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AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

A week of practice for some worked wonders. For teams like Norfolk and Portland, a week of practice reared perfect weekends for these clubs and net gains made in Week Four of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

There is a new number one this week, your Utica Comets, who are on fire and are the AHL’s top team as November begins in whole across the country.

The biggest gain this week belongs to your Portland Pirates, (up 18) Lake Erie Monsters (up 17) and your Norfolk Admirals (up 16) who exemplify the term, “practice makes perfect.”

The biggest loss belongs to your Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who are down 14 spots and could use some practice this week.

Click through the jump if you didn’t link in anyplace direct to see where everyone else ended up….

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Goaltender Jacob Markstrom did not get the all time AHL shutout record, but his Comets are atop the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings in Week 4, so there’s that.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ BNG 2
BNG 4 @ UTI 3 (OT)
UTI 5 @ ADK 4
This Week:
vs. BNG 11/5
@ LE 11/7
@ RCH 11/8

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Rockford has won five in a row, including three on the road this weekend. They face an improved Lake Erie team Tuesday.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ GR 1
RFD 6 @ SA 3
RFD 5 @ SA 1
This Week:
vs. LE 11/4
@ IA 11/6
vs. GR 11/8

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P-Bruins surpass Worcester with a perfect weekend. The two sides play Saturday in Worcester.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ SPR 1
STJ 2 @ PRO 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. POR 11/7
@ WOR 11/8
vs. STJ 11/9

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Two wins against the Wild at home have Oklahoma City in a three way tie for tops in the West Division. Barons get Toronto and a trip to San Antonio this week.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
OKC 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
IA 3 @ OKC 5
IA 2 @ OKC 4
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/8
@ SA 11/9

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I wouldn’t take much out of that Toronto game if I am an Amerks fan. The Marlies played their one game of the week against Rochester, playing its third.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ RCH 3
RCH 3 @ SYR 0
RCH 1 @ TOR 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 11/7
vs. UTI 11/8

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Full marks to the Wolf Pack. They bussed over night from Allentown back home and jumped to a 4-0 lead against Worcester Sunday and hang on and win. One with Albany for the Division lead Wednesday then a weekend visit to Chocolatetown.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
HFD 4 @ LV 2
WOR 3 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. ALB 11/5
@ HER 11/8
@ HER 11/9

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Monarchs extract revenge against the shutout loss that the Bears laid on them Friday with a 3-1 win Sunday where the Monarchs scored a penalty shot and a shorthanded goal. Throttled the IceCaps Saturday.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 12
Last Week:
HER 4 @ MCH 0
STJ 2 @ MCH 6
HER 3 @ MCH 1
This Week:
vs. LV 11/7
vs. SPR 11/8

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Pirates have won 4 in their last 5, including three in a row this weekend; two against divisional foes and one against the Devils.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 18
Last Week:
POR 4 @ WOR 3
STJ 3 @ POR 7
POR 2 @ ALB 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ PRO 11/7
vs. LV 11/8

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Air leaves the sails of the Admirals who drop two in a row before salvaging a win against the Wolves Sunday. Just one this week Friday at home against the Griffins.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
IA 4 @ MIL 2
MIL 1 @ CHI 5
CHI 1 @ MIL 4
This Week:
vs. GR 11/7

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Devils cooled off this weekend. Has the gas tank gone empty, or is this just a bump in the road?
Rank: 10
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ ALB 4
BRI 4 @ ALB 1
POR 2 @ ALB 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 11/5
@ BRI 11/8
@ BRI 11/9

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Wolves begin a 9-game road trip and start off on the losing side Sunday in Milwaukee, otherwise beat Grand Rapids in overtime Friday and crushed the Admirals Saturday.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 11th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHI 6 @ GR 5 (OT)
MIL 1 @ CHI 5
CHI 1 @ MIL 4
This Week:
@ GR 11/5
@ IA 11/8
@ IA 11/9

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Lake Erie handed it to the Defending Champs this weekend at home. They came through and delivered in front of their home crowd in downtown Cleveland, unlike LeBron.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 17
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ LE 5
TEX 3 @ LE 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ RFD 11/4
vs. UTI 11/7

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Flames had won two in a row prior to dropping a close one to the Comets. I think that Adirondack has turned a corner.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
SA 6 @ ADK 7
UTI 5 @ ADK 4
This Week:
@ HAM 11/7
@ HAM 11/8

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I guess the true test of whether the Admirals have the proverbial ship righted will come when they hit the road again this week.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 16
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ NOR 3 (OT)
WBS 1 @ NOR 2
This Week:
@ BRI 11/5
@ SYR 11/7
@ SYR 11/8

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Weekend started out fantastic, a 4-0 shutout of the Monarchs, then the wheels came off. A back and forth affair with the Sharks then revenge extracted by Manchester Sunday. Visit the Penguins Friday then host the Pack to close out the weekend.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
HER 4 @ MCH 0
HER 4 @ WOR 5+
HER 1 @ MCH 3
This Week:
@ WBS 11/7
vs. HFD 11/8
vs. HFD 11/9

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Rampage score a sum total of 11 goals this past week and come away with zero points. Tough luck or issues on the back end?
Rank: 16
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
SA 6 @ ADK 7
RFD 6 @ SA 3
RFD 5 @ SA 1
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/7
vs. OKC 11/9

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Injuries starting to mount in Wilkes-Barre and it’s showing, only a point in Virginia this weekend.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ LV 1 (OT)
WBS 2 @ NOR 3 (OT)
WBS 1 @ NOR 2
This Week:
vs. HER 11/7
@ BNG 11/8
vs. SYR 11/9

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Beat Rochester in their only action of the week. Now hit the road for an 8 game road trip.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ TOR 3
This Week:
@ TEX 11/5
@ SA 11/7
@ OKC 11/8

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This road trip rears only two points out of a possible six. Dogs return to the pound this week for one against the Amerks and two with Adirondack.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ RCH 3
HAM 3 @ CHA 1
HAM 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
vs. RCH 11/4
vs. ADK 11/7
vs. ADK 11/8

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Sharks slip a bit this week. But, all games ended up close, and they beat a decent Hershey team Saturday at home.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
POR 4 @ WOR 3
HER 4 @ WOR 5
WOR 3 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. LV 11/5
vs. PRO 11/8

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Sound Tigers ebbing and flowing. Not quite division leader worthy but not poor enough to be in the basement. Average.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ ALB 1
SPR 4 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. NOR 11/5
vs. ALB 11/8
vs. ALB 11/9

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Lost an instant classic against the Penguins on Wednesday and looked spent Saturday vs. Hartford. Lehigh Valley’s blue line was depleted this week and the results showed.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 14
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ LV 1 (OT)
HFD 4 @ LV 2
This Week:
@ WOR 11/5
@ MCH 11/7
@ POR 11/8

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Stars still sitting at the top of the West Division despite a few setbacks in Cleveland.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
OKC 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
TEX 2 @ LE 5
TEX 3 @ LE 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/5
@ CHA 11/8

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Would you believe that this weekend was the first time ever that Charlotte and Hamilton stepped on the same ice together? Checkers split with the Bulldogs in North Carolina.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
HAM 3 @ CHA 1
HAM 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/8

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I think you could tell that the focus was on beating Utica this week because by the time Saturday rolled around and the Crunch visited, Binghamton had nothing left.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 25th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ BNG 2
BNG 4 @ UTI 3 (OT)
SYR 6 @ BNG 3
This Week:
@ UTI 11/5
@ RCH 11/7
vs. WBS 11/8

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Falcons salvage the weekend with a win in Bridgeport. Need to start digging in Springfield. They are losing ground to Albany and Hartford.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ ALB 4
PRO 3 @ SPR 1
SPR 4 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. STJ 11/5
vs. STJ 11/7
@ MCH 11/8

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Season isn’t off to the greatest start for the Griffins. 7 points in the month of October and in the basement of the Midwest Division.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ GR 1
CHI 6 @ GR 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/5
@ MIL 11/7
@ RFD 11/8

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Whether or not you want to believe it or not, St. John’s is last in the Atlantic but still very much alive in the race for the Atlantic Division, sitting just three points behind division leader Providence.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ POR 7
STJ 2 @ MCH 6
STJ 2 @ PRO 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ SPR 11/5
@ SPR 11/7
@ PRO 11/9

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Wild beat the Admirals to start a promising week but get swept in Oklahoma City.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
IA 4 @ MIL 2
IA 3 @ OKC 5
IA 2 @ OKC 4
This Week:
vs. RFD 11/6
vs. CHI 11/8
vs. CHI 11/9

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Fumbling Crunch salvage an otherwise forgettable October with a win in Binghamton Saturday.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ SYR 0
SYR 6 @ BNG 3
This Week:
vs. NOR 11/7
vs. NOR 11/8
@ WBS 11/9

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