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AHL Power Rankings: Week 14

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

The Oklahoma City Barons are not only still at the top of the Week 14 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings for another week, but they are at the top of the AHL in general.

The Springfield Falcons remain in second and take over tops in the Eastern Conference.

I don’t want to give it all away, so click through the jump to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Back to back shutouts to close out the weekend for the Barons, who rise to the top of the AHL with 56 points and clear of second place by 11 points.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
TEX 5 @ OKC 2
OKC 5 @ ADK 4 (OT)
OKC 2 @ RCH 0
OKC 3 @ HAM 0
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/16
vs. TEX 1/17
vs. RCH 1/18

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Impressive week for the Falcons, who overtake Manchester for tops in the Conference. A rematch in Albany this week before Binghamton comes calling.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ PRO 1
HFD 4 @ SPR 3 (OT)
ALB 1 @ SPR 2
This Week:
@ ALB 1/14
vs. BNG 1/18

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Crunch continue to roll. Their biggest problem is that they play in the most competitive division in the AHL.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ HFD 3 (OT)
WBS 3 @ SYR 4
This Week:
@ BNG 1/16
@ BRI 1/17
@ BRI 1/18

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Shutout by the Bulldogs this week but the pwnage of the Flames continues; Utica is 7-0 against Adirondack this season.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
UTI 0 @ HAM 3
ADK 1 @ UTI 4
This Week:
vs. GR 1/14
vs. MIL 1/16

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Texas trip brings home all four points. Marlies are 6-0-3 in past nine games and coming on quickly. Trip continues this week in North Carolina.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
TOR 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
TOR 3 @ SA 0
This Week:
@ CHA 1/15
@ CHA 1/16

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Manchester gets three points this week and are surpassed by the Springfield Falcons for first in the Conference.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
MCH 0 @ STJ 1 (OT)
MCH 2 @ STJ 3
BNG 1 @ MCH 6
This Week:
@ WOR 1/13
@ WOR 1/16
vs. PRO 1/17
vs. WOR 1/18

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Lehigh Valley is in the proverbial catbird seat with 7 head to head match ups each with the Penguins and Bears, who the Phantoms have four games in hand on Wilkes-Barre and two on Hershey. Highest winning percentage in the East Division? It’s the Phantoms. Oh, and they swept St. John’s and have a few more winnable games on the matrix this week.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
LV 4 @ STJ 2
LV 6 @ STJ 2
This Week:
vs. ALB 1/16
vs. BNG 1/17
@ HER 1/18

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Not a bad week for the Griffins, who are staying in touch with the rest of the division in mid-January.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 8th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
CHA 2 @ GR 1
CHI 1 @ GR 5
This Week:
@ UTI 1/14
@ HAM 1/16
@ HAM 1/17

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Points in all the games played this weekend for Hartford. Trip to Virginia this weekend for the Wolf Pack.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ HFD 3 (OT)
HFD 4 @ SPR 3 (OT)
BRI 4 @ HFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ NOR 1/16
@ NOR 1/17

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Rockford doesn’t want to win the Midwest Division that badly, letting Milwaukee back into the picture this week.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 4
MIL 1 @ RFD 0 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHA 1/13
vs. IA 1/16
@ CHI 1/17

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Portland gets three straight games in Newfoundland this week, trail first place Manchester by 11 points.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
BNG 0 @ POR 3
BRI 4 @ POR 1
POR 5 @ PRO 2
This Week:
@ STJ 1/14
@ STJ 1/16
@ STJ 1/17

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That’s three in a row for Worcester, who are quietly seemingly putting things together. Big, tough test this week against the Monarchs twice, the Penguins, then Manchester again.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ WOR 6
PRO 3 @ WOR 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MCH 1/13
vs. MCH 1/16
vs. WBS 1/17
@ MCH 1/18

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Norfolk is a different team when they have Emerson Etem and Dany Heatley on their team. Trip to Pennsylvania took home six out of a possible eight points.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 16
Last Week:
NOR 2 @ WBS 1
NOR 2 @ WBS 0
NOR 1 @ HER 3
NOR 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. HFD 1/16
vs. HFD 1/17

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What a rebound by the Admirals this week with two convincing wins over Rockford and a throttling of the sorry Checkers this week. Trip East to the North Division against some good competition.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 16
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 4
MIL 1 @ RFD 0 (OT)
CHA 0 @ MIL 5
This Week:
@ HAM 1/14
@ UTI 1/16
@ ADK 1/17

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Yeah, that wasn’t a good week for the Penguins, now winless in four straight. Despite that fact, still lead the division by a point. A week to re-group and a trip to Worcester and Providence ahead for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
NOR 2 @ WBS 1
NOR 2 @ WBS 0
WBS 3 @ SYR 4
This Week:
@ WOR 1/17
@ PRO 1/18

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Bears let a golden opportunity to take over the division slip with a poor performance Sunday against Norfolk. Otherwise, closed to within a point behind the all of a sudden slumping Penguins.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
HER 4 @ ALB 0
NOR 1 @ HER 3
NOR 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. ALB 1/17
vs. LV 1/18

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The Flames trail the Comets in the North Division by 4 points, and are 0-7 against Utica this season. Ouch.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SA 2 @ ADK 6
OKC 5 @ ADK 4 (OT)
ADK 1 @ UTI 4
This Week:
vs. MIL 1/17

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Nice little turnaround for the Sound Tigers after last weeks debacle. Host the white hot Crunch this weekend.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ POR 1
BRI 1 @ ALB 3
BRI 4 @ HFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ PRO 1/16
vs. SYR 1/17
vs. SYR 1/18

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What was looking like a positive week for the Rampage went off the rails on Sunday with a bad 3-0 loss to the Marlies.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 19th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SA 2 @ ADK 6
SA 3 @ RCH 1
IA 3 @ SA 8
TOR 3 @ SA 0
This Week:
vs. RCH 1/17

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The Stars don’t do themselves any favors losing to the Wild this week. Those are points that Texas needs.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
TEX 5 @ OKC 2
IA 2 @ TEX 1
TOR 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RCH 1/14
@ OKC 1/16
@ OKC 1/17

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Figure this one out. St. John’s beats what was at the time the best team in the Eastern Conference this week and lose two to a team that, when the weekend started, wasn’t even in the Top 8.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
MCH 0 @ STJ 1 (OT)
MCH 2 @ STJ 3
LV 4 @ STJ 2
LV 6 @ STJ 2
This Week:
vs. POR 1/14
vs. POR 1/16
vs. POR 1/17

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Four game losing streak for the P-Bruins, who will probably be fighting for a 6 seed or lower in a few months.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ PRO 1
PRO 3 @ WOR 4 (OT)
POR 5 @ PRO 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 1/16
@ MCH 1/17
vs. WBS 1/18

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Wolves had a week to prepare for a Grand Rapids team that played two against Charlotte and never showed up.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ GR 5
This Week:
@ IA 1/13
vs. LE 1/16
vs. RFD 1/17

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Lake Erie could make a push towards the 8 seed this week with some winnable games on the matrix.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
LE 2 @ RCH 5
LE 2 @ HAM 1
This Week:
@ CHI 1/16
@ IA 1/17
@ IA 1/18

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Losses this week leave Albany in the basement in the Northeast. Can this Devils team recover?
Rank: 25
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
HER 4 @ ALB 0
BRI 1 @ ALB 3
ALB 1 @ SPR 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 1/14
@ LV 1/16
@ HER 1/17

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Checkers split a series in Grand Rapids then get blasted by Milwaukee Saturday.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
CHA 2 @ GR 1
CHA 0 @ MIL 5
This Week:
@ RFD 1/13
vs. TOR 1/15
vs. TOR 1/16

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Four goals in three games isn’t going to cut it for any team. North Division may be becoming a two horse race. (Utica / Adirondack)
Rank: 27
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
UTI 0 @ HAM 3
LE 2 @ HAM 1
OKC 3 @ HAM 0
This Week:
vs. MIL 1/14
vs. GR 1/16
vs. GR 1/17

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San Antonio scored six unanswered goals on Iowa Saturday. That should tell you just about everything you need to know about this Wild club.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
IA 2 @ TEX 1
IA 3 @ SA 8
This Week:
vs. CHI 1/13
@ RFD 1/16
vs. LE 1/17
vs. LE 1/18

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The Amerks haven’t had anything that has even resembled a winning streak this season. They had a three game win streak in October and two two game win streaks since. Dead last in the North, probably for good this season.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SA 3 @ RCH 1
LE 2 @ RCH 5
OKC 2 @ RCH 0
This Week:
@ TEX 1/14
@ SA 1/17
@ OKC 1/18

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The East Division is having a down season and Binghamton is slumping. So a trip to the Atlantic Division wasn’t what the doctor ordered for the B-Sens, who were throttled 15-4 aggregate this weekend.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
BNG 0 @ POR 3
BNG 3 @ WOR 6
BNG 1 @ MCH 6
This Week:
vs. SYR 1/16
@ LV 1/17
@ SPR 1/18

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