Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

We have a new number one in the Week 19 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

It’s the Providence Bruins, up four spots to the top spot this week. The Bruins biggest case for this big bump over four other really good teams was a sixteen game point streak.

There is a new number two this week as top five stalwarts Toronto and Ontario took a bit of a hit this week but I am not going to give it all away in the lede, you have to jump though if you didn’t link in direct.

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Hottest team in the Eastern Conference right now. A sixteen game point streak. If Boston stays healthy, watch out.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 4
Record:
24-15-8-2
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ ALB 2
HER 2 @ PRO 5
PRO 3 @ SPR 2
This Week:
@ HFD 2/17
@ HER 2/20
@ HER 2/21

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Oh, this Pacific Division battle is getting good now. The Ontario Reign are missing key pieces and the Stars have won five in a row. Three California teams await Texas this week.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 2
Record:
30-18-3-3
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ MTB 2
TEX 7 @ MTB 6 (SO)
LE 3 @ TEX 4 (OT)
LE 1 @ TEX 2
This Week:
@ SD 2/17
@ ONT 2/19
@ BAK 2/20

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Marlies get St. John’s two more times before the end of the season. Fun fact: Out of the nine losses the Marlies have this season, five of them have been to St. John’s.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 2
Record:
38-9-4-0
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ STJ 3
TOR 2 @ STJ 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 2/19
vs. POR 2/20

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That OT loss to the Admirals this week drew Milwaukee closer to the top of the Central. Two this week at home against a suddenly sharper Manitoba team then a trip to Rosemont to take on the Wolves.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Record:
28-11-5-4
Last Week:
RFD 3 @ MIL 4 (OT)
GR 2 @ RFD 4
This Week:
vs. MTB 2/17
vs. MTB 2/19
@ CHI 2/20

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Central race looks like it’s down to two horses. Milwaukee and Rockford. Bit of a cupcake schedule for both Milwaukee and Rockford this week.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Record:
30-14-3-0
Last Week:
RFD 3 @ MIL 4 (OT)
IA 0 @ MIL 2
This Week:
vs. CHA 2/16
@ GR 2/17
vs. MTB 2/20
vs. IA 2/21

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Albany is a dark horse team that no one knows about and at the end of a game with them you wish you never have to play them again. Like we have said all along, the only serious challenger to Toronto for tops in the North.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 2
Record:
29-13-7-0
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ ALB 2
ALB 1 @ RCH 0
RCH 0 @ ALB 3
BRI 2 @ ALB 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 2/20
@ BRI 2/21

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Three game losing streak for the Reign who are without number one goaltender Peter Budaj and top defenseman Kevin Gravel, on recall to parent Los Angeles.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 5
Record:
28-13-3-1
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ SJ 4
BAK 3 @ ONT 2
ONT 0 @ STK 3
This Week:
vs. STK 2/17
vs. TEX 2/19
@ SD 2/20

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Should be an interesting week for Hershey, who host a doubleheader with the Providence Bruins, who happen to be the hottest team going in the AHL right now.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 5
Record:
28-14-3-7
Last Week:
BRI 7 @ HER 6 (SO)
HER 2 @ PRO 5
HER 4 @ SPR 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. PRO 2/20
vs. PRO 2/21

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Points in their last seven games, buy stock in the Utica Comets who are getting hot again. This week, with games against a good Portland side, rival Syracuse and a strong Albany club, should paint a good picture as to how this season will finish for Utica.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 3
Record:
24-17-4-3
Last Week:
WBS 4 @ UTI 3 (OT)
BNG 2 @ UTI 5
UTI 5 @ LV 2
This Week:
vs. POR 2/17
@ SYR 2/19
vs. ALB 2/20

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So far, this road trip is off to a perfect start. Six of six points and starting to pressure the Bears in second and the first place Penguins. Portland has games in hand on both.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 5
Record:
29-18-1-0
Last Week:
POR 3 @ LV 1
POR 2 @ WBS 1 (OT)
POR 3 @ WBS 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 2/17
@ RCH 2/19
@ TOR 2/20

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Eight game win streak ends in overtime against Albany Sunday. Bridgeport is in a group with Portland and Providence as serious contenders against Hershey and Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Record:
27-19-3-1
Last Week:
BRI 7 @ HER 6 (SO)
HFD 3 @ BRI 7
BRI 2 @ ALB 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ SPR 2/16
@ LV 2/20
vs. ALB 2/21

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Probably ran out of gas Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Stars. Were up 3-0 Saturday against Texas then imploded. Third place in the Central for now and are probably a playoff team but will need to hold off a combination or Grand Rapids, Chicago or Charlotte to get there.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 3
Record:
26-17-5-3
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ LE 3 (OT)
CHI 0 @ LE 5
LE 3 @ TEX 4 (OT)
LE 1 @ TEX 2
This Week:
vs. SA 2/19
vs. SA 2/20

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We think it is down to Grand Rapids and Chicago for the last playoff spot in the Central.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 2
Record:
27-19-1-1
Last Week:
GR 2 @ IA 4
GR 4 @ IA 3
GR 2 @ RFD 4
This Week:
vs. MIL 2/17
vs. CHA 2/19
vs. CHA 2/20

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Wilkes-Barre remains the Atlantic Division leader after taking 6 of 8 points this week. Really tough challenge this Friday against Toronto.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 6
Record:
32-14-3-1
Last Week:
WBS 4 @ UTI 3 (OT)
WBS 3 @ HFD 1
POR 2 @ WBS 1 (OT)
POR 3 @ WBS 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ TOR 2/19
@ RCH 2/21

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Gulls have won four of their last five thanks in large part by catching the Checkers in a slump.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 2
Record:
23-19-1-1
Last Week:
BAK 4 @ SD 2
SD 3 @ CHA 2 (OT)
SD 5 @ CHA 4
This Week:
vs. TEX 2/17
@ BAK 2/19
vs. ONT 2/20

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The Heat could be the only team out of the bottom half of the Pacific Division that can contend for a playoff spot. We don’t see that happening, but with the way that the bottom half of the Central Division is and the way that percentage points mean so much, the Heat could sneak in.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 3
Record:
20-19-1-2
Last Week:
STK 3 @ BAK 7
ONT 0 @ STK 3
SA 1 @ STK 5
This Week:
@ ONT 2/17
vs. SJ 2/20
vs. SJ 2/21

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Five wins in a row for the Condors who are all of a sudden a playoff team. Big tests this week against San Diego and Texas.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 6
Record:
23-18-2-2
Last Week:
STK 3 @ BAK 7
BAK 4 @ SD 2
BAK 3 @ ONT 2
BAK 4 @ SJ 2
This Week:
vs. SD 2/19
vs. TEX 2/20

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Wolf Pack salvage the weekend against a reeling Rochester team. Schedule is a bit easy this week with dates against last place Springfield in the Atlantic and last place Binghamton in the North.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 8
Record:
25-23-2-0
Last Week:
WBS 3 @ HFD 1
HFD 3 @ BRI 7
RCH 2 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. PRO 2/17
@ SPR 2/20
vs. BNG 2/21

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The IceCaps are the kryptonite to the Toronto Marlies. We see the IceCaps as a crossover casualty to the Atlantic Division this year but if the IceCaps do get in, they would give any teams fits.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 9
Record:
22-19-7-3
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ STJ 4
SYR 3 @ STJ 4 (OT)
TOR 1 @ STJ 3
TOR 2 @ STJ 1
This Week:
@ SYR 2/17
@ BNG 2/19
@ BNG 2/20

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Wild lose the services of Jeremy Smith back to Providence and John Torchetti promoted to Minnesota. Just when things were starting to look bright in Des Moines.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 7
Record:
15-30-3-3
Last Week:
GR 2 @ IA 4
GR 4 @ IA 3
IA 0 @ MIL 2
This Week:
@ CHI 2/18
@ MIL 2/21

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Barracuda sit outside of a playoff spot in the middle of February despite taking 4 of 6 points out of the week. Heading this week to Stockton who are on a bit of a run.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 5
Record:
21-17-5-3
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ SJ 4
SA 0 @ SJ 5
BAK 4 @ SJ 2
This Week:
@ STK 2/20
@ STK 2/21

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Wolves unable to maximize points against the Moose, who have been a terrible team all season. These little setbacks will doom Chicago’s playoff chances.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 3
Record:
23-22-2-2
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ LE 3 (OT)
CHI 0 @ LE 5
CHI 3 @ MTB 2 (OT)
CHI 2 @ MTB 5
This Week:
vs. IA 2/18
vs. RFD 2/20
vs. CHA 2/21

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Call ups are killing this Rochester team fighting for its playoff life. Out of three games last week, no points.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 5
Record:
23-24-2-1
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ RCH 0
RCH 0 @ ALB 3
RCH 2 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. POR 2/19
@ SYR 2/20
vs. WBS 2/21

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Giving the Moose a bump this week for taking 4 out of a possible 8 points this week. If they get anything out of a week filled with Rockford twice and Milwaukee this week then this bump may be justified a bit.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 5
Record:
13-27-4-5
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ MTB 2
TEX 7 @ MTB 6 (SO)
CHI 3 @ MTB 2 (OT)
CHI 2 @ MTB 5
This Week:
@ RFD 2/17
@ RFD 2/19
@ MIL 2/20

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Four of the last five dropped by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who looked like a playoff contender to start the season but now, barring a miracle turnaround, headed for an early Spring.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 1
Record:
23-25-2-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ LV 7
POR 3 @ LV 1
UTI 5 @ LV 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 2/19
vs. BRI 2/20
@ SPR 2/21

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Forgettable weekend for the Atlantic Division’s resident last place team.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 5
Record:
18-23-3-4
Last Week:
HER 4 @ SPR 3 (SO)
PRO 4 @ SPR 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 2/16
@ LV 2/19
vs. HFD 2/20
vs. LV 2/21

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Reeling B-Sens pick up a win Saturday in their parents living room over an equally reeling Crunch team who have joined the B-Sens in the North Division basement.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 3
Record:
18-28-3-0
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ LV 7
BNG 2 @ UTI 5
SYR 0 @ BNG 2
This Week:
vs. STJ 2/19
vs. STJ 2/20
@ HFD 2/21

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Nine losses in a row for the Checkers, who we thought were ready to contend in the Central but now are middling toward the bottom.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 12
Record:
25-19-3-2
Last Week:
SA 5 @ CHA 2
SA 3 @ CHA 2
SD 3 @ CHA 2 (OT)
SD 5 @ CHA 4
This Week:
@ MIL 2/16
@ GR 2/19
@ GR 2/20
@ CHI 2/21

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Eight losses in a row for Syracuse, who look to be in all kinds of disarray. With how quickly the season moves after the All-Star break to playoffs, it’s a ditch that the Crunch may not be able to dig out of.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 7
Record:
19-21-9-1
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ STJ 4
SYR 3 @ STJ 4 (OT)
SYR 0 @ BNG 2
This Week:
vs. STJ 2/17
vs. UTI 2/19
vs. RCH 2/20

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Beat Charlotte twice in North Carolina then went to California on this rodeo road trip and got smoked. Dead last in the Pacific Division.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
22-23-7-0
Last Week:
SA 5 @ CHA 2
SA 3 @ CHA 2
SA 0 @ SJ 5
SA 1 @ STK 5
This Week:
@ LE 2/19
@ LE 2/20

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