Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 3

So Week Three of the AHL season is in the books and there are a lot of questions.

What the heck happened to the Central Division? Many had the Central as the most competitive division at the start of the season. It isn’t. It is a division of haves and have nots. It’s a division of surprises (Lake Erie) and disappointments (Grand Rapids)

There are two teams that have yet to suffer a regulation loss this season and they both reside in the Pacific Division, both are at the top of the Week 3 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and both play each other twice this week.

If you haven’t figured out who they are yet, click through the jump and see, as well as where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Down 3-0 Friday against Bakersfield in their home opener the Reign exploded for four goals in 2:42 and stormed past the Condors. The next night they pummeled the listless Barracuda. This Ontario team is your new number one this week and may stay here for a while.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change Up 1
Last Week:
BAK 4 @ ONT 5
SJ 0 @ ONT 3
This Week:
vs. SA 10/30
vs. SA 10/31
@ SJ 11/1

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It will be a battle of unbeaten teams this week as the unbeaten (in regulation) Rampage take to the road to face-off against the unbeaten (at all) Reign. Get your popcorn ready.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
STK 1 @ SA 5
This Week:
@ ONT 10/30
@ ONT 10/31

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Four wins in a row for the Penguins now with nothing but home games till the middle of November. The Mike Sullivan Era is off to a great start.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
WBS 5 @ SPR 0
SPR 2 @ WBS 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 10/28
vs. HFD 10/30

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No, the IceCaps leading the North Division is not a fluke. This is a strong St. John’s team.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
BNG 5 @ STJ 4 (OT)
BNG 2 @ STJ 3
BRI 4 @ STJ 5
BRI 3 @ STJ 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ LV 10/28
@ LV 10/30
@ HER 10/31

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Three of four points (don’t ask us to do percentage points around here) this weekend for the Wolves. Chicago is one of the few teams we expected to contend in the Central that is.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (SO)
CHA 0 @ CHI 3
This Week:
vs. MTB 10/30
vs. MTB 11/1

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Don’t look now, but the Lake Erie Monsters are second in the Central Division after three weeks.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
LE 3 @ MTB 1
LE 2 @ MTB 0
This Week:
vs. CHA 10/29
vs. CHA 10/31

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Wolf Pack battled the Bears to overtime in both contests down in Hershey this weekend. Most teams don’t do that.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
HFD 4 @ SYR 3
HFD 2 @ HER 3 (OT)
HFD 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ WBS 10/30
vs. PRO 10/31
vs. RCH 11/1

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Five of six points for Hershey this weekend, but if you followed them close all weekend, did you ever feel confident about your chances in the contest?
Rank: 8
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
HER 1 @ UTI 0
HFD 2 @ HER 3 (OT)
HFD 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ SYR 10/30
vs. STJ 10/31
vs. LV 11/1

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The Marlies are transitioning well in the Eastern Conference. Big wins over the Amerks and Phantoms this week. They are second in the North and have winnable games on the schedule this week.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
TOR 8 @ RCH 2
TOR 1 @ BNG 5
TOR 3 @ LV 1
This Week:
vs. SYR 10/28
vs. GR 10/30
@ ALB 11/1

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Sound Tigers look like they have stopped the two game losing streak Sunday leading late. Then the IceCaps score with 1.1 seconds left. Bridgeport had to get max points or else who knows what would happen in weeks ahead. Thankfully, they won in a shootout.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ STJ 5
BRI 3 @ STJ 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ SPR 10/28
@ ALB 10/30
vs. UTI 11/1

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Did the Stars underrate the Heat and Wild this week?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
STK 1 @ TEX 0
TEX 2 @ IA 3
TEX 4 @ IA 1
This Week:
vs. BAK 10/30
vs. BAK 11/1

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Gulls get shutout Saturday in a testy affair with the Condors, a game that saw a total of 141 penalty minutes. Home cooking this week when the Heat come in for a pair.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
SD 3 @ SJ 2 (SO)
SD 3 @ SJ 0
SD 0 @ BAK 3
This Week:
vs. STK 10/30
vs. STK 10/31

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IceHogs buttoned things up this week defensively and quietly have a three game win streak.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 13
Last Week:
IA 2 @ RFD 3
CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (SO)
RFD 4 @ MIL 2
This Week:
vs. CHA 10/27
vs. IA 10/30
@ IA 11/1

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Not a bad start for the Devils. Not the greatest, but not a bad start.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 14th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ POR 4
POR 1 @ ALB 3
BNG 1 @ ALB 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 10/30
vs. UTI 10/31
vs. TOR 11/1

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The Checkers will flummox the Politburo all season. Close game Wednesday in Grand Rapids, finally solve the Griffins Saturday, then get blanked in Rosemont Sunday. Still, one of the better teams in the Central.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ GR 4
CHA 3 @ GR 1
CHA 0 @ CHI 3
This Week:
@ RFD 10/27
@ LE 10/29
@ LE 10/31

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Positive steps in the right direction this week, with giving the Reign all they can handle and shutting out the Gulls. True test comes this week on the road in Austin.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
BAK 4 @ ONT 5
SD 0 @ BAK 3
This Week:
@ TEX 10/30
@ TEX 11/1

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Split a pair with the Texas teams. Take on the underrated Gulls this week in San Diego.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
STK 1 @ TEX 0
STK 1 @ SA 5
This Week:
@ SD 10/30
@ SD 10/31

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Pirates split a home and home with the Devils and looked flat Saturday. Conditioning?
Rank: 18
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ POR 4
POR 1 @ ALB 3
This Week:
@ PRO 10/30
vs. RCH 10/31

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The Wild are an average team in a division where average has them better than three other teams. Rematch with the IceHogs twice this week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
MIL 3 @ IA 2 (OT)
IA 2 @ RFD 3
TEX 2 @ IA 3
TEX 4 @ IA 1
This Week:
@ RFD 10/30
vs. MIL 10/31
vs. RFD 11/1

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P-Bruins split a pair with the Phantoms in a home and home. Providence has the leagues top rated power play. Three this week all with divisional foes.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 20th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
LV 3 @ PRO 5
PRO 1 @ LV 3
This Week:
vs. POR 10/30
@ HFD 10/31
vs. SPR 11/1

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Jury is still out on this Comets team. It is early. They have won their first two games of the season with wins over the Amerks and the Crunch.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 4
HER 1 @ UTI 0
SYR 0 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ BNG 10/30
@ ALB 10/31
@ BRI 11/1

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Injuries have crippled this team to a point to where by Christmas they may be irrelevant.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
LV 3 @ PRO 5
PRO 1 @ LV 3
TOR 3 @ LV 1
This Week:
vs. STJ 10/28
vs. STJ 10/30
@ HER 11/1

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Can’t figure this out. Binghamton shuts down Toronto 5-1 on Saturday after the Marlies hung 8 on the Amerks Friday. Then go to Albany and get steamrolled 4-1. Was there any gas in the tank left? Probably not, the Devils scored four power play goals.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
BNG 5 @ STJ 4 (OT)
BNG 2 @ STJ 3
TOR 1 @ BNG 5
BNG 1 @ ALB 4
This Week:
@ WBS 10/28
vs. UTI 10/30

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Misery loves company, and the Americans needed a shootout to beat cellar dwelling mate Syracuse Sunday. Trip to Atlantic Division territory this weekend, with some winnable games, maybe.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 4
TOR 8 @ RCH 2
SYR 3 @ RCH 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ SPR 10/30
@ POR 10/31
@ HFD 11/1

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Syracuse is looking for the reset button after going winless this weekend. It doesn’t get any easier with trips to Toronto and a visit from the Bears this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
HFD 4 @ SYR 3
SYR 0 @ UTI 4
SYR 3 @ RCH 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ TOR 10/28
vs. HER 10/30

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Barracuda have not scored in 161:20. With Ontario coming up this week, the streak may continue.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SD 3 @ SJ 2 (SO)
SD 3 @ SJ 0
SJ 0 @ ONT 3
This Week:
vs. ONT 11/1

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Admirals still haven’t figured it out, but are in better shape we think than the Griffins and Moose in the Central.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
MIL 3 @ IA 2 (OT)
RFD 4 @ MIL 2
This Week:
vs. MTB 10/29
@ IA 10/31

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Battled the Penguins Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre but lost in overtime. You can build on something like that.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WBS 5 @ SPR 0
SPR 2 @ WBS 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BRI 10/28
vs. RCH 10/30
@ PRO 11/1

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Griffins have Manitoba to thank this week for not being the last team in the Rankings for three weeks straight. Still a lot of things to figure out with this team.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ GR 4
CHA 3 @ GR 1
This Week:
@ TOR 10/30

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I think some expected it to be bad, but this bad? The Moose are still winless.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
LE 3 @ MTB 1
LE 2 @ MTB 0
This Week:
@ MIL 10/29
@ CHI 10/30
@ CHI 11/1

Comments are open if you want to chime in on your team. I am all ears!

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