

Last Week: SPR 3 @ HFD 4 (SO), WBS 4 @ HFD 3 (OT), BRI 5 @ HFD 1
Were officially eliminated from playoffs Saturday. Should be a team to watch in 2018-19 though.

-3

This Week: @ PRO 4/6, vs. LV 4/7, vs. SPR 4/8
Record: 31-31-6-3

25

Last Week: HER 4 @ BRI 6, HER 1 @ UTI 3, LAV 3 @ HER 6
Playing out the string in Hershey. Picked up a win Saturday at home against a milquetoast Laval team.

n/a

This Week: @ WBS 4/3, @ CHA 4/7, @ CHA 4/8
Record: 29-33-4-5

26

Last Week: SPR 3 @ HFD 4 (SO), BRI 0 @ SPR 5, UTI 6 @ SPR 5
Thunderbirds good week spoiled when they let Utica steal two points from them Saturday. Microcosm of the season.

+2

This Week: @ BEL 4/4, @ LAV 4/6, @ HFD 4/8
Record: 29-34-5-2

27

Last Week: SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO), SJ 3 @ RFD 5
Disappointing season for San Jose which is be concluding here in a few weeks.

-5

This Week: vs. SD 4/4, @ STK 4/6, vs. STK 4/7
Record: 28-26-4-4

28

Last Week: BEL 1 @ SYR 4, BEL 2 @ LV 4
I guess there is always next year if you are Belleville.

-4

This Week: vs. SPR 4/4, @ RCH 4/6, vs. LAV 4/7
Record: 26-39-2-3

29

Last Week: CLE 6 @ STK 0, CLE 1 @ SD 3, CLE 3 @ ONT 5
Next big thing you will see in the news regarding Cleveland is when they move East for 2018-19. And the Monsters thought that life in the Western Conference was tough, just wait!

n/a

This Week: @ IA 4/3, @ MIL 4/4, vs. SA 4/6, vs. SA 4/8
Record: 22-37-7-3

30

Last Week: LAV 1 @ TOR 5, LAV 2 @ BNG 3, LAV 3 @ HER 6
Look for overhauls for Laval in the offseason. No one takes this team seriously anymore.

n/a

This Week: vs. RCH 4/4, vs. SPR 4/6, @ BEL 4/7
Record: 24-38-7-2

Have a great week, everyone!

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