Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 26

Five teams have qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs and fitting this week that those five teams are in the top five in the Week 26 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

It may not matter though, because the Charlotte Checkers look unstoppable. They will lock up home ice through the playoffs this weekend and good luck trying to beat this team in a five or seven game series.

Syracuse and Rochester have a huge home and home series this weekend for the North Division Championship.

Chicago has punched their ticket to the postseason and are above the noise of six other teams that are battling for the final three spots in the division.

Bakersfield rounds out the top five as a recent qualifier for the postseason.

Jump past the Condors if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: CHA 4 @ HFD 1, CHA 1 @ BRI 2, LV 1 @ CHA 5, LV 2 @ CHA 6
Lots of talk on this blog about fourth place in the Atlantic. Well, whoever gets that distinction faces off against Charlotte who will only be extending that teams season by two weeks. Checkers look unstoppable, and that isn’t good for the other 15 teams which qualify for the postseason.

n/a

This Week: vs. SPR 4/6, vs. SPR 4/7
Record: 48-16-7-1

2

Last Week: PRO 3 @ SYR 2, UTI 2 @ SYR 6, SYR 1 @ BEL 0
Three clear on Rochester for the division title and colud put the division championship away this weekend with a home and home with the Americans.

n/a

This Week: @ RCH 4/5, vs. RCH 4/6
Record: 44-20-4-3

3

Last Week: RCH 2 @ LAV 4, RCH 6 @ BNG 4
Amerks locked up a spot for the Calder Cup Playoffs. Next is home ice through the first round, maybe the division. Big series with Syracuse this weekend.

+2

This Week: vs. SYR 4/5, @ SYR 4/6, @ CLE 4/8
Record: 43-21-4-2

4

Last Week: CHI 4 @ GR 3, MIL 4 @ CHI 2, CHI 5 @ RFD 2
Wolves are above the noise which is buzzing at Grand Rapids, Iowa and below for the final three spots in the Central and have already locked up a playoff spot.

n/a

This Week: @ MIL 4/5, vs. COL 4/6, vs. COL 4/7
Record: 42-20-5-3

5

Last Week: BAK 3 @ SD 2, SJ 4 @ BAK 2, BAK 1 @ MTB 3, BAK 2 @ MTB 3
Condors are a playoff team, but hitting the final stretch a bit cold, having lost three straight.

-2

This Week: @ SA 4/6, vs. TUC 4/10
Record: 39-20-3-2

6

Last Week: PRO 1 @ HER 2, HER 2 @ BRI 1 (SO)
Big weekend for the Bears who have some breathing room now in the division and can now next look to lock up a playoff spot. Home ice in round one isn’t out of the equation either.

+8

This Week: @ TOR 4/4, @ BEL 4/5, @ LAV 4/6, vs. LV 4/9
Record: 38-24-3-4

7

Last Week: PRO 3 @ SYR 2, PRO 1 @ HER 2
Big weekend for the Bruins with help from out of town. Season is winding down and the Bruins have some breathing room.

+4

This Week: vs. BRI 4/5, @ BRI 4/6, vs. UTI 4/7
Record: 35-24-8-3

8

Last Week: TOR 5 @ UTI 2, LAV 0 @ TOR 3
Good weekend for the defending champs who should be the next team to clinch up a spot here in the North.

+7

This Week: vs. TOR 4/4, @ UTI 4/5, @ BNG 4/6, @ BEL 4/10
Record: 37-22-7-4

9

Last Week: ONT 0 @ SJ 5, SJ 4 @ BAK 2, SD 4 @ SJ 3
Roy Sommer has righted the ship. Barracuda host the slumping Griffins for a pair this weekend.

+7

This Week: vs. GR 4/5, vs. GR 4/6, @ SD 4/10
Record: 35-21-3-4

10

Last Week: CHA 1 @ BRI 2, HER 2 @ BRI 1 (SO), WBS 3 @ BRI 1
Still haven’t clinched a playoff spot. That should be a formality, but home ice in round one is still up in the air.

-2

This Week: @ PRO 4/5, vs. PRO 4/6, vs. LAV 4/10
Record: 40-22-6-3

11

Last Week: SPR 4 @ WBS 1, WBS 3 @ BRI 1
Are making things interesting for the Bruins who they are pursuing for the final spot in the Atlantic. Three points back heading into this weekend.

-1

This Week: vs. BNG 4/5, @ LV 4/6, @ LV 4/8
Record: 34-26-7-3

12

Last Week: BAK 3 @ SD 2, STK 2 @ SD 1, SD 4 @ SJ 3
No rest for the Gulls who are still battling for a spot, two home games that are as close to must win as you can find.

n/a

This Week: vs. ONT 4/5, vs. SJ 4/10
Record: 34-23-4-3

13

Last Week: CHI 4 @ GR 3, GR 1 @ RFD 4, MIL 3 @ GR 1, GR 1 @ ONT 3
Oh no, the Griffins have lost four straight. An epic collapse it would take to miss the playoffs for Grand Rapids, but stranger things have happened.

-7

This Week: @ SJ 4/5, @ SJ 4/6, vs. IA 4/10
Record: 38-23-6-4

14

Last Week: BEL 3 @ HFD 2 (OT), SYR 1 @ BEL 0
Belleville’s recent run has been impressive, but will be forgotten quick if they can’t get into playoffs. That Saturday game with fourth place Cleveland is a huge matchup.

-7

This Week: vs. HER 4/5, vs. CLE 4/6, vs. TOR 4/10
Record: 35-28-3-5

15

Last Week: TEX 5 @ IA 2, TEX 4 @ IA 1, TUC 5 @ IA 4, TUC 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
Lots of teams in the Central want a playoff spot. The Wild, 2-7-1 in their last ten, want nothing to do with it. Two shots on goal in the third period in a tight one Wednesday??? Iowa can’t just choke this away, can they?

-6

This Week: @ MIL 4/6, @ GR 4/10
Record: 34-25-8-5

16

Last Week: LV 3 @ CLE 6, LV 3 @ CLE 2 (SO), CLE 5 @ LAV 0
It’s clicking again in Cleveland and the Monsters may just squeak in as the four seed in the North. Must use this penultimate weekend of the season count.

+1

This Week: @ LAV 4/5, @ BEL 4/6, vs. RCH 4/8
Record: 35-26-7-2

17

Last Week: COL 4 @ TUC 3 (SO), COL 2 @ TUC 5, TUC 5 @ IA 4, TUC 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
Hooo boy, the Roadrunners are hot again, 8-1-0-1 in their last ten and looking dangerous. Winnable game Sunday then a possible playoff preview Wednesday.

+1

This Week: @ ONT 4/7, @ BAK 4/10
Record: 33-23-5-3

18

Last Week: MIL 4 @ CHI 2, MIL 3 @ GR 1, SA 1 @ MIL 3
Tougher schedule for Milwaukee this weekend in a Central race which is one to watch. All at home though, so the Admirals may have a slight advantage.

+1

This Week: vs. CHI 4/5, vs. IA 4/6, vs. RFD 4/9
Record: 32-24-13-2

19

Last Week: MTB 2 @ SA 1, MTB 3 @ SA 4 (OT), BAK 1 @ MTB 3, BAK 2 @ MTB 3
Moose are in a bees nest with five other teams for two spots left in the Central. Buckle up. Trap games in Stockton this weekend.

+2

This Week: vs. STK 4/6, vs. STK 4/7
Record: 36-28-5-2

20

Last Week: TEX 5 @ IA 2, TEX 4 @ IA 1
Big weekend for the Stars, sweeping the Wild as the season winds down. Prepare for a wild finish in the Central.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 4/5, vs. RFD 4/6, vs. SA 4/10
Record: 35-29-4-3

21

Last Week: COL 4 @ TUC 3 (SO), COL 2 @ TUC 5
Split a series with Colorado, but got 3 of 4 points out of it. Head to Rosemont still chasing that four seed in the Pacific.

+2

This Week: @ CHI 4/6, @ CHI 4/7
Record: 34-25-4-1

22

Last Week: STK 2 @ SD 1, STK 4 @ ONT 3 (SO)
Heat are at least finishing strong, have won four straight as they close out the 2018-19 campaign.

n/a

This Week: @ MTB 4/6, @ MTB 4/7, vs. ONT 4/10
Record: 29-28-4-2

23

Last Week: LV 3 @ CLE 6, LV 3 @ CLE 2 (SO), LV 1 @ CHA 5, LV 2 @ CHA 6
This week was the swan song week for the Phantoms who don’t look like they have any interest in wanting to compete for postseason. That effort in Charlotte midweek was disgusting.

-10

This Week: vs. WBS 4/6, vs. WBS 4/7, @ HER 4/9
Record: 34-30-4-3

24

Last Week: SPR 3 @ BNG 4 (OT), SPR 4 @ WBS 1, HFD 2 @ SPR 5
Thunderbirds goal should be finishing sixth in the division, a very doable feat, but then we see who Springfield plays next, soooo…good luck with that.

+3

This Week: @ CHA 4/6, @ CHA 4/7
Record: 30-27-9-5

25

Last Week: GR 1 @ RFD 4, CHI 5 @ RFD 2, SA 3 @ RFD 5
Winning games, like most of the Central, but are in with a group of three chasing a final playoff spot. Huge series this weekend in Cedar Park.

-1

This Week: @ TEX 4/5, @ TEX 4/6, @ MIL 4/9
Record: 33-28-4-6

26

Last Week: TOR 5 @ UTI 2, UTI 2 @ SYR 6
Comets are looking at a long offseason. Never really were long term contenders. Finishing .500 should be the goal for the end of the season.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 4/5, @ HFD 4/6, @ PRO 4/7
Record: 31-31-6-2

27

Last Week: LAV 2 @ RCH 4, LAV 0 @ TOR 3, CLE 5 @ LAV 0
Has it really been a success in Laval these last two seasons? This team has lost four straight and if it wasn’t for Binghamton absolutely reeking if suck, the Rocket would be looking at yet another last place finish in the North.

-2

This Week: vs. CLE 4/5, vs. HER 4/6, @ BRI 4/10
Record: 28-31-6-6

28

Last Week: CHA 4 @ HFD 1, BEL 3 @ HFD 2 (OT), HFD 2 @ SPR 5
For a franchise in Manhattan in total rebuild, it’s disarray has reached the minor league club in Hartford, Connecticut.

-2

This Week: vs. UTI 4/6, vs. BNG 4/7
Record: 28-33-7-3

29

Last Week: SPR 3 @ BNG 4 (OT), RCH 6 @ BNG 4
Closing out the season with tough teams, so the hits will keep on coming for the Devils.

n/a

This Week: @ WBS 4/5, vs. TOR 4/6, @ HFD 4/7
Record: 26-38-6-0

30

Last Week: ONT 0 @ SJ 5, STK 4 @ ONT 3 (SO), GR 1 @ ONT 3
Reign aren’t going to finish last this week because they haven’t checked out like the last team in this weeks Rankings……

+1

This Week: @ SD 4/5, vs. TUC 4/7, @ STK 4/10
Record: 23-30-6-4

31

Last Week: MTB 2 @ SA 1, MTB 3 @ SA 4 (OT), SA 3 @ RFD 5, SA 1 @ MIL 3
Boy, when a team checks out they really check out, don’t they? Rampage are 1-8-1 in their last ten.

-1

This Week: vs. BAK 4/6, @ TEX 4/10
Record: 28-37-6-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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