Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 9

Not a whole heck of a lot of shake up to the top five this week in the Week 9 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The Springfield Falcons remain at the top of the pack with another perfect week and an 11 game winning streak.

The surprising Oklahoma City Barons are second on the board with a perfect weekend and leading the West Division.

The San Antonio Rampage remain hot with points in their last eleven outings.

There’s 27 other teams that I can ramble on about here in this space but won’t. Instead I will ask you to click the jump to see where the rest all ended up if you didn’t link in direct.

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Win streak bulges to eleven, with wins against the Admirals and Wolf Pack this week. The Politboro doesn’t see an end in sight to the win streak, at least this week.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
NOR 2 @ SPR 3
SPR 1 @ HFD 0 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SYR 12/10
@ NOR 12/12
@ NOR 12/13

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Sole possession of first in the West Division. This Barons team looks like the real deal.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
UTI 0 @ OKC 1 (OT)
OKC 4 @ GR 1
OKC 5 @ MIL 3
This Week:
@ TEX 12/10
vs. GR 12/12
vs. GR 12/13

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The Rampage have taken points in their last 11 outings. Even with that torrent pace, they still are two back of the Barons for the division lead in the West.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
UTI 5 @ SA 4 (OT)
CHI 1 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/9
@ IA 12/11
@ IA 12/12

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Took a point from closest division competitor Portland on Friday, and then swept the struggling Admirals.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
MCH 2 @ POR 3 (SO)
NOR 2 @ MCH 5
NOR 2 @ MCH 5
This Week:
@ POR 12/12
@ WOR 12/13
@ PRO 12/14

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Comets worked overtime all week on the road. Took points out of all the games from this Western road trip.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
UTI 0 @ OKC 1 (OT)
UTI 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
UTI 5 @ SA 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RCH 12/10
vs. TOR 12/12
vs. SYR 12/13

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Three of six points for Rockford this week. But with the stumbles that Chicago and Milwaukee took, not a bad weekend.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ MIL 0
GR 4 @ RFD 0
LE 4 @ RFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ MIL 12/10
@ LE 12/12
@ LE 12/13

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Despite injuries, despite call ups and adversity, the Penguins just keep finding ways to stay on top of the East Division.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
LV 1 @ WBS 5
HER 2 @ WBS 1
WBS 3 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 12/12
@ LV 12/13
vs. HER 12/14

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Crunch have a golden opportunity to stop the Falcons 11 game win streak with a visit to Southern Massachusetts midweek.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
HFD 5 @ SYR 6
RCH 0 @ SYR 2
This Week:
@ SPR 12/10
vs. HER 12/12
@ UTI 12/13

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Six game win streak snapped in Providence by a Bruins club that lost six straight coming into the matchup. All good things must come to an end or something else?
Rank: 9
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
WOR 2 @ POR 4
MCH 2 @ POR 3 (SO)
POR 6 @ ALB 1
POR 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. MCH 12/12
@ PRO 12/13
@ WOR 12/14

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Bulldogs take five of eight points this week and are slowly creeping up on the Comets and Flames.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
HAM 5 @ ADK 3
TOR 3 @ HAM 1
HAM 4 @ TOR 2
TEX 2 @ HAM 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ ADK 12/10
vs. RCH 12/12
@ RCH 12/13

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Bears right back where they started the weekend, two points behind the Penguins for the division lead. Big week ahead for Hershey if they want to maintain the pace the Penguins are setting.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ HER 6
HER 2 @ WBS 1
WBS 3 @ HER 2
This Week:
@ SYR 12/12
vs. BNG 12/13
@ WBS 12/14

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Five game win streak snapped in Hartford. B-Sens could have used max points this week to stay closer to the Penguins and Bears.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
BNG 4 @ RCH 1
ADK 3 @ BNG 5
BNG 2 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. LV 12/12
@ HER 12/13

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Nice wins this week for the Monsters against the Wolves, and getting a point from the IceHogs.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ LE 3
CHI 1 @ LE 2
LE 4 @ RFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ GR 12/10
vs. RFD 12/12
vs. RFD 12/13

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Week went loss-win-loss-win for basically a push. Meanwhile Utica won all three games to edge further out ahead of the lead in the North.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
HAM 5 @ ADK 3
TEX 2 @ ADK 3
ADK 3 @ BNG 5
ADK 1 @ ALB 0
This Week:
vs. HAM 12/10
@ MIL 12/12
@ IA 12/14

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Throttled in Wilkes-Barre Friday, respond by taking three of four away from Bridgeport.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
LV 1 @ WBS 5
BRI 3 @ LV 2 (SO)
LV 5 @ BRI 3
This Week:
@ BNG 12/12
vs. WBS 12/13
@ ALB 12/14 (in Atl. City)

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Devils still technically in it with just a two point week. It’s a rare Thursday game for the Devils this week before hosting the Phantoms in Atlantic City.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ PRO 1
POR 6 @ ALB 1
ADK 1 @ ALB 0
This Week:
@ HFD 12/11
vs. LV 12/14 (in Atl. City)

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Yikes. Wolves come away with no points on the road this week and slip six points behind division leader Rockford. Just one game, this Tuesday, against the white hot Rampage.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ LE 3
CHI 1 @ LE 2
CHI 1 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ SA 12/9

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Hartford in a three way tie for last in the Northeast, despite taking three of six points away from the weekend.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
HFD 5 @ SYR 6
SPR 1 @ HFD 0 (SO)
BNG 2 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. ALB 12/11
vs. WOR 12/12
@ BRI 12/14

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Marlies finally wake up and take 6 of 8 points this week. Tough test Friday in Utica, then host St. John’s for a weekend pair.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
GR 2 @ TOR 4
TOR 3 @ HAM 1
HAM 4 @ TOR 2
RCH 0 @ TOR 3
This Week:
@ UTI 12/12
vs. STJ 12/13
vs. STJ 12/14

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Look at it this way. If Grand Rapids beats Toronto and Oklahoma City this week, then they are second in the Midwest. Instead they are dead last. Points matter all season long.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
GR 2 @ TOR 4
OKC 4 @ GR 1
GR 4 @ RFD 0
GR 2 @ MIL 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. LE 12/10
@ OKC 12/12
@ OKC 12/13

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Division lead may be out of the question for now, but three losses by Chicago keeps Milwaukee in touch for second place in the Midwest.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ MIL 0
OKC 5 @ MIL 3
GR 2 @ MIL 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RFD 12/10
vs. ADK 12/12

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Texas has only won two of its last twelve games. But with how paltry things are in the West Division, they aren’t basement dwellers at all.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
TEX 2 @ ADK 3
TEX 2 @ HAM 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. OKC 12/10
vs. CHA 12/12
vs. CHA 12/13

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Split a pair with Worcester this week. Welcome the struggling P-Bruins this week and then travel to equally struggling Toronto this weekend.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
WOR 1 @ STJ 0
WOR 2 @ STJ 3
This Week:
vs. PRO 12/9
vs. PRO 12/10
@ TOR 12/13
@ TOR 12/14

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Sharks could have gotten to third in the Atlantic Division with a sweep of the IceCaps, but now sit three back of St. John’s. Tough slate of games this week for Worcester.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
WOR 2 @ POR 4
WOR 1 @ STJ 0
WOR 2 @ STJ 3
This Week:
@ HFD 12/12
vs. MCH 12/13
vs. POR 12/14

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Bridgeport, in last place, is just two points off of second place in the division.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ HER 6
BRI 3 @ LV 2 (SO)
LV 5 @ BRI 3
This Week:
@ WBS 12/12
vs. HFD 12/14

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Six game losing streak snapped Sunday against the Pirates. Now head to The Rock for a pair with St. John’s before heading home to face Portland again and Manchester.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ PRO 1
POR 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ STJ 12/9
@ STJ 12/10
vs. POR 12/13
vs. MCH 12/14

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Won in comeback fashion against the Checkers midweek then lost all three road games in New England.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
NOR 3 @ CHA 2 (OT)
NOR 2 @ SPR 3
NOR 2 @ MCH 5
NOR 2 @ MCH 5
This Week:
vs. CHA 12/10
vs. SPR 12/12
vs. SPR 12/13

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Back to back shut out losses punctuate a forgettable week for Rochester.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
BNG 4 @ RCH 1
RCH 0 @ SYR 2
RCH 0 @ TOR 3
This Week:
@ UTI 12/10
@ HAM 12/12
vs. HAM 12/13

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Checkers let one slip against Norfolk, lost in overtime, then comeback and beat the Wild, who they rematch Monday.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
NOR 3 @ CHA 2 (OT)
IA 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
vs. IA 12/8
@ NOR 12/10
@ TEX 12/12
@ TEX 12/13

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One game last week, a loss to Charlotte. Now four games this week. Points are needed.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
IA 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
@ CHA 12/8
vs. SA 12/11
vs. SA 12/12
vs. ADK 12/14

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2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 9

  1. cman December 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    i did not know Springfield was in southern New Hampshire….always thought it was in Massachusetts……..

    • nafsnep December 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      You are correct, and I made the edit. I actually Googled /where/ Springfield was, knowing it was in Massachusetts, yet somehow, my fingers typed ‘New Hampshire’

      It’s not like I check this three times before I let it publish at 4. Cripes.