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AHL Power Rankings: Week 21

There are more than a few really important games this weekend for teams in and out of the playoff picture as we hit the stretch driver here in the beginning of March.

Bakersfield, winners of seventeen straight, host second place San Jose for a home and home.

Rochester and Syracuse, seemingly joined at the hip since the beginning of the season, face off in a home and home.

Colorado hosts fourth place Tucson. The Roadrunners and Eagles each have 56 points.

Wilkes-Barre, a team that has made the postseason for sixteen straight years, is in Providence this Friday.

As for this weeks top five, not much has changed but for Bridgeport moving up to the five spot. After the Sound Tigers, jump past if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: BAK 2 @ TUC 0, BAK 3 @ TUC 1
17 in a row for Bakersfield who are approaching rarefied air. It’s really a point now of how high the streak can go. Does it survive this weekend?

n/a

This Week: vs. IA 3/1, vs. SJ 3/2, @ SJ 3/6
Record: 33-15-2-1

2

Last Week: HER 4 @ WBS 2, RFD 2 @ HER 3 (SO), HER 1 @ BRI 5, HER 4 @ HFD 1
Point streak ended in Bridgeport Sunday and the Bears were in one late Wednesday in Hartford before rattling off four goals to beat the Wolf Pack. More tough games ahead this week.

n/a

This Week: @ UTI 3/1, vs. BRI 3/2
Record: 32-21-0-3

3

Last Week: BEL 5 @ BNG 3, BEL 5 @ RCH 3
This team keeps rolling. Fifteen game point streak. But, are they peaking at the wrong time?

+2

This Week: vs. MTB 3/1, vs. MTB 3/2
Record: 29-23-2-4

4

Last Week: TEX 3 @ GR 4 (SO), GR 2 @ CHI 3
Not a bad week. There are a lot of teams fighting to get in and stay in the Central race. The Griffins are soundly in, for now.

n/a

This Week: @ RFD 3/1, vs. TEX 3/6
Record: 31-17-4-4

5

Last Week: BRI 5 @ PRO 4 (OT), SPR 3 @ BRI 4 (SO), HER 1 @ BRI 5
That game against Hershey Sunday was a huge test that the Sound Tigers passed, remaining six points clear of the Bears for second. You can probably start buying the ink for the playoff tickets.

+1

This Week: @ HER 3/2, @ LV 3/3
Record: 33-18-5-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 20

There are just two months remaining in the season and there are teams solidifying themselves as playoff contenders, teams making a push and teams that you can write off. We try to make sense of it all in this weeks version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The Troy Mann Effect is being felt. Three teams that once employed Mann are in the top five this week leading off with the Bakersfield Condors who are turning some heads and are trying to make a run at the 28 games that the Norfolk Admirals won in a row a few years back. Fifteen wins in a row now for Bakersfield. Is it a fluke? Is sixteen a real streak? It’s going to be interesting to see how far this group of characters can go.

The Hershey Bears are back, jack. Fifteen game point streak for the Bears heading into the Facebook Watch game of the week against Wilkes-Barre Friday.

We don’t do ties here, but if we did, Rochester and Syracuse would be locked at the hip.

Grand Rapids remains fourth and Belleville debuts this week in the top five. Go past the Senators to see where your favorite team ended up.

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Last Week: BAK 7 @ ONT 6, ONT 1 @ BAK 2 (OT)
Fifteen straight wins for Bakersfield, tied for fourth longest winning streak of all time. Bakersfield is winning offensive road game explosions like Friday and tight home game contests like Saturday. Impressive.

n/a

This Week: @ TUC 2/23, @ TUC 2/25
Record: 31-15-2-1

2

Last Week: LV 2 @ HER 3 (SO), HER 4 @ LV 3
Impressive turnaround for the Bears, fifteen game point streak looking to continue that run in rival Wilkes-Barre Friday.

n/a

This Week: @ WBS 2/22, vs. RFD 2/23, @ BRI 2/24, @ HFD 2/27
Record: 29-20-0-3

3

Last Week: SYR 1 @ RCH 0, RCH 3 @ SYR 2 (SO), BNG 1 @ RCH 5, CLE 2 @ RCH 4
Rochester can’t shake Syracuse at all. Both clubs are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten. They split a home and home series this past week. Division play continues this week for your North Division leaders.

+2

This Week: @ UTI 2/22, vs. BEL 2/23, @ UTI 2/27
Record: 32-16-3-2

4

Last Week: SA 1 @ GR 5, SA 2 @ GR 3 (OT), RFD 3 @ GR 2 (OT)
Division leader got points out of every game this week. That’s just fine.

n/a

This Week: vs. TEX 2/22, @ CHI 2/23
Record: 30-16-4-4

5

Last Week: CLE 2 @ BEL 1 (SO), CLE 2 @ BEL 4, LAV 3 @ BEL 4 (OT)
13 game point streak for the Senators. Seems all of Troy Mann’s current and prior teams (Bakersfield and Hershey) are having success right about now.

+4

This Week: @ BNG 2/22, @ RCH 2/23
Record: 27-23-2-4

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

Well, for the first time in some time, the Charlotte Checkers are no where to be located in this weeks edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings Top Five.

For that matter, the San Jose Barracuda are no where to be located as well.

That is because a trio of teams have usurped those two mainstays, with a few more teams just outside the top five in the top ten ready to join them.

Bakersfield, Hershey and Providence are the teams to beat right now. Good luck, cause no one has had any success in beating these teams of late.

Grand Rapids and Rochester lead their respective divisions and round out the top five, but are being hotly pursued for the spots.

After the Americans, jump in to see where everyone else ended up this week if you didn’t link in direct.

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Last Week: SJ 1 @ BAK 3, SD 1 @ BAK 7, STK 1 @ BAK 4
At this point it’s just not fair. 13 wins in a row for Bakersfield and they are winning these games in decisive fashion. No reason to think that the Condors slow down this week against Ontario.

+1

This Week: @ ONT 2/15, vs. ONT 2/16
Record: 29-15-2-1

2

Last Week: CHA 2 @ HER 3 (SO), CHA 1 @ HER 2, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (SO)
We seriously considered giving Hershey the number one spot, but Bakersfield ekes out the Bears for the number one spot. This week. Big series with Lehigh Valley.

+1

This Week: vs. LV 2/16, @ LV 2/17
Record: 27-20-0-3

3

Last Week: BRI 1 @ PRO 2, PRO 2 @ BRI 4, SYR 0 @ PRO 4
12 game point streak ended Saturday in Bridgeport, but Providence trounced a rested Syracuse team coming in Sunday. This Bruins team is for real.

+3

This Week: vs. TOR 2/15, vs. CHA 2/16, vs. SPR 2/17
Record: 26-17-6-1

4

Last Week: WBS 1 @ GR 4, CHI 4 @ GR 1
On winning and losing ends of 4-1 decisions this weekend. San Antonio drops in this weekend, no easy task.

+3

This Week: vs. SA 2/15, vs. SA 2/16, vs. RFD 2/20
Record: 28-16-3-4

5

Last Week: SPR 1 @ RCH 7, RCH 2 @ UTI 5, RCH 2 @ CLE 5
Is the lead that the Amerks have on the North Division starting to slip? Home and home with the Crunch are going to shed some light on the question.

n/a

This Week: vs. SYR 2/15, @ SYR 2/16, vs. BNG 2/17, vs. CLE 2/20
Record: 29-15-3-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

Week 18 has come and gone and we are finally past that All-Star hangover. Things are beginning to take shape in the division and the finish should be fun.

There has been a shakeup to the top five this week. San Jose remains the top team. However, they are followed closely by the two hottest teams in the AHL, the Bakersfield Condors who have won ten straight games and the Hershey Bears who have a ten game point streak.

Charlotte hasn’t dropped out of the top five after a pair of overtime setbacks to the Providence Bruins this weekend and stay fourth and Rochester rounds out the top five, for now.

Peek through if you didn’t link in direct to see where the rest of the teams ended up this week.

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Last Week: SJ 6 @ STK 4, STK 2 @ SJ 4, IA 4 @ SJ 2
Roy Sommer earned his 750th AHL win on Friday. Barracuda stay hot in a division which has been one of the best.

n/a

This Week: @ BAK 2/8, @ ONT 2/10, vs. TUC 2/12
Record: 26-9-2-4

2

Last Week: IA 2 @ BAK 5, BAK 6 @ ONT 2
Ten wins in a row for the Bakersfield Condors. Pulled themselves up from mediocrity and head into a huge matchup against the San Jose Barracuda this weekend.

+6

This Week: vs. SJ 2/8, vs. SD 2/9, vs. STK 2/13
Record: 26-15-2-1

3

Last Week: LV 1 @ HER 2, BEL 2 @ HER 3 (SO), HER 4 @ SPR 2
Ten straight games without a regulation loss for the Bears who are on fire. Huge tests this weekend against Charlotte followed by a midweek matchup against a pissed off Penguins team looking to continue their playoff streak.

+3

This Week: vs. CHA 2/9, vs. CHA 2/10, vs. WBS 2/13
Record: 24-20-0-3

4

Last Week: PRO 2 @ CHA 1 (OT), PRO 1 @ CHA 0 (OT), CLE 1 @ CHA 3, CLE 5 @ CHA 1
You could say that the Checkers are slipping, but with a 12 point lead on the division and a 9 point lead on overall best team in the AHL, does it really matter?

-2

This Week: @ HER 2/9, @ HER 2/10
Record: 32-12-6-0

5

Last Week: RCH 3 @ BNG 2, RCH 4 @ HFD 1, SYR 2 @ RCH 1 (SO)
Still hold the division lead, but for how long? Crunch are coming.

-2

This Week: vs. SPR 2/8, @ UTI 2/9, @ CLE 2/12
Record: 28-13-3-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 17

We have hit the All-Star break here in the AHL and while the festivities from Springfield have wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at where things stand in the league and that’s where these weekly Power Rankings should help you out.

Two constants have been San Jose and Charlotte, who are 1-2 this week. 1a if you want to call them that have been Rochester and Grand Rapids, who are entrenched in playoff battles themselves for the pinnacle of the divisions they lead. The hottest team of recent has been San Diego, but there are other teams past the Gulls at the five spot who are equally on hot runs.

Pop past the Gulls if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up.

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Last Week: SJ 4 @ GR 0, SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
San Jose has a new threat gunning for them in the form of the Bakersfield Condors. No one has got close yet so it should be interesting to watch.

+2

This Week: @ STK 2/1, vs. STK 2/2, vs. IA 2/5
Record: 24-8-2-4

2

Last Week: CHA 3 @ PRO 5, CHA 5 @ HFD 2
Snapped out of that three game losing streak with a good win Saturday in Hartford. The Atlantic is Charlotte’s to lose.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 2/1, vs. PRO 2/2, vs. CLE 2/5, vs. CLE 2/6
Record: 31-11-4-0

3

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 3 (SO), RCH 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Amerks have a three point lead on Syracuse for tops in the North. Have been the class of the division for a good chunk of the season.

+2

This Week: @ BNG 2/1, @ HFD 2/2, vs. SYR 2/6
Record: 26-13-3-1

4

Last Week: SJ 4 @ GR 0, SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
Griffins sit atop the Central at the All-Star break. Busy week against some hungry teams as the unofficial second half of the season begins in earnest Thursday.

+2

This Week: @ TEX 1/31, @ SA 2/1, vs. MTB 2/6
Record: 25-14-3-4

5

Last Week: SD 0 @ SA 4, SD 4 @ TEX 1
Good win in Cedar Park to slightly stop the slide that the Gulls have been on. Busy week this week with some winnable games.

-4

This Week: vs. ONT 2/1, vs. IA 2/2, vs. ONT 2/6
Record: 22-13-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 16

We have a new number one and a shakeup in the Week 16 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The San Diego Gulls take the top spot in the Rankings this week. After being 31st about two months ago, the Gulls work their way through 30 other teams and now sit at the top of the Power Rankings.

But the Gulls aren’t even the top team in their own division and aren’t even the runners up, but those two teams (San Jose, 3rd and Tucson, 4th) are in the top five in this weeks Rankings.

Charlotte didn’t go far and if they are as good as we think they are will go back to number one next week. They drop to second.

Rochester rounds out the top five with a three point lead on second place Utica, who the Americans meet up with this weekend.

After the Americans, jump in to the rest of the Rankings if you didn’t link in direct and if you are headed to Springfield this weekend for All-Star Classic festivities, enjoy.

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Last Week: BAK 6 @ SD 2, SD 4 @ ONT 1
The Gulls 42 days without a point came to an end Saturday at home against Bakersfield. They went out in their next game and pasted Ontario. They head to Texas for some Central Division action before the All-Star break.

+1

This Week: @ SA 1/25, @ TEX 1/26
Record: 21-12-2-3

2

Last Week: TOR 4 @ CHA 3 (OT), TOR 5 @ CHA 0
Got smacked around a bit by the defending champion Toronto Marlies at home this week. How do the Checkers respond to the first bit of adversity they have faced all season?

-1

This Week: @ PRO 1/25, @ HFD 1/26
Record: 30-10-4-0

3

Last Week: TEX 1 @ SJ 2, BAK 6 @ SJ 5 (OT)
It is hard to believe that at the All-Star break the possibility exists that the Barracuda may still have only just single digit regulation losses. However, Grand Rapids is a great team that cannot be discounted.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 1/25, @ GR 1/26
Record: 23-8-2-3

4

Last Week: TUC 3 @ COL 7, TUC 2 @ COL 0, TEX 3 @ TUC 6, TEX 0 @ TUC 4
Two shutouts this week for Tucson who are the closest to first place second place team there is in all the AHL.

+1

This Week: vs. BAK 1/25, vs. BAK 1/26
Record: 23-11-3-1

5

Last Week: RCH 5 @ WBS 4, RCH 2 @ LV 3 (SO), BNG 5 @ RCH 7
Amerks take a three point lead into the weekend before the All-Star break over Utica, in second and four points over Syracuse, in third.

+4

This Week: vs. UTI 1/25, @ SYR 1/26
Record: 25-13-2-1

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 15

Some shakeups to the top five and top ten this week in the Week 15 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Charlotte remains number one. They have thirty wins and 60 points. San Diego jumps up to second after fifteen games in a row without a regulation loss.

San Jose drops down one, they still lead the Pacific but are feeling the heat from the Gulls. Chicago stays fourth as the leaders of the Central and Tucson jumps back into the top five.

Go past the Roadrunners if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team, if they aren’t already mentioned above, filled out this week.

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Last Week: WBS 5 @ CHA 1, WBS 3 @ CHA 5, BRI 0 @ CHA 1, BRI 4 @ CHA 6
OK, we get it. The Checkers are good. But they are approaching territory of some of the greatest teams to have ever played in the AHL.

n/a

This Week: vs. TOR 1/19, vs. TOR 1/20
Record: 30-9-3-0

2

Last Week: SD 5 @ MIL 2, SD 2 @ IA 3 (OT), TEX 1 @ SD 2
Point streak is up to 15. Gulls are second in the Pacific now. Trades made by Anaheim may end up throwing cold water on these hot Gulls, though.

+1

This Week: vs. BAK 1/19, @ ONT 1/21
Record: 20-11-2-3

3

Last Week: ONT 3 @ SJ 1, STK 1 @ SJ 2
Barracuda shouldn’t be worried as much about the second place Roadrunners as much as they should the third place Gulls who are on a tear right now.

-1

This Week: vs. TEX 1/18, vs. BAK 1/21
Record: 22-8-1-3

4

Last Week: CHI 6 @ TUC 3, CHI 2 @ TUC 3, GR 2 @ CHI 5
Sole possession of first in the Central, but only three points from being out of the playoffs. Razor thin margins.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 1/19, vs. MIL 1/20
Record: 23-13-3-1

5

Last Week: CHI 6 @ TUC 3, CHI 2 @ TUC 3
Split with Chicago but San Jose is opening up more of a lead on the Roadrunners. Busy week coming up with four games.

+1

This Week: @ COL 1/18, @ COL 1/19, vs. TEX 1/21, vs. TEX 1/23
Record: 20-10-3-1

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