Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

Week 4 of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings have rolled in and teams are up and down on the elevator while others remain where they are.

There are surprise teams, great teams and teams that a month into the season, we still can’t get a handle on.

There is a team at the top that gave last week’s team at the top all they could handle and beat them, twice in their building.

There is a team at the bottom who we are waiting, and waiting, and waiting on to get good and haven’t yet. Maybe they just aren’t as good as we thought?

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil it all for you, so pop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see the order of teams.

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It says a lot about a team when it goes to a place they haven’t been, taking on an opponent that they haven’t faced before that happens to be the buzzsaw team that won the League last year and beat that team, twice.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SA 3 @ ONT 2 (OT)
SA 2 @ ONT 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ SD 11/3
vs. CHI 11/6
@ TEX 11/7
vs. CHI 11/8

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It may be too early in the season to send messages to the rest of the division, but the Penguins certainly did that when they handled the Wolf Pack Friday.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ WBS 4
HFD 1 @ WBS 4
This Week:
vs. STJ 11/4
vs. STJ 11/6

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Politburo isn’t going to go too hard on the Reign this week after going to overtime against a really good Rampage team twice then traveling to San Jose to play a Barracuda team that hadn’t played a game all weekend.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
SA 3 @ ONT 2 (OT)
SA 2 @ ONT 1 (OT)
ONT 2 @ SJ 4
This Week:
vs. SD 11/5
@ STK 11/7

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Did what they needed to do against a young Moose squad. Take to the road against the machine that is the San Antonio Rampage.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ CHI 3
MTB 0 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ SA 11/6
@ SA 11/8

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I think that a Lake Erie – Charlotte battle at the top of the Central Division would be a fun thing to watch as this season wears on.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ LE 3
CHA 6 @ LE 5 (SO)
This Week:
@ MIL 11/6
@ IA 11/7
@ IA 11/8

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Stars rebound nicely this week with points this week in every game, including a two-game sweep of the Bakersfield Condors. Texas is a dangerous 7-2-0-1.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ MIL 4 (SO)
BAK 4 @ TEX 5
BAK 2 @ TEX 4
This Week:
vs. SA 11/7

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The North isn’t the best, and the Marlies lead this division with some great play. Toronto takes to the road this week.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ TOR 1
GR 1 @ TOR 6
TOR 3 @ ALB 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 11/4
@ UTI 11/6
@ BNG 11/7

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Two wins against the Heat this week at home. San Diego, at 6-1, is a Pacific Division team that no one is talking about.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
STK 2 @ SD 3 (SO)
STK 2 @ SD 3
This Week:
vs. SA 11/3
@ ONT 11/5
@ SJ 11/7

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Nice battle with the Checkers predicated back to back shutouts of the Iowa Wild this week. Coupla winnable games this week on the schedule.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ RFD 1 (SO)
IA 0 @ RFD 4
RFD 2 @ IA 0
This Week:
@ GR 11/6
vs. MIL 11/7

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Ran into a Springfield buzz saw this week, but won close ones over the Devils and Comets. Keeping the Penguins honest.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 10th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ SPR 5
BRI 3 @ ALB 2
UTI 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HER 11/4
vs. SPR 11/7
vs. HFD 11/8

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Checkers are a heck of a lot better than we’d thought they’d be. They will be the last team in the AHL to open at home this week with a pair against the Moose.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ RFD 1 (SO)
CHA 2 @ LE 3
CHA 6 @ LE 5 (SO)
This Week:
vs. MTB 11/7
vs. MTB 11/8

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Bears show battle in coming from behind in a win against the IceCaps and getting a point from the Phantoms. Game Wednesday in Bridgeport should be an interesting one.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
HER 1 @ SYR 4
STJ 2 @ HER 4
LV 5 @ HER 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ BRI 11/4
@ LV 11/6
vs. STJ 11/7

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Your buzz saw team this week is Springfield, who absolutely obliterated some good teams this week, and probably didn’t want to see the weekend end.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 15
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ SPR 5
RCH 1 @ SPR 6
SPR 5 @ PRO 2
This Week:
@ POR 11/6
@ BRI 11/7

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Any young team like St. John’s is going to have a setback week. This was one of them. Biggest problem is that Wilkes-Barre is on the menu twice this week as is another trip to Hershey.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ LV 5
STJ 3 @ LV 2
STJ 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ WBS 11/4
@ WBS 11/6
@ HER 11/7

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Not a bad week for the Devils. Close game with the Sound Tigers, trounce the Comets, take a point from the Marlies.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ ALB 2
UTI 1 @ ALB 6
TOR 3 @ ALB 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ SYR 11/6
@ HFD 11/7

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Gotta give it to the Phantoms, depleted by injuries and call-ups. Big wins against the IceCaps and Bears this week. Their heads are just above water heading into November.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ LV 5
STJ 3 @ LV 2
LV 5 @ HER 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. HER 11/6
@ SYR 11/7
vs. BNG 11/8

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Amerks head to places that they haven’t been in a while taking 4 of 6 possible points. Not a bad weekend.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ SPR 6
RCH 4 @ POR 3
RCH 3 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. BNG 11/6

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There was thought last week that Hartford was the best team in the Atlantic, until they played the best team in the Atlantic.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
HFD 1 @ WBS 4
PRO 1 @ HFD 2 (OT)
RCH 3 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/4
vs. ALB 11/7
@ BRI 11/8

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Crunch get things turned around with two big wins against Toronto and Hershey.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ TOR 1
HER 1 @ SYR 4
This Week:
vs. ALB 11/6
vs. LV 11/7

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Barracuda caught a tired Reign team Sunday and beat them in their only action this past weekend.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ SJ 4
This Week:
vs. SD 11/7
vs. BAK 11/8

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Not a great week for the Bruins, but can focus all of their energy on the Comets this week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
POR 4 @ PRO 6
PRO 1 @ HFD 2
SPR 5 @ PRO 2
This Week:
@ UTI 11/7

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Back to back shutouts by the IceHogs sandwich an overtime win over the listless Admirals this week for Iowa this week. Home cooking this week with a kids game against the Admirals and a pair against the stout Monsters.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
IA 0 @ RFD 4
MIL 2 @ IA 3 (OT)
RFD 2 @ IA 0
This Week:
vs. MIL 11/5
vs. LE 11/7
vs. LE 11/8

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Won a barnburner in Binghamton Friday then got smacked around by the Devils and lost a close one to a good Sound Tigers team.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
UTI 7 @ BNG 5
UTI 1 @ ALB 6
UTI 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. POR 11/4
vs. TOR 11/6
vs. PRO 11/7

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B-Sens having a rough go four weeks into the season, dead last in the North Division. Tough to score five goals in any given game and to lose.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ WBS 4
UTI 7 @ BNG 5
This Week:
@ RCH 11/6
vs. TOR 11/7
@ LV 11/8

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Portland has hit the skids. Three game losing streak. Tough opponents this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
POR 4 @ PRO 6
RCH 4 @ POR 3
This Week:
@ UTI 11/4
vs. SPR 11/6

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Texas trip comes up empty as far as points go for the Condors. They will continue their search for road points this week in Stockton and San Jose.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
BAK 4 @ TEX 5
BAK 2 @ TEX 4
This Week:
@ STK 11/6
@ SJ 11/8

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Dropped two to the Gulls this weekend and down in the Pacific Division and the bottom of the Power Rankings.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
STK 2 @ SD 3 (SO)
STK 2 @ SD 3
This Week:
vs. BAK 11/6
vs. ONT 11/7

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I don’t know if you take these results that the Admirals posted this week as positive or negative.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ MIL 4 (SO)
MTB 3 @ MIL 2
MIL 2 @ IA 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ IA 11/5
vs. LE 11/6
@ RFD 11/7

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Moose shutout for the third time this season Sunday in Chicago. That number is probably going to increase in the coming weeks.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ MIL 2
MTB 1 @ CHI 3
MTB 0 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ CHA 11/7
@ CHA 11/8

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When do we wake up and realize that Grand Rapids maybe just isn’t as good as we all thought they would be?
Rank: 30
Last Week: 29th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
GR 1 @ TOR 6
This Week:
vs. RFD 11/6

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