Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 25

Playoff tickets started getting punched this past week and it’s two familiar names at the top of the Power Rankings that were first.

Charlotte, the league’s best team and overall favorite for the Calder Cup and Syracuse, the workhorse team from the North Division both locked up playoff berths.

The next three teams that round out the top five in Bakersfield, Chicago and Rochester. These three teams should be next in line to start planning their postseason.

After the Wolves, click past to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: HFD 1 @ CHA 3, HFD 2 @ CHA 6, CHA 4 @ BRI 0
Will be favored to win the Calder Cup by miles. Clearly, above and beyond, the leagues best team.

n/a

This Week: @ HFD 3/29, @ BRI 3/30, vs. LV 4/2, vs. LV 4/3
Record: 45-15-7-1

2

Last Week: UTI 2 @ SYR 6, SYR 1 @ BRI 4, SYR 1 @ BEL 2 (SO)
Were the second AHL team to lock up a playoff berth. Now, to lock up home ice through the divisional games. Tough games ahead.

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This Week: vs. PRO 3/29, vs. UTI 3/30, @ BEL 4/3
Record: 42-19-4-3

3

Last Week: BAK 4 @ ONT 5 (SO), ONT 2 @ BAK 5
Should be the first team in the West to lock up a playoff spot. Important series of games coming up this weekend.

+1

This Week: @ SD 3/29, vs. SJ 3/30, @ MTB 4/2, @ MTB 4/3
Record: 38-17-3-2

4

Last Week: CHI 4 @ TEX 1, CHI 5 @ SA 0, CHI 4 @ SA 1
Very important game Friday with the Griffins with divisional title implications on the line.

+1

This Week: @ GR 3/29, vs. MIL 3/30, @ RFD 3/31
Record: 40-19-5-3

5

Last Week: CLE 5 @ RCH 2, RCH 5 @ TOR 2, RCH 5 @ TOR 4 (OT), LV 4 @ RCH 3 (OT)
Impressive take down of Toronto this past weekend. It’s a race between Rochester and Bridgeport to see which team qualifies next for the playoffs.

+3

This Week: vs. LAV 3/29, @ BNG 3/30
Record: 41-21-4-2

6

Last Week: GR 3 @ TEX 2, GR 3 @ SA 1, GR 5 @ IA 2
Home ice looks to be in a the bag for the Griffins in the first round, still pursing the division title. Busy week upcoming to hopefully pull this into focus.

+1

This Week: vs. CHI 3/29, @ RFD 3/30, vs. MIL 3/31, @ ONT 4/3
Record: 38-19-6-4

7

Last Week: BEL 0 @ PRO 2, BEL 1 @ BRI 2, SYR 1 @ BEL 2 (SO)
Bit of a slip this week, but still two points clear of a playoff spot for now. We like the way that Belleville is trending.

-4

This Week: @ HFD 3/30, vs. SYR 4/3
Record: 34-27-3-5

8

Last Week: BEL 1 @ BRI 2, SYR 1 @ BRI 4, CHA 4 @ BRI 0
Home ice in the first round and likely the next team to wrap a spot in the East is whats next for Bridgeport. Tough games with playoff contending teams lie ahead.

-2

This Week: vs. CHA 3/30, vs. HER 3/31, vs. WBS 4/2
Record: 39-21-6-2

9

Last Week: IA 3 @ STK 5, IA 3 @ STK 4, GR 5 @ IA 2
Wild are staying out ahead of the pig pile for the four spot in the Central and look like a solid three, barring a collapse or a run that pushes them higher. Bad week last week for Tim Army’s crew that get some outside of the playoff picture, yet dangerous, teams stopping by Wells Fargo Arena this week.

+2

This Week: vs. TEX 3/29, vs. TEX 3/30, vs. TUC 4/2, vs. TUC 4/3
Record: 34-22-7-5

10

Last Week: LV 3 @ WBS 2, WBS 5 @ LV 4 (OT), SPR 2 @ WBS 3, PRO 0 @ WBS 2
Penguins have kicked out at two and are hulking up for a run. Look unstoppable now in the short term but still have work to do in the form of making up a three point gap on the Bruins and Hershey.

+4

This Week: vs. SPR 3/30, @ BRI 4/2
Record: 33-25-7-3

11

Last Week: BEL 0 @ PRO 2, BNG 1 @ PRO 3, PRO 0 @ WBS 2
Let Wilkes-Barre back in the discussion after getting shutout Wednesday. Tough road ahead for the Bruins as the Penguins eases up a little. That match up Saturday in Hershey is key.

+2

This Week: @ SYR 3/29, @ HER 3/30
Record: 34-23-8-3

12

Last Week: ONT 4 @ SD 5 (SO), SJ 3 @ SD 2
As long as the Gulls play their cards right they should be fine. Seven games left.

-2

This Week: vs. BAK 3/29, vs. STK 3/30, @ SJ 4/3
Record: 33-21-4-3

13

Last Week: LV 3 @ WBS 2, WBS 5 @ LV 4 (OT), LV 4 @ RCH 3 (OT)
Schedule this week is probably make or break for the Phantoms who need to win and get help elsewhere or else its an early end to the season in Allentown.

+4

This Week: @ CLE 3/29, @ CLE 3/30, @ CHA 4/2, @ CHA 4/3
Record: 33-27-4-3

14

Last Week: HER 2 @ CLE 5, HER 1 @ CLE 4
Oh no, the Bears peaked too soon and there is regression to the mean occurring is what you are thinking. The Bears have been average, yes. But bad enough to miss playoffs? We aren’t sold on that……..yet.

-5

This Week: vs. PRO 3/30, @ BRI 3/31
Record: 36-24-3-4

15

Last Week: RCH 5 @ TOR 2, RCH 5 @ TOR 4 (OT)
Pretty bad weekend for the Marlies who are swept at home by Rochester. Toronto isn’t in danger of anything, but will be looking to button up those errors of the weekend with some softer competition this week.

-3

This Week: @ UTI 3/29, vs. LAV 3/30
Record: 35-22-7-4

16

Last Week: SJ 2 @ TUC 3 (OT), SJ 1 @ TUC 2, SJ 3 @ SD 2
San Jose isn’t out of the turbulent air yet, but look like a solid playoff team in the short term.

-1

This Week: vs. ONT 3/29, @ BAK 3/30, vs. SD 4/3
Record: 33-20-3-4

17

Last Week: CLE 5 @ RCH 2, HER 2 @ CLE 5, HER 1 @ CLE 4
All of a sudden the Monsters have life and are peaking at the right time. 7-2-1 in their last ten. Big series with Lehigh Valley this weekend.

+3

This Week: vs. LV 3/29, vs. LV 3/30, @ LAV 4/3
Record: 33-26-7-1

18

Last Week: SJ 2 @ TUC 3 (OT), SJ 1 @ TUC 2
Alright, swept San Jose over the weekend. Must do the same to Colorado this weekend to really put the heat on the Eagles and San Jose for the final spot in the Pacific.

+8

This Week: vs. COL 3/29, vs. COL 3/30, @ IA 4/2, @ IA 4/3
Record: 30-23-5-2

19

Last Week: RFD 2 @ MIL 4, MIL 8 @ RFD 2, MIL 4 @ RFD 2
With how tightly wound the Central is here at the end of the season, the Admirals now find themselves in fourth placed heading into a crucial weekend against more established Central Division playoff teams.

+8

This Week: @ CHI 3/30, @ GR 3/31, vs. SA 4/3
Record: 29-24-13-2

20

Last Week: CHI 4 @ TEX 1, GR 3 @ TEX 2, MTB 2 @ TEX 3
Huge win Wednesday, but the body of work last weekend wasn’t good. Key road match up this weekend in Des Moines.

-1

This Week: @ IA 3/29, @ IA 3/30
Record: 33-29-4-3

21

Last Week: MTB 2 @ COL 0, MTB 3 @ COL 2 (OT), MTB 2 @ TEX 3
Need points. Got them in Loveland, but came up short in Cedar Park. Need at least five out of this week, if not more.

+1

This Week: @ SA 3/29, @ SA 3/30, vs. BAK 4/2, vs. BAK 4/3
Record: 33-28-4-2

22

Last Week: IA 3 @ STK 5, IA 3 @ STK 4
Nice sweep of Iowa this past weekend at home as the season winds down in Stockton.

+7

This Week: @ SD 3/30, @ ONT 3/31
Record: 27-28-4-2

23

Last Week: MTB 2 @ COL 0, MTB 3 @ COL 2 (OT)
7-2-1 in their last ten but a three game win less streak. Which is it? Huge series this weekend with Tucson with playoff implications.

-7

This Week: @ TUC 3/29, @ TUC 3/30
Record: 32-24-4-1

24

Last Week: RFD 2 @ MIL 4, MIL 8 @ RFD 2, MIL 4 @ RFD 2
Now isn’t the time for the ham to go cold. Three game losing streak for the IceHogs with another key match up with Milwaukee Saturday.

-6

This Week: vs. MIL 3/30, vs. GR 3/31, vs. SA 4/2
Record: 31-27-4-6

25

Last Week: LAV 1 @ UTI 2 (SO), LAV 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), BNG 5 @ LAV 1
Rocket just got pasted by Binghamton. Finishing .500 is the likely conclusion to Laval’s season.

-2

This Week: @ RCH 3/29, @ TOR 3/30, vs. CLE 4/3
Record: 28-28-6-6

26

Last Week: HFD 1 @ CHA 3, HFD 2 @ CHA 6
Results went as expected in Charlotte. Running out the string in the Connecticut capital these final weeks.

-5

This Week: vs. CHA 3/29, vs. BEL 3/30, @ SPR 4/3
Record: 28-31-6-3

27

Last Week: BNG 2 @ SPR 7, LAV 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), SPR 2 @ WBS 3
Whatever slim playoff hopes the Thunderbirds had coming into the week died this past weekend.

-3

This Week: @ BNG 3/29, @ WBS 3/30, vs. HFD 4/3
Record: 28-27-8-5

28

Last Week: LAV 1 @ UTI 2 (SO), UTI 2 @ SYR 6
Now there are two teams better than Utica gunning for that four seed in the North with the resurgence of Cleveland. It may be over soon in Utica.

-3

This Week: vs. TOR 3/29, @ SYR 3/30
Record: 31-29-6-2

29

Last Week: BNG 2 @ SPR 7, BNG 1 @ PRO 3, BNG 5 @ LAV 1
Finally got in the win column for the first time in nearly ten games Wednesday in Laval.

+1

This Week: vs. SPR 3/29, vs. RCH 3/31
Record: 25-37-6-0

30

Last Week: CHI 5 @ SA 0, GR 3 @ SA 1, CHI 4 @ SA 1
0-8-0-1 run here as playoff hopes are gone and the end of season is nigh.

-2

This Week: vs. MTB 3/29, vs. MTB 3/30, @ RFD 4/2, @ MIL 4/3
Record: 27-34-6-1

31

Last Week: BAK 4 @ ONT 5 (SO), ONT 4 @ SD 5 (SO), ONT 2 @ BAK 5
Tickets for the 2020 All-Star Classic in Ontario in January go on sale soon.

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This Week: @ SJ 3/29, vs. STK 3/31, vs. GR 4/3
Record: 22-29-6-3

Have a great week, everyone!

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