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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 15

After a perfect weekend in Norfolk, the Hartford Wolf Pack are this weeks beneficiaries of the top spot in the Week 15 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings as teams in front of Hartford slipped a bit this week.

Last weeks number one team Oklahoma City, slid down one spot after a wild 8-7 shootout loss at home against the Rochester Americans.

It’s a dogfight in the Eastern Conference. Four points separate 6th to 12th. There is little margin for error. You could be in one night and out the next.

Jump though to see where your favorite team ended up.

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Hartford squelch the run that Norfolk was on last week with a weekend sweep in Virginia against the Admirals.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ NOR 2 (OT)
HFD 3 @ NOR 0
This Week:
vs. PRO 1/21
vs. SPR 1/23
@ SYR 1/24

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Despite a shutout loss and a wild 8-7 shootout loss this week, the Oklahoma City Barons are the best team in the AHL as the league approaches its All-Star break.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ OKC 0
TEX 2 @ OKC 5
RCH 8 @ OKC 7 (SO)
This Week:
@ CHA 1/22
@ CHA 1/23

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Five more points this week for the IceHogs. Just when you think that you are getting close, Rockford gets away.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ RFD 2 (SO)
IA 0 @ RFD 4
RFD 3 @ CHI 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 1/19
@ IA 1/22
vs. UTI 1/24

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Suddenly hot Sharks beat division leading Manchester three times this week and shutout the sliding Penguins. Just two back of Portland for second in the Atlantic, twelve behind the Monarchs. Don’t think the Sharks can do it? You probably didn’t see Worcester beating Manchester three times this week either.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
MCH 1 @ WOR 3
MCH 4 @ WOR 5 (SO)
WBS 0 @ WOR 4
WOR 4 @ MCH 3
This Week:
@ POR 1/21
vs. ALB 1/23
@ ALB 1/24

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Actually not a bad week for Springfield, who just get a point out of the weekend. The lead over Syracuse wasn’t damaged that badly, as the Crunch went 1-2.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ ALB 2 (OT)
BNG 6 @ SPR 3
This Week:
@ HFD 1/23
vs. PRO 1/24

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Springfield struggled this week, and so did the Crunch. Just three points behind Springfield with some tough competition coming in this week.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ BNG 5
SYR 6 @ BRI 2
SYR 1 @ BRI 2
This Week:
vs. LV 1/23
vs. HFD 1/24

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Trip East brings home max points for Milwaukee, who close two three points behind division leading Rockford.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ HAM 1
MIL 2 @ UTI 1
MIL 4 @ ADK 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. UTI 1/21
vs. IA 1/23

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Comets split the week. Second place Flames look like they are fading. Noise with Toronto and Hamilton may be getting louder. Road trip to the Midwest for Utica this week.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
GR 2 @ UTI 4
MIL 2 @ UTI 1
This Week:
@ MIL 1/21
@ GR 1/23
@ RFD 1/24

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Bears take over the division thanks to a Penguin team stuck on 44 points. Lead over Wilkes-Barre is three. Rematch with the Phantoms on Wednesday in Allentown this week then host the B-Sens before the All-Star break.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ HER 5 (OT)
LV 2 @ HER 5
This Week:
@ LV 1/21
vs. BNG 1/24

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Portland plays three on the Rock and take home four of six, staying ahead of surging Worcester by two points and closing the gap on first place Manchester by ten.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
POR 1 @ STJ 2 (OT)
POR 3 @ STJ 0
POR 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. WOR 1/21
vs. BRI 1/23
@ BRI 1/24

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5 of 6 for the Devils this week who remain in the discussion as we inch closer to the All-Star break.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 14
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ ALB 2 (OT)
ALB 3 @ LV 2
ALB 4 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BRI 1/21
@ WOR 1/23
vs. WOR 1/24

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Marlies split a pair of 4-1 games in Charlotte this week. Host Hamilton in a home and home series before the All-Star break.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
TOR 4 @ CHA 1
TOR 1 @ CHA 4
This Week:
@ HAM 1/23
vs. HAM 1/24

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Bulldogs slowly creeping up on Adirondack, just six back. A home and home with Toronto this week. The Marlies aren’t too far behind Hamilton, either.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 14
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ HAM 1
GR 1 @ HAM 2
GR 2 @ HAM 5
This Week:
vs. TOR 1/23
@ TOR 1/24

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The Monarchs will be having nightmares about Sharks this week and beyond. Three losses to Worcester this week.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
MCH 1 @ WOR 3
MCH 4 @ WOR 5 (SO)
PRO 1 @ MCH 2 (OT)
WOR 4 @ MCH 3
This Week:
@ PRO 1/23

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Phantoms could have taken over first place in the division this weekend with a win in Hershey Sunday but are apparently not quite ready to run with the Bears at home.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ LV 2
BNG 1 @ LV 5
LV 2 @ HER 5
This Week:
vs. HER 1/21
@ SYR 1/23
vs. STJ 1/24

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Bruins gut out points in all games played this week; overtime win and loss and a regulation win over the staggering Penguins.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ PRO 3 (OT)
PRO 1 @ MCH 2 (OT)
WBS 4 @ PRO 5
This Week:
@ HFD 1/21
vs. MCH 1/23
@ SPR 1/24

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Oof. Tough points to give away this week by the Griffins. This may sting Grand Rapids down the line.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
GR 2 @ UTI 4
GR 1 @ HAM 2
GR 2 @ HAM 5
This Week:
vs. CHI 1/21
vs. UTI 1/23
vs. IA 1/24

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Split a pair with Syracuse and lose in OT to the Bruins on Friday. Still, Bridgeport is a hot streak away from being right back in the thick of things in the Conference.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 18th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ PRO 3 (OT)
SYR 6 @ BRI 2
SYR 1 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ ALB 1/21
@ POR 1/23
vs. POR 1/24

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Rampage win their only game this week against visiting Rochester. Host Texas this week before a weekend on the shores of Lake Erie.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 19th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ SA 5
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/20
@ LE 1/22
@ LE 1/24

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St. John’s gets three of six out of a home stand with Portland. Still at the bottom of the Atlantic, but a trip to the East Division against some struggling teams may be what the doctor ordered.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
POR 1 @ STJ 2 (OT)
POR 3 @ STJ 0
POR 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ WBS 1/21
@ BNG 1/23
@ LV 1/24

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Beat Rockford in a shootout then split a pair of 4-1 games with Toronto. Travel to Norfolk for a midweek match-up against the Admirals, then host the Barons this weekend.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ RFD 2 (SO)
TOR 4 @ CHA 1
TOR 1 @ CHA 4
This Week:
@ NOR 1/21
vs. OKC 1/22
vs. OKC 1/23

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Wild shootout win over Oklahoma City may be talked about for weeks in Rochester. Is this something the Amerks can build upon? Fading Adirondack on the matrix next.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
RCH 6 @ TEX 5
RCH 3 @ SA 5
RCH 8 @ OKC 7 (SO)
This Week:
vs. ADK 1/23
@ ADK 1/24

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Still waiting on Texas to kick it into gear. An 11 goal game with Rochester was a loss, then split a pair with Oklahoma City.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
RCH 6 @ TEX 5
TEX 2 @ OKC 0
TEX 2 @ OKC 5
This Week:
@ SA 1/20
vs. CHI 1/23
vs. CHI 1/24

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Flames get just one point out of the one game they play this week, an overtime loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. Two with Rochester this week.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ ADK 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ RCH 1/23
vs. RCH 1/24

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This Chicago team is still looking for an identity. A shutout win over the struggling Wild, then a blowout loss to Lake Erie and a shootout loss to division rival Rockford.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ IA 0
LE 5 @ CHI 1
RFD 3 @ CHI 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ RFD 1/19
@ GR 1/21
@ TEX 1/23
@ TEX 1/24

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Two wins against Lake Erie erase what would have been a forgettable week for the Wild.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ IA 0
IA 0 @ RFD 4
LE 1 @ IA 4
LE 3 @ IA 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RFD 1/22
@ MIL 1/23
@ GR 1/24

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Shutout the Crunch at home, travel to Allentown and are blown out and then overnight to Springfield and blow out the Falcons. Feast or famine for the B-Sens this week.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ BNG 5
BNG 1 @ LV 5
BNG 6 @ SPR 3
This Week:
vs. STJ 1/23
@ HER 1/24

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Losing streak is now six games and the division lead is gone. Late, backbreaking goal allowed to the Bruins Sunday may do more harm than good in the psyche. Host St. John’s Wednesday before traveling to Norfolk to close out the week.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 13
Last Week:
WBS 0 @ WOR 4
WBS 4 @ POR 5
This Week:
vs. STJ 1/21
@ NOR 1/23
@ NOR 1/24

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Goaltender Reto Berra made history this weekend as the ninth goalie since the 1992-93 season to score a goal, but Lake Erie will be asking more questions than they have answers to this week after letting points get away from them in Des Moines this weekend.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
LE 5 @ CHI 1
LE 1 @ IA 4
LE 3 @ IA 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SA 1/22
vs. SA 1/24

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The Hartford Wolf Pack delivered a giant bucket of cold water on the suddenly hot Norfolk Admirals. Visits from the Checkers and Penguins this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 17
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ NOR 2 (OT)
HFD 3 @ NOR 0
This Week:
vs. CHA 1/21
vs. WBS 1/23
vs. WBS 1/24

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One response to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 15

  1. richard January 19, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Rankings are great as usual. Really enjoy the work you put into this. One request,please. Could you somehow put the team ‘s overall record in their synopsis ? Don’t always keep up with western standings.
    Also would like to meet you if you’re in Hershey on February 7.
    Richard