Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 1

Back for Year Three with the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. No new format change from last year, it worked so I kept with it.

We are in early days for AHL teams hitting the ice as far as St. John’s, Newfoundland to San Diego, California as the League turned 80 on Friday. Not necessarily time to hit the panic button one game or two games into the campaign, and these Rankings are likely to jumble around next week, and the week after that and beyond, but the groundwork has been laid to hammer out a Week 1 offering.

There is a surprise team at number one this week. Question now becomes how long they can stay there. Hop through the jump to see who it is and where your favorite team ended up.

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Sound Tigers are the surprising team of the weekend, scoring 10 goals total and are off to a 2-0 start.
Rank: 1
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ BRI 4
STJ 1 @ BRI 6
This Week:
vs. SPR 10/13
@ PRO 10/16
vs. PRO 10/17
vs. WBS 10/18

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After losing some players to waivers and graduation in the preseason, the thought was that the Reign won’t be as good as they were last year as the Monarchs. A 5-0 whitewash of the Condors in Bakersfield is a step in the direction to silence the naysayers.
Rank: 2
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
ONT 5 @ BAK 0
This Week:
@ MTB 10/15
@ MTB 10/17

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Well, I don’t think anyone thought that they would see the kind of result the Heat displayed against the Rockford IceHogs Saturday. A 7-0 thrashing of a playoff team last year.
Rank: 3
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
RFD 0 @ STK 7
This Week:
vs. SJ 10/15

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Strong start for the Marlies who looked good against the new look Manitoba Moose squad this weekend at home. Two this week with new found divisional rival Albany.
Rank: 4
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ TOR 5
MTB 2 @ TOR 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. ALB 10/17
vs. ALB 10/18

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Offense was on full exhibit in Massachusetts against the new look Falcons. Back on the road north to Portland for a pair this weekend.
Rank: 5
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
HER 5 @ SPR 1
This Week:
@ POR 10/17
@ POR 10/18

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Excellent start for the Amerks to begin the 2015-16 season. A trip to “The Rock” on tap for Rochester.
Rank: 6
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
LE 3 @ RCH 6
UTI 1 @ RCH 2
This Week:
@ STJ 10/16
@ STJ 10/17

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It’s just game one of a 76 game slog of a season and round one of a fourteen round tournament against the Rampage, but you have to like what you saw from a Stars fan perspective Saturday in come from behind fashion.
Rank: 7
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ CHI 10/16
@ RFD 10/17
@ RFD 10/18

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Good start for the Wolves over divisional rival Milwaukee.
Rank: 8
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ CHI 5
This Week:
vs. TEX 10/16
vs. CHA 10/17

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Great start to the season in San Diego in front of a sellout crowd of 12,290 against a powerhouse Grand Rapids team.
Rank: 9
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
GR 2 @ SD 4
This Week:
vs. BAK 10/16

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Crunch go into the lions den in Lehigh Valley and knock around a Phantoms team many have pegged to contend in the highly competitive Atlantic Division.
Rank: 10
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ LV 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 10/17
@ HFD 10/18

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Gritty comeback win Sunday against the Wild in Des Moines. This is a positive step for a Checkers team that didn’t have many of them last season.
Rank: 11
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
CHA 4 @ IA 1
CHA 5 @ IA 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ MIL 10/16
@ CHI 10/17

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After last seasons debacle of a campaign, this season is off to a good start on the Southern Tier.
Rank: 12
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ BNG 4
This Week:
@ SYR 10/17

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Looked solid Friday in Hartford then looked lost Saturday in Bridgeport. That inconsistency will need to be ironed out before Saturday’s home opener against the Phantoms.
Rank: 13
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ PRO 1 (OT)
WBS 1 @ BRI 4
This Week:
vs. LV 10/17
@ BRI 10/18

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Points in all of their games this week for the P-Bruins who are off to a start a lot of teams wish they had.
Rank: 14
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ PRO 1 (OT)
POR 4 @ PRO 6
This Week:
@ HFD 10/14
vs. BRI 10/16
@ BRI 10/17

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Split a Connecticut trip. An okay start. Open this week with Rochester.
Rank: 15
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ HFD 1
STJ 1 @ BRI 6
This Week:
vs. RCH 10/16
vs. RCH 10/17

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Good start to the weekend premiere of the IceHogs season with a win in San Jose but a terrible finish with a 7-0 drilling at the hands of the Stockton Heat.
Rank: 16
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ SJ 2
RFD 0 @ STK 7
This Week:
vs. TEX 10/17
vs. TEX 10/18

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Early on, but can you really be optimistic after just scoring one goal against Grand Rapids and getting thrashed by in-state rival Ontario?
Rank: 17
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
GR 0 @ BAK 1
ONT 5 @ BAK 0
This Week:
@ SD 10/16
vs SJ 10/17

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Defending Western Conference Champions come East and take on a new Eastern conference neighbor in Rochester and lose a close one. One with Hartford this week in the Connecticut capital.
Rank: 18
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
UTI 1 @ RCH 2
This Week:
@ HFD 10/17

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Moose will have things to work on this week as they open at home against the reincarnate of the League champion Ontario Reign.
Rank: 19
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ TOR 5
MTB 2 @ TOR 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. ONT 10/15
vs. ONT 10/17

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These match-ups between the Stars and Rampage will make for great theater this season. An instant classic Saturday in Cedar Park. They get to do it thirteen more times this season.
Rank: 20
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ GR 10/16
@ GR 10/17

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Well. Same old Wild? Lost 4-1 to Charlotte Saturday then coughed up a 4-1 lead and lost in a shootout Sunday night. It’s off to Cleveland this weekend.
Rank: 21
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
CHA 4 @ IA 1
CHA 5 @ IA 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ LE 10/16
@ LE 10/17

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Devils never really do well in Binghamton, so the the 4-1 result should have been expected. Two with new division rival Toronto this weekend.
Rank: 22
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ BNG 4
This Week:
@ TOR 10/17
@ TOR 10/18

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First game under new affiliate Columbus was less than memorable. Things to work on in preparation for Iowa this week.
Rank: 23
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
LE 3 @ RCH 6
This Week:
vs. IA 10/16
vs. IA 10/17

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Only game of the week was a Sunday affair in Providence and the Pirates were outgunned by Frank Vatrano (4 goals) and the Providence Bruins.
Rank: 24
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
POR 4 @ PRO 6
This Week:
vs. HER 10/17
vs. HER 10/18

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New and improved Phantoms looked like the same old Phantoms from last year. Pushed around all game by the Crunch. Will look for the first win of the season against divisional foes Springfield or Wilkes-Barre this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ LV 3
This Week:
@ SPR 10/16
@ WBS 10/17

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Positive start for the Wolf Pack. Busy schedule ahead this week.
Rank: 26
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ HFD 1
This Week:
vs. PRO 10/14
vs. UTI 10/17
vs. SYR 10/18

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Rough start for the Barracuda, despite going 2-for-4 on the power play against Rockford in their home opener.
Rank: 27
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ SJ 2
This Week:
@ STK 10/15
@ BAK 10/17

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The Power Rankings Politburo sees more set backs like the one the Falcons gave up to the Bears in their future. It may become a theme.
Rank: 28
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
HER 5 @ SPR 1
This Week:
@ BRI 10/13
vs. LV 10/16

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Article this week on the AHL site about how Milwaukee wants back in the playoffs. After this weekends showing against Chicago, the Admirals still have a lot of work to do.
Rank: 29
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ CHI 5
This Week:
vs. CHA 10/16

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Pump the brakes on the, “Grand Rapids is going to steam roll through the West” rhetoric. After an 0-2 California road trip, the Griffins have obvious things to work on in preparation for the Rampage this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week:
Change:
Last Week:
GR 0 @ BAK 1
GR 2 @ SD 4
This Week:
vs. SA 10/16
vs. SA 10/17

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