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AHL Power Rankings: Week 3

It’s Week 3 in the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and we have a familiar face last the top of the list.

As the calendar flips to November, there are teams that were supposed to contend that haven’t yet and surprise teams in the Top 15 this week.

I won’t keep you here too long if you didn’t link through, so please hit the jump to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Toronto is picking up where it left off last year. Trap series on the Rock this week.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
6-1-0-1
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
TOR 3 @ ALB 0
TOR 3 @ ALB 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ STJ 11/5
@ STJ 11/6

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Sixth straight game in regulation where the Penguins only allow one goal to the opposition. Defense is stout, goaltending better, goal scoring warming up. Rest of the Eastern Conference better take notice.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 5
Record:
5-1-1-0
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ WBS 3
WBS 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
SYR 1 @ WBS 6
This Week:
vs. BNG 11/4
@ BRI 11/5
@ PRO 11/6

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Springfield is keeping Wilkes-Barre honest at the top of the Atlantic Division and lead them in the head to head series.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Record:
5-2-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ SPR 1
WBS 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
SPR 2 @ BRI 0
This Week:
vs. HER 11/4
@ LV 11/5
vs. BNG 11/6

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Tucson is pesky. Spot Stockton multiple goals leads and still come back and beat them. Yep, that’s pesky.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 7
Record:
3-1-0-0
Last Week:
STK 5 @ TUC 6
STK 3 @ TUC 4
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/2
vs. ONT 11/4
vs. ONT 11/5

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Two straight losses for the Devils this week to stiffer competition in the form of the Marlies and Penguins. Albany has separated itself for now as an elite team in the North.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 4
Record:
6-2-0-0
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ WBS 3
TOR 3 @ ALB 0
TOR 3 @ ALB 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ BRI 11/2
@ HER 11/5

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Beat the Rampage Saturday with like their fifth string goaltender. Eventually, the bottom has to fall out, right?
Rank: 6
Last Week: 6th
Change: n/a
Record:
3-1-2-0
Last Week:
ONT 4 @ TEX 5
ONT 1 @ TEX 2 (OT)
ONT 4 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ TUC 11/4
@ TUC 11/5

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Give us more Stockton / Tucson matches now, please and thank you.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Record:
3-2-1-0
Last Week:
STK 7 @ SD 5
STK 5 @ TUC 6
STK 3 @ TUC 4
This Week:
vs. SD 11/4
vs. SD 11/5

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Another positive week for the Wolves who are slowly coming around.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 7
Record:
4-4-0-0
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 3
RFD 3 @ CHI 7
CLE 2 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ MIL 11/4
@ GR 11/5

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Swept by Iowa then obliterated the IceHogs. Milwaukee is still pretty good, though.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 6
Record:
4-2-0-1
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ IA 6
IA 3 @ MIL 2
MIL 7 @ RFD 3
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/4
vs. IA 11/5

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Three points out of four this week from a team that the Barracuda should beat. Now take to the road against a Rampage team turning a corner.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 6
Record:
2-1-0-1
Last Week:
BAK 0 @ SJ 4
BAK 4 @ SJ 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SA 11/5
vs. SA 11/6

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We were surprised to learn that the victory over the Ontario Reign this week was the first ever for the Stars. Bakersfield by way of Tucson this week for Texas.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 9
Record:
4-3-1-0
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 2
ONT 4 @ TEX 5
ONT 1 @ TEX 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ TUC 11/2
@ BAK 11/4
@ BAK 11/5

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Sound Tigers thump Springfield Friday, beat Lehigh Valley in a close one then are out of gas entirely in the Friday rematch against the T-Birds Sunday afternoon. Tough opponents this week for Bridgeport.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 9
Record:
4-3-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ SPR 1
LV 4 @ BRI 5
SPR 2 @ BRI 0
This Week:
vs. ALB 11/2
@ HFD 11/4
vs. WBS 11/5

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Manitoba may be a team to watch. Not many teams sweep the Gulls like the Moose did at home.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 14
Record:
4-3-0-1
Last Week:
SD 2 @ MTB 3 (OT)
SD 4 @ MTB 5
This Week:
vs. CLE 11/3
vs. CLE 11/5

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Okay, rip up last weekend and start again for Todd Nelson’s crew. Wait, these guys coming this week aren’t the pushovers they used to be?
Rank: 14
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 10
Record:
4-3-0-0
Last Week:
GR 2 @ CHA 4
GR 0 @ CHA 3
This Week:
vs. IA 11/4
vs. CHI 11/5

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5 out of 6 points for the Bears this weekend is a positive step for Hershey towards the top of the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 9
Record:
3-2-2-0
Last Week:
HER 2 @ HFD 3 (OT)
BNG 2 @ HER 7
LV 2 @ HER 3
This Week:
@ SPR 11/4
vs. ALB 11/5
vs. RCH 11/6

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Perhaps that pasting that the defending champs put on the Wild woke them up a bit as they go on to sweep the Admirals in a home and home set. More Central Division flavor on the menu this week.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 9
Record:
4-4-0-0
Last Week:
CLE 7 @ IA 3
MIL 1 @ IA 6
IA 3 @ MIL 2
This Week:
@ GR 11/4
@ MIL 11/5
vs. RFD 11/6

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Nice homecoming wins for the Checkers as they sweep a very good Griffins team. Two more home games this week as Rockford comes in.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 11
Record:
3-3-0-0
Last Week:
GR 2 @ CHA 4
GR 0 @ CHA 3
This Week:
vs. RFD 11/2
vs. RFD 11/3

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Four games last week. The Rampage won the first three then lost to the undermanned-in-goal Ontario Reign. Does that let all the air out of the balloon or not?
Rank: 18
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 12
Record:
3-5-0-0
Last Week:
SA 4 @ TEX 2
SA 4 @ CLE 2
SA 4 @ CLE 1
ONT 4 @ SA 2
This Week:
@ BAK 11/2
@ SJ 11/5
@ SJ 11/6

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Split a pair with the IceCaps in Newfoundland which is standard procedure, not many teams sweep St. John’s at home.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 6
Record:
4-3-0-0
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ STJ 5
RCH 5 @ STJ 2
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/4
@ BNG 11/5
@ HER 11/6

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Split with Rochester this weekend. Home schedule is busy this week for the IceCaps.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 3
Record:
3-4-1-0
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ STJ 5
RCH 5 @ STJ 2
This Week:
vs. UTI 11/1
vs. UTI 11/2
vs. TOR 11/5
vs. TOR 11/6

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Crunch stuck around with teams on their level then traveled to Wilkes-Barre and got blown away in their third game in three nights.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
4-3-0-0
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ BNG 3
PRO 2 @ SYR 3
SYR 1 @ WBS 6
This Week:
@ RCH 11/4
vs. UTI 11/5

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Yikes. A pair of blow out losses dealt to the IceHogs on back to back nights. Now head to Charlotte who swept the Griffins in a pair and travel to Iowa who is trending upwards.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 12
Record:
4-4-0-0
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 3
RFD 3 @ CHI 7
MIL 7 @ RFD 3
This Week:
@ CHA 11/2
@ CHA 11/3
@ IA 11/6

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Well, that wasn’t how it was supposed to be planned, was it? San Diego is near the bottom of the Pacific as the calendar flips to November with a surprising losing record. Host the surprisingly sneaky Stockton Heat for a pair this week.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 13
Record:
2-3-1-0
Last Week:
STK 7 @ SD 5
SD 2 @ MTB 3 (OT)
SD 4 @ MTB 5
This Week:
@ STK 11/4
@ STK 11/5

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Monsters are slipping here as the calendar switches to November. Calder Cup hangover?
Rank: 24
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 14
Record:
3-5-0-0
Last Week:
CLE 7 @ IA 3
SA 4 @ CLE 2
SA 4 @ CLE 1
CLE 2 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ MTB 11/3
@ MTB 11/5

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We have the P-Bruins ranked above the Wolf Pack this week because of the loser point they took from Toronto early last week. Still a lot to work on for this team and the schedule doesn’t get any easier this week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
2-4-2-0
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
PRO 4 @ UTI 2
PRO 2 @ SYR 3
This Week:
vs. LV 11/4
vs. HFD 11/5
vs. WBS 11/6

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B-Sens inability to cash on a long 5-on-3 in the first period Saturday in Hershey doomed them. Competition gets tougher this week.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 12
Record:
2-3-0-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ UTI 1
SYR 4 @ BNG 3
BNG 2 @ HER 7
This Week:
@ WBS 11/4
vs. RCH 11/5
@ SPR 11/6

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Oof. This is a team full of elite players playing like total kaka.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 8
Record:
2-3-1-0
Last Week:
LV 5 @ HFD 1
LV 4 @ BRI 5
LV 2 @ HER 3
This Week:
@ HFD 11/2
@ PRO 11/4
vs. SPR 11/5

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Split with San Jose this weekend and gave away points in the process. Condors sit second to last in the Pacific Division as we head to November.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 2
Record:
2-3-0-0
Last Week:
BAK 0 @ SJ 4
BAK 4 @ SJ 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. SA 11/2
vs. TEX 11/4
vs. TEX 11/5

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Three weeks in to a season and you can usually separate the really bad teams from the average ones. I’ll let you guys decide where the Politburo puts Hartford this week.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 11
Record:
3-4-0-0
Last Week:
HER 2 @ HFD 3 (OT)
LV 5 @ HFD 1
UTI 4 @ HFD 3
This Week:
vs. LV 11/2
vs. BRI 11/4
@ PRO 11/5

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Utica is losing to all the bad teams and barely beating the worse ones. Is it shaping up to be another long year in Utica?
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
2-5-0-0
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ UTI 1
PRO 4 @ UTI 2
UTI 4 @ HFD 3
This Week:
@ STJ 11/1
@ STJ 11/2
@ SYR 11/5

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