Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 11

Nothing changed at the top this week and nothing changed at the bottom in the Week 11 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The Grand Rapids Griffins have won 14 in a row and are the number one team again this week followed by the Toronto Marlies and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

At the bottom, it’s still the Iowa Wild, who get coal in their stocking from Santa Claus.

If you didn’t link in direct, hit the jump and have a Merry Christmas!

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Fourteen wins in a row and by looking at the schedule, may have no end in sight for quite some time.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
16-8-0-1
Last Week:
GR 3 @ LE 2
TEX 4 @ GR 5
TEX 1 @ GR 6
This Week:
@ LE 12/26
@ LE 12/27

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Off to best start in franchise history. Points in the last 15 road games and a nine game road winning streak. Ray Emery, signed to PTO Friday, became the sixth Marlies goaltender to earn a win this season for the team. If not for those pesky Griffins, this would be your number one team.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
23-5-2-0
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ BNG 2
TOR 4 @ WBS 3 (SO)
TOR 6 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. STJ 12/26
vs. STJ 12/27

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Haven’t allowed an even strength goal in 305:29 and have shutout opponents in four of the last five games. All with their leading scorer and starting and backup goaltenders missing from the lineup.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Record:
21-5-0-1
Last Week:
WBS 3 @ LV 0
TOR 4 @ WBS 3 (SO)
WBS 3 @ SYR 0
This Week:
@ HER 12/26
vs. LV 12/27

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Pacific leaders Ontario take on the Gulls in San Diego this week in what should be a good game between the top two teams in the division.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 1
Record:
16-4-2-1
Last Week:
SD 3 @ ONT 2 (SO)
BAK 1 @ ONT 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ SD 12/26

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Central Division leader has a date this week with second place Milwaukee at home. It may all be inconsequential because third place Grand Rapids keeps winning.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 1
Record:
18-6-2-2
Last Week:
RFD 6 @ MIL 2
RFD 3 @ CHI 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MIL 12/21
vs. MIL 12/26

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Pirates are on the quietest four game winning streak in the AHL.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 5
Record:
14-11-1-0
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ POR 5
POR 2 @ BRI 1
POR 3 @ BRI 0
This Week:
vs. PRO 12/22
@ SPR 12/27

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We have said this before, but Charlotte’s biggest problem is that they play in the most competitive division in the AHL. Checkers have taken points in their last six games.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 6
Record:
16-11-1-0
Last Week:
IA 4 @ CHA 3 (OT)
IA 2 @ CHA 3
LE 1 @ CHA 4
LE 3 @ CHA 4 (OT)
This Week:
No games.

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Comets have to sift through a bunch of run-of-the-mill teams in the North and distinguish themselves as a contender. Recently, they have been doing that.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 1
Record:
14-10-2-2
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 5
UTI 7 @ SPR 4
HFD 2 @ UTI 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ RCH 12/26
vs. SYR 12/27

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Milwaukee is in the mix in the Central but chasing Rockford and getting chased by a juggernaut Grand Rapids team. Two this week with the IceHogs should set the course for how the rest of the short term will go for Milwaukee.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 5
Record:
18-9-1-0
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ MIL 2
RFD 6 @ MIL 2
MTB 5 @ MIL 7
This Week:
@ RFD 12/21
@ RFD 12/26

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Winners of four of their last five games, Rochester appears to be on the rise.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 8
Record:
14-12-1-1
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 5
HFD 1 @ RCH 7
ALB 1 @ RCH 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 12/26
vs. HFD 12/27

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Monsters hit a slide playing the resurgent Griffins and surprising Checkers this week.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 6
Record:
15-8-2-2
Last Week:
GR 3 @ LE 2
LE 1 @ CHA 4
LE 3 @ CHA 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. GR 12/27
vs. GR 12/27

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If the Wolves do rally and make playoffs in 2016, it will be this weekend as one that they point back to that got them here.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 5
Record:
13-10-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ MIL 2
TEX 3 @ CHI 4 (SO)
RFD 3 @ CHI 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MTB 12/21
vs. IA 12/26

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They needed overtime in both games but the Gulls came away with wins over the Barracuda and Pacific Division leader Ontario and are now in second place in that Division.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 9
Record:
14-10-0-1
Last Week:
SJ 2 @ SD 3 (OT)
SD 3 @ ONT 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. ONT 12/26
@ BAK 12/27

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Sound Tigers sit third in the Atlantic behind the Penguins and Bears for the Christmas break. It’s not overachieving, they have been better than the teams behind them.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 1
Record:
16-12-2-1
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ PRO 3 (OT)
POR 2 @ BRI 1
POR 3 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ LV 12/26
vs. PRO 12/27

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P-Bruins are .500 team at Christmas. Roster designed to compete and contend hasn’t lived up to the billing yet in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 5
Record:
11-11-5-1
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ PRO 3 (OT)
PRO 2 @ SPR 4
This Week:
@ POR 12/22
@ ALB 12/26
@ BRI 12/27

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Bears need to dig out of a 3-0 hole at home Sunday to beat an understaffed Crunch team in overtime. This Bears team still seems unsteady even heading into the New Year.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 8
Record:
15-8-1-5
Last Week:
HER 4 @ LV 6
TOR 6 @ HER 2
SYR 4 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. WBS 12/26
vs. BNG 12/27

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Managed three out of six points this weekend with defensemen playing forward and terribly understaffed. That is quite impressive, given the circumstances.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 8
Record:
11-11-4-1
Last Week:
BNG 0 @ SYR 4
WBS 3 @ SYR 0
SYR 4 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SPR 12/26
@ UTI 12/27

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After winning eight in a row, the Devils have now dropped four in a row. This Christmas break came at the right time for Albany.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 12
Record:
16-8-3-0
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ STJ 3
ALB 1 @ STJ 5
ALB 1 @ RCH 4
This Week:
vs. PRO 12/26

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Nice sweep of the Devils in rather convincing fashion for the IceCaps who look to be back on track, but will go 10 days between games.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 1
Record:
14-7-5-2
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ STJ 3
ALB 1 @ STJ 5
This Week:
@ TOR 12/26
@ TOR 12/27

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Manitoba swept the Rampage at home and were in it till the very end in Milwaukee Saturday. The break isn’t what the Moose want from Santa this week.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 7
Record:
8-15-1-2
Last Week:
SA 1 @ MTB 5
SA 2 @ MTB 3
MTB 5 @ MIL 7
This Week:
@ CHI 12/21

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Not a bad week for the Barracuda who will probably battle the Heat and Condors for last place in the Division.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 1
Record:
10-9-2-3
Last Week:
SJ 2 @ SD 3 (OT)
STK 4 @ SJ 5
This Week:
vs. STK 12/27

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Heat played in one goal affairs in every game this week. Rematches this week against the Condors and Barracuda this week.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 3
Record:
9-11-0-2
Last Week:
BAK 3 @ STK 2
BAK 2 @ STK 3
STK 4 @ SJ 5
This Week:
@ BAK 12/26
@ SJ 12/27

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The last team that Texas wanted to see on the schedule this week was that juggernaut known as the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 7
Record:
14-12-2-2
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ CHI 4 (SO)
TEX 4 @ GR 5
TEX 1 @ GR 6
This Week:
vs. SA 12/26
@ SA 12/27

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Can beat Hershey, cannot beat Wilkes-Barre or anyone else it seems.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 12
Record:
14-15-1-0
Last Week:
WBS 3 @ LV 0
HER 4 @ LV 6
LV 1 @ BNG 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 12/26
@ WBS 12/27

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If the Rampage would have lost to the Iowa Wild Sunday, that would have been eight losses in a row and a point of no return for San Antonio.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
12-10-6-0
Last Week:
SA 1 @ MTB 5
SA 2 @ MTB 3
SA 3 @ IA 2
This Week:
@ IA 12/21
@ TEX 12/26
vs. TEX 12/27

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Condors couldn’t beat the Heat outdoors at Raley Field in Sacramento Saturday after the game being delayed Friday, then had to travel all the way down to Ontario and lost to the Reign in overtime. Bakersfield is slightly below .500.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 2
Record:
11-11-2-1
Last Week:
BAK 3 @ STK 2
BAK 2 @ STK 3
BAK 1 @ ONT 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. STK 12/26
vs. SD 12/27

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Salvaged a bad week and snapped a three game losing streak with a win over Providence on Sunday.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 1
Record:
12-14-1-1
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ POR 5
UTI 7 @ SPR 4
PRO 2 @ SPR 4
This Week:
@ SYR 12/26
vs. POR 12/27

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Got blasted in Rochester against an all of a sudden good Rochester side then battled a decent Utica team to a shootout win the next night.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 1
Record:
12-15-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 1 @ RCH 7
HFD 2 @ UTI 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ BNG 12/26
@ RCH 12/27

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Saturday’s win was just the second in the month of December and the third since before Thanksgiving.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 1
Record:
7-17-2-0
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ BNG 2
BNG 0 @ SYR 4
LV 1 @ BNG 2
This Week:
vs. HFD 12/26
@ HER 12/27

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The Wild should ask Santa for some wins. Not many, just some, to make them look like anything other than a laughingstock.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a 
Record:
5-21-2-3
Last Week:
IA 4 @ CHA 3 (OT)
IA 2 @ CHA 3
SA 3 @ IA 2
This Week:
vs. SA 12/21
@ CHI 12/26
vs. RFD 12/27

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