Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 17

We are officially at the AHL All-Star break here in the 2015-16 AHL season. If you aren’t headed to Syracuse, then it gives you extra time to read this weeks version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

At the break, it looks like that a lot of teams in the Eastern and Western Conference are playing for second place, respectively. The Toronto Marlies of the East and the Ontario Reign of the West have been the classes of their respective Conferences from the beginning. It may take a lot for another team to step up and beat these two teams.

But it isn’t the Marlies and Reign who are one – two this week. It’s…well, I am just going to let you read to see who and where all the other teams ended up this week. Click the jump if you didn’t link in directly.

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The AHL’s most consistent team in the first half. Eight losses in regulation through 47 games which is the most games played in the league. You will need to come and take the Calder Cup from the Marlies.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
36-8-3-0
Last Week:
TOR 4 @ GR 0
TOR 4 @ GR 2
BNG 6 @ TOR 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ MTB 2/4
@ MTB 2/6

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IceHogs lead the ultra competitive Central Division at the break. Michael Leighton tied Johnny Bower Friday for all time shutouts in the AHL. Rockford, despite playing in a strong division, may be a dark horse team come playoff time.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
27-10-3-4
Last Week:
CHA 1 @ RFD 3
CHI 0 @ RFD 6
RFD 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. GR 2/5
@ GR 2/6

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The Texas Stars may match the Reign in points, but since everything is decided on percentage points this year it’s the Reign that hold the decided edge over Texas even with eight fewer games played. Pencil this team in for a playoff berth.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Record:
26-10-3-1
Last Week:
ONT 1 @ STK 2 (OT)
ONT 2 @ SD 0
MTB 0 @ ONT 4
This Week:
vs. SJ 2/5
vs. SJ 2/6

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Stars split a pair with Lake Erie to tie them in points with the Pacific Division leading Reign but Texas still trails the Reign in percentage points badly.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
25-17-3-3
Last Week:
SJ 0 @ TEX 3
TEX 2 @ LE 3
TEX 3 @ LE 2
This Week:
@ SA 2/5
vs. SA 2/6

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This team is healthy and is catching slumping teams at the right time. One of the second half teams to watch should be Providence.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Record:
20-15-8-1
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ PRO 8
This Week:
vs. ALB 2/5
@ POR 2/6

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Watch out. The Bears have points in their last ten games and are gunning for tops in the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Record:
24-13-3-6
Last Week:
LV 6 @ HER 5 (SO)
HER 2 @ ALB 3 (OT)
HER 5 @ SYR 3
SYR 1 @ HER 5
This Week:
@ BNG 2/5
vs. LV 2/6
vs. BNG 2/7

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Milwaukee leaps over Charlotte this week for second in the Central. We feel that the Admirals may be the only serious challenger to Rockford down the stretch.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 7th
Change: n/a
Record:
27-13-3-0
Last Week:
GR 3 @ MIL 7
This Week:
@ BAK 2/5
@ SD 2/6

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One of the two Connecticut teams is going to make playoffs we feel and it’s going to be fun watching the Wolf Pack and Sound Tigers duke it out the rest of the way.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 8th
Change: n/a
Record:
23-20-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ WBS 1
BRI 4 @ HFD 1
STJ 1 @ HFD 4
This Week:
@ POR 2/5
@ ALB 2/6

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Overlooked a terrible Springfield team on the last game before the break and it cost them second place in the Atlantic. Great teams are better than this.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 3
Record:
26-16-1-0
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ POR 4
STJ 2 @ POR 4
POR 2 @ SPR 6
This Week:
vs. HFD 2/5
vs. PRO 2/6

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Charlotte is 0-2-1-0 in their last three and sliding out of contention in the ever competitive Central Division.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 8
Record:
25-14-2-2
Last Week:
CHA 1 @ RFD 3
CHA 4 @ IA 5 (OT)
CHA 1 @ IA 5
This Week:
vs. LE 2/5
vs. LE 2/6

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Devils will probably be a playoff team and a tough out at that. Barring and implosion from Toronto, probably playing for second place in the North Division.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 6
Record:
24-12-7-0
Last Week:
HER 2 @ ALB 3 (OT)
UTI 4 @ ALB 3 (OT)
ALB 1 @ BRI 4
This Week:
@ PRO 2/5
vs. HFD 2/6

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Split a pair with Texas by a score of 3-2. Lake Erie is going to be a fun team to watch in a fun Central Division.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 6
Record:
22-16-4-3
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ LE 3
TEX 3 @ LE 2
This Week:
@ CHA 2/5
@ CHA 2/6

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Seven straight wins at home and five overall for a suddenly hot Stockton Heat team on the rise in the Pacific Division.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 6
Record:
18-16-1-2
Last Week:
ONT 1 @ STK 2 (OT)
BAK 2 @ STK 4
This Week:
@ SD 2/5
@ BAK 2/6

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Pair of wins this week has the Comets up to third in the North. Utica has seen it’s fair share of ups and downs this season but still are in a good position as we turn towards the home stretch.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 11
Record:
20-17-3-3
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ ALB 3 (OT)
RCH 2 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ STJ 2/5
@ STJ 2/6

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Five game winning streak for the Phantoms now who knocked off Atlantic leading Wilkes-Barre twice this week.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 12
Record:
22-21-2-1
Last Week:
LV 6 @ HER 5 (SO)
BNG 3 @ LV 6
WBS 3 @ LV 4 (OT)
LV 5 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ BRI 2/5
@ HER 2/6

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Um, what? What’s happened to the hottest thing in the AHL all of a sudden? Talk about extreme ups and downs here.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 5
Record:
24-17-1-1
Last Week:
TOR 4 @ GR 0
TOR 4 @ GR 2
GR 3 @ MIL 7
This Week:
@ RFD 2/5
vs. RFD 2/6

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Have lost five of six and three in a row. Have teams found a way to beat the Penguins or is this just a bad blip that happens to all the good teams?
Rank: 17
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 8
Record:
29-13-1-1
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ WBS 1
WBS 3 @ LV 4 (OT)
LV 5 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ SPR 2/5
vs. BRI 2/6

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Break up the Iowa Wild! 5-4-1-0 in their last ten games and playing like a team well above their record would indicate at current. Is the All-Star break coming at the wrong time?
Rank: 18
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 4
Record:
13-27-3-3
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
CHA 4 @ IA 5 (OT)
CHA 1 @ IA 5
This Week:
vs. CHI 2/5
@ CHI 2/6

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Swept by Hershey this weekend. Still a team to watch going forward which may sneak into playoffs.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 4
Record:
19-17-8-1
Last Week:
SYR 5 @ RCH 6 (OT)
HER 5 @ SYR 3
SYR 1 @ HER 5
This Week:
vs. RCH 2/5
vs. SPR 2/6

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We don’t think Rochester is a playoff team this year but will make things interesting down the stretch for themselves and opposing teams.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 6
Record:
21-21-2-1
Last Week:
SYR 5 @ RCH 6 (OT)
BNG 5 @ RCH 2
RCH 2 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ SYR 2/5
@ BNG 2/6

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Four wins in a row for Bridgeport heading into the break. Just on the outside of the Atlantic Division’s elite.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 7
Record:
23-19-2-1
Last Week:
SPR 0 @ BRI 1 (OT)
BRI 4 @ HFD 1
ALB 1 @ BRI 4
This Week:
vs. LV 2/5
@ WBS 2/6

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Coupla nice wins this week by the Wolves, but the Politburo doesn’t see them as a playoff team.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
21-19-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
CHI 0 @ RFD 6
RFD 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ IA 2/5
vs. IA 2/6

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Something about playing great teams brings out the best in the Binghamton Senators who defeated the Category 5 hurricane known as the Toronto Marlies in Toronto on Saturday in overtime.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 3
Record:
17-23-3-0
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ LV 6
BNG 5 @ RCH 2
BNG 6 @ TOR 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HER 2/5
vs. RCH 2/6
@ HER 2/7

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It wasn’t that long ago that the IceCaps were nipping at the heels of the division leaders. Now, after a three game losing streak, it may be a hole they can’t dig themselves out of.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 11
Record:
19-17-6-3
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ POR 4
STJ 2 @ POR 4
STJ 1 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 2/5
vs. UTI 2/6

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Roy Sommer finally wins a game to tie Bun Cook for the all time AHL win record as a coach after the Barracuda lost six straight.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 9
Record:
19-14-5-3
Last Week:
SJ 0 @ TEX 3
SJ 1 @ SA 2
SJ 4 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ ONT 2/5
@ ONT 2/6

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Springfield becomes the team that you start to panic on when your team loses to them.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 6
Record:
17-22-2-3
Last Week:
SPR 0 @ BRI 1 (OT)
SPR 1 @ PRO 8
POR 2 @ SPR 6
This Week:
vs. WBS 2/5
@ SYR 2/6

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The sweep against a terrible Moose team will help in the standings but Bakersfield still has a lot to work on if they want to get serious and make a push towards playoffs.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 2
Record:
18-17-2-2
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ BAK 6
MTB 2 @ BAK 6
BAK 2 @ STK 4
This Week:
vs. MIL 2/5
vs. STK 2/6

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A few weeks ago there was talk of San Diego getting to the top of the Pacific Division but after 3-6-1-0 in their last ten that went away.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 7
Record:
19-18-1-1
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ SD 0
This Week:
vs. STK 2/5
vs. MIL 2/6

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Well, the Rampage will at least get noted in the AHL history books for the team that Roy Sommer beat to tie Bun Cook for all time AHL wins.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 5
Record:
19-20-7-0
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ SA 2
SJ 4 @ SA 3
This Week:
vs. TEX 2/5
@ TEX 2/6

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Your team may suck, but they don’t suck as bad as the Manitoba Moose.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Record:
11-25-3-4
Last Week:
MTB 3 @ BAK 6
MTB 2 @ BAK 6
MTB 0 @ ONT 4
This Week:
vs. TOR 2/4
vs. TOR 2/6

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