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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 13

As the calendar flips to 2016 and people put the holidays in the rear view mirror as a new week begins, there is still a Griffin in the drivers seat. Winning 17 of 19 games will do that for you.

As always, there are teams on the up and teams on the down this week.

If you didn’t click through direct, hit the jump to see where your you favorite team ended up in Week 13.

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Griffins have won 17 of their last 19. The battles with the Milwaukee Admirals will be fun ones to watch as the season wears on.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
19-10-0-1
Last Week:
GR 0 @ MIL 3
MIL 0 @ GR 3
GR 4 @ MTB 1
This Week:
@ MTB 1/5
vs. MIL 1/8
vs. LE 1/9

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Got out of the busiest week any AHL team can have with a 3-1-1 record. Good enough to keep them on top of the very competitive Central Division. This is a big, big step forward for Milwaukee.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 2
Record:
23-10-2-0
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ MIL 4
GR 0 @ MIL 3
MIL 0 @ GR 3
LE 1 @ MIL 3
MIL 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. LE 1/5
@ GR 1/8
vs. IA 1/9

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Played some closer games by Toronto’s standard this week. May be walking into a trap this week in Winnipeg.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 1
Record:
27-7-2-0
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ LE 2
LE 2 @ TOR 3
SYR 2 @ TOR 3
SYR 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ MTB 1/8
@ MTB 1/9

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Swept the Rampage in San Antonio to stay in second in the Pacific behind a stalling Ontario. You may have a new division leader in the not too distant future.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Record:
17-12-0-1
Last Week:
SD 1 @ TEX 6
SD 3 @ SA 1
SD 4 @ SA 3
This Week:
vs. CHA 1/8
vs. CHA 1/9

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So far, so good, so far from home for the Checkers who have points in all their games played in the Golden State including a sweep of the defending champion Reign. Big matchup this week in San Diego before heading home.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Record:
19-11-1-1
Last Week:
CHA 4 @ SJ 1
CHA 2 @ SJ 3 (SO)
CHA 4 @ ONT 2
CHA 2 @ ONT 0
This Week:
@ SD 1/8
@ SD 1/9

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Bump in the road for this team was a three game losing streak. Getting healthier by the day, still at the top of the Atlantic Division looking to extend the lead.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 6
Record:
23-8-0-1
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ WBS 2
SPR 1 @ WBS 4
WBS 3 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. BNG 1/5
@ LV 1/8
vs. UTI 1/9

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All of a sudden, here come the Devils again. It’s a four game winning streak now and back to second in the North Division.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 7
Record:
20-8-3-0
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ ALB 3 (OT)
ALB 4 @ UTI 1
ALB 4 @ HFD 3
This Week:
vs. SYR 1/8
vs. LV 1/9
@ HFD 1/10

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Barracuda up to third in the Pacific with a three game winning streak and winners of 5 of their last 6. More winnable games this week.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 7
Record:
14-10-2-3
Last Week:
CHA 4 @ SJ 1
CHA 2 @ SJ 3 (SO)
SJ 5 @ BAK 4 (SO)
TEX 1 @ SJ 5
This Week:
vs. STK 1/6
vs. SA 1/9
vs. SA 1/10

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Won five straight coming into this week then went 2-2 this week. Now head to St. John’s for whats going to be a tough matchup.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 6
Record:
18-13-1-0
Last Week:
POR 2 @ HFD 5
PRO 3 @ POR 4
LV 3 @ POR 4 (OT)
LV 2 @ POR 1
This Week:
@ STJ 1/8
@ STJ 1/9

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That loss to Chicago is going to sting a bit with Grand Rapids breathing down Rockford’s neck and Milwaukee pulling away.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 1
Record:
20-9-2-3
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 5
RFD 0 @ CHI 2
MIL 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ IA 1/10

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Down 5-1 at one point Saturday against the B-Sens, the Bears turn it around and score five unanswered. Then they go into Bridgeport and score five unanswered. Is the Big Bear Machine heating up in January or is this just a blip on a few bad teams?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 2
Record:
18-11-1-5
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ HER 1
LV 3 @ HER 1
BNG 5 @ HER 6 (OT)
HER 5 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ RCH 1/8
@ SYR 1/9
vs. UTI 1/10

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Three game losing streak and just one win in the last five for the Reign. Is everyone finally catching up to this team?
Rank: 12
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 3
Record:
17-8-2-1
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ STK 1
STK 4 @ ONT 1
CHA 4 @ ONT 2
CHA 2 @ ONT 0
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/5
vs. STK 1/8
@ BAK 1/9

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Funny how humbling hockey is. Things looking up for Lake Erie last week, then they drop three straight and tumble out of relevancy in an ultra competitive Central Division.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 8
Record:
17-12-2-2
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ LE 2
LE 2 @ TOR 3
LE 1 @ MIL 3
LE 2 @ CHI 5
This Week:
@ MIL 1/5
@ GR 1/9

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Phantoms still sticking around, should be an interesting next couple of weeks in Allentown as you are getting into sink or swim mode.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 5
Record:
17-16-2-1
Last Week:
LV 1 @ BNG 2 (SO)
LV 3 @ HER 1
LV 3 @ POR 4 (OT)
LV 2 @ POR 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 1/8
@ ALB 1/9
vs. BNG 1/10

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Won two out of three this week. Can probably add to that this week just looking at the schedule. P-Bruins are barely still in the discussion as the calendar flips to 2016.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 10
Record:
13-15-5-1
Last Week:
PRO 4 @ SPR 3
PRO 3 @ POR 4
RCH 2 @ PRO 5
This Week:
vs. BRI 1/8
@ SPR 1/9
vs. SPR 1/10

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The main question that will need to be answered is can Bridgeport be a better team than Portland, Lehigh Valley or Providence. If so, they are a playoff team.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 8
Record:
19-14-2-1
Last Week:
BRI 1 @ SPR 2
RCH 3 @ BRI 4 (OT)
HER 5 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ PRO 1/8
@ HFD 1/9

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Three wins in a row for the Heat but still sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 12
Record:
12-14-0-2
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ STK 1
STK 4 @ ONT 1
TEX 6 @ STK 7 (SO)
BAK 1 @ STK 3
This Week:
@ SJ 1/6
@ ONT 1/8

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A three game losing streak isn’t what you want to bring with you when Wilkes-Barre and Hershey are on the schedule this week.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 8
Record:
16-12-3-2
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ ALB 3 (OT)
ALB 4 @ UTI 1
STJ 3 @ UTI 1
This Week:
@ BNG 1/8
@ WBS 1/9
@ HER 1/10

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Rochester is in the same boat as Syracuse; not quite as good as Utica but not as bad as Binghamton. Unfortunately, that has the Amerks mired at the bottom of the North Division with just 3 out of 6 points this week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 3
Record:
15-15-2-1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ RCH 3 (SO)
RCH 3 @ BRI 4 (OT)
RCH 2 @ PRO 5
This Week:
vs. HER 1/8
@ BNG 1/9
vs. SYR 1/10

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Five game winning streak is choked away in overtime at Hershey Saturday, test on whether this Binghamton team has turned any kind of corner should be answered Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 20th
Change: n/a
Record:
11-17-3-0
Last Week:
LV 1 @ BNG 2 (SO)
STJ 2 @ BNG 3
BNG 5 @ HER 6 (OT)
This Week:
@ WBS 1/5
vs. UTI 1/8
vs. RCH 1/9
@ LV 1/10

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On top of losing then AHL leading scorer Devin Shore to season ending injury last week, it appears as if there is drama in goal with Texas calling up Philippe Desrosiers instead of Jack Campbell from ECHL Idaho. Little things like this can bury a team.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
17-14-2-3
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
SD 1 @ TEX 6
TEX 6 @ STK 7 (SO)
TEX 1 @ SJ 5
This Week:
@ ONT 1/5
vs. CHI 1/8
vs. CHI 1/9

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The Central is a hornets nest and Chicago is going to have to do better than 2-2 on any given any week if they want to make a serious push towards division contender.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 5
Record:
16-13-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ MIL 4
CHI 2 @ RFD 5
RFD 0 @ CHI 2
LE 2 @ CHI 5
This Week:
@ TEX 1/8
@ TEX 1/9

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Trying to find positives with this team which has been gutted by injuries. They are above .500 and are playing more competitive hockey. They probably will struggle to make playoffs, but stranger things have happened.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 2
Record:
14-13-5-1
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ HER 1
SYR 4 @ WBS 2
SYR 2 @ TOR 3
SYR 2 @ TOR 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ ALB 1/8
vs. HER 1/9
@ RCH 1/10

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Stumbled this week and were passed by Albany for second behind Toronto. Get the comforts of home coming up as the IceCaps open up a six game homestead starting with Portland this week.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 6
Record:
16-9-5-3
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ RCH 3 (SO)
STJ 2 @ BNG 3
STJ 3 @ UTI 1
This Week:
vs. POR 1/8
vs. POR 1/9

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Got points out of equally dismal Wild side in a pair of games this week, then were completely shut down by Grand Rapids Sunday. Rematch with the Griffins on Tuesday then the Marlies come calling for a pair this weekend.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 2
Record:
9-17-1-3
Last Week:
IA 3 @ MTB 4
IA 4 @ MTB 3 (SO)
GR 4 @ MTB 1
This Week:
vs. GR 1/5
vs. TOR 1/8
vs. TOR 1/9

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Played well Friday against a better Bridgeport team but got smashed in Wilkes-Barre Saturday. There could be some wins on the schedule this week.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 4
Record:
13-18-1-1
Last Week:
PRO 4 @ SPR 3
BRI 1 @ SPR 2
SPR 1 @ WBS 4
This Week:
@ HFD 1/8
vs. PRO 1/9
@ PRO 1/10

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Wild see rare winning streak end in Winnipeg against the Moose, who are equally as bad.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 4
Record:
8-23-2-3
Last Week:
IA 3 @ MTB 4
IA 4 @ MTB 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ MIL 1/9
vs. RFD 1/10

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Disappointing weekend for the Condors, who get some more winnable games this weekend to play in.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 2
Record:
13-12-2-2
Last Week:
SJ 5 @ BAK 4 (SO)
BAK 1 @ STK 3
This Week:
vs. SA 1/8
vs. ONT 1/9

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Four game losing streak to Pacific Division opponents for the Rampage. San Antonio has slowly plummeted towards the bottom of the Pacific also.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Record:
14-13-7-0
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
SD 3 @ SA 1
SD 4 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ BAK 1/8
@ SJ 1/9
@ SJ 1/10

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Looking like a long year in the Connecticut capital.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 6
Record:
14-18-2-0
Last Week:
POR 2 @ HFD 5
ALB 4 @ HFD 3
WBS 3 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 1/8
vs. BRI 1/9
vs. ALB 1/10

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