Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

What a weekend it was. You had comebacks a plenty and blowouts galore. Lots of teams are in great position heading into a week before Thanksgiving while other teams have a lot of work to do.

It’s the Penguins and Rampage world though, and the rest of the AHL is just living in it.

Not much change to the Top 5 this week. Lots of teams elevatored up and down this week behind these teams.

Hit the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Eleven straight wins that breaks a 17 year franchise record. Left for dead on the third game in three nights in Hartford, Wilkes-Barre storms back and wins it in overtime. The only weakness with the team may be playing the third game in three nights, but that does not appear to stifle them either. Trap games this weekend.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
HER 0 @ WBS 7
RCH 1 @ WBS 3
WBS 7 @ HFD 6 (OT)
This Week:
@ BNG 11/20
@ ALB 11/21

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The Rampage are for real. Better than the Stars right now and better than Bakersfield, San Jose and Stockton in their division. They get an array of visitors this week.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 6
STK 4 @ SA 5 (SO)
TEX 3 @ SA 1
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/17
vs. ONT 11/20
vs. CHA 11/22

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Wolves are off to a quiet 8-1-1-1 start. Isn’t it always the quiet ones that make the most noise in the end?
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHI 5 @ MTB 3
CHI 2 @ MTB 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ MIL 11/18
vs. GR 11/21
vs. IA 11/22

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Perhaps the Reign underestimated the Condors Saturday. Close one with the Barracuda Wednesday, too.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ ONT 2
ONT 0 @ BAK 3
This Week:
@ SA 11/20
@ TEX 11/21

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Wild weekend for the Marlies on The Rock. Winnable week ahead for the Marlies with a pair with the Amerks and B-Sens.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 5th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
TOR 9 @ STJ 8 (OT)
This Week:
@ RCH 11/18
vs. RCH 11/21
vs. BNG 11/22

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Second place team in the Atlantic are almost like a forgotten team with the run that Wilkes-Barre is on. It would appear that Bridgeport needs taken seriously.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ BRI 4
BRI 5 @ HER 0
This Week:
@ RCH 11/20
@ UTI 11/21
vs. SPR 11/22

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Lake Erie may finally have a contender on its hands. A setback to the Admirals in a kids game earlier this week but storm back with a shootout win and a dominating win over the sorry Griffins.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
LE 3 @ MIL 6
GR 2 @ LE 3 (SO)
GR 1 @ LE 5
This Week:
@ IA 11/20
@ IA 11/21
@ RFD 11/22

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After a stumble out of the gate, Milwaukee has won six straight and are nipping at the Central Division leaders heels.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
LE 3 @ MIL 6
MIL 4 @ CHA 3
MIL 3 @ CHA 1
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/18
vs. RFD 11/20
vs. SD 11/21

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Devils are quietly in second in a division that has a lot more dead weight than good weight. Albany will take it though.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ PRO 2
ALB 2 @ LV 1 (OT)
ALB 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SPR 11/20
vs. WBS 11/21

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The Falcons are on the come. You are talking about a team that couldn’t get out of its own way a few weeks ago that is knocking on the door of the Penguins and Sound Tigers.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ SPR 6
SPR 4 @ BNG 3
ALB 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ ALB 11/20
vs. PRO 11/21
@ BRI 11/22

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Two wins against the sorry Wild in Des Moines have the IceHogs a few percentage points away from the leaders in Rosemont.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
RFD 5 @ IA 2
RFD 4 @ IA 3
This Week:
@ GR 11/18
@ MIL 11/20
vs. LE 11/22

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The two best teams in the North Division played a two game series for the ages. Wild happenings in St. John’s Saturday. Up 8-4, the IceCaps lose in overtime 9-8. The IceCaps are an above average team in an average division.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
TOR 9 @ STJ 8 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/20
vs. SYR 11/21

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Big week for the Crunch beating rival Utica Saturday. Third place in an average division isn’t too shabby.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
UTI 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. POR 11/18
@ STJ 11/20
@ STJ 11/21

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Pirates get the ship turned around and now have won three in a row. Big road test this week in Hershey, but first a stop in Syracuse on Wednesday.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 14
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ POR 6
HFD 2 @ POR 3
POR 3 @ PRO 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ SYR 11/18
@ HER 11/20
@ HER 11/21

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In the Animal Kingdom, a Gull feasts on a Barracuda. They don’t play by those rules in Southern California though, as San Jose beat the rising Gulls twice this week.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
BAK 1 @ SD 6
SJ 4 @ SD 3 (SO)
SJ 4 @ SD 3
This Week:
@ STK 11/18
@ GR 11/20
@ MIL 11/21

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Which are the Stars closer to? Winners of three of six or losers of three of six?
Rank: 16
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 6
STK 5 @ TEX 3
TEX 1 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ SA 11/17
vs. CHA 11/20
vs. ONT 11/21

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Big win over Ontario Saturday, a shutout win, before getting obliterated Wednesday by San Diego.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
BAK 1 @ SD 6
ONT 0 @ BAK 3
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/18
@ MTB 11/20
@ MTB 11/22

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The week the Barracuda just had will either go down as something, or it will go down as nothing. It’s up to San Jose to decide going forward.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ ONT 2
SJ 4 @ SD 3 (SO)
SJ 4 @ SD 3
This Week:
@ BAK 11/18
@ STK 11/21

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The Politburo is taking this as a positive week. Not many teams go into Texas and take three of four points away. Now, can the momentum continue at home against the Gulls and Barracuda?
Rank: 19
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
STK 4 @ SA 5 (SO)
STK 5 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. SD 11/18
vs. SJ 11/21

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Finally score a goal in a three game weekend Sunday, a dry spell of 199:14. Lots of problems with this team right now. Welcome in the Portland Pirates this weekend, who dealt the Bears two losses up in Maine earlier this season.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
HER 0 @ WBS 7
BRI 5 @ HER 0
RCH 1 @ HER 3
This Week:
vs. POR 11/20
vs. POR 11/21

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Maybe the Moose can take something from that overtime win over Chicago and build off of it. Bakersfield coming in, so its doable.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 21st
Change: n/a
Last Week:
CHI 5 @ MTB 3
CHI 2 @ MTB 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BAK 11/20
vs. BAK 11/22

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5 of 6 total points for the Phantoms this weekend, but look at who they beat. Things far from being rosy again in Allentown.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
LV 6 @ BNG 3
RCH 1 @ LV 7
ALB 2 @ LV 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ PRO 11/20
@ HFD 11/21
@ PRO 11/22

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The Comets are probably wishing they can go back to the Western Conference. Utica has only won 2 of their last 5 games.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ SPR 6
UTI 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. HFD 11/20
vs. BRI 11/21
@ HFD 11/22

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Checkers drop two at home to the Admirals. Take to the road for two big games against the Stars and Rampage in Texas this week.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ CHA 3
MIL 3 @ CHA 1
This Week:
@ TEX 11/20
@ SA 11/22

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Lots of problems with this team. Were up 3-1 Saturday against the Falcons before allowing three power play goals to Springfield.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
LV 6 @ BNG 3
BNG 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
SPR 4 @ BNG 3
This Week:
vs. WBS 11/20
@ TOR 11/22

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Iowa has Grand Rapids to thank for not being dead last in the Central. Seven straight losses for the Wild.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
IA 2 @ GR 5
RFD 5 @ IA 2
RFD 4 @ IA 3
This Week:
vs. LE 11/20
vs. LE 11/21
@ CHI 11/22

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Six game losing streak for the P-Bruins. Two this week with fellow cellar dweller Lehigh Valley sandwiched around a much improved Springfield team.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ BRI 4
ALB 4 @ PRO 2
POR 3 @ PRO 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. LV 11/20
@ SPR 11/21
vs. LV 11/22

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The Americans come to Pennsylvania for the first time in two seasons and come away with no points.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
RCH 1 @ LV 7
RCH 1 @ WBS 3
RCH 1 @ HER 3
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/18
vs. BRI 11/20
@ TOR 11/21

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Lost a wild one after going up 5-1 on the Penguins Sunday. The losing streak is now seven games.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ POR 6
HFD 2 @ POR 3
WBS 7 @ HFD 6 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 11/20
vs. LV 11/21
vs. UTI 11/22

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You look at a schedule and see teams that you can beat with no issue. Grand Rapids has become that team.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
IA 2 @ GR 5
GR 2 @ LE 3 (SO)
GR 1 @ LE 5
This Week:
vs. RFD 11/18
vs. SD 11/20
@ CHI 11/21

Apologies to the Bakersfield Condors fans that may fancy their way here once a week to look at the Rankings. I did your team a disservice this week. I will grade on a curve next week.

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