Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 12

Welcome to bizarro world here in Week 12 of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Down is up, up is down. The Binghamton Senators and the Iowa Wild are on winning streaks and the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins didn’t score a goal all weekend and the Grand Rapids Griffins win streak was snapped.

I buried an Easter Egg in one teams capsule as to whom the Politburo here thinks is the favorite to lead the Pacific Division. Read carefully.

Oh, I owe the city of Utica and their fans an apology for dropping their team two spots this week to tenth. The Charlotte Checkers didn’t play a game this week. I wasn’t going to penalize them for that so I kept them seventh and just really forgot about them with the benefit and bump Bridgeport gets with Wilkes-Barre and Hershey losing and by dropping the Pacific Division Reign down to ninth. I’ll try and be better next week, Comets fans.

Anyway, if you didn’t link in direct, you should know what to do. If not and this is your first time, welcome and please hit the jump to continue.

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The fifteen game winning streak is over, yet this team remains at the top of the Rankings for at least this week as a tip of the stick for the impressive winning streak.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
17-9-0-1
Last Week:
GR 7 @ LE 3
GR 2 @ LE 3
This Week:
@ MIL 12/29
vs. MIL 12/31
@ MTB 1/3

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Toronto drops a close one to the IceCaps, but 50 points at the end of 2015 is extremely impressive. This Marlies team is a machine.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
24-6-2-0
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ TOR 5
STJ 5 @ TOR 4
This Week:
@ LE 12/29
vs. LE 12/31
vs. SYR 1/2
vs. SYR 1/3

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The hottest team in the League no one is talking about? The Portland Pirates. Six game winning streak now for the Pirates and creeping up on the division leaders.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 3
Record:
16-11-1-0
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ POR 4
POR 5 @ SPR 1
This Week:
@ HFD 12/29
vs. PRO 12/31
vs. LV 1/2
vs. LV 1/3

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Milwaukee is playing the maximum amount of games allowed this week and at the end of this gamut of games we should see what type of team they are.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 5
Record:
20-9-1-0
Last Week:
MIL 6 @ RFD 2
MIL 2 @ RFD 1 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/28
vs. GR 12/29
@ GR 12/31
vs. LE 1/2
@ RD 1/3

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Lake Erie is a dangerously underrated team that will lurk, slip into playoffs and get bolstered personnel wise when parent Columbus’ season is over.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 6
Record:
16-9-2-2
Last Week:
GR 7 @ LE 3
GR 2 @ LE 3
This Week:
vs. TOR 12/29
@ TOR 12/31
@ MIL 1/2
@ CHI 1/3

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Ugly loss Sunday in Bakersfield puts a blemish on an overall positive upswing that San Diego is on.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 7
Record:
15-11-0-1
Last Week:
ONT 1 @ SD 4
SD 1 @ BAK 4
This Week:
@ TEX 12/31
@ SA 1/1
@ SA 1/3

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Charlotte didn’t play this week in anticipation for the California trip, which begins Monday afternoon in San Jose.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 7th
Change: n/a
Record:
16-11-1-0
Last Week:
No games.
This Week:
@ SJ 12/28
@ SJ 12/30
@ ONT 1/2
@ ONT 1/3

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With losses by Hershey and Wilkes-Barre on Sunday the Sound Tigers creep closer to the front of the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 6
Record:
18-12-2-1
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ LV 1
PRO 3 @ BRI 4
This Week:
@ SPR 1/1
vs. RCH 1/2
vs. HER 1/3

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There may be a new sheriff in town in the Pacific Division and they may have wings, hang out at the ocean, are very noisy and bother you for food.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 5
Record:
16-5-2-1
Last Week:
ONT 1 @ SD 4
This Week:
@ STK 12/29
vs. STK 12/31
vs. CHA 1/2
vs. CHA 1/3

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Utica is getting closer to being in the discussion as a contender in the North. Give it a few more weeks, especially with results like this past weekend.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 2
Record:
16-10-2-2
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ RCH 1
SYR 2 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ ALB 12/30
vs. ALB 12/31
vs. STJ 1/2

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We still think that Rockford is just keeping the seat warm at the head of the Central Division table for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 6
Record:
18-8-2-3
Last Week:
MIL 6 @ RFD 2
MIL 2 @ RFD 1 (SO)
RFD 1 @ IA 3
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/30
@ CHI 1/2
vs. MIL 1/3

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It’s the first bit of adversity that this Penguins team has faced all season. Winnable games this week are on the schedule, but you have to score goals.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 9
Record:
21-7-0-1
Last Week:
WBS 0 @ HER 5
LV 3 @ WBS 0
This Week:
vs. SYR 12/31
vs. SPR 1/2
@ HFD 1/3

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Impressive win Saturday against Wilkes-Barre but laid an egg Sunday at home against Binghamton. It’s the perfect way to summarize the season to date for the Bears.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 3
Record:
16-9-1-5
Last Week:
WBS 0 @ HER 5
BNG 5 @ HER 3
This Week:
vs. SYR 12/29
vs. LV 12/31
vs. BNG 1/2
@ BRI 1/3

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Nice bounce back win for the Devils who beat the Bruins Saturday to halt their four game losing streak.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 4
Record:
17-8-3-0
Last Week:
PRO 1 @ ALB 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 12/30
@ UTI 12/31
@ HFD 1/2

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Barracuda have a four game point streak and are two games above .500 heading into 2016. Busy week ahead for San Jose.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 6
Record:
11-9-2-3
Last Week:
STK 1 @ SJ 5
This Week:
vs. CHA 12/28
vs. CHA 12/30
@ BAK 1/2
vs. TEX 1/3

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Hopefully this weekend doesn’t kill a Rochester team that looked like it turned a corner.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 6 
Record:
14-14-1-1
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ RCH 1
HFD 1 @ RCH 0
This Week:
vs. STJ 12/30
@ BRI 1/2
@ PRO 1/3

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Bad loss to a terrible Iowa team Saturday. Central Division big dogs on the schedule this week for the Wolves.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 5
Record:
14-11-1-2
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ CHI 4
IA 2 @ CHI 1
This Week:
@ MIL 12/28
@ RFD 12/30
vs. RFD 1/2
vs. LE 1/3

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Beat the Marlies Sunday and are still lurking in the North in third place.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 1
Record:
14-8-5-2
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ TOR 5
STJ 5 @ TOR 4
This Week:
@ RCH 12/30
@ BNG 12/31
@ UTI 1/2

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Impressive win in Wilkes-Barre for an understaffed Phantoms team against a Penguins team that ran roughshod on them. Four games this week, all on the road.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 5
Record:
15-16-1-0
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ LV 1
LV 3 @ WBS 0
This Week:
@ BNG 12/29
@ HER 12/31
@ POR 1/2
@ POR 1/3

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Binghamton is on a three game wining streak and may have actually figured things out.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 9
Record:
9-17-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ BNG 4
BNG 5 @ HER 3
This Week:
vs. LV 12/29
vs. STJ 12/31
@ HER 1/2

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Crunch are a .500 team at the end of 2015. It’s not really that bad when you consider all of the personnel losses this team has been stymied by.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 4
Record:
12-12-4-1
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ SYR 3
SYR 2 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ HER 12/29
@ WBS 12/31
@ TOR 1/2
@ TOR 1/3

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News out of Cedar Park Sunday morning was that AHL leading scorer Devin Shore is done for the year due to an injury sustained in a game. That a big, big blow to a team that is already playing from behind buried in the Pacific Division.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
15-13-2-2
Last Week:
SA 5 @ TEX 4
TEX 3 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. SA 12/29
vs. SD 12/31
@ STK 1/2
@ SJ 1/3

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First winning streak for the Wild since February 27 to March 6, 2015. The Wild snap a 12 game home losing streak with a 3-1 win over Rockford Sunday.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 7
Record:
7-22-2-3
Last Week:
SA 2 @ IA 1
IA 2 @ CHI 1
RFD 1 @ IA 3
This Week:
@ MTB 12/31
@ MTB 1/1

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Hartford has won two out of their last three, which is better than some. Maybe it’s a building block to get the Wolf Pack back to relevancy again.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 4
Record:
13-16-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ BNG 4
HFD 1 @ RCH 0
This Week:
vs. POR 12/29
vs. ALB 1/2
vs. WBS 1/3

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Four game losing streak for the Bruins as Providence slowly slips into the abyss of obscurity.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 10
Record:
11-14-5-1
Last Week:
PRO 2 @ POR 4
PRO 1 @ ALB 4
PRO 3 @ BRI 4
This Week:
@ SPR 12/30
@ POR 12/31
vs. RCH 1/3

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Bakersfield sweeps the weekend with a nice win Sunday against the Gulls who we project will be leading the Pacific Division very soon, if you haven’t figured the Easter Egg out already.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 26th
Change: n/a
Record:
13-11-2-1
Last Week:
STK 3 @ BAK 5
SD 1 @ BAK 4
This Week:
vs. SJ 1/2
@ STK 1/3

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San Antonio’s three game winning streak dies at home against a desperate Stars team. Rematch again Tuesday will be the third straight game between these two rivals.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Record:
14-11-6-0
Last Week:
SA 2 @ IA 1
SA 5 @ TEX 4
TEX 3 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ TEX 12/29
vs. SD 1/1
vs. SD 1/3

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Moose lost their only game this past week to the Wolves. Busy week with lowly Iowa in twice and the juggernaut known as the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 8
Record:
8-16-1-2
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ CHI 4
This Week:
vs. IA 12/31
vs. IA 1/1
vs. GR 1/3

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Heat are struggling now. Three losses in a row with a bunch of good teams on the schedule this week.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 7
Record:
9-13-0-2
Last Week:
STK 3 @ BAK 5
STK 1 @ SJ 4
This Week:
vs. ONT 12/29
@ ONT 12/31
vs. TEX 1/2
vs. BAK 1/3

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Two wins in their last ten games for Springfield and bottom of the Atlantic Division. Bad teams like Springfield may never recover from something like this.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
12-16-1-1
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ SYR 3
POR 5 @ SPR 1
This Week:
vs. PRO 12/30
vs. BRI 1/1
@ WBS 1/2

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