Chirps from Center Ice

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

Week 17 AHL Power Rankings

Ebbing and flowing is in season in the American Hockey League and so too here in the Week 17 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Some teams you may not expect are on winning streaks. Some teams you may not expect are on losing streaks. It’s reflected here in the Rankings.

One of those teams for example, are your Bridgeport Sound Tigers, winners of four in a row and whom enjoy the biggest jump in Week 17, up ten spots from last week.

On the other end, the Abbotsford Heat are down nine spots after losing to the Utica Comets twice this weekend in British Columbia this weekend in overtime.

Your Manchester Monarchs are number one in the Rankings again and number one overall in the AHL. It doesn’t appear anyone outside of Springfield right now can catch the Monarchs.

If you didn’t link through direct, please click through the jump to see where everyone else shook out this week.

Rank Team Last Week Comment This Week
1 MCH 2nd (+1) Manchester running away with things despite losses to St. John’s and Worcester this week. Host BNG Fri., STJ Sat., @ POR Sun.
2 TOR 1st (-1) Marlies with a healthy 10 point lead over the rest of the North Division. @ OKC Thu., SA Fri., TEX Sat.
3 button_tex200 No change. Stars split with the Griffins this weekend. I don’t think anyone in Texas is upset at this result. Host SA Wed., TOR Sat., OKC Sun.
4 BNG 7th (+3) B-Sens open up some breathing room on the Penguins and the rest of the division with a three point cushion heading into February. @ WOR Wed., MCH Fri., POR Sat.
5 button_cha200 11th (+6) Checkers are 8-2 in their last ten and the hottest team in the AHL right now. @ NOR Tue., LE Fri. & Sat.
6 NOR 8th (+2) Admirals emerging as contenders in the division, ran with the Penguins all weekend. Host CHA Tue., @ WBS Fri., SYR Sat., HER Sun.
7 HER 10th (+3) Bears perfect at home in 2014 and all of a sudden need to be watched carefully again as serious contenders. @ ADK Fri. & Sat., Host NOR Sun.
8 button_gr200 4th (-4) Griffins underestimate a San Antonio team Sunday and manage only 2 points out of 6 this weekend. Host CHI Fri., @ MIL Sat.
9 button_spr200 5th (-4) Falcons only muster a point this weekend against teams they should have beaten soundly. @ WOR Fri., BRI Sat.
10 button_ham200 13th (+3) Bulldogs all of a sudden even with the Amerks in points (44) while chasing down leader Toronto. @ ABB Fri. & Sat.
11 button_rfd200 14th (+3) IceHogs take three game series from rival Admirals 2-1 this weekend and draw closer to the Admirals for third in the Midwest. @ RCH Fri., UTI Sat.
12 button_ia200 17th (+5) Wild get 5 of 6 points this week. Iowa has points in last six games. Host MIL Fri., @ CHI Sat.
13 WBS 9th (-4) Power play woes need to be figured out and quick. 0-for-15 this weekend. A power play goal here or there could have helped. Host SYR Wed., NOR Fri., RCH Sat.
14 ALB 6th (-8) Devils fading on the division leading Falcons, trailing by 11. Host BRI Fri., @ HFD Sat.
15 STJ 16th (+1) Two wins over Providence and a win over Hartford and the IceCaps are off to a perfect start in the five game road trip. @ POR Fri., MCH Sat.
16 RCH 19th (+3) Four wins in the a row for the Amerks, all on the road. Two at home this week, then a Saturday night date in Wilkes-Barre. Host CHI Wed., RFD Fri., @ WBS Sat.
17 BRI 27th (+10) Are the Sound Tigers turning a corner? Four in a row now for Bridgeport. @ ALB Fri., Host SPR Sat.
18 button_chi200 20th (+2) Wolves perfect in Canada this weekend, with wins over Toronto and Hamilton. @ RCH Wed., GR Fri., Host IA Sat.
19 WOR 15th (-4) If Worcester misses playoffs by four points this season, they may point back to this weekend. One goal losses to Manchester and Providence. Host BNG Wed., SPR Fri., PRO Sat.
20 button_uti200 28th (+8) Comets go to Abbotsford and sweep the Heat again. Some more winnable games for the Comets ahead this week. Host LE Tue., SYR Fri., RFD Sat.
21 button_abb200 12th (-9) Swept again at home by the Comets at home, Benn Ferriero scores two OT goals. Host HAM Fri. & Sat.
22 ADK 18th (-4) Phantoms stopped by the listless WolfPack Sunday. A bump in the road, or something else? We find out soon, they rematch Wednesday. @ HFD Wed., Host HER Fri. & Sat.
23 button_mil200 21st (-2) Ads drop two of three to Rockford. They could have separated themselves from the IceHogs and other pursuers but are only 4 to the good in a tight race for the last spot in the West. @ IA Fri., Host GR Sat.
24 button_hfd200 30th (+6) Positive weekend for the ‘Pack, taking 4 of 6 points. Host ADK Wed., PRO Fri., ALB Sat.
25 button_sa200 26th (+1) Will the win Sunday vs. Grand Rapids turn this team around or was it a fluke? @ TEX Wed., Host TOR Fri.
26 PRO 25th (-1) P-Bruins lose twice to the IceCaps this weekend and are overtaken by the IceCaps for second in the division. @ HFD Fri., WOR Sat.
27 POR 29th Pirates beat a very good Falcons team Sunday to stop a 6 game losing streak. Host STJ Fri., BNG Sat., MCH Sun.
28 button_okc200 22nd (-6) Barons throttled by the Checkers 13-3 this weekend and were shutout Friday. Host TOR Thu., @ TEX Sun.
29 SYR 23rd (-6) Crunch go pointless for the weekend. Now 10 back of Hershey for fourth and fading quickly. @ WBS Wed., UTI Fri., Host NOR Sat.
30 button_le200 24th (-6) Oh dear. 8 game losing streak for the Monsters. @ UTI Tue., Host CHA Fri. & Sat.

Comment section is open. Have at it if you think I am wrong with my Rankings.

2 responses to “Week 17 AHL Power Rankings

  1. richard dopkin January 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hi,
    After that expected poor effort by the Pens last nite,it makes me wonder who signs off on the scheduled game? I can understand a Portland or Worcester hitting Hershey on the way back but why would WBS,when there are any number of Fridays or other Sundays to play this rivalry game. I know all teams have these money saving quirks,but one between 2 nearby rivals makes no sense.
    Richard

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