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AHL Power Rankings: Week 22

Sorry Charlotte, we will never doubt you again.

The Checkers regain their rightful place at the top of the Week 22 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. After a few rough stretches, the Checkers have shook off whatever bothered them and have the Atlantic Division on lock down. They are the number one team again in this weeks Rankings.

We decided to shake up the top five a bit. Syracuse, after gaining sole possession of first place in a very competitive North Division, are the number two team.

Bakersfield’s 17 game win streak is in the past, but don’t get us wrong, the Condors remain a very dominant team. They are third this week.

Grand Rapids stays fourth in a clouded top of the Central Division and there was much debate over Bridgeport and Belleville, but the Sound Tigers get the five spot while the Senators point streak continues.

Click past the Sound Tigers if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team, if not already mentioned above, ended up this week.

1

Last Week: BNG 2 @ CHA 4, BNG 1 @ CHA 8
Checkers are over the bump in the road they had a few weeks ago and are on a four game win streak. Important games this weekend in Allentown.

+5

This Week: @ LV 3/8, @ LV 3/10
Record: 38-14-6-1

2

Last Week: LV 0 @ SYR 4, RCH 5 @ SYR 3, SYR 4 @ RCH 1, SYR 5 @ UTI 3
Sole possession of first now in the North. Rematch with Utica tomorrow before trips to Pennsylvania to close out the week.

+6

This Week: vs. UTI 3/8, @ WBS 3/9, @ LAV 3/13
Record: 36-17-3-2

3

Last Week: IA 1 @ BAK 0, SJ 2 @ BAK 5, BAK 8 @ SJ 4
17 game win streak ended Friday, but the Condors look like a team that can just start another one.

-2

This Week: @ STK 3/8, @ SJ 3/9, vs. SD 3/13
Record: 35-15-2-1

4

Last Week: GR 4 @ RFD 5 (OT), TEX 2 @ GR 5
Tied on points with Chicago, a point a head of Iowa. Rinse and repeat. Central Division race shaping up to be down to the wire.

n/a

This Week: vs. IA 3/8, @ MIL 3/9,
Record: 32-17-5-4

5

Last Week: BRI 4 @ HER 1, BRI 3 @ LV 1
Have won seven straight and are 9-0-1 in last ten and solidifying themselves as the two seed in the Atlantic, barring an unforeseen collapse.

n/a

This Week: @ RCH 3/8, @ TOR 3/10
Record: 35-18-5-2

6

Last Week: MTB 3 @ BEL 2 (OT), MTB 0 @ BEL 4
Points streak continues. Now up to 17. Belleville still isn’t top four team though. Give them time, could happen as soon as next week.

-3

This Week: @ CLE 3/7, @ CLE 3/8, @ TOR 3/11
Record: 30-23-3-4

7

Last Week: RCH 5 @ SYR 3, SYR 4 @ RCH 1
Another split with Syracuse and nothing has been decided yet in the North.

n/a

This Week: vs. BRI 3/8, @ BNG 3/9, vs. BNG 3/10, vs. UTI 3/13
Record: 35-18-3-2

8

Last Week: HER 2 @ UTI 3 (OT), BRI 4 @ HER 1
One point out of the week. Busy week coming up. Bears still fighting.

-6

This Week: @ PRO 3/8, @ PRO 3/9, @ HFD 3/10, vs. SPR 3/13
Record: 32-22-1-3

9

Last Week: CLE 2 @ TOR 3, TOR 4 @ LAV 3 (OT)
Nice turnaround for Toronto, who look like playoff contenders. Big games this weekend at home.

+3

This Week: @ LAV 3/8, vs. BRI 3/10, vs. BEL 3/11,
Record: 31-19-6-3

10

Last Week: SD 2 @ STK 5, SD 3 @ STK 0, STK 7 @ SD 5
It’s no good when you get out runned and out gunned by a team like Stockton and lose a mini three game series 2-1. Very important week coming up here with playoff seeding implication likely to be framed.

n/a

This Week: vs. COL 3/8, vs. COL 3/9, @ BAK 3/13
Record: 30-18-3-3

11

Last Week: CHI 2 @ TEX 1 (OT), CHI 2 @ TEX 4, CHI 1 @ SA 2 (SO)
If the Wolves lose out on the division championship or home ice due to a point or two, they probably point back in the direction of this past week.

n/a

This Week: @ MIL 3/8, vs. IA 3/9, vs. MIL 3/10
Record: 33-18-5-2

12

Last Week: IA 1 @ BAK 0, IA 4 @ ONT 5 (OT), IA 5 @ ONT 4
Wild are the Streak Killers, ending Bakersfield’s impressive 17 game win streak this past week. Get the ink ready to start printing those playoff tickets.

+1

This Week: @ GR 3/8, @ CHI 3/9, vs. SA 3/12
Record: 30-17-7-5

13

Last Week: LV 0 @ SYR 4, UTI 1 @ LV 3, BRI 3 @ LV 1, WBS 3 @ LV 1
More inconsistency from the League’s most inconsistent team. Big, huge week ahead.

+3

This Week: vs. CHA 3/8, vs. CHA 3/10, vs. WBS 3/13
Record: 29-24-3-3

14

Last Week: TUC 2 @ COL 3 (OT), TUC 1 @ COL 2
Nice sweep of Tucson and don’t look now but the Eagles have won four straight.

+6

This Week: @ SD 3/8, @ SD 3/9, vs. ONT 3/12, vs. ONT 3/13
Record: 28-22-3-1

15

Last Week: SJ 4 @ ONT 8, SJ 2 @ BAK 5, BAK 8 @ SJ 4
San Jose’s run at the top is over and there’s a new sheriff in town with Bakersfield basically taking over.

-6

This Week: vs. BAK 3/9, vs. STK 3/10
Record: 30-17-2-4

16

Last Week: HFD 1 @ SPR 5, WBS 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
Embarrassing loss Friday in Springfield, came back at home and beat the Penguins in overtime. Wolf Pack are still hanging around on the outskirts.

-2

This Week: @ WBS 3/8, @ SPR 3/9, vs. HER 3/10, vs. BNG 3/13
Record: 24-27-6-3

17

Last Week: WBS 2 @ PRO 1 (SO), WBS 3 @ HFD 4 (OT), LV 3 @ WBS 1
Listless effort Wednesday against Lehigh Valley dents already damaged playoff chances. We aren’t in, “no room for error” territory yet, but we are getting dangerously close.

-2

This Week: vs. HFD 3/8, vs. SYR 3/9, @ LV 3/13
Record: 27-23-6-2

18

Last Week: HER 2 @ UTI 3 (OT), UTI 1 @ LV 3, SYR 5 @ UTI 3
With the tear Belleville is on, there has to be a vulnerable top four team identified and it’s the Comets. Schedule isn’t kind this week.

+3

This Week: @ SYR 3/8, @ LAV 3/9, @ RCH 3/13
Record: 30-23-5-2

19

Last Week: WBS 2 @ PRO 1 (SO), PRO 2 @ SPR 4, SPR 2 @ PRO 5
Sunday’s win kept Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley at arms length for now for that four seed that the Bruins occupy. Two tough home games with Hershey this weekend then another trip to Springfield.

-9

This Week: vs. HER 3/8, vs. HER 3/9, vs. SPR 3/10
Record: 29-21-7-2

20

Last Week: GR 4 @ RFD 5 (OT)
Beat Grand Rapids in overtime Friday, had the rest of the week off after that. Travel to Winnipeg to take on the Moose as the IceHogs are still floating around the cut line.

-2

This Week: @ MTB 3/9, @ MTB 3/10
Record: 27-23-3-6

21

Last Week: MIL 3 @ SA 2 (OT), MIL 4 @ SA 5 (OT), TEX 2 @ MIL 6
The overtime losses remain a huge area of concern for Milwaukee and all those points given away that go with it. Busy week ahead.

+2

This Week: vs. CHI 3/9, vs. GR 3/9, @ CHI 3/10, vs. CLE 3/13
Record: 25-22-12-1

22

Last Week: CHI 2 @ TEX 1 (OT), CHI 2 @ TEX 4, TEX 2 @ MIL 6, TEX 2 @ GR 5
Dead even with Rockford and Milwaukee on points (63) as the stretch run begins. Three points out of a possible eight in a week isn’t going to cut it, though.

n/a

This Week: @ SA 3/9, vs. SA 3/10, vs. MTB 3/13
Record: 28-25-4-3

23

Last Week: MIL 3 @ SA 2 (OT), MIL 4 @ SA 5 (OT), CHI 1 @ SA 2 (SO)
San Antonio is not dead yet. They have a lot to play for and are just three points out of a playoff spot and play games against teams ahead of them this week. Very important week coming up for the Rampage.

+5

This Week: vs. TEX 3/9, @ TEX 3/10, @ IA 3/12
Record: 27-26-6-0

24

Last Week: SJ 4 @ ONT 8, IA 4 @ ONT 5 (OT), IA 5 @ ONT 4
Giving Ontario a bump in the Rankings here as they have been playing good hockey of late but are so far out of it that they may just start building on next year. Tough road schedule ahead.

+3

This Week: @ TUC 3/8, @ TUC 3/9, @ COL 3/12, @ COL 3/13
Record: 19-26-5-2

25

Last Week: SD 2 @ STK 5, SD 3 @ STK 0, STK 7 @ SD 5
Our purgatory team is Stockton, has been all along now for a while. Only seven points out of a spot, 13 games remaining. Dire yes, but there is always one team that makes a run.

+1

This Week: vs. BAK 3/8, @ SD 3/10
Record: 24-26-4-1

26

Last Week: TUC 2 @ COL 3 (OT), TUC 1 @ COL 2
Close games with Colorado but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Tucson is out of playoff spot now as we hit the first full week of March.

-2

This Week: vs. ONT 3/8, vs. ONT 3/9
Record: 25-20-5-2

27

Last Week: LAV 5 @ CLE 4, LAV 1 @ CLE 4, CLE 2 @ TOR 3
Time is running out in Cleveland. 5-4-1-0 isn’t going to cut it in such a competitive division.

-2

This Week: vs. BEL 3/7, vs. BEL 3/8, @ MIL 3/13
Record: 27-25-6-1

28

Last Week: HFD 1 @ SPR 5, PRO 2 @ SPR 4, SPR 2 @ PRO 5
No team is really out of it, but we can’t see Springfield making enough of a run to surpass three other teams.

+2

This Week: @ BNG 3/8, vs. HFD 3/9, @ PRO 3/10, @ HER 3/13
Record: 24-24-6-5

29

Last Week: MTB 3 @ BEL 2 (OT), MTB 0 @ BEL 4
5-5 in your last ten isn’t going to cut it in a competitive division such as the Central. Moose playoff chances are fading, fast.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 3/9, vs. RFD 3/10, vs. TEX 3/13
Record: 27-26-3-2

30

Last Week: LAV 5 @ CLE 4, LAV 1 @ CLE 4, TOR 4 @ LAV 3 (OT)
Laval needs a run, quick, before we start writing them off. The pencils are already sharpened and the paper is ready to be signed.

-11

This Week: vs. TOR 3/8, vs. UTI 3/9, @ SYR 3/13
Record: 24-25-6-4

31

Last Week: BNG 2 @ CHA 4, BNG 1 @ CHA 8
Devils have had much of their core players taken away by call ups and its been showing of late. Just playing for pride the rest of the way.

n/a

This Week: vs. SPR 3/8, vs. RCH 3/9, @ RCH 3/10, @ HFD 3/13
Record: 24-31-5-0

Have a great week, everyone!

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