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AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

For the Week 6 Chirps from Center Ice Power Rankings, it’s all about the bottom.

That’s where this weeks number one team, the Adirondack Flames, started back on Week 1. The bottom. The Flames had just botched a mascot reveal badly and employed Trevor Gillies who was suspended 12 games for smashing an opponents head in the ice on the opening weekend.

But the Flames have risen to the top of this weeks rankings thanks to a five game road winning streak.

The teams at the bottom of this weeks Power Rankings were harder to put in line than the teams at the top. Sometime you get weeks like that.

The biggest jump up this week belonged to the Grand Rapids Griffins, up 14 spots to 13th after snapping their six game losing streak with winning three including a pair over the defending champion Texas Stars.

The biggest nose dive this week belonged to the Portland Pirates, down 14 spots to 18th after setting a personal record of mediocrity you will have to read in their capsule.

You know the drill by now. If you didn’t link in direct, hop through the jump to see where your favorite team ended up.

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The Flames have won five in a row, all on the road, and come home now for four straight.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ RCH 3
ADK 4 @ LE 2
ADK 3 @ LE 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/18
vs. SYR 11/21
vs. RCH 11/22

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Said last week that we’d know about the Wolves when they faced competition this week. Let’s see, a shutout of the AHL best Comets, a narrow loss the next night then an absolute obliteration of Rochester. Yes, this Wolves team is good.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ UTI 0
CHI 3 @ UTI 4
CHI 7 @ RCH 4
This Week:
@ ADK 11/18
@ MIL 11/21
vs. IA 11/22
vs. RFD 11/23

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Comets shutout by the Wolves on Friday but respond nicely with a win against Chicago the next night. Comets can’t underestimate the Bulldogs and Amerks before heading into the Frozen Dome Classic against Syracuse this weekend.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ UTI 0
CHI 3 @ UTI 4
This Week:
vs. HAM 11/19
@ RCH 11/21
@ SYR 11/22

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Sound Tigers stopped at home in a testy affair with the Falcons Sunday afternoon. Are the Eastern Conference leaders in mid-November.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
BRI 6 @ HFD 1
HFD 2 @ BRI 5
SPR 5 @ BRI 3
This Week:
@ SPR 11/21
@ HFD 11/22
@ ALB 11/23

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Monarchs have won seven of their last eight and lead the Atlantic. Contests this week with rival Worcester and then take to the road in the East Division.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 11th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
MCH 4 @ POR 0
MCH 5 @ WOR 2
PRO 2 @ MCH 5
MCH 4 @ HFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. WOR 11/19
@ BNG 11/21
@ WBS 11/22

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Ads sweep the IceHogs in a home and home to catch back up with Rockford in the division. More Pigs and a visit from a Wolf this week for Milwaukee.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
IA 3 @ MIL 2
MIL 4 @ RFD 1
RFD 1 @ MIL 2
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/21
@ RFD 11/22
@ IA 11/23

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Springfield is the hot team now in the Northeast. Not hotter than Syracuse quite yet but every team in that division is good.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
WOR 4 @ SPR 2
SPR 4 @ PRO 3
SPR 1 @ WOR 0
SPR 5 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. BRI 11/21
vs. PRO 11/22
@ PRO 11/23

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Rockford has their eight game win streak snapped by the Admirals, who deal the IceHogs two straight losses. Weekend salvaged with a win against Texas.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ RFD 1
RFD 1 @ MIL 2
TEX 2 @ RFD 3
This Week:
vs. IA 11/21
vs. MIL 11/22
@ CHI 11/23

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Syracuse is one of the hottest teams in the AHL, with points in their last seven games. Now host Utica in the Frozen Dome Classic Saturday.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ ALB 2 (SO)
HER 1 @ SYR 5
SYR 3 @ WBS 2
This Week:
@ HFD 11/19
@ ADK 11/21
vs. UTI 11/22

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The Rampage are playing like a better team than people think. San Antonio may be an early dark horse out west. Real test comes this week with Texas on the schedule for the first time this season.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 12
Last Week:
SA 3 @ OKC 2 (SO)
CHA 1 @ SA 2 (OT)
CHA 3 @ SA 4
This Week:
vs. OKC 11/18
@ TEX 11/21
vs. TEX 11/23

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Full marks to the Bulldogs. Hellish week of travel to St. John’s and back home for a Sunday game with Rochester. They jumped out to a big lead over the Amerks, but managed to win in overtime. More local travel this week for the Bulldogs.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ STJ 3
HAM 2 @ STJ 1 (OT)
RCH 4 @ HAM 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 11/19
vs. TOR 11/21
@ TOR 11/23

Hartford Wolf Pack

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Just a point this week for the suddenly cold Wolf Pack. Good teams on the schedule this week.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
BRI 6 @ HFD 1
HFD 2 @ BRI 5
MCH 4 @ HFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/19
@ PRO 11/21
vs. BRI 11/22

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Griffs respond nicely this week, ending their six game losing streak, with a three game win streak heading to Cleveland.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 14
Last Week:
LE 3 @ GR 5
TEX 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
TEX 1 @ GR 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ LE 11/21
vs. LE 11/22

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Wilkes-Barre fails to protect a two goal lead on consecutive nights and lose both games. People are forgetting that this is a young team that is still going through growing pains.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
LV 1 @ WBS 3
SYR 3 @ WBS 2
WBS 2 @ HER 3
This Week:
vs. POR 11/19
@ ALB 11/21
vs. MCH 11/22

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Bears look bad in Syracuse then battle past a tired Wilkes-Barre team. Just two points off the East Division lead with two games in hand on the rival Penguins.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
HER 1 @ SYR 5
WBS 2 @ HER 3
This Week:
@ LV 11/19
vs. WOR 11/22
vs. STJ 11/23

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Albany trades shutouts with Portland in Maine this weekend. They are in the most competitive division in all of the AHL.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ ALB 2 (SO)
ALB 4 @ POR 0
ALB 0 @ POR 2
This Week:
vs. WBS 11/21
@ BNG 11/22
vs. BRI 11/23

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Offense dried up this week for the Sharks. Head back to Manchester this week before a weekend trip to the East Division.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
WOR 4 @ SPR 2
MCH 5 @ WOR 2
SPR 1 @ WOR 0
This Week:
@ MCH 11/19
@ LV 11/21
@ HER 11/22

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Pirates break their own record for being shutout this week (169:02) and lose back up goaltender Louis Domingue to injury. They win just one game last week and take to the road this week.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 14
Last Week:
MCH 4 @ POR 0
ALB 4 @ POR 0
ALB 0 @ POR 2
POR 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ WBS 11/19
@ NOR 11/21
@ NOR 11/22

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Is the Calder Cup hangover starting to set in? Answer comes quick with a home and home against the division leading Rampage this week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
TEX 1 @ CHA 3
TEX 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
TEX 1 @ GR 2 (OT)
TEX 2 @ RFD 3
This Week:
vs. SA 11/21
@ SA 11/23

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It doesn’t look like the battle of who wants tops in the West between the Barons, San Antonio and Texas will be settled any time soon.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
SA 3 @ OKC 2 (SO)
OKC 2 @ IA 4
OKC 5 @ IA 4
This Week:
@ SA 11/18
vs. CHA 11/21
vs. CHA 11/22

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P-Bruins have only won two of their last six. One with equally struggling Hartford then a home and home with Springfield this week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
SPR 4 @ PRO 3
PRO 2 @ MCH 5
POR 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. HFD 11/21
@ SPR 11/22
vs. SPR 11/23

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Amerks are yo-yoing. One win in their last eight games. Still in the mix past the middle of November though.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ RCH 3
TOR 1 @ RCH 6
CHI 7 @ RCH 4
RCH 4 @ HAM 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. UTI 11/21
@ ADK 11/22

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Not the best week for Lake Erie, who coupled with lat week, have fallen to the bottom of the North Division.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
LE 3 @ GR 5
ADK 4 @ LE 2
ADK 3 @ LE 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. GR 11/21
@ GR 11/22

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The Wild fired their coach this week and the results were immediate. Iowa won two games, then penalties did them in Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
IA 3 @ MIL 2
OKC 2 @ IA 4
OKC 5 @ IA 4
This Week:
@ RFD 11/21
@ CHI 11/22
vs. MIL 11/23

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Checkers take three out of a possible six this week to keep pace with the Iowa Wild for worst AHL team.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
TEX 1 @ CHA 3
CHA 1 @ SA 2 (OT)
CHA 3 @ SA 4
This Week:
vs. NOR 11/18
@ OKC 11/21
@ OKC 11/22

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Phantoms finally get some home cooking, as they are home until Thanksgiving. Split the weekend to stay in touch at least with the Penguins and Bears.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
LV 1 @ WBS 3
TOR 2 @ LV 3
This Week:
vs. HER 11/19
vs. WOR 11/21
vs. STJ 11/22

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Admirals split with the Senators this weekend. Travel to Charlotte this week then welcome the Pirates this weekend.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
BNG 5 @ NOR 2
BNG 2 @ NOR 3
This Week:
@ CHA 11/18
vs. POR 11/21
vs. POR 11/22

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The B-Sens still have yet to win back-to-back games. Need to kick things into gear soon.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
BNG 5 @ NOR 2
BNG 2 @ NOR 3
This Week:
vs. MCH 11/21
vs. ALB 11/22

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IceCaps snap their losing streak and their home sellout streak and are slowly losing touch with the leaders in the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ STJ 3
HAM 2 @ STJ 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/18
vs. TOR 11/19
@ LV 11/22
@ HER 11/23

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Marlies hoping that their fortunes turn around on The Rock this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ RCH 6
TOR 2 @ LV 3
This Week:
@ STJ 11/18
@ STJ 11/19
@ HAM 11/21
vs. HAM 11/23

If you are a Marlies, Ice Caps, Senators or Admirals fan, there’s hope that one day in the coming weeks, your team could be at the top of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

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