Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

A Monarchy this week here in Week 10 of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Despite an Atlantic Division team leading this week, the Northeast Division is the Power Conference. There are four teams in the division that are in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. The Springfield Falcons were dethroned by Manchester this weekend, but don’t let that fool you. Also, there is a team in that division not mentioned here who I call the AHL’s best team. You shouldn’t have to scroll down too far to see who.

You should know the drill now. Hop through the jump if you haven’t linked in from someplace else to see where everyone ended up this week.

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Manchester was stymied Sunday by the all of a sudden hot again Providence Bruins. Travel this week to an angry Portland team then host Worcester and Providence again.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
MCH 3 @ POR 1
MCH 2 @ WOR 1
MCH 2 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ POR 12/17
vs. WOR 12/19
vs. PRO 12/20

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Don’t look now, but the best team in the AHL may be the Syracuse Crunch.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ SPR 0
HER 1 @ SYR 4
SYR 2 @ UTI 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ RCH 12/17
@ HFD 12/19
vs. ALB 12/20

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Split a pair with Lake Erie this week. That looked like a great series there. Road trip continues to Iowa and Oklahoma this week.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 1
RFD 2 @ LE 4
RFD 5 @ LE 2
This Week:
@ IA 12/16
@ OKC 12/20
@ OKC 12/21

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Stripped of stars, a lineup held together with bubblegum, but the Penguins keep manufacturing points. Five more this weekend for a three point lead over the rival Bears.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ WBS 4
WBS 1 @ LV 2 (SO)
HER 2 @ WBS (OT)
This Week:
vs. ALB 12/19
@ BNG 12/20

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Two point weekend for the Barons but still lead the West by two. Travel to Charlotte for a trap series and then host the IceHogs this weekend.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
OKC 1 @ TEX 5
GR 5 @ OKC 2
GR 2 @ OKC 3
This Week:
@ CHA 12/16
@ CHA 12/18
vs. RFD 12/20
vs. RFD 12/21

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Eleven game win streak ended by the Crunch Wednesday. Then split a pair with Norfolk in Virginia. East Division action this week for the Conference leader.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ SPR 0
SPR 3 @ NOR 1
SPR 3 @ NOR 4
This Week:
@ BNG 12/19
@ HER 12/20

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Despite the 5-2 loss to Rockford Saturday, the Monsters five game win streak before that has to be make Lake Erie the feel good team of the AHL. In eighth place in mid-December. Can they build upon it or stay there is key.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
LE 3 @ GR 2 (OT)
RFD 2 @ LE 4
RFD 5 @ LE 2
This Week:
vs. MIL 12/16
vs. MIL 12/18
vs. GR 12/20

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Thumped by the Wolves and Wild but then responded nice with a shutout win of Iowa the next night, to keep the two point deficit against division leader Oklahoma City intact. A visit to the Queen City this week.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
CHI 6 @ SA 2
SA 1 @ IA 4
SA 3 @ IA 0
This Week:
@ CHA 12/19
@ CHA 12/21

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Points for the Comets to keep the Flames at bay for this week. Oh, Saturday’s game in Glens Falls has AHL game of the week written all over it.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ UTI 3
TOR 4 @ UTI 3 (OT)
SYR 2 @ UTI 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TEX 12/19
@ ADK 12/20

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Flames are hot again. A tidy four game winning streak.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ ADK 3 (OT)
ADK 3 @ MIL 1
ADK 2 @ IA 1
This Week:
@ CHI 12/17
@ RCH 12/19
vs. UTI 12/20

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A four game winning streak for the Wolf Pack has them fifth in the Conference.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ HFD 3
WOR 3 @ HFD 5
HFD 5 @ BRI 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SYR 12/19
vs. LV 12/20

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Bulldogs stalled a bit with two overtime losses this week in their pursuit of Utica and Adirondack.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ ADK 3 (OT)
RCH 2 @ HAM 3
HAM 3 @ RCH 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. STJ 12/17
vs. STJ 12/19
vs. TEX 12/21

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Albany finally wins an overtime game since the Carter Administration. Devils still in the thick of it.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ HFD 3
LV 3 @ ALB 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ WBS 12/19
@ SYR 12/20

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Marlies may have turned it around. Points in all their games this week and out of last place in the North.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
TOR 4 @ UTI 3 (OT)
STJ 6 @ TOR 5 (OT)
STJ 0 @ TOR 4
This Week:
@ GR 12/19
vs. TEX 12/20
vs. MIL 12/21

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Only two points this weekend in the pursuit of rival Wilkes-Barre. Eked out a point with 2.7 to go Sunday but lost in overtime and sit four back of the Penguins with a trip to Allentown and a visit from the Conference leading Falcons.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
HER 1 @ SYR 4
BNG 2 @ HER 5
HER 2 @ WBS 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ LV 12/19
vs. SPR 12/20

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Wolves successful in their only game of the week in San Antonio. Will there be any rust when they welcome in the Flames on Wednesday?
Rank: 16
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHI 6 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. ADK 12/17
vs. IA 12/20
@ IA 12/21

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Don’t look now but the Providence Bruins have a five game winning streak. Slowly warming up again.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
PRO 5 @ STJ 4 (OT)
PRO 4 @ STJ 1
POR 2 @ PRO 3
MCH 2 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ POR 12/19
@ MCH 12/20

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Remember that six game winning streak that was snapped last weekend by Providence? It’s now a four game losing streak for the Pirates. Look, the same three teams Portland played this week they play again this week!
Rank: 18
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
MCH 3 @ POR 1
POR 2 @ PRO 3
POR 0 @ WOR 1
This Week:
vs. MCH 12/17
vs. PRO 12/19
vs. WOR 12/20

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I think Saturday’s 5-2 blowout loss in Hershey proved that the B-Sens are all offense and no defense.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
LV 1 @ BNG 3
BNG 2 @ HER 5
This Week:
@ LV 12/17
vs. SPR 12/19
vs. WBS 12/20

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Road trip East for the Stars. It sure isn’t going to be for pleasure for the Stars who are looking to get back on track.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
OKC 1 @ TEX 5
CHA 1 @ TEX 3
CHA 3 @ TEX 1
This Week:
@ UTI 12/19
@ TOR 12/20
@ HAM 12/21

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If I am a Lehigh Valley fan, I am starting to worry if my team has what it takes to contend. Three of six this weekend but nine back of the Penguins.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
LV 1 @ BNG 3
WBS 1 @ LV 2 (SO)
LV 3 @ ALB 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 12/17
vs. HER 12/19
@ HFD 12/20

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Admirals manage a split with the white hot Springfield Falcons. Host Bridgeport this weekend.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
CHA 0 @ NOR 3
SPR 3 @ NOR 1
SPR 3 @ NOR 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 12/19
vs. BRI 12/20

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Nice bounce back from Bridgeport Sunday with an overtime winner against Hartford. Sound Tigers now get the services of AHL MVP Cory Conacher.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ WBS 4
HFD 5 @ BRI 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ NOR 12/19
@ NOR 12/20
vs. WOR 12/21

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If the opponent Sunday was anyone other than the Pirates, I think we are talking about a club that lost all three games.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 24th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WOR 3 @ HFD 5
MCH 2 @ WOR 1
POR 0 @ WOR 1
This Week:
@ MCH 12/19
@ POR 12/20
@ BRI 12/21

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The Griffins happen to play in the post competitive division in the Western Conference so win / loss / win sadly doesn’t cut it. Grand Rapids is last in the Midwest.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
LE 3 @ GR 2 (OT)
GR 5 @ OKC 2
GR 2 @ OKC 3
This Week:
vs. TOR 12/19
@ LE 12/20

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AHL’s worst team seemingly has nothing to build on when it comes to consistency. Iowa hasn’t won anything more than two games in a row.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
IA 4 @ CHA 3
SA 1 @ IA 4
SA 3 @ IA 0
ADK 2 @ IA 1
This Week:
vs. RFD 12/16
@ CHI 12/20
vs. CHI 12/21

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St. John’s can play better than their current form shows. A pair with Hamilton this week.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
PRO 5 @ STJ 4 (OT)
PRO 4 @ STJ 1
STJ 6 @ TOR 5 (OT)
STJ 0 @ TOR 4
This Week:
@ HAM 12/17
@ HAM 12/19

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Rochester takes over last place in the North with a pair of losses to Utica and Hamilton. Looks like they may be staying there a bit with visits from Syracuse and Adirondack this week.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ UTI 3
RCH 2 @ HAM 3
HAM 3 @ RCH 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SYR 12/17
vs. ADK 12/19
vs. MIL 12/20

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Losing streak hits seven for the Admirals. Milwaukee takes to the road for four this week, so maybe the road can fix the struggles Milwaukee is facing now.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 1
ADK 3 @ MIL 1
This Week:
@ LE 12/16
@ LE 12/18
@ RCH 12/20
@ TOR 12/21

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Was the 3-1 win against Texas for pride or something different? Two struggling teams there. Things don’t get easy for the Checkers this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 29th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
IA 4 @ CHA 3
CHA 0 @ NOR 3
CHA 1 @ TEX 3
CHA 3 @ TEX 1
This Week:
vs. OKC 12/16
vs. OKC 12/18
vs. SA 12/19
vs. SA 12/21

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