Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 11

So have you been naughty or have you been nice? Do you have a team that is winning or a team that is losing?

For some teams, they were winning and are losing (Rockford) – for others, they have been losing and now are winning (Hartford, Providence)

Some teams have lost all season long (Rochester) other teams have won all season long (Utica)

So while not a naughty and nice list, the Week 11 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings hopefully captures the spirit of the thing.

Hop though the jump to see where everyone ended up this week if you didn’t link in direct.

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Monarchs keep rolling. They smash the Pirates into pieces, subjugate the Sharks then stop the P-Bruins six game winning streak. Yet another week of games against the Sharks, Bruins and Pirates.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
MCH 8 @ POR 2
WOR 1 @ MCH 4
PRO 4 @ MCH 5
This Week:
@ WOR 12/26
vs. PRO 12/27
vs. POR 12/28

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Syracuse is winning again. When Syracuse clicked this good, they were two games away from winning a Calder Cup. Still miles to go yet, but if the form holds together, good things are going to happen in Central New York in the Spring.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 2
SYR 2 @ HFD 0
ALB 2 @ SYR 3
This Week:
vs. ALB 12/26
vs. WOR 12/27
@ SPR 12/28

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News broke this week that the Barons won’t return for 2015-16. This didn’t stop Oklahoma City from keeping pace with Utica, the AHL’s best team.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
OKC 4 @ CHA 1
OKC 2 @ CHA 4
RFD 2 @ OKC 3 (OT)
RFD 1 @ OKC 3
This Week:
@ SA 12/27
vs. CHA 12/28

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Springfield wins in comeback fashion on Friday in Binghamton and spoil Hershey’s Hall of Fame Ceremonies with an overtime win. They are keeping Syracuse honest, as both teams are tied in points.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
SPR 6 @ BNG 5
SPR 2 @ HER 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 12/26
@ ALB 12/27
vs. SYR 12/28

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Leagues best team as we approach Christmas. This is where we here at the Politboro wished that there was more East – West crossover. How about a nice trip through New England for the Comets? Even Santa Claus can’t deliver on this one.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ UTI 3 (OT)
UTI 4 @ ADK 1
This Week:
vs. ADK 12/26
vs. LE 12/27

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Penguins have more key players plucked from their team this week and still manage to extend their lead on second place in the East.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ WBS 2
WBS 3 @ BNG 0
This Week:
@ BNG 12/26
vs. BRI 12/27
vs. NOR 12/28

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Outclassed by the Crunch Friday, then scrapped with the surging Phantoms Saturday. Overall, not a bad showing for the Wolf Pack, who are solidly in contention.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ HFD 0
LV 1 @ HFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SPR 12/26
vs. POR 12/27

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Split a pair with the IceCaps, then destroyed the Stars at home on Sunday. Hamilton is keeping the Comets and Flames honest.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ HAM 5
STJ 4 @ HAM 2
TEX 2 @ HAM 5
This Week:
@ TOR 12/26
vs. ADK 12/27

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Surging Phantoms scored three goals in :21 on Binghamton Wednesday, tying an AHL record that stood for decades. Then they shut out the Bears on a night where the Bears dominated large portions of the game. Did the tank finally hit ‘E’ in Hartford? Just a point off Hershey for second place.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 12
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ LV 5
HER 0 @ LV 2
LV 1 @ HFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ HER 12/26
vs. NOR 12/27

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Providence saw their six game winning streak end Saturday against the Conference leading Monarchs. If there is one team that can overtake Manchester for the division, it’s this one.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ POR 2 (OT)
PRO 4 @ MCH 5
This Week:
@ BRI 12/26
@ MCH 12/27

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Barons jump further ahead of the Rampage after San Antonio gets one of a possible four points this week.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
SA 3 @ CHA 2 (SO)
SA 1 @ CHA 3
This Week:
vs. TEX 12/26
vs. OKC 12/27
@ TEX 12/28

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A perfect weekend for the Flames would have tied them with Utica for the North Division lead. Another crack at the Comets in a Boxing Day matchup.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ CHI 1
ADK 2 @ RCH 3 (SO)
UTI 4 @ ADK 1
This Week:
@ UTI 12/26
@ HAM 12/27
@ TOR 12/28

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Rockford has hit a bump in the road, having lost three in a row now and six of their last eight.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ IA 5
RFD 2 @ OKC 3 (OT)
RFD 1 @ OKC 3
This Week:
vs. IA 12/26
vs. CHI 12/28

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The Midwest Division is the most competitive division in the AHL. A bad week like Lake Erie had and you find yourself at the bottom, looking up.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ LE 0
MIL 3 @ LE 4
GR 4 @ LE 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ RCH 12/26
@ UTI 12/27

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Decent weekend for the Griffins, who scored a touchdown on the Marlies Friday and had a wild shootout win with the Monsters Saturday.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ GR 7
GR 4 @ LE 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ CHI 12/22
vs. IA 12/27

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Just an OK week for Albany, who are in a fight with seven other teams for that 8th spot.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ WBS 2
ALB 2 @ SYR 3
This Week:
@ SYR 12/26
vs. SPR 12/27

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Seven streak losing streak ends in Cleveland with a shutout of the Monsters. Lake Erie gets revenge the next night, but then Milwaukee rattles off two more wins this week. One game this week against the Chicago Wolves.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 12
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ LE 0
MIL 3 @ LE 4
MIL 4 @ RCH 2
MIL 3 @ TOR 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/26

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Bears couldn’t capitalize on the fact that Wilkes-Barre is playing with basically an ECHL lineup. Bad luck? Phantoms goaltender Anthony Stolarz played out of his mind Friday.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
HER 0 @ LV 2
SPR 2 @ HER 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. LV 12/26
vs. BNG 12/27

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Really didn’t think that at the Christmas break that the Wolves would be this low in the Conference standings.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
ADK 4 @ CHI 1
IA 5 @ CHI 1
CHI 5 @ IA 1
This Week:
vs. GR 12/22
@ MIL 12/26
@ RFD 12/28

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Absolutely smoked by Manchester this week, then scrapped with Providence and Worcester. Six game losing streak is history, with the OT win against the Sharks.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
MCH 8 @ POR 2
PRO 3 @ POR 2 (OT)
WOR 3 @ POR 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 12/27
@ MCH 12/28

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Charlotte split their games this week with the Barons and Rampage. Wouldn’t you know it, the Checkers are half way from last in the Conference and playoff contenders.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
OKC 4 @ CHA 1
OKC 2 @ CHA 4
SA 3 @ CHA 2 (SO)
SA 1 @ CHA 3
This Week:
@ TEX 12/27
@ OKC 12/28

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Split two with Bridgeport and now have the services of G John Gibson, at least for now. This may be enough to get the Admirals out of the East Division cellar.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ NOR 2
BRI 1 @ NOR 2
This Week:
@ LV 12/27
@ WBS 12/28

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Sound Tigers split a pair in Norfolk then the bus broke down when they were racing back from Virginia to make it in time for a 3 p.m. start against the Sharks. Bridgeport is in a mix with eight teams for the final three spots in the Eastern Conference.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 23rd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ NOR 2
BRI 1 @ NOR 2
WOR @ BRI
This Week:
vs. PRO 12/26
@ WBS 12/27

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I think that the overtime loss to Utica took everything out of the Stars Sunday, when it looked like they didn’t have anything for a rested Hamilton team, who played all three games this week at home.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ UTI 3 (OT)
TEX 3 @ TOR 1
TEX 2 @ HAM 5
This Week:
@ SA 12/26
vs. CHA 12/27
vs. SA 12/28

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Iowa played three 5-1 games this weekend and won two of them.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ IA 5
IA 5 @ CHI 1
CHI 5 @ IA 1
This Week:
@ RFD 12/26
@ GR 12/27

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Lots of people this week are off for the Christmas break. So are the IceCaps, who don’t have any games this week.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ HAM 5
STJ 4 @ HAM 2
This Week:
No games.

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Toronto is out of the basement, barely, only because Rochester is struggling as bad as the Marlies are at the present.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 13
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ GR 7
TEX 3 @ TOR 1
MIL 3 @ TOR 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HAM 12/26
@ RCH 12/27
vs. ADK 12/28

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Perhaps the fact that the Sound Tigers never made it home Sunday afternoon will bode well for the Worcester Sharks, who are dead last in the Atlantic and need a turn around quickly.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
WOR 1 @ MCH 4
WOR 3 @ POR 4 (OT)
WOR @ BRI — PPD
This Week:
vs. MCH 12/26
@ SYR 12/27

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Binghamton has lost four in a row and were embarrassed at home Saturday by a depleted Wilkes-Barre squad.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ LV 5
SPR 6 @ BNG 5
WBS 3 @ BNG 0
This Week:
vs. WBS 12/26
@ HER 12/27

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Amerks continue to struggle. The Politboro is in a cheerful mood this holiday season, so there is no need to type bad things into the capsule.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 2
ADK 2 @ RCH 3 (SO)
MIL 4 @ RCH 2
This Week:
vs. LE 12/26
vs. TOR 12/27

Merry Christmas to one and all!

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