Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 2

It’s the Week Two offering of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and we sense a theme.

— There are three undefeated teams left and they all reside in the Pacific Division.
— There are two teams in the Atlantic Division that no one is talking about and no they aren’t the Sound Tigers or Penguins.
— There are a lot of good teams that were supposed to be bad and many bad teams that were supposed to be good.

To find out more and to see the whole list from top to bottom, click through the jump…

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My goodness, what an offensive week the Texas Stars had this week. One of three unbeaten teams after Week Two, but this Texas team looks legit.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
TEX 7 @ CHI 3
TEX 5 @ RFD 2
TEX 7 @ RFD 2
This Week:
vs. STK 10/21
@ IA 10/24
@ IA 10/25

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Looking at the Reign’s schedule coming up, can you find a game where they don’t walk away with at least one point? I can’t.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
ONT 4 @ MTB 1
ONT 1 @ MTB 0 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BAK 10/23
vs. SJ 10/24

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The Politburo isn’t going to penalize the Sound Tigers too much this week. Even if they beat Wilkes-Barre Sunday to start 6-0, the Texas Stars were still going to be number one this week.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
SPR 3 @ BRI 5
BRI 5 @ PRO 4
PRO 1 @ BRI 3
WBS 5 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ STJ 10/24
@ STJ 10/25

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Won a shootout with the Condors Friday. Busy week from the road for the undefeated Gulls.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
BAK 5 @ SD 6 (SO)
This Week:
@ SJ 10/21
@ SJ 10/23
@ BAK 10/24

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I’d say that whatever was broke from the less than stellar opening weekend was fixed in a big way this past week. Power play is on fire, defense is on point and the goaltending looks like it could be a two-headed monster.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
LV 4 @ WBS 6
WBS 5 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ SPR 10/23
vs. SPR 10/24

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Marlies may find life a little easier for themselves in the East. Devils put up a good test, but we are still confident here at the Politburo that the Marlies will be a contender.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
ALB 3 @ TOR 2
This Week:
@ RCH 10/23
@ BNG 10/24
@ LV 10/25

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New affiliation with Montreal is off to the right foot, the IceCaps are 3-1 with a busy week ahead.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ STJ 5
RCH 2 @ STJ 6
This Week:
vs. BNG 10/20
vs. BNG 10/21
vs. BRI 10/24
vs. BRI 10/25

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Wolves saw the Stars ring it up against them Friday, hung nine on Charlotte the next night.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 8th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
TEX 7 @ CHI 3
CHA 5 @ CHI 9
This Week:
@ RFD 10/23
vs. CHA 10/25

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Impressive sweep by the Pirates of division rival Hershey. Portland is an underrated Atlantic Division team.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 15
Last Week:
HER 2 @ POR 3
HER 5 @ POR 2
This Week:
vs. ALB 10/23
@ ALB 10/24

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This is your second underrated team in the Atlantic Division. Everyone is going to be talking about starts that Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre have had, and yet the WolfPack are flying under everyones radar.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 16
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
UTI 0 @ HFD 3
SYR 2 @ HFD 5
This Week:
@ SYR 10/23
@ HER 10/24
@ HER 10/25

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San Antonio great or Grand Rapids bad this weekend?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
SA 3 @ GR 2
SA 4 @ GR 0
This Week:
vs. STK 10/24

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Trip to Texas this week up for the Heat and a tumble down the Rankings after a loss to the Barracuda Thursday.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
SJ 4 @ STK 1
This Week:
@ TEX 10/21
@ SA 10/24

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Better week for Lake Erie this week with points in both contests vs. the Wild this week. Now a trip to Winnipeg to take on the Moose.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
IA 1 @ LE 4
IA 1 @ LE 0 (SO)
This Week:
@ MTB 10/22
@ MTB 10/24

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Three out of four points North of the Border for the Devils. Not a bad start.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
ALB 3 @ TOR 2
This Week:
@ POR 10/23
vs. POR 10/24
vs. BNG 10/25

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Split a pair this weekend. Some work to do despite a favorable standings position.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ SYR 2
SYR 2 @ HFD 5
This Week:
vs. HFD 10/23
@ UTI 10/24
@ RCH 10/25

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Only Charlotte can score twelve goals in two games and not win both of them.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
CHA 7 @ MIL 2
CHA 5 @ CHI 9
This Week:
@ GR 10/21
@ GR 10/23
@ CHI 10/25

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Amerks looked lost this weekend and it wasn’t because it was their first time in Newfoundland in a few years.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ STJ 5
RCH 2 @ STJ 6
This Week:
@ UTI 10/21
vs. TOR 10/23
vs. SYR 10/25

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The sweep at the hands of the Portland Pirates will awaken this Bears team. Or maybe it won’t and this team is disjointed.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 13
Last Week:
HER 2 @ POR 3
HER 2 @ POR 5
This Week:
@ UTI 10/23
vs. HFD 10/24
vs. HFD 10/25

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Lots to focus on for Binghamton as they have only played two games through two weeks. Road trip to Newfoundland this week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
@ STJ 10/20
@ STJ 10/21
vs. TOR 10/24
@ ALB 10/25

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Bruins are pleased that no games against the Sound Tigers are on the schedule this week. A pair with the Phantoms in a home and home on tap this week.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
BRI 5 @ PRO 4
PRO 1 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. LV 10/23
@ LV 10/24

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Positive week for the Barracuda against in-state rival Stockton and Bakersfield.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SJ 4 @ STK 1
SJ 4 @ BAK 3
This Week:
vs. SD 10/21
vs. SD 10/23
@ ONT 10/24

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Phantoms jumped on the Falcons Friday and Springfield never hit back. They did the same to Wilkes-Barre Saturday and the Penguins knocked them out.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
LV 4 @ SPR 1
LV 4 @ WBS 6
This Week:
@ PRO 10/23
vs. PRO 10/24
vs. TOR 10/25

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What does it say about your team when you win a game 1-0 in a shootout?
Rank: 23
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
IA 1 @ LE 4
IA 1 @ LE 0 (SO)
This Week:
vs. MIL 10/20
@ RFD 10/21
vs. TEX 10/24
vs. TEX 10/25

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A goal-fest in San Diego with the game somehow ending in a shootout, then beat by San Jose Saturday night. Condors off to an unimpressive 1-2-0-1 start.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
BAK 5 @ SD 6 (SO)
SJ 4 @ BAK 3
This Week:
@ ONT 10/23
vs. SD 10/24

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Moose are winless four games into a campaign in a conference where other teams are playing fewer games where every percentage point is vital. Maybe a pair with Lake Erie will get Manitoba their first win.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
ONT 4 @ MTB 1
ONT 1 @ MTB 0 (OT)
This Week:
vs. LE 10/22
vs. LE 10/24

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The IceHogs have been outscored by a sum total of 21-8 in four games. That, friends, is the leagues worst defense.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
TEX 5 @ RFD 2
TEX 7 @ RFD 2
This Week:
vs. IA 10/21
vs. CHI 10/23
@ MIL 10/24

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Comets are finding out that things aren’t any easier in the Eastern Conference. Shutout in Hartford Saturday.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
UTI 0 @ HFD 3
This Week:
vs. RCH 10/21
vs. HER 10/23
vs. SYR 10/24

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Bad start for the Falcons under new affiliate Arizona. Things don’t get any easier with a pair against the Penguins this week.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SPR 3 @ BRI 5
LV 4 @ SPR 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 10/23
@ WBS 10/24

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Yeah, things aren’t fixed yet in Milwaukee. Now when you get curb stomped by Charlotte.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHA 7 @ MIL 2
This Week:
@ IA 10/20
vs. RFD 10/24

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The Calder Cup favorite Grand Rapids Griffins are 0-4 and have only scored four goals.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SA 3 @ GR 2
SA 4 @ GR 0
This Week:
vs. CHA 10/21
vs. CHA 10/23

Agree or disagree, the comments are open for your thoughts.