Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

It’s the Griffins world now and we are all just living in it.

It’s the middle of December and the Grand Rapids Griffins have won 11 straight games in a row, beating Central Division leading Rockford IceHogs Saturday night and needing comeback fashion after falling in an 0-3 hole Sunday in Des Moines against the Iowa Wild only to win in overtime. Grand Rapids was the odds on favorite to win it all this year, took the month of October off and are now as hot as ever and are still your number one team as the Week 10 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings roll in.

There are a few teams still jostling for relevancy, teams that are on the way up from obscurity and teams on the way out of the spotlight to the darkness to maybe never be heard from again.

Find out more by clicking the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

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The Griffins have won 11 straight but that streak was in jeopardy in Des Moines on Sunday as the Griffins had to erase a 3-0 deficit to force overtime and win. This team is a machine right now.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
13-8-0-1
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ GR 4
GR 4 @ RFD 1
GR 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ LE 12/16
vs. TEX 12/18
vs. TEX 12/19

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We will see what this Marlies team is made of this weekend when they make a trip down I-81 with match ups against the Penguins and Bears.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
20-5-2-0
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ UTI 0
TOR 4 @ SYR 3 (OT)
UTI 5 @ TOR 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ BNG 12/16
@ WBS 12/18
@ HER 12/19

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That sweep to the Gulls at the end of November feels like it happened a year ago. Defending champs have won seven of their last nine.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Record:
15-4-2-0
Last Week:
BAK 1 @ ONT 3
SJ 1 @ ONT 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SD 12/19
vs. BAK 12/20

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No one is beating the Griffins these days, not even division leading Rockford.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 4th
Change: n/a
Record:
17-6-1-2
Last Week:
RFD 5 @ TEX 3
IA 1 @ RFD 2
GR 4 @ RFD 1
This Week:
@ MIL 12/18
@ CHI 12/19

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Nice wins over division rival Chicago this week. Lake Erie is proving more and more that they are out to contend.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 3
Record:
15-6-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ LE 4
CHI 1 @ LE 2
This Week:
vs. GR 12/16
@ CHA 12/19
@ CHA 12/20

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Seven game win streak stopped by the Penguins Saturday. Devils are happy to be done with seeing Wilkes-Barre the remainder of the season; they have only lost to three other teams this season in regulation.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 4
Record:
16-5-3-0
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ ALB 3
ALB 0 @ WBS 4
This Week:
@ STJ 12/15
@STJ 12/16
@ RCH 12/19

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Last weekend was an anomaly. Wilkes-Barre responds in a big time way after dropping all three last weekend. Back to back shutouts this weekend with two different goaltenders. Discount this team at your peril.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Record:
19-5-0-0
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ WBS 6
WBS 4 @ LV 0
ALB 0 @ WBS 4
This Week:
@ LV 12/16
vs. TOR 12/18
@ SYR 12/19

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Bears snap five game losing streak on the road with a Sunday shootout win in Bridgeport which was, surprisingly, their first shootout win all season.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 1
Record:
14-6-1-5
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 3 (OT)
BNG 3 @ HER 5
HER 2 @ BRI 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ LV 12/18
vs. TOR 12/19
vs. SYR 12/20

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Utica has turned a corner. Just need to slough off the staggering IceCaps to get the Devils and Marlies in their crosshairs. Lotsa work to do, starting this Wednesday at home against Rochester.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 9th
Change: n/a
Record:
12-10-2-1
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ RCH 3 (SO)
TOR 2 @ UTI 0
UTI 5 @ TOR 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RCH 12/16
@ SPR 12/18
vs. HFD 12/19

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P-Bruins have taken 13 of 14 points in their last 7 games and are playing much better than their record indicates of late, climbing out of the abyss of the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 8
Record:
10-10-5-1
Last Week:
HFD 1 @ PRO 3
PRO 2 @ POR 3 (OT)
HFD 2 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 12/18
@ SPR 12/19

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Pirates are a .500 team in mid-December. Of all the teams in the bottom half of the Atlantic, look for the Pirates to make the most noise.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 5
Record:
11-11-1-0
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ POR 5
BRI 3 @ POR 1
PRO 2 @ POR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SPR 12/16
@ BRI 12/19
@ BRI 12/20

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The Politburo is waiting for the Phantoms to turn that corner. It looks like it with a comeback OT win against Hershey, then it doesn’t with a shutout loss on home ice to the Penguins. That shootout win against the Falcons should not have occurred.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 2
Record:
13-13-1-0
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 3 (OT)
WBS 4 @ LV 0
SPR 4 @ LV 5 (SO)
This Week:
vs. WBS 12/16
vs. HER 12/18
@ BNG 12/19

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Checkers are surprisingly good, but play in the most competitive division in the AHL.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 8
Record:
13-11-0-0
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ SA 2
CHA 5 @ TEX 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. IA 12/15
vs. IA 12/17
vs. LE 12/19
vs. LE 12/20

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MTS Centre was a house of horrors for the Admirals this weekend. Home cooking coming up this week.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 8
Record:
16-8-1-0
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ GR 4
MIL 2 @ MTB 3
MIL 4 @ MTB 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/15
vs. RFD 12/18
vs. MTB 12/19

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Three of six this weekend for the Sound Tigers who are still relevant here in the middle of December. Big schedule this week for Bridgeport.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 4
Record:
16-10-1-1
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ POR 1
BRI 2 @ HFD 4
HER 2 @ BRI 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ PRO 12/18
vs. POR 12/19
vs. POR 12/20

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Beat who they should have beat and hung in there with an up and coming Charlotte. Not a bad week for the Stars.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 4
Record:
14-10-2-1
Last Week:
RFD 5 @ TEX 3
CHA 5 @ TEX 4 (OT)
STK 2 @ TEX 5
TEX 3 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ CHI 12/17
@ GR 12/18
@ GR 12/19

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Wolves are playing like a team that should be about where they are right now, but that isn’t good enough.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 2
Record:
11-9-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 5 @ IA 3
CHI 3 @ LE 4
CHI 1 @ LE 2
This Week:
@ MIL 12/15
vs. TEX 12/17
vs. RFD 12/19

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Points in all the contests this week for Rochester, if this happens again this week then maybe something will finally start brewing in Western New York.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 8
Record:
12-11-1-1
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ RCH 3 (SO)
RCH 3 @ STJ 1
RCH 3 @ STJ 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 12/16
vs. HFD 12/18
vs. ALB 12/19

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Split the Texas trip. Caught a Rampage team on a slump and a Stars team on the rise.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 4
Record:
8-9-0-2
Last Week:
STK 3 @ SA 2
STK 2 @ TEX 5
This Week:
vs. BAK 12/16
vs. BAK 12/18
@ SJ 12/10

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Heartbreaking weekend for a San Jose team that had looked like it turned a corner.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 6
Record:
9-9-1-3
Last Week:
SD 5 @ SJ 0
SJ 1 @ ONT 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ SD 12/18
vs. STK 12/20

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Suddenly it’s a three game losing streak for the IceCaps who have lost four of their last five.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 10
Record:
12-7-5-2
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ STJ 1
RCH 3 @ STJ 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. ALB 12/15
vs. ALB 12/16

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The Gulls are the epitome of a hot and cold team yet are still in the mix halfway through December.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 3
Record:
12-10-0-1
Last Week:
SD 0 @ BAK 3
SD 5 @ SJ 0
This Week:
vs. SJ 12/18
@ ONT 12/19

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Seemingly unstoppable Rampage have now gone cold. Five game losing streak.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 10
Record:
11-8-6-0
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ SA 2
STK 3 @ SA 2
TEX 3 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ MTB 12/16
@ MTB 12/17
@ IA 12/20

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Blanked the Gulls then lost to the Reign. Condors are .500 in mid-December.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 7
Record:
10-10-1-1
Last Week:
SD 0 @ BAK 3
BAK 1 @ ONT 3
This Week:
@ STK 12/16
@ STK 12/18
@ ONT 12/20

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Eventually the injuries that are crippling this Crunch team will heal up and all, but by that time it may be too late.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 3
Record:
10-10-3-1
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ WBS 6
SYR 1 @ ALB 3
TOR 4 @ SYR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 12/18
vs. WBS 12/19
@ HER 12/20

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Got a point out of Allentown this week for a 3 of 6 weekend. Schedule is favorable this week for an encore.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 3
Record:
11-12-1-1
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ POR 5
BNG 3 @ SPR 4
SPR 4 @ LV 5 (SO)
This Week:
@ POR 12/16
vs. UTI 12/18
vs. PRO 12/19

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Moose wish they could see more of the Admirals who are the only team that Manitoba seemingly stacks up well against.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 3
Record:
6-14-1-2
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ MTB 3
MIL 4 @ MTB 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SA 12/16
vs. SA 12/17
@ MIL 12/19

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Lost two close ones this weekend after falling behind in both. Too soon to say that the season is a lost cause, but signs point to yes.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 1
Record:
6-15-2-0
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ SPR 4
BNG 3 @ HER 5
This Week:
vs. TOR 12/16
@ SYR 12/18
vs. LV 12/19

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Wolk Pack are at the bottom of the Atlantic due to yet another disappointing week. They need to turn it around quick, but we don’t think that happens.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5 
Record:
11-14-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 1 @ PRO 3
BRI 2 @ HFD 4
HFD 2 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ RCH 12/18
@ UTI 12/19

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Crushing loss in overtime to the Grand Rapids Griffins after holding a 3-0 lead Sunday afternoon is the microcosm of Iowa’s season.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
4-19-2-3
Last Week:
CHI 5 @ IA 3
IA 1 @ RFD 2
GR 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ CHA 12/15
@ CHA 12/17
vs. SA 12/20

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One response to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

  1. richard December 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Funny,we were saying in Hershey Saturday nite,while your Pens were whitewashing Albany,that we thought the Eastern Conference was playing in the Penguin’s world. Actually we said. we were all playing for 2nd in the conference.
    Have a great holiday.
    Richard in Baltimore