Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 5

Five weeks into the AHL season and teams are starting to gain an identity. Some are great no matter what, some are good one week and poor the next and some are terrible no matter how you slice it.

The challenge in curating this weeks version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings was that the top 10 teams were all pretty easy to sort, as were the bottom 10. 11-20? Much harder. These are the teams I think that, depending on where you are (closer to 10 or closer to 20) can be great one week or bad the next.

It’s a familiar team atop this weeks rankings and when I say familiar, if you are a regular reader to this blog, you will see why when you click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct…

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Your new number one team this week is the Penguins, who have won eight straight and haven’t lost on home ice yet this season. Part 1 of a 12 part series coming this Friday over the rival Bears.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ WBS 5
STJ 1 @ WBS 4
This Week:
vs. HER 11/13
vs. RCH 11/14
@ HFD 11/15

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Rampage remain unbeaten in regulation, which is the only team in the AHL that can stake to this claim. Still, with the run the Penguins are on, San Antonio yields the top spot to Wilkes-Barre this week.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SA 2 @ SD 3 (OT)
CHI 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
SA 4 @ TEX 3
CHI 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ TEX 11/11
vs. STK 11/13
vs. TEX 11/15

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Ontario will post results like this all season long. There does not appear to be a weakness with this team.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SD 1 @ ONT 4
ONT 4 @ STK 0
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/11
@ BAK 11/14

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Identical overtime winners over San Antonio by the score of 4-3. Wolves still lead the Central heading to mid-November.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 4th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
CHI 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ MTB 11/12
@ MTB 11/13

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You don’t want any part of this Marlies team. They obliterate terrible teams and find ways to win against average ones.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
TOR 5 @ HFD 0
TOR 5 @ UTI 4 (SO)
TOR 6 @ BNG 1
This Week:
@ STJ 11/13
@ STJ 11/14

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Monsters go to Des Moines and take away max points to keep them within reach of the Chicago Wolves.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
LE 1 @ MIL 3
LE 3 @ IA 2 (SO)
LE 3 @ IA 2
This Week:
@ MIL 11/11
vs. GR 11/13
vs. GR 11/14

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Gulls are a good team. Sneaky good. Comforts of home this week with the Condors and Barracuda coming in this week.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SA 2 @ SD 3 (OT)
SD 1 @ ONT 4
SD 3 @ SJ 2
This Week:
vs. BAK 11/11
vs. SJ 11/13
vs. SJ 11/14

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Big test for this team will come Friday in Wilkes-Barre against the Penguins. I think that will be the litmus test to see if Hershey can contend in the division.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
HER 4 @ BRI 2
HER 4 @ LV 2
STJ 4 @ HER 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ WBS 11/13
vs. BRI 11/14
vs. RCH 11/15

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Bridgeport is back to second place in the Atlantic with back-to-back shutout wins over Springfield and Hartford.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
HER 4 @ BRI 2
SPR 0 @ BRI 4
HFD 0 @ BRI 1
This Week:
vs. PRO 11/11
@ HER 11/14

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Quietly, I think, Albany is playing sleeper to the rest of the Eastern Conference as a solid team. Excellent results this week from better competition.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ SYR 3
ALB 4 @ HFD 0
This Week:
@ PRO 11/13
@ LV 11/14
@ SPR 11/15

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Still a dangerous team. Don’t underestimate Texas. Two more with the Rampage this week who no one is underestimating.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. SA 11/11
vs. STK 11/14
@ SA 11/15

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Let the game against Milwaukee slip away Saturday going 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-8 on the kill. Expectation is to come away with max points in Des Moines this week.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ GR 1
MIL 3 @ RFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ IA 11/13
@ IA 11/14

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Offense stymied in Bridgeport Saturday, but the Falcons are on the rise.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 13th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SPR 6 @ POR 1
SPR 0 @ BRI 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 11/13
@ BNG 11/14
vs. ALB 11/15

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The Utica – Toronto match ups will be fun to watch. Winnable games this week for Utica.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
POR 2 @ UTI 3
TOR 5 @ UTI 4 (SO)
PRO 1 @ UTI 5
This Week:
@ SPR 11/13
@ SYR 11/14

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Decent sized bump for the Condors to fifteenth this week, but that’s because the rest of the teams from fourteen down aren’t giving the Politburo much.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
BAK 2 @ STK 1
BAK 6 @ SJ 2
This Week:
@ SD 11/11
vs. ONT 11/14

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Checkers open their new, “old” home with a shutout loss and then a comeback win against the Manitoba Moose. Milwaukee Admirals come sailing in this weekend.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ CHA 0
MTB 2 @ CHA 3
This Week:
vs. MIL 11/13
vs. MIL 11/14

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Nice result over a sorry Binghamton team. Now a weekend trip to Eastern Pennsylvania on tap for the Amerks.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 17th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ RCH 3
This Week:
@ LV 11/13
@ WBS 11/14
@ HER 11/15

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Last week we weren’t sure if the past weeks results were positive or negative. They were positive, given the week Milwaukee had.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
MIL 3 @ IA 0
LE 1 @ MIL 3
MIL 3 @ RFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. LE 11/11
@ CHA 11/13
@ CHA 11/14

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Showed resolve this week in hanging with the Penguins and battling back with the Bears. IceCaps get some home cooking this week when the Marlies drop by.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ WBS 5
STJ 1 @ WBS 4
STJ 4 @ HER 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/13
vs. TOR 11/14

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B-Sens salvage a forgettable weekend with a win Sunday in Allentown and also snapped a five game losing streak.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ RCH 3
TOR 6 @ BNG 1
BNG 4 @ LV 1
This Week:
vs. LV 11/11
@ SYR 11/13
vs. SPR 11/14

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Split with the Checkers in North Carolina. The Wolves come calling next, which should be a stiff task for a still unsteady Moose squad.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ CHA 0
MTB 2 @ CHA 3
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/12
vs. CHI 11/13

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Rough weekend for the Wild who seem like they take a step forward but then take two steps backwards.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
MIL 3 @ IA 0
LE 3 @ IA 2 (SO)
LE 3 @ IA 2
This Week:
@ GR 11/11
vs. RFD 11/13
vs. RFD 11/14

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Average week. Loss against a great Albany side and beat a poor Lehigh Valley team.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ SYR 3
LV 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. BNG 11/13
vs. UTI 11/14

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Rough week for the Barracuda probably will get even rougher next week given the schedule and the venues.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
SD 3 @ SJ 2
BAK 6 @ SJ 2
This Week:
@ ONT 11/11
@ SD 11/13
@ SD 11/14

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In a division rife with haves and have nots, the P-Bruins are the latter of the equation.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
PRO 1 @ UTI 5
This Week:
@ BRI 11/11
vs. ALB 11/13
vs. POR 11/15

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It would seem that the Phantoms were losing games because they were beat up from injuries early on. But that argument only goes so far. Lehigh Valley just isn’t a very good hockey team right now.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
HER 4 @ LV 2
LV 1 @ SYR 2
BNG 4 @ LV 1
This Week:
@ BNG 11/11
vs. RCH 11/13
vs. ALB 11/14

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The Wolf Pack were shut out for the entire weekend. Every single AHL team this week that played a game this weekend scored a goal. Not Hartford. Hartford hasn’t scored a goal in 182:13!!!
Rank: 27
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
TOR 5 @ HFD 0
ALB 4 @ HFD 0
HFD 0 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ POR 11/11
@ POR 11/13
vs. WBS 11/15

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Portland has lost five straight. You keep expecting them to turn out around but it hasn’t happened yet. Will this be the week?
Rank: 28
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
POR 2 @ UTI 3
SPR 6 @ POR 1
This Week:
vs. HFD 11/11
vs. HFD 11/13
@ PRO 11/15

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This was a bad Adirondack team last year and it is reincarnate by an equally dismal Heat squad. Off to Texas this week to try and regroup.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
BAK 2 @ STK 1
ONT 4 @ STK 0
This Week:
@ SA 11/13
@ TEX 11/14

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Come warm yourself next to the trash fire that is the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
RFD 4 @ GR 1
This Week:
vs. IA 11/11
@ LE 11/13
@ LE 11/14

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