Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 17

So as the calendar flips to February, things are hotly contested in many of the divisions in the AHL.

In the North, you have the Adirondack Flames four points behind the Utica Comets, who have 56 points.

In the Midwest, division leading Rockford leads the way with 58 points and three back the Milwaukee Admirals are lurking.

In the West, the Oklahoma City Barons are running away with things, but the race for second is a hotly contested one. The San Antonio Rampage lead the Texas Stars by six points.

All those teams I mentioned? They play their pursuer or pursuee twice this week. Are you a contender or a pretender? While it may be too soon to say, this weekend may be the first step in finding out.

The Syracuse Crunch still lead the Week 17 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings by the way. Click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where everyone else ended up this week.

14tex_500

Crunch machine keeps rolling. Big time win in Hershey Saturday night, albeit in a shootout.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
RCH 4 @ SYR 6
SYR 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. HFD 2/4
vs. BRI 2/6
vs. SPR 2/7

14tex_500

Barons keep banking points. Head to Texas for two against the Rampage and Stars.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
LE 3 @ OKC 4 (OT)
LE 2 @ OKC 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ SA 2/7
@ TEX 2/8

14tex_500

Wolf Pack surpass the Falcons for second in the Northeast. Huge game coming up Wednesday in Syracuse.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
BRI 6 @ HFD 8
SPR 1 @ HFD 3
This Week:
@ SYR 2/4
@ BRI 2/7

14tex_500

Bears extend the point lead on Wilkes-Barre to four, still have two games in hand and are rolling, winning six of their last seven.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
HER 6 @ LV 1
SYR 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
NOR 0 @ HER 2
This Week:
@ BNG 2/6
vs. WBS 2/7
vs. LV 2/8

14tex_500

IceHogs split a pair with the Wolves, and now have a new team in the mirror, whom they play twice this weekend in a home and home.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
RFD 1 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ MIL 2/6
vs. MIL 2/7

14tex_500

Lack of games this week cost Manchester the top spot in the conference, getting surpassed by the Crunch. Monarchs have a game in hand though.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
POR 1 @ MCH 3
This Week:
vs. ALB 2/4
@ PRO 2/6
vs. PRO 2/7

14tex_500

Milwaukee swaps shutouts with the Griffins. Both teams overtake Chicago for second in the Midwest.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
GR 3 @ MIL 0
MIL 4 @ GR 0
This Week:
vs. LE 2/3
vs. RFD 2/6
@ RFD 2/7
vs. RCH 2/8

14tex_500

The Pirates, like Albany, are one of the unexpected teams in the discussion as the calendar flips to February. A trip to St. John’s is on deck for Portland.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
POR 1 @ MCH 3
POR 6 @ BRI 4
This Week:
@ STJ 2/6
@ STJ 2/7

14tex_500

Albany finally won a shootout over St. John’s and still are hanging around as the calendar flips to February.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ LV 1
STJ 4 @ ALB 1
STJ 1 @ ALB 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ MCH 2/4
@ SPR 2/6

14tex_500

Hamilton can be beneficiaries of the Adirondack / Utica series this week. Two easily winnable series for the Bulldogs this week.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 10th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
HAM 2 @ IA 1
HAM 5 @ IA 3
This Week:
vs. IA 2/6
@ LE 2/7

14tex_500

Sharks would have taken a split with any other team in the division except Providence, who they are neck and neck with for the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
WOR 4 @ PRO 5
PRO 2 @ WOR 3
This Week:
@ LV 2/4
@ NOR 2/6
@ NOR 2/7

14tex_500

Stars can make up ground on San Antonio for second in the West with two solid games against the Rampage.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 2 (OT)
CHA 0 @ TEX 4
This Week:
vs. SA 2/3
@ SA 2/5
vs. OKC 2/8

14tex_500

The Politboro is calling this a make or break week for the Flames, who trail the Comets by four points and get two games against Utica this week.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ ADK 3
This Week:
vs. IA 2/4
vs. UTI 2/6
vs. UTI 2/7

14tex_500

Complacency set in Saturday up 2-0 against the left for dead Phantoms and it cost the Penguins big time. Big week ahead for Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 14th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WBS 5 @ SPR 0
LV 6 @ WBS 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 2/3
@ HER 2/7
@ BRI 2/8

14tex_500

Two bad losses out of the break for the Falcons. Four more this week with really good competition.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
WBS 5 @ SPR 0
SPR 1 @ HFD 3
This Week:
@ WBS 2/3
vs. ALB 2/6
@ SYR 2/7
@ PRO 2/8

14tex_500

Monsters swap a pair of overtime wins and losses against the AHL’s leading Oklahoma City Barons.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
LE 3 @ OKC 4 (OT)
LE 2 @ OKC 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ MIL 2/3
vs. TOR 2/6
vs. HAM 2/7

14tex_500

Feast or famine for the Grand Rapids Griffins this week. Shutout the Wild and Admirals this week then shutout by Milwaukee the next night.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
GR 6 @ IA 0
GR 3 @ MIL 0
MIL 4 @ GR 0
This Week:
@ TOR 2/4
vs. RCH 2/6
vs. RCH 2/7

14tex_500

Two this week in Glens Falls against the Flames. Comets lead on the division could be done-zo or it could be extended by ten.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ UTI 2
UTI 3 @ TOR 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ ADK 2/6
@ ADK 2/7
vs. BNG 2/8

14tex_500

P-Bruins split a pair with the Sharks. Two teams that are tailing the 8th seeded Penguins.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 19th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WOR 4 @ PRO 5
PRO 2 @ WOR 3
This Week:
vs. MCH 2/6
@ MCH 2/7
vs. SPR 2/8

14tex_500

Left for dead down 2-0 in front of a sold out Wilkes-Barre crowd having lost their last two games, Phantoms storm back for six unanswered and stun the Penguins. Look for this to be the turning point of the season if the Phantoms manage to sneak in the playoffs.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ LV 1
HER 6 @ LV 1
LV 6 @ WBS 2
This Week:
vs. WOR 2/4
@ BNG 2/7
@ HER 2/8

14tex_500

Sound Tigers score 4+ goals in both games this week and still come away with zero points. That’s tough.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
BRI 6 @ HFD 8
POR 6 @ BRI 4
This Week:
@ SYR 2/6
vs. HFD 2/7
vs. WBS 2/8

14tex_500

Marlies manage three of four points against the division leading Comets. Could this be the tipping point for a solid second half for Toronto?
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ UTI 2
UTI 3 @ TOR 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. GR 2/4
@ LE 2/6
vs. IA 2/7

14tex_500

Rampage with a bit of a cushion between them and third place Texas. They get a pair with the Stars this week.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 2 (OT)
CHA 2 @ SA 5
This Week:
@ TEX 2/3
vs. TEX 2/5
vs. OKC 2/7

14tex_500

Admirals road trip sees them take two of three. They are out of last place in the East and aren’t out of it by a long shot. Big test this week with Worcester coming in.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
NOR 5 @ BNG 3
NOR 2 @ BNG 1 (OT)
NOR 0 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. WOR 2/6
vs. WOR 2/7

14tex_500

Wolves manage points in both contests vs. Rockford this week but drop to fourth in the Midwest, eight behind the leading IceHogs.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 25th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
RFD 1 @ CHI 4
This Week:
vs. RCH 2/3
@ CHA 2/6
@ CHA 2/7

14tex_500

St. John’s will be the answer to the trivia question, “name the team that lost to the Albany Devils in a shootout.”
Rank: 26
Last Week: 26th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
STJ 4 @ ALB 1
STJ 1 @ ALB 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. POR 2/6
vs. POR 2/7

14tex_500

Amerks are busy this week. Four road games in the Midwest on tap for Rochester, who are searching for anything at this point to turn things around.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
RCH 4 @ SYR 6
RCH 2 @ ADK 3
This Week:
@ CHI 2/3
@ GR 2/6
@ GR 2/7
@ MIL 2/8

14tex_500

Checkers go to Texas and come home with no points. Were you expecting anything different against those teams?
Rank: 28
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ SA 5
CHA 0 @ TEX 4
This Week:
vs. CHI 2/6
vs. CHI 2/7

14tex_500

Wild and Checkers are in a tight battle for who gets to draft Connor McDav—wait.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
GR 6 @ IA 0
HAM 2 @ IA 1
HAM 5 @ IA 3
This Week:
@ ADK 2/4
@ HAM 2/6
@ TOR 2/7

14tex_500

Binghamton meets rock bottom of the Conference after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Norfolk Admirals at home on Saturday night.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
NOR 5 @ BNG 3
NOR 2 @ BNG 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HER 2/6
vs. LV 2/7
@ UTI 2/8

Leave a comment, drop a line, I hope you are feeling fine.

Comments are closed.