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AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

It’s Week 4 here at the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and I swear I am not a homer.

That’s because the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are the number one team this week.

They are the number one team in the AHL, that’s a fact, they really are, so why wouldn’t they be the number one team in some silly bloggers silly rankings?

Toronto is second. The Marlies are still a good team, find out why they dropped one below if you linked in direct. If you didn’t, jump through to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Top spot in the Rankings this week goes to the League’s best team which resides in Wilkes-Barre. Toronto comes in this Friday for a huge matchup. Trap games with Providence and Hartford follow.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
8-1-1-0
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ WBS 4
WBS 7 @ BRI 1
WBS 5 @ PRO 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/11
vs. PRO 11/12
@ HFD 11/13

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Toronto would still be the number one team in the Rankings this week if not for that 4-1 loss to the IceCaps on Saturday. The drop is not far and they play the opponent ahead of them this Friday in Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Record:
7-2-0-1
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ STJ 4
TOR 3 @ STJ 2
This Week:
@ WBS 11/11
@ LV 11/12

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Tucson is going to shred the pesky moniker and start being addressed as a damn good hockey team very soon.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Record:
6-1-1-0
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ TUC 3 (OT)
ONT 2 @ TUC 3
ONT 4 @ TUC 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ BAK 11/11
@ BAK 11/12

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Another good week for the Heat. We foresee another good week this week as well.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 3
Record:
5-2-1-0
Last Week:
SD 1 @ STK 6
SD 3 @ STK 7
This Week:
vs. SA 11/11
vs. SA 11/12

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Admirals lead the division for now, but they may have company in the form of a Moose soon.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 4
Record:
6-2-0-1
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (SO)
IA 3 @ MIL 5
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/9
vs. GR 11/12

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Don’t look now but the Bears are getting hot. Winners of five straight games and point takers in their last eight games.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 9
Record:
6-2-2-0
Last Week:
HER 4 @ SPR 3 (OT)
ALB 0 @ HER 4
RCH 3 @ HER 5
This Week:
@ ALB 11/11
vs. BRI 11/12
vs. LV 11/13

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Discount Manitoba at your peril. This team may surprise you.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 6
Record:
6-3-0-1
Last Week:
CLE 3 @ MTB 7
CLE 2 @ MTB 5
This Week:
@ SD 11/11
@ SD 11/12

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Wolves scrapped for their points this week and are within striking distance of the Central Division leaders.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 8th
Change: n/a
Record:
5-4-0-1
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (SO)
CHI 4 @ GR 2
This Week:
@ MIL 11/9
@ CLE 11/11
@ CLE 11/12

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Impressive wins over Rockford this week for the Checkers, who now travel for three this week looking to improve on their 1-3 away record.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 8
Record:
5-3-0-0
Last Week:
RFD 0 @ CHA 4
RFD 1 @ CHA 2
This Week:
@ IA 11/10
@ IA 11/11
@ RFD 11/12

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Split with the Rampage. San Jose is middling around the Pacific Division in November.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 10th
Change: n/a
Record:
3-2-0-1
Last Week:
SA 6 @ SJ 5
SA 1 @ SJ 3
This Week:
@ TEX 11/11
@ TEX 11/12

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Busy week for the IceCaps who are up this week in the Rankings after taking 6 of 8 points away from Week 4.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 9
Record:
6-5-1-0
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ STJ 4 (OT)
UTI 3 @ STJ 6
TOR 1 @ STJ 4
TOR 3 @ STJ 2
This Week:
@ SPR 11/11
@ ALB 11/12

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Better week here for the Phantoms, but we will believe them when we see them win three in a row against teams that aren’t jokes.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 15
Record:
5-3-1-0
Last Week:
LV 4 @ HFD 0
LV 4 @ PRO 2
SPR 4 @ LV 6
This Week:
@ UTI 11/11
vs. TOR 11/12
@ HER 11/13

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Split two with Bakersfield and beat Tucson and are right at the top of the Pacific Division.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 2
Record:
6-4-1-0
Last Week:
TEX 4 @ TUC 3 (OT)
TEX 3 @ BAK 1
TEX 3 @ BAK 5
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/11
vs. SJ 11/12

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Reign found out first hand how pesky those Roadrunners are, taking just one point back to California from Arizona. There also is a rivalry brewing between these two. Busy week coming up.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 8
Record:
3-2-3-0
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ TUC 3
ONT 4 @ TUC 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SA 11/9
@ IA 11/12
@ RFD 11/13

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Near the tops of the North. Take away those two losses to the Penguins and the Crunch are 6-1.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 6
Record:
6-3-0-0
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ RCH 3
UTI 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. BRI 11/11
vs. RCH 11/12

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Got smoked by the elite Penguins Saturday, while scrapping to win over Albany and Hartford. Week doesn’t get any easier, which rarely occurs in this division.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 4
Record:
6-4-0-0
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ BRI 4
BRI 5 @ HFD 4 (OT)
WBS 7 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ SYR 11/11
@ HER 11/12

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Thunderbirds hit a wall and take only one point out of the weekend. A road rematch with the B-Sens is sandwiched in between home dates with the IceCaps and Amerks.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 14
Record:
5-4-1-0
Last Week:
HER 3 @ SPR 2 (OT)
SPR 4 @ LV 6
BNG 2 @ SPR 1
This Week:
vs. STJ 11/11
@ BNG 11/12
vs. RCH 11/13

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Bad week for the Devils, who have not won since October 23, just one point in the last five games. Whatever was working earlier, isn’t working now.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 13
Record:
6-4-0-0
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ BRI 4
ALB 0 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. HER 11/11
vs. STJ 11/12

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Split the week. Griffins are midpack in the Central with a lot of teams jockeying to emerge a leader.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 5
Record:
5-4-0-0
Last Week:
IA 1 @ GR 4
CHI 4 @ GR 2
This Week:
vs. CLE 11/9
vs. RFD 11/11
@ MIL 11/12

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Condors are a .500 hockey club and now host those pesky Tuscon Roadrunners for a pair at home this week.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 8
Record:
4-4-0-0
Last Week:
SA 1 @ BAK 7
TEX 3 @ BAK 1
TEX 3 @ BAK 5
This Week:
vs. TUC 11/11
vs. TUC 11/12

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Something is off with this Rochester team. They are playing good hockey, but they are just a .500 hockey team. They can win some games this week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 2
Record:
5-5-0-0
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 2
RCH 4 @ BNG 1
RCH 3 @ HER 5
This Week:
vs. HFD 11/11
@ SYR 11/12
@ SPR 11/13

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Split the series with the Barracuda. The Politburo expected a lot more out of this Rampage squad at the start of the year.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 4
Record:
4-7-0-0
Last Week:
SA 1 @ BAK 7
SA 6 @ SJ 5
SA 1 @ SJ 3
This Week:
@ ONT 11/9
@ STK 11/11
@ STK 11/12

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Credit to the Bruins for taking the elite Penguins to a shootout and slugging them in the beak by running step for step with them. Rematch with the Pens this Saturday before a stop on the Southern Tier with a date with the Senators.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 2
Record:
3-5-2-1
Last Week:
LV 4 @ PRO 2
HFD 2 @ PRO 6
WBS 5 @ PRO 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ BNG 11/11
@ WBS 11/12

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B-Sens manufacture a win Sunday for what will go down as another forgettable weekend. Struggling teams visiting the Southern Tier this weekend.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 2
Record:
3-5-0-1
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ WBS 4
RCH 4 @ BNG 1
BNG 2 @ SPR 1
This Week:
vs. PRO 11/11
vs. SPR 11/12

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Wild salvage weekend with an overtime win against the Rockford IceHogs Sunday. Still finding their sea legs in Des Moines.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 9
Record:
5-6-0-0
Last Week:
IA 1 @ GR 4
IA 3 @ MIL 5
RFD 1 @ IA 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHA 11/10
vs. CHA 11/11
vs. ONT 11/12

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Oof. One point gained out of the weekend for the IceHogs. That’s not good considering that these were teams that Rockford should have beat.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 4
Record:
4-6-1-0
Last Week:
RFD 0 @ CHA 4
RFD 1 @ CHA 2
RFD 1 @ IA 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ GR 11/11
vs. CHA 11/12
vs. ONT 11/13

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San Diego is playing some bad hockey right now and host the surprising Manitoba Moose this week for a pair.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 4
Record:
2-5-1-0
Last Week:
SD 1 @ STK 6
SD 3 @ STK 7
This Week:
vs. MTB 11/11
vs. MTB 11/12

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With the loss of the core that brought the Monsters a championship, Cleveland is just a mediocre hockey team right now.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 4
Record:
3-7-0-0
Last Week:
CLE 3 @ MTB 7
CLE 2 @ MTB 5
This Week:
@ GR 11/9
vs. CHI 11/11
vs. CHI 11/12

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It’s just bad in Hartford. Maybe they pick up a win against equally as putrid Utica this Saturday.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Record:
3-6-1-0
Last Week:
LV 4 @ HFD 0
BRI 5 @ HFD 4 (OT)
HFD 2 @ PRO 6
This Week:
@ RCH 11/11
@ UTI 11/12
vs. WBS 11/13

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It’s not good right now in Utica. Misery loves company, so the Hartford Wolf Pack are coming for a visit Saturday.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Record:
2-7-1-0
Last Week:
UTI 3 @ STJ 4 (OT)
UTI 3 @ STJ 6
UTI 1 @ SYR 2
This Week:
vs. LV 11/11
vs. HFD 11/12

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3 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

  1. cyguyjg November 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Is that you, Mr. Simpson? (JK)

    Does Warsofsky have to clear waivers?

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