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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 14

With Week 14, you normally know what you have if you are a fan of an American Hockey League team.

You either have a contender, a maybe, a maybe maybe or a see you next year.

We would like to think that the Week 14 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings, helps the casual fan see exactly how each team is painted while the calendar hits mid-January with All-Stars looming.

There is a new number one this week, as the Grand Rapids Griffins fall out of the top spot for the first time in what seems like forever. But you’ll need to click through the jump to find out who if you didn’t link in direct.

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Methodical pair of wins a against a team that they should have beaten easily and did. The Marlies are your new number one this week.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 2
Record:
29-7-2-0
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ MTB 0
TOR 4 @ MTB 1
This Week:
@ UTI 1/13
@ STJ 1/16
@ STJ 1/17

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13 game home winning streak is the longest since Norfolk did it in 2011-12. But that loss to the lowly Manitoba Moose is enough to drop the Griffins out of the top spot this week.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Record:
21-11-0-1
Last Week:
GR 1 @ MTB 2
MIL 2 @ GR 4
LE 3 @ GR 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ CHA 1/12
@ CHA 1/13
vs. LE 1/15
vs. CHI 1/17

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Went 5-0-1 in California, have a 12 game point streak. Best team that no one is talking about is probably Charlotte. Big test this week when the Checkers host the Griffins for a pair this week.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Record:
21-11-1-1
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ SD 1
CHA 4 @ SD 2
This Week:
vs. GR 1/12
vs. GR 1/13
vs. MTB 1/16
vs. MTB 1/17

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Three game losing streak with both top scorers and goaltenders out of the lineup is a distant memory. This team is healthy, deep and dangerous. Six game road trip begins Tuesday in St. John’s.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Record:
26-8-0-1
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ WBS 4
WBS 4 @ LV 3
UTI 2 @ WBS 4
This Week:
@ STJ 1/12
@ STJ 1/13
@ SYR 1/16

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Pirates are 8-2 in their last ten games and show no signs of slowing down. It’ll be interesting to see if Portland can hold this run together.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 4
Record:
20-13-1-0
Last Week:
POR 5 @ STJ 1
POR 4 @ STJ 1
This Week:
vs. BRI 1/15
vs. BRI 1/16
@ PRO 1/17

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Six game winning streak ends in overtime in Hartford but the Devils remain second in the North and are the third best team percentage wise in the AHL.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 1
Record:
22-8-4-0
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ ALB 6
LV 2 @ ALB 4
SYR 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. RCH 1/13
@ PRO 1/15
@ UTI 1/16

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Slowed down a bit by the Rampage after taking five in a row and seven of their last eight. Now the road comes calling against a good Gulls team and the Central leading IceHogs.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Record:
16-10-3-3
Last Week:
STK 3 @ SJ 4 (OT)
SA 4 @ SJ 6
SA 1 @ SJ 0 (OT)
This Week:
@ SD 1/13
@ RFD 1/15
@ IA 1/16

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The lights of the top of the Pacific Division dim a bit for a Gulls team that drew the steamroll that is the Charlotte Checkers twice this week.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 4
Record:
17-14-0-1
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ SD 1
CHA 4 @ SD 2
This Week:
vs. SJ 1/13
@ ONT 1/15
vs. TEX 1/16

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Won their only game this week with a warming Iowa team. Needed that one, because Grand Rapids is bearing down with games in hand.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 1
Record:
21-9-2-3
Last Week:
RFD 3 @ IA 1
This Week:
vs. CHI 1/12
vs. SJ 1/15
vs. STK 1/16

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Four game winning streak and 5 of the last 6 for Providence. We don’t see them contending for the division, but they sure as heck will make noise.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 5
Record:
16-15-5-1
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ PRO 5
PRO 4 @ SPR 2
SPR 1 @ PRO 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. ALB 1/15
vs. POR 1/17

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Reign remain first in the Pacific but will need to stave off any combination of San Jose, San Diego or Texas in the coming weeks.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 1
Record:
19-9-2-1
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ ONT 3 (OT)
STK 1 @ ONT 6
ONT 0 @ BAK 4
This Week:
vs. SD 1/15
vs. BAK 1/16
vs. TEX 1/17

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Perhaps all those games that the Admirals played the week prior finally caught up to them this week, because Milwaukee lost all three.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 10
Record:
23-13-2-0
Last Week:
LE 4 @ MIL 0
MIL 2 @ GR 4
IA 4 @ MIL 1
This Week:
@ SA 1/15
@ SA 1/16

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Disregard this team’s chances in any given week at your peril. Texas may not contend for a division title this year, but they will upset your apple cart.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 8
Record:
19-14-3-3
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ ONT 3 (OT)
CHI 1 @ TEX 3
CHI 2 @ TEX 5
This Week:
@ BAK 1/15
@ SD 1/16
@ ONT 1/17

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Lake Erie is lurking, but you can’t lurk in the Central, you have to stand out. Busy road week ahead.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 1
Record:
18-12-2-3
Last Week:
LE 4 @ MIL 0
LE 3 @ GR 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ MTB 1/11
@ MTB 1/13
@ GR 1/15
@ CHI 1/16

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Stymied by in-state rival Crunch Sunday, spoiling what would have been a perfect weekend. Division probably belongs to either Toronto or Albany, so Rochester is looking like its going to battle two or three teams for a playoff spot.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 4
Record:
17-16-2-1
Last Week:
HER 4 @ RCH 5
RCH 2 @ BNG 1
SYR 2 @ RCH 1
This Week:
@ ALB 1/13
vs. BNG 1/15
@ BNG 1/16

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Syracuse right now is in a hopper with about seven or so teams considered contenders. More wins, less mangrove of teams to maneuver through. Less wins and you are getting swept out to sea.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 7
Record:
16-14-5-1
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ ALB 6
HER 2 @ SYR 4
SYR 2 @ RCH 1
This Week:
@ BNG 1/13
vs. UTI 1/15
vs. WBS 1/16

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The Iowa Wild have won four of their last six. No really, the Iowa Wild have won four games in their last six contests. More winnable games on the schedule this week too.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 10
Record:
9-24-2-3
Last Week:
IA 4 @ MIL 1
RFD 3 @ IA 1
This Week:
@ CHI 1/15
vs. SJ 1/16
vs. STK 1/17

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Salvage a losing weekend against a Utica team that brought a five game losing streak to Chocolatetown for the first time in 23 years. Still third place in a bland Atlantic Division.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 7
Record:
19-13-1-5
Last Week:
HER 4 @ RCH 5
HER 2 @ SYR 4
UTI 3 @ HER 6
This Week:
@ LV 1/15
vs. SPR 1/16
vs. SPR 1/17

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Quick, quiet two game win streak coming out of the weekend for the Wolf Pack who are a team that can catch fire quickly but if past results this season have been any indication, it’s not likely.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 11
Record:
16-19-2-0
Last Week:
SPR 4 @ HFD 3
BRI 4 @ HFD 5
ALB 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ SPR 1/15
@ LV 1/16

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Lost a pair of 5-4 games. Fell behind early, couldn’t catch up late. Missing key pieces. Heading to Portland for a pair this weekend.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 4
Record:
19-16-2-1
Last Week:
BRI 4 @ PRO 5
BRI 4 @ HFD 5
This Week:
@ POR 1/15
@ POR 1/16
vs. LV 1/17

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Three game winning streak from last week ends and now the Heat are back on a two game losing streak. At some point a playoff push is going to need to happen here or it’s a lost season.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 3
Record:
12-15-1-2
Last Week:
STK 3 @ SJ 4 (OT)
STK 1 @ ONT 6
This Week:
vs. SA 1/13
@ RFD 1/16
@ IA 1/17

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Falcons take three of six away from the weekend. Better than some, but this far out need four or more if you want to start putting your hands on the wall and making a push.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 4
Record:
14-19-1-2
Last Week:
SPR 3 @ HFD 2
PRO 4 @ SPR 2
SPR 1 @ PRO 2 (SO)
This Week:
vs. HFD 1/15
@ HER 1/16
@ HER 1/17

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Lost three straight this week. Falling out of contention in the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 9
Record:
17-19-2-1
Last Week:
WBS 4 @ LV 3
LV 2 @ ALB 4
BNG 2 @ LV 1
This Week:
vs. HER 1/15
vs. HFD 1/16
@ BRI 1/17

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B-Sens go loss-win-loss-win this week and don’t make any ground on getting out of the North Division cellar.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 4
Record:
13-19-3-0
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ WBS 4
UTI 3 @ BNG 6
RCH 2 @ BNG 1
BNG 2 @ LV 1
This Week:
vs. SYR 1/13
@ RCH 1/15
vs. RCH 1/16

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Split a pair with a very good San Jose side. Hopefully that rights the ship, especially in the unbalanced Pacific.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 4
Record:
16-14-7-0
Last Week:
SA 3 @ BAK 1
SA 4 @ SJ 6
SA 1 @ SJ 0 (OT)
This Week:
@ STK 1/13
vs. MIL 1/15
vs. MIL 1/16

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Split a pair. Beat a great team, lost to a bad one. Two good teams on the matrix this week, so maybe the results will continue.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 2
Record:
14-13-2-2
Last Week:
SA 3 @ BAK 1
ONT 0 @ BAK 4
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/15
@ ONT 1/16

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Six game losing streak for the Comets. Were in it late with Wilkes-Barre and Hershey. Need bodies back. Take on the machine in Toronto, rival Syracuse and a stout Albany team.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 9
Record:
16-15-3-2
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ BNG 6
UTI 2 @ WBS 4
UTI 3 @ HER 6
This Week:
vs. TOR 1/13
@ SYR 1/15
vs. ALB 1/16

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Pair of losses this week to the Stars now a busy week this week against good, quality teams. I think the Wolves are slowly approaching the point past where a turnaround can save their season.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 6
Record:
16-15-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 1 @ TEX 3
CHI 2 @ TEX 5
This Week:
@ RFD 1/12
vs. IA 1/15
vs. LE 1/16
@ GR 1/17

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IceCaps have lost four of their last five and welcome the two best teams in the Eastern Conference for a pair of games each this week. Good luck.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5
Record:
16-11-5-3
Last Week:
POR 5 @ STJ 1
POR 4 @ STJ 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 1/12
vs. WBS 1/13
vs. TOR 1/16
vs. TOR 1/17

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Beat Grand Rapids at home, but were dismantled by an excellent Toronto side. A dangerous Lake Erie white hot Charlotte await the Moose.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 5
Record:
10-19-1-3
Last Week:
GR 1 @ MTB 2
TOR 3 @ MTB 0
TOR 4 @ MTB 1
This Week:
vs. LE 1/11
vs. LE 1/13
@ CHA 1/16
@ CHA 1/17

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