Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

In the Week 7 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings, some teams are thankful.

If you are Adirondack, San Antonio or Rockford, you are thankful for a quick start and margin for error.

If you are Charlotte, Norfolk or Toronto, you don’t have much to be thankful for. You have no margin for error and are chasing teams in late November.

I couldn’t come up with anything else for this terrible lede, so be thankful that I am going to tell you that the St. John’s IceCaps are the biggest gainer this week, up 17 spots. Left for dead by the Politboro last week, St. John’s wins four straight this week to jump right back in the discussion in the Atlantic Division. The biggest drop this week belongs to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, down 12 spots. There were five teams that did not move up or down from last week, so you will have to jump through if you didn’t link in direct to see who.

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There isn’t a team in the AHL hotter than the Flames. Adirondack has won eight straight and are three back of the sputtering Comets.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHI 0 @ ADK 3
SYR 1 @ ADK 4
RCH 1 @ ADK 2
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/26
@ UTI 11/28
vs. GR 11/29

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The Rampage are on…wait for it…a Rampage. Seven straight for San Antonio and a sweep over rival Texas, quite handily.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
OKC 3 @ SA 4 (SO)
SA 7 @ TEX 1
TEX 0 @ SA 3
This Week:
vs. OKC 11/29
vs. IA 11/30

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Rockford quickly snuffs out any talk about a slump with last weeks two game losing streak with a sweep of the week and a shutout of their closest competitor.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
IA 3 @ RFD 4 (OT)
MIL 2 @ RFD 3
RFD 3 @ CHI 0
This Week:
vs. IA 11/26
vs. CHI 11/28
@ CHI 11/29

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Falcons score five in each game that they play this week and win. Six game winning streak for Springfield and the best team in the Northeast Division.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SPR 5
PRO 2 @ SPR 5
SPR 5 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ LV 11/26
@ WOR 11/28
vs. MCH 11/29

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Monarchs reign at the top of the Eastern Conference after Saturday’s win against Wilkes-Barre. Can they stay there?
Rank: 5
Last Week: 5th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WOR 1 @ MCH 5
MCH 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
MCH 3 @ WBS 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 11/28
@ SPR 11/29

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Syracuse sets the indoor attendance record for a hockey game with a 2-1 win against Utica in front of 30,715. The Crunch have resurrected to second in the Northeast, two back of Springfield. Rematch against Utica this week and some old East Division friends visit after Thanksgiving.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
SYR 5 @ HFD 4
SYR 1 @ ADK 4
UTI 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
@ UTI 11/26
vs. BNG 11/28
@ HER 11/29

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Comets running into adversity for the first time in 2014-15. They get visits from Syracuse and Adirondack, before ending the weekend in Albany.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ UTI 3
UTI 4 @ RCH 7
UTI 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/26
vs. ADK 11/28
@ ALB 11/29

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Admirals could have used more than just three of six points this weekend to keep in touch with the Hogs and Wolves.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (OT)
MIL 2 @ RFD 3
MIL 1 @ IA 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/26
@ CHA 11/29
@ CHA 11/30

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I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me that the two best teams going into Thanksgiving week in the West Division would be San Antonio and Oklahoma City. That game in San Antonio Saturday is shaping up to be a good one.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
OKC 3 @ SA 4 (SO)
CHA 4 @ OKC 6
CHA 0 @ OKC 3
This Week:
@ TEX 11/26
@ TEX 11/28
@ SA 11/29

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Not a bad weekend for the Penguins, despite being asleep the first 10 minutes against Manchester Saturday.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
POR 0 @ WBS 2
WBS 5 @ ALB 1
MCH 3 @ WBS 2
This Week:
@ HER 11/26
vs. STJ 11/29

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Hamilton slowed this week by the Comets but beat up on the Marlies pretty good. Within shouting distance of the leaders in the North Division.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 11th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ UTI 3
TOR 1 @ HAM 2 (OT)
HAM 5 @ TOR 1
This Week:
@ LE 11/28
vs. LE 11/29

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I said last week that the IceCaps were losing touch with the Atlantic Division. Then St. John’s wins four straight and are second in the Atlantic and four back of the Monarchs.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 17
Last Week:
TOR 0 @ STJ 2
TOR 2 @ STJ 3
STJ 2 @ LV 1 (OT)
STJ 2 @ HER 0
This Week:
@ BNG 11/26
@ WBS 11/29
@ HER 11/30

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Forgettable week for the Wolves, but they can avenge the shutout loss to the IceHogs Sunday quickly. They get them twice this week.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
CHI 0 @ ADK 3
CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (OT)
IA 2 @ CHI 3
RFD 3 @ CHI 0
This Week:
@ MIL 11/26
@ RFD 11/28
vs. RFD 11/29

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Griffs avenge a loss against the Monsters with a win against them the next night. Griffins need to step on it if they want to catch the IceHogs.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
GR 4 @ LE 5
LE 2 @ GR 5
This Week:
@ RCH 11/26
@ RCH 11/28
@ ADK 11/29

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Portland remains relevant in the Atlantic by sweeping the Admirals this weekend. Just 5 back from the Monarchs.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
POR 0 @ WBS 2
POR 2 @ NOR 1
POR 7 @ NOR 1
This Week:
vs. WOR 11/26
vs. PRO 11/28

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Sound Tigers have lost four straight and are tumbling from the top of the Northeast Division.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SPR 5
BRI 1 @ HFD 2 (OT)
BRI 2 @ ALB 5
This Week:
@ MCH 11/28
vs. HFD 11/29
vs. PRO 11/30

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Bears offense dries up this week. Just three goals and three points and are three points behind the Penguins for first in the East.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 3 (SO)
WOR 0 @ HER 1
STJ 2 @ HER 0
This Week:
vs. WBS 11/26
vs. SYR 11/29
vs. STJ 11/30

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Wolf Pack are dropping in the Northeast. They salvage the week with a win against in state Bridgeport but need to get things turned around quickly.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
SYR 5 @ HFD 4
HFD 1 @ PRO 4
BRI 1 @ HFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ ALB 11/26
vs. NOR 11/28
@ BRI 11/29

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Amerks throttle the Comets and lose a close one against the white hot Flames. It’s all about that yo-yoing I talked about last week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ RCH 7
RCH 1 @ ADK 2
This Week:
vs. GR 11/26
vs. GR 11/28
@ BNG 11/29

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Points in all affairs this week to close the gap between the Bears and Penguins.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 3 (SO)
WOR 0 @ LV 4
STJ 2 @ LV 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SPR 11/26
@ ALB 11/28 (in Atl. Cty)
vs. NOR 11/29

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Three of six points for a slightly surging Wild club. They haven’t come easy this weekend for Iowa. If they survive this upcoming week, we may have something in Des Moines.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
IA 3 @ RFD 4 (OT)
IA 2 @ CHI 3
MIL 1 @ IA 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ RFD 11/26
@ TEX 11/29
@ SA 11/30

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Binghamton finally wins back-to-back games with an overtime win against the Monarchs Friday and an absolute obliteration of the Devils Saturday.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
MCH 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
ALB 0 @ BNG 7
This Week:
vs. STJ 11/26
@ SYR 11/28
vs. RCH 11/29

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Albany stops a three game skid scoring just one goal by winning 5-2 at home against Bridgeport Sunday. The Devils are fading.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 16th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WBS 5 @ ALB 1
ALB 0 @ BNG 7
BRI 2 @ ALB 5
This Week:
vs. HFD 11/26
vs. LV 11/28 (in Atl. Cty)
vs. UTI 11/29

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Texas has lost six in a row including being swept by in state rival San Antonio. They get two with a surprising Barons team this week and one against a suddenly improved Iowa.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SA 7 @ TEX 1
TEX 0 @ SA 3
This Week:
vs. OKC 11/26
vs. OKC 11/28
vs. IA 11/29

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Offense has dried up in Worcester. One goal in a loss to Manchester and then consecutive shutouts. Just three goals in their last five games.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
WOR 1 @ MCH 5
WOR 0 @ LV 4
WOR 0 @ HER 1
This Week:
@ POR 11/26
vs. SPR 11/28
vs. PRO 11/29

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Lake Erie gets games against old North Division foes this week after splitting a pair with Grand Rapids this weekend.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
GR 4 @ LE 5
LE 2 @ GR 5
This Week:
vs. HAM 11/28
@ HAM 11/29
@ TOR 11/30

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Really was expecting better from the Bruins in the first quarter. P-Bruins aren’t really favorites against any teams in the Atlantic Division. That needs to be turned around, quickly.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
HFD 1 @ PRO 4
PRO 2 @ SPR 5
SPR 5 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ POR 11/28
@ WOR 11/29
@ BRI 11/30

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One win in the last five for Charlotte. 11 points for the Checkers as they approach Thanksgiving.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
NOR 2 @ CHA 6
CHA 4 @ OKC 6
CHA 0 @ OKC 3
This Week:
@ NOR 11/26
vs. MIL 11/29
vs. MIL 11/30

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Things aren’t good in Norfolk these days. The Admirals have lost three in a row and are at the bottom of the East Division. Will their fortunes change?
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
NOR 2 @ CHA 6
POR 2 @ NOR 1
POR 7 @ NOR 1
This Week:
vs. CHA 11/26
@ HFD 11/28
@ LV 11/29

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Things aren’t good in T-Dot either. Both for the AHL team and the NHL team. A pre-Thanksgiving trip to Adirondack is a tough way to turn things around.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
TOR 0 @ STJ 2
TOR 2 @ STJ 3
TOR 1 @ HAM 2 (OT)
HAM 5 @ TOR 1
This Week:
@ ADK 11/26
vs. LE 11/30

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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