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AHL Power Rankings: Week 28

Welcome to the final Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings entry for the 2017-18 season! Thanks for reading this project of mine going on five years here on the blog.

Here’s how we do the final entry of the season in the Power Rankings. The regular season champion is number one, followed by the conference champion that wasn’t the regular season champion. Then, the division winners fill out the top four, usually the hottest team after that fills out the top five. All 16 teams that qualified for the postseason are 1 though 16.

I’ll have to remember or go back and look to see if I did this in prior seasons, but the last place teams in each division finish 26 through 30 in this years iteration.

Toronto is your number one team and the regular season champion. They are followed by the dangerously consistent Western Conference Champion Tucson Roadrunners. Teams like Manitoba, Grand Rapids and Chicago stole the headlines throughout the season, yet the Roadrunners continued to plod through their season and stayed at the top of the Pacific Division and are the best team in the West.

Lehigh Valley and Chicago were the second best teams in their conferences, so they are third and fourth followed by Charlotte, who ended the season on a tear.

Click past the Checkers to see the rest of the order and thanks for reading again this year!

1

Last Week: TOR 4 @ LAV 1, LAV 4 @ TOR 6, BEL 3 @ TOR 4
Should be interesting to see how easy (or how hard) it is for Toronto to just run through the field of 16 like grass through a goose. The Marlies are your obvious choice to win it all.

n/a

Playoffs?: Yes, vs. Utica
Record: 54-18-2-2

2

Last Week: TUC 4 @ SD 0, SD 2 @ TUC 3, SD 3 @ TUC 6
Tucson is best in the West. Don’t underestimate the Roadrunners at all. They need to be careful, though, with the white hot San Jose Barracuda in a no room for error five game series.

+1

Playoffs?: Yes, vs. San Jose
Record: 42-20-5-1

3

Last Week: BRI 2 @ LV 5, WBS 1 @ LV 2 (SO)
104 points and an Atlantic Division Championship. Atlantic has four very good teams, so it will be interesting to see if the Phantoms are the last team standing here in a month or so.

-1

Playoffs?: Yes, vs. Providence
Record: 47-19-5-5

4

Last Week: CHI 4 @ MIL 3 (SO), CHI 6 @ RFD 4, RFD 4 @ CHI 5, MTB 3 @ CHI 1
Should be a fun series for the Wolves with Rockford, who came on strong at the end to edge into the playoffs. Same could be said about the Wolves who came on strong to capture the Central Division Championship.

+3

Playoffs?: Yes, vs. Rockford
Record: 42-23-7-4

5

Last Week: CHA 5 @ PRO 3, CHA 4 @ BRI 1
Meet the Penguins in Round One. Are probably the hottest team coming into the Calder Cup Playoffs.

-1

Playoffs?: Yes, vs. Wilkes-Barre
Record: 45-26-1-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 27

It’s the penultimate week of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and things are coming into focus for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

No change to the top three, Toronto, Lehigh Valley and Tucson are the top three teams. Rockford stays in fifth, needing just one point to clinch a playoff spot.

The Charlotte Checkers are fourth in the order, and are on a tear and a team you don’t want in the first round of the playoffs.

To check out the other 25 teams, click past the Rockford capsule and enjoy.

1

Last Week: UTI 2 @ TOR 3 (OT), TOR 2 @ UTI 3 (SO), TOR 5 @ RCH 6 (OT)
Regular season champs should be odds on favorite to claim the Calder Cup, but were all know how that went last season with last years regular season champion Penguins.

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 4/13, vs. LAV 4/14, vs. BEL 4/15
Record: 51-18-2-2

2

Last Week: LV 1 @ CHA 3, LV 1 @ CHA 6, LV 2 @ HFD 3 (OT), LV 6 @ PRO 3
Wrapped up home ice in the first and second rounds this weekend. We will give them the advantage over a date with Providence. Charlotte? Not so much.

n/a

This Week: vs. BRI 4/13, vs. WBS 4/14
Record: 45-19-5-5

3

Last Week: GR 0 @ TUC 3, GR 4 @ TUC 1
Have proven it all season long, now look to prove it where it matters the most.

n/a

This Week: @ SD 4/11, vs. SD 4/13, vs. SD 4/14
Record: 39-20-5-1

4

Last Week: LV 1 @ CHA 3, LV 1 @ CHA 6, HER 3 @ CHA 7, HER 1 @ CHA 3
Five wins in a row and an eight game point streak. Checkers getting hot at the right time.

+4

This Week: @ PRO 4/13, @ BRI 4/15
Record: 44-26-1-3

5

Last Week: RFD 4 @ SA 2, RFD 3 @ TEX 2 (OT), RFD 3 @ TEX 4
IceHogs are a point away from clinching a spot. Barring a meltdown, should happen before Friday.

n/a

This Week: @ IA 4/10, vs. CHI 4/13, @ CHI 4/14
Record: 39-26-4-4

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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

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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

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 24

It’s Monday, and the Week 24 AHL Power Rankings are here to hopefully paint the picture for you as we head towards the end of the regular season.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have the Atlantic Division on lockdown. They will most likely be the next AHL team to lock up a postseason berth.

The Toronto Marlies slipped to the Utica Comets Sunday and yield the top spot to Lehigh Valley. Discount the Marlies at your peril however, they will be a tough out.

Another week and Tucson remains in third after a good week and should be one of the first Western Conference teams to lock up a playoff spot.

Syracuse was the next team to punch a postseason ticket, and are fourth and within distance to maybe take over the top spot in the North.

Providence rounds out the top five this week after taking 4 of 6 points out of the week in preparation for their inevitable first round meeting with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

To check out six and beyond, hop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: LV 3 @ HFD 4 (SO), PRO 0 @ LV 3, SPR 0 @ LV 3
Back to back shutouts of opponents. Lehigh Valley is firing on all cylinders right now and should be the next Eastern Conference team to punch a postseason ticket. But, are the Phantoms peaking too soon?

+1

This Week: @ PRO 3/23, @ PRO 3/24
Record: 42-16-3-5

2

Last Week: LAV 1 @ TOR 4, LAV 0 @ TOR 4, TOR 3 @ BEL 1, UTI 3 @ TOR 1
Marlies slip up Sunday against Utica. Busy week this week starting with the Penguins on Tuesday.

-1

This Week: vs. WBS 3/20, @ BEL 3/23, vs. BEL 3/24, vs. SPR 3/25
Record: 44-17-1-1

3

Last Week: TUC 3 @ BAK 3 (OT), TUC 3 @ STK 0, TUC 2 @ STK 1
Roadrunners keep setting the bar in the Pacific. Busy week coming up for the Roadrunners could cement them as a playoff team this week and likely number one seed in their division.

n/a

This Week: vs. SJ 3/20, vs. SJ 3/21, @ BAK 3/24, @ SJ 3/25
Record: 34-18-4-1

4

Last Week: SYR 6 @ BNG 2, SYR 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), LAV 2 @ SYR 5
Crunch seal up a playoff spot, likely heading into a playoff series with Rochester in the first round.

+5

This Week: vs. BRI 3/23, vs. UTI 3/24
Record: 39-19-3-4

5

Last Week: RCH 3 @ PRO 5, PRO 0 @ LV 3, BRI 1 @ PRO 4
4 of 6 points this week to keep pace with their eventual first round opponent the Penguins.

+1

This Week: vs. LV 3/23, vs. LV 3/24
Record: 38-21-3-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 23

Usually the first team to punch a playoff ticket in the American Hockey League’s regular season has had a pretty decent run up to the honor and has been a staple in the tip five of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

This year is no different, as the Toronto Marlies are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs and are the number one team in the Week 23 version of this weeks Power Rankings.

They are followed closely by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who should be the next team to clinch.

The Tucson Roadrunners remain a staple at third in this weeks Rankings and should join the Phantoms and Marlies within the next few weeks.

Chicago has closed in on Manitoba within five points for the Central Division lead and are now within striking distance to a Moose team that was miles ahead of the competition a few months ago.

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton sweep the weekend to push into the top five.

Past the Penguins, pop past the jump to see the rest of the order if you didn’t link in here direct.

1

Last Week: PRO 3 @ TOR 4
First team to punch a ticket to the postseason. Back to the top of the AHL Power Rankings.

+1

This Week: vs. LAV 3/12, vs. LAV 3/14, @ BEL 3/16, vs. UTI 3/18
Record: 41-16-1-1

2

Last Week: BRI 3 @ LV 2, LV 4 @ BRI 1, BNG 3 @ LV 5
First Atlantic Division team to 40 wins. Separating themselves as the front runner to win the Atlantic.

-1

This Week: @ HFD 3/16, vs. PRO 3/17, vs. SPR 3/18
Record: 40-16-3-4

3

Last Week: TEX 1 @ TUC 2 (OT), TEX 4 @ TUC 3
No real threat from behind now for Tucson who have some breathing room for tops in the Pacific.

n/a

This Week: @ BAK 3/14, @ STK 3/16, @ STK 3/17
Record: 31-18-4-1

4

Last Week: CHI 5 @ SA 2, CHI 4 @ MIL 3, MTB 2 @ CHI 1, RFD 2 @ CHI 1 (OT)
Wolves slowly closing on Manitoba. Games in hand will not be an issue in this battle.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 3/17, vs. IA 3/18
Record: 33-19-7-2

5

Last Week: WBS 3 @ BNG 2 (OT), GR 1 @ WBS 2
Gritted out two nice wins this weekend. Still pursuing Lehigh Valley for tops in the Atlantic.

+1

This Week: @ CHA 3/13, @ CHA 3/14, vs. HFD 3/17, vs. HER 3/18
Record: 35-17-4-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 22

Welcome to Week 22 where things are still in flux around the American Hockey League.

Pretty much the top teams in all the divisions are safe bets for a playoff spot. Beyond all that, anything can happen it seems.

Lehigh Valley are separating themselves from the best of the rest of the Atlantic.

Toronto jumps back to the second spot and are number two this week as the first team to 40 wins in the AHL.

Tucson stays in third. With all the moving teams in these Rankings, seems like Tucson has been number three forever.

Chicago bumps up one as a serious contender for Manitoba’s top spot in the Central, something that seemed out of reach is now a possibility for the Wolves or anyone else who wants that spot.

Syracuse is keeping Toronto honest in the North, are fifth this week in the Rankings.

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

1

Last Week: HER 6 @ LV 7, BNG 0 @ LV 4, LV 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
Lehigh Valley is hot. 17 wins in their last 22 games and starting to run away with the Atlantic Division lead.

n/a

This Week: vs. BRI 3/9, @ BRI 3/10, vs. BNG 3/11
Record: 38-15-3-4

2

Last Week: SYR 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), RCH 4 @ TOR 1, TOR 4 @ BEL 1
After some recent slip ups, the Marlies are the first team to 40 wins this season. Every good team has some bumps. One game this week for the Marlies.

+5

This Week: vs. PRO 3/10
Record: 40-16-1-1

3

Last Week: TUC 2 @ GR 3, TUC 5 @ CLE 1, TUC 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
3 of 6 points this week for the Pacific Division leaders. Two at home this week against Texas.

n/a

This Week: vs. TEX 3/9, vs. TEX 3/10
Record: 30-17-4-1

4

Last Week: TEX 3 @ CHI 4 (SO), CHI 3 @ SA 0, CHI 4 @ TEX 1
Wolves slowly tightening the noose on the Moose for the top spot in the Central, something that was inconceivable a few months ago.

+1

This Week: @ SA 3/6, @ MIL 3/9, vs. MTB 3/10, vs. RFD 3/11
Record: 31-18-6-2

5

Last Week: SYR 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), BNG 2 @ SYR 3, LAV 5 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Keep pace with Toronto. Two this week with third place Rochester.

+1

This Week: vs. HER 3/9, vs. RCH 3/10, @ RCH 3/11
Record: 35-18-3-3

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