Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 2

In the Week 2 version of the 2016-17 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings, I give you three things to look for.

The two peskiest teams in each Conference and the most surprising team overall.

The best team? Well you won’t have to look far, it’s the number one team this week. I won’t spoil it for you if you just happened here without a link in, so jump through to find out who and where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Best team in the league right now is Albany and it may not be close. Big tests this week to find out if it’s true or not.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 2 
Record:
 5-0-0-0
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ ALB 3 (SO)
UTI 2 @ ALB 3
ALB 4 @ PRO 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ WBS 10/26
vs. TOR 10/28
vs. TOR 10/29

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Stiff competition coming in this week in the form of the Albany Devils. We should see who the real contender is in the North fairly quick this weekend.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
4-1-0-0
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ RCH 5
MTB 2 @ TOR 4
MTB 0 @ TOR 4
This Week:
vs. PRO 10/26
@ ALB 10/28
@ ALB 10/29

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Despite half the team getting called up to Nashville when the Predators were dealing with food poisoning, the Admirals lead the Central Division and take 3 of 4 points out of the weekend.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Record:
3-0-0-1
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ CHI 1
MIL 2 @ RFD 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ IA 10/28
vs. IA 10/29
@ RFD 10/30

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A trio of one goal games for the Griffins who, despite having the most points in the Central (8) trail the Milwaukee Admirals by .075 percentage points.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Record:
4-1-0-0
Last Week:
GR 4 @ IA 3
RFD 2 @ GR 1
CLE 2 @ GR 3
This Week:
@ CHA 10/28
@ CHA 10/29

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The Eastern Conference team which is the peskiest are your Springfield Thunderbirds. Springfield travels to Wilkes-Barre and shuts out the Penguins 1-0, then come home the next night in front of a sellout crowd and come back from two goals in the third to tie it then beat the IceCaps in overtime. Pesky.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 10
Record:
3-1-0-0
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ WBS 0
STJ 4 @ SPR 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BRI 10/28
vs. WBS 10/29
@ BRI 10/30

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Reign train will need tap into goaltending depth as both goalies up in Los Angeles are hurt necessitating a father and son duo Saturday against San Jose. Ontario still is at the top of the Pacific, but for how long?
Rank: 6
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 3
Record:
2-0-1-0
Last Week:
TEX 5 @ ONT 6 (OT)
SJ 5 @ ONT 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ TEX 10/28
@ TEX 10/29
@ SA 10/30

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Only three goals conceded this weekend. The defense that the Penguins brought in on the offseason is paying dividends. Big test this Wednesday against the undefeated Albany Devils.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 3
Record:
3-1-0-0
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ WBS 0
SYR 1 @ WBS 3
WBS 2 @ HER 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. ALB 10/26
@ SPR 10/29
vs. SYR 10/30

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The Chirps from Center Ice Power Rankings Politburo call the Stockton Heat the most surprising team of this early AHL season. Big win against the Stars Wednesday.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Record:
2-0-1-0
Last Week:
TEX 1 @ STK 5
TUC 2 @ STK 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ SD 10/26
@ TUC 10/28
@ TUC 10/30

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Business picks up for the Gulls this week with a home matchup against the surprising Heat and then a road trip to Manitoba to take on the Moose.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 4
Record:
2-1-0-0
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ SD 5
This Week:
vs. STK 10/26
@ MTB 10/28
@ MTB 10/29

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Trend way upward for Rockford who beat three teams in the running for Central Division favorites.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 15
Record:
3-2-0-0
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ GR 1
MIL 2 @ RFD 3 (SO)
CLE 2 @ RFD 5
This Week:
vs. CHI 10/28
@ CHI 10/29
vs. MIL 10/30

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The peskiest Western Conference team are your Tucson Roadrunners. We have a feeling that Tucson is going to be a team to watch this season. They open at home against the surprising Heat for a pair this week.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 11
Record:
2-1-0-0
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ STK 1 (OT)
TUC 2 @ BAK 1
This Week:
vs. STK 10/28
vs. STK 10/30

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Monsters will have work to do if they want to compete in this division. Losses this week to Grand Rapids and Rockford. A few early cupcakes on the menu this week for the defending champs.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 11
Record:
2-2-0-0
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ GR 3
CLE 2 @ RFD 5
This Week:
@ IA 10/25
vs. SA 10/27
vs. SA 10/28
@ CHI 10/30

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Good start for Rochester two weeks into the season. Anytime you beat Toronto by multiple goals, you open eyes. Will the Amerks carry the momentum up to St. John’s this week?
Rank: 13
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 8
Record:
3-2-0-0
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ RCH 5
RCH 3 @ BNG 1
This Week:
@ STJ 10/28
@ STJ 10/29

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Three points out of six total available for the B-Sens out of the gate. Better than most teams but in this division has them in the bottom third.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 6
Record:
1-1-0-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ ALB 3
RCH 3 @ BNG 1
This Week:
@ UTI 10/26
vs. SYR 10/28
@ HER 10/29

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Swept the Rampage right now who are struggling. This was something last year missing from this Wolves side.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 14
Record:
2-3-0-0
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ CHI 1
CHI 4 @ SA 2
CHI 2 @ SA 1
This Week:
@ RFD 10/28
vs. RFD 10/29
vs. CLE 10/30

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Good overtime win over the defending Pacific Division champions. Host the Condors for a pair this week.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 4
Record:
1-1-0-0
Last Week:
SJ 5 @ ONT 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BAK 10/28
vs. BAK 10/29

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St. John’s off the schneid this week with 5 of 6 points taken home back to the Rock where they will face off against the Rochester Americans.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 13
Record:
2-3-1-0
Last Week:
STJ 4 @ PRO 1
STJ 4 @ SPR 5 (OT)
STJ 5 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. RCH 10/28
vs. RCH 10/29

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With Saturday off and St. John’s playing their third game in three days, Hartford is smoked at home against the IceCaps. Schedule may not get any better this week for the Wolf Pack.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 18th
Change: n/a
Record:
2-2-0-0
Last Week:
HFD 5 @ LV 4 (OT)
STJ 5 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. HER 10/26
vs. LV 10/28
vs. UTI 10/29

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Remember how I took a positive out of the three of six points for Binghamton a few capsules up? Not the case here with Lehigh Valley. Phantoms are built to win and haven’t started yet, two weeks into the season.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 8
Record:
1-1-1-0
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ LV 2
HFD 5 @ LV 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 10/28
@ BRI 10/29
@ HER 10/30

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California trip only brought back 1 out of a possible 6 points. Stars are in an early hole because of the Pacific Division percentage game.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 14
Record:
2-2-1-0
Last Week:
TEX 1 @ STK 5
TEX 5 @ ONT 6 (OT)
TEX 4 @ SD 5
This Week:
vs. SA 10/25
vs. ONT 10/28
vs. ONT 10/29

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Really expected Bridgeport to put up more of a fight against an 0-2 Bears side after beating a loaded Phantoms side the night prior.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 7
Record:
2-2-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ LV 2
BRI 2 @ HER 5
This Week:
@ SPR 10/28
vs. LV 10/29
vs. SPR 10/30

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Close games for the Crunch this week but ultimately beaten in the end in regulation. Binghamton and Providence are on the schedule this week as well as a rematch on the road against the Penguins.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 17
Record:
2-2-0-0
Last Week:
UTI 5 @ SYR 4
SYR 1 @ WBS 3
This Week:
@ BNG 10/28
vs. PRO 10/29
@ WBS 10/30

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Hung with Albany Sunday and gave them a fight, this after a terrible Friday game against the IceCaps.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 23rd
Change: n/a
Record:
1-3-1-0
Last Week:
STJ 4 @ PRO 1
ALB 4 @ PRO 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ TOR 10/26
@ UTI 10/28
@ SYR 10/29

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May have been gipped out of a game Sunday in Hershey when a penalty shot was awarded in overtime. Bears have a docket of good competition inbound this week.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 2
Record:
1-2-1-0
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ HER 5
WBS 2 @ BRI 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 10/26
vs. BNG 10/29
vs. LV 10/30

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Pretty bland start two weeks in for a new and improved Iowa Wild team. The blowout loss to Charlotte is going to smell for a while. Three really good teams on the menu for the Wild this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 9
Record:
2-3-0-0
Last Week:
GR 4 @ IA 3
CHA 8 @ IA 3
CHA 1 @ IA 2
This Week:
vs. CLE 10/25
vs. MIL 10/28
@ MIL 10/29

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Condors start out their season in Manitoba against the Moose, split that series, then come home and lose against a more rested Tucson side. Two this week with San Jose.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 7
Record:
1-2-0-0
Last Week:
BAK 4 @ MTB 1
BAK 4 @ MTB 5
TUC 2 @ BAK 1
This Week:
@ SJ 10/28
@ SJ 10/29

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The two wins by the Moose is better than some, but at some point you are going to have to question the compete level here. Gulls aren’t coming in looking to roll over this week.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 10
Record:
2-3-0-1
Last Week:
BAK 4 @ MTB 1
BAK 4 @ MTB 5
MTB 2 @ TOR 4
MTB 0 @ TOR 4
This Week:
vs. SD 10/28
vs. SD 10/29

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Things are not going to get any better for the Checkers this week who open at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Record:
1-3-0-0
Last Week:
CHA 8 @ IA 3
CHA 1 @ IA 2
This Week:
vs. GR 10/28
vs. GR 10/29

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Bad start for the Comets but hey, at least they beat Syracuse right?
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Record:
1-3-0-0
Last Week:
UTI 5 @ SYR 4
UTI 2 @ ALB 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 10/26
vs. PRO 10/28
@ HFD 10/29

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Swept by the Wolves and are 0-4. Franchise worst start for San Antonio. Schedule doesn’t look any better this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 6
Record:
0-4-0-0
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ SA 2
CHI 2 @ SA 1
This Week:
@ TEX 10/25
@ CLE 10/27
@ CLE 10/28
vs. ONT 10/30

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