Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

It’s Week 8, the first week of December is upon us, summer is but a faint memory.

There are powerhouse teams, terrible teams, average teams and elevator teams.

Elevator teams? Exactly as you would think. Up one week, down the next. The hope is with these teams is that you have a bunch of other elevator teams in your division and you are going up when the other teams are heading down when it all is said and done in April.

There seems to be more and more elevator teams as some transition from good to bad, bad to good.

Also, there is a brief survey at the end of the Power Rankings this week. Some people have asked that I add team records. If I get enough votes, I’ll add it next week. Information at the bottom.

Anyway, the Penguins are certainly a powerhouse team and they reclaim the top spot in the Week 8 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

To see the order of the other 29 teams, click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

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Wilkes-Barre is back at the top of the heap again this week after a scare with Binghamton but a dominating win against Providence and a strong showing against Hershey.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
WBS 4 @ BNG 3 (OT)
PRO 0 @ WBS 3
HER 2 @ WBS 3
This Week:
vs. LV 12/4
vs. HFD 12/5
@ HER 12/6

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Milwaukee’s ten game winning streak was stopped in convincing fashion on Friday at the talons of the Griffins. You have the Admirals at the top and three to four more quality teams in the mix too. The Central is finally getting good.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SA 3 @ MIL 6
GR 6 @ MIL 0
RFD 1 @ MIL 2
This Week:
vs. MTB 12/1
vs. TEX 12/4
@ CHI 12/5
vs. TEX 12/6

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Three wins in a row for the Devils and four wins in their last five. Special mention here that the Devils only allowed the Binghamton Senators six shots on goal in a 4-0 whitewash on Friday.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ ALB 3
BNG 0 @ ALB 4
ALB 4 @ SPR 3
This Week:
vs. STJ 12/2
vs. RCH 12/5
vs. SYR 12/6

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Beat up a terrible Moose team and battled a resurgent Griffins team to overtime this week. The Monsters are looking to stick around for a while this season.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ LE 4
MTB 1 @ LE 4
LE 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. IA 12/3
vs. IA 12/4
@ GR 12/5

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The Griffins are all the way back. Six game winning streak now after halting Milwaukee’s ten game streak in convincing, shutout fashion on Friday in Wisconsin.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 16
Last Week:
IA 1 @ GR 5
GR 6 @ MIL 0
LE 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/4
vs. LE 12/5

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The IceCaps are the kryptonite to the Toronto Marlies. They are also third in what appears to be a three horse race for tops in the North Division.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ RCH 4 (SO)
STJ 6 @ TOR 2
STJ 5 @ TOR 1
This Week:
@ ALB 12/2
@ UTI 12/4
@ BNG 12/5

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Marlies are 14-3 against AHL teams not named the St. John’s IceCaps, who they are 1-3 against this season, including two losses this weekend.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ SYR 1
STJ 6 @ TOR 2
STJ 5 @ TOR 1
This Week:
@ RCH 12/4
vs. MTB 12/5
vs. MTB 12/6

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IceHogs rebound with a good week and a pair of wins. Rockford is part of a conglomerate of great Central Division teams.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
SA 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
CHI 1 @ RFD 3
RFD 1 @ MIL 2
This Week:
@ TEX 12/2
@ SA 12/4
@ SA 12/6

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OMG! Alert the press! The Ontario Reign are on a losing streak! Repeat, the Ontario Reign are on a losing streak!
Rank: 11
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
STK 1 @ ONT 2
ONT 2 @ SD 3
SD 3 @ ONT 2
This Week:
@ CHA 12/5
@ CHA 12/6

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First part of the week had the Rampage losing to the white hot Milwaukee Admirals and a very good IceHogs team. They sweep a suddenly struggling Wolves team. Two more cracks with Rockford at home this week.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
SA 3 @ MIL 6
SA 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
SA 4 @ CHI 1
SA 3 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. RFD 12/4
vs. RFD 12/6

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Jury is still out on this team. Struggle with injury riddled Providence and Lehigh Valley, yet give the league’s best team in Wilkes-Barre a scare.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 11th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
PRO 1 @ HER 2 (OT)
HER 5 @ LV 6 (SO)
HER 2 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ HFD 12/4
vs. LV 12/5
vs. WBS 12/6

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Three wins this week out of a possible four including a six goal outburst Saturday in the third period down 4-1 against the Iowa Wild. The Politburo isn’t totally sold on the Checkers being a contender quite yet but more results like this may end up swinging us entirely.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ CHA 3
SJ 3 @ CHA 1
IA 4 @ CHA 7
IA 1 @ CHA 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. ONT 12/5
vs. ONT 12/6

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Stars go to California and take home three wins out of a possible four. Still work to do in Cedar Park to get back to the top of the Pacific Division and this week isn’t going to be easy.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ BAK 1
TEX 5 @ SD 3
TEX 4 @ SJ 5
TEX 3 @ SJ 2
This Week:
vs. RFD 12/2
@ MIL 12/4
@ MIL 12/6

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Slightly over .500 hockey in the past six games for the second place Sound Tigers while the first place Penguins are 5-1 in the same period.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ ALB 3
HFD 2 @ BRI 5
SYR 4 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ SPR 12/4
vs. POR 12/5
vs. HFD 12/6

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They will need the bodies to heal up quickly, but when they do it may be too late. Even still though, the Phantoms are still in contention in the Atlantic but it is an extremely fine line.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
LV 1 @ UTI 7
HER 5 @ LV 6 (SO)
PRO 3 @ LV 0
This Week:
@ UTI 12/2
@ WBS 12/4
@ HER 12/5

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Swept by the Rampage this weekend and lost to the IceHogs. That drops the Wolves down the Central Division standings a bit and also in these Rankings.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ RFD 3
SA 4 @ CHI 1
SA 3 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. MTB 12/2
@ GR 12/4
vs. MIL 12/5

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Split contests with the Checkers and Stars this week. Mmm. Checkers and Stars. Sounds like a cereal.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ CHA 3
SJ 3 @ CHA 1
TEX 4 @ SJ 5
TEX 3 @ SJ 2
This Week:
vs. STK 12/4
vs. BAK 12/5

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Gulls turn it around this week by beating the Ontario Reign not once, but twice. San Diego is a sneaky good team, we think.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
TEX 5 @ SD 3
ONT 2 @ SD 3
SD 3 @ ONT 2
This Week:
@ BAK 12/4
@ STK 12/5

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Face it, the Comets needed this week to slow things down a bit and regroup. Now Utica has a four game winning streak and some games to possibly add to that streak coming up this week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
LV 1 @ UTI 7
UTI 4 @ POR 1
UTI 6 @ POR 3
This Week:
vs. LV 12/2
vs. STJ 12/4
@ SYR 12/5

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All one goal contests for the Amerks this week. Would have loved to read the blogs there if they somehow would have lost to Binghamton Saturday after jumping out to a 6-0 lead.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 4 (OT)
STJ 3 @ RCH 4 (SO)
RCH 6 @ BNG 5
This Week:
vs. TOR 12/4
@ ALB 12/5

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Syracuse is another team getting crippled by injuries but are playing okay hockey right now in a North Division that is pretty average altogether. Some winnable games on the schedule this week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 4 (OT)
TOR 3 @ SYR 1
SYR 4 @ BRI 0
This Week:
vs. BNG 12/4
vs. UTI 12/5
@ ALB 12/6

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Pirates finish the weekend off with a nice win against the Falcons after getting swept by Utica.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ POR 1
UTI 6 @ POR 3
POR 5 @ SPR 2
This Week:
@ PRO 12/4
@ BRI 12/5

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Split a pair with the Heat this weekend. This Condor is still learning how to fly.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 11
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ BAK 1
BAK 6 @ STK 5
STK 3 @ BAK 2
This Week:
vs. SD 12/4
@ SJ 12/5

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Falcons have won just two of their last six and are slipping again. They may be an on again, off again type of team.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ HFD 0
ALB 4 @ SPR 3
POR 5 @ SPR 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 12/4
@ PRO 12/5
@ PRO 12/6

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Three game skid and slowly falling out of contention in the top heavy Atlantic. Schedule doesn’t get any easier this week with all the top teams in the Atlantic on the menu.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ HFD 0
HFD 2 @ BRI 5
This Week:
vs. HER 12/4
@ WBS 12/5
@ BRI 12/6

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Split a pair with the Condors. Hard to believe that there are just two teams worse than Stockton in all the AHL.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 18
Last Week:
STK 1 @ ONT 2
BAK 6 @ STK 5
STK 3 @ BAK 2
This Week:
@ SJ 12/4
vs. SD 12/5

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Injuries are killing this team. Plain and simple.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
PRO 1 @ HER 2 (OT)
PRO 0 @ WBS 3
PRO 3 @ LV 0
This Week:
vs. POR 12/4
vs. SPR 12/5
vs. SPR 12/6

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Going to be a long season in Winnipeg. A long, cold, lonely season.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ LE 4
MTB 1 @ LE 4
This Week:
@ MIL 12/1
@ CHI 12/2
@ TOR 12/5
@ TOR 12/6

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I don’t know how things can get much worse for Binghamton. Only shooting at the goaltender six times in any game against any opponent is down right embarrassing. That happened Friday in Albany. Then to come out the very next night and have to fight back from a 6-0 deficit? Unacceptable.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
WBS 4 @ BNG 3 (OT)
BNG 0 @ ALB 4
RCH 6 @ BNG 5
This Week:
@ SYR 12/4
vs. STJ 12/5

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Were up 4-1 to start the third in Charlotte on Saturday and lost 7-4. Everything that can go wrong with this team, does.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Record: 3-16-1-3
Last Week:
IA 1 @ GR 5
IA 4 @ CHA 7
IA 1 @ CHA 2 (SO)
This Week:
@ LE 12/3
@ LE 12/4

Now for my poll. Some people have asked that I add each teams record to the capsules. I added where and what it would look like to Iowa’s as an example. It’s up to you guys. I will add it if you want me to, but don’t want to clutter up things too much. I’ll do what you guys want me to do, so a simple yes vote or no vote, if you will.

As always, if you would like to leave a comment, please do so.

One response to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

  1. Jeff November 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Well done as usual