Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 5

Week 5 and we are approaching mid-November. Have you made Thanksgiving plans yet?

There is a bird at the top of the AHL Power Rankings this week which is the same bird that was number one last week. It’s the Penguins.

Here’s the reasoning why. They get shutout at home by the Toronto Marlies Friday, then turn around and allow the P-Bruins and Wolf Pack to score just one goal a piece. Meanwhile, Toronto goes to Allentown and is obliterated by the Phantoms 7-2. The Penguins are the best team in the AHL despite the setback to the Marlies.

Now the Phantoms? Lehigh Valley is the hottest team in the AHL right now, winners of six straight. They are number two this week and have a huge date with the Penguins at home Wednesday. If the Phantoms win Wednesday, the Chirps from Center Ice clairvoyants foresee Lehigh Valley being number one next week.

But that’s getting too far ahead of ourselves.

If you notice that a team in the top ten this week has fallen far this week, it’s because there are a boatload of teams that are making a case for a higher ranking and really no room in the top 15 or 20 for these teams, which you will see drop out of the top 10 and into the bottom 10.

I won’t keep you any longer. Click through the jump to see the full list if you didn’t link in direct.

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Penguins stay number one for another week, for now. Big date with the Phantoms coming up Wednesday before two more big tests against Bridgeport and Hershey.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
 10-2-1-0
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ WBS 0
PRO 1 @ WBS 3
WBS 4 @ HFD 1
This Week:
@ LV 11/16
vs. BRI 11/18
@ HER 11/19

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Debated putting the Phantoms at number one this week, but if they continue this tear they are on, they will get there next week. Six in a row for Lehigh Valley and a huge meeting with the Penguins in Allentown Wednesday.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 10
Record:
8-3-1-0
Last Week:
LV 4 @ UTI 1
TOR 2 @ LV 7
LV 3 @ HER 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 11/16
@ PRO 11/18
@ BRI 11/19

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Your Tucson Roadrunners are the best team in the Western Conference in mid-November. Two this week with a Manitoba side looking to rebound after a bad weekend in San Diego.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Record:
7-1-2-0
Last Week:
TUC 3 @ BAK 0
TUC 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MTB 11/18
vs. MTB 11/19

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Marlies knock around the Penguins Friday in Wilkes-Barre then are obliterated by the Phantoms Saturday in Allentown. Still a really good team, but they may want to stay out of Pennsylvania’s way.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 2
Record:
8-3-0-1
Last Week:
TOR 3 @ WBS 0
TOR 2 @ LV 7
This Week:
vs. STJ 11/19
vs. STJ 11/20

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Central leading Admirals may have some company in Grand rapids fairly soon. Couple good teams on the schedule this week
Rank: 5
Last Week: 5th
Change: n/a
Record:
7-2-1-1
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ MIL 5 (OT)
GR 4 @ MIL 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHA 11/15
@ CLE 11/17
@ CLE 11/19

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Heat slip a bit this week after a 4-1 loss to the Rampage Friday but not too far as they are able to shut out San Antonio the next night.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 2
Record:
6-3-1-0
Last Week:
SA 4 @ STK 1
SA 0 @ STK 3
This Week:
vs. ONT 11/18
@ BAK 11/19

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Productive Midwest trip for the Reign last week. They travel to Stockton for their only action this week.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 7
Record:
5-3-3-0
Last Week:
SA 5 @ ONT 1
ONT 6 @ IA 5 (SO)
ONT 3 @ RFD 1
This Week:
@ STK 11/18

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Syracuse is a dangerous team that will probably be an underdog coming in to pretty much every game. That Saturday game at home against the Devils looks like fun.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 7
Record:
6-4-0-1
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
RCH 2 @ SYR 7
This Week:
@ HER 11/18
vs. ALB 11/19

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If we learned anything this week it is that Bridgeport is good in the shootout, with a pair of wins in the gimmick round.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 7
Record:
8-4-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SYR 2 (SO)
BRI 4 @ HER 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ WBS 11/18
vs. LV 11/19
vs. BNG 11/20

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That shutout loss to Rockford has a stench that even I can smell all the way in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 1
Record:
7-4-0-0
Last Week:
CHA 5 @ IA 4
CHA 4 @ IA 1
CHA 0 @ RFD 3
This Week:
@ MIL 11/15
@ SA 11/18
@ SA 11/19

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Good little bounce back week for Albany, which had been slipping. Devils travel this week for three road games, all without leaving the State of New York.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 7
Record:
8-4-0-0
Last Week:
HER 3 @ ALB 6
STJ 3 @ ALB 4
This Week:
@ RCH 11/16
@ BNG 11/18
@ SYR 11/19

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5 of 6 points from the weekend is enough to vault the Griffins to second place in the ever competitive Central Division.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 7
Record:
8-4-0-0
Last Week:
CLE 4 @ GR 5 (SO)
RFD 0 @ GR 3
GR 4 @ MIL 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/16
vs. TEX 11/18

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Split a pair with Texas this weekend where the final score was 11-10 Barracuda on aggregate.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 3
Record:
4-3-0-1
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ TEX 5
SJ 8 @ TEX 5
This Week:
@ SA 11/15
@ SD 11/18
@ SD 11/19

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Cooled off a bit by the surprising Amerks on Sunday at home. If this game was the first of a three-in-three instead of the last, we think the result may have been different.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 3
Record:
7-5-1-0
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ SPR 3
SPR 4 @ BNG 0
RCH 3 @ SPR 2
This Week:
@ HFD 11/16
@ UTI 11/18
vs. PRO 11/19

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Nice little slugfest with the Roadrunners Saturday. Bakersfield is a .500 hockey club at mid-November.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 5
Record:
5-5-0-0
Last Week:
TUC 3 @ BAK 0
TUC 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. MTB 11/16
vs. STK 11/19

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Amerks are within striking distance in the North. Are they as good as Toronto or Albany? Not yet, but if they keep hanging around, they will get a chance to prove themselves.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 5
Record:
7-6-0-0
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ RCH 5
RCH 2 @ SYR 7
RCH 3 @ SPR 2
This Week:
vs. ALB 11/16
vs. STJ 11/18
@ UTI 11/19

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Nice wins against the Moose who were the favorites coming into the weekend. San Diego still has work to do.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 10
Record:
4-5-1-0
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ SD 3
MTB 5 @ SD 6
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/18
vs. SJ 11/19

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5 of 6 points for the Monsters this week against good competition. Have the defending champs figured things out? A pair this week with Central leading Milwaukee should answer that question quickly.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 10
Record:
5-7-0-1
Last Week:
CLE 4 @ GR 5 (SO)
CHI 1 @ CLE 2
CHI 2 @ CLE 4
This Week:
vs. MIL 11/17
vs. MIL 11/19

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Texas scores five goals in each game this weekend and come out of it 1-1. Go figure.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 6
Record:
7-5-1-0
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ TEX 5
SJ 8 @ TEX 5
This Week:
@ GR 11/16
@ GR 11/18
@ RFD 11/19

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As with Charlotte, that 3-0 whitewashing the Heat handed down will smell for a while as the Rampage seemingly were ready to turn things around.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 2
Record:
6-8-0-0
Last Week:
SA 5 @ ONT 1
SA 4 @ STK 1
SA 0 @ STK 3
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/15
vs. CHA 11/18
vs. CHA 11/19

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Manitoba is a bit underrated this week due to the fact that there were so many teams making cases to improve in the rankings.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 14
Record:
6-5-0-1
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ SD 3
MTB 3 @ SD 6
This Week:
@ BAK 11/16
@ TUC 11/18
@ TUC 11/19

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This is how things are for an average team in the AHL. Beat a bad team in Binghamton Friday and lose to a great team in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
4-6-2-1
Last Week:
PRO 4 @ BNG 2
PRO 1 @ WBS 3
This Week:
vs. LV 11/18
@ SPR 11/19
@ HFD 11/20

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Hershey slips this week with just one point out of a possible six. Percentage wise, the Bears remain within shouting distance.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 17
Record:
6-4-2-1
Last Week:
HER 3 @ ALB 6
BRI 4 @ HER 3 (SO)
LV 3 @ HER 1
This Week:
@ UTI 11/16
vs. SYR 11/18
vs. WBS 11/19

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Big step backwards for the Wolves who only take a point out of what could have been a six point weekend.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 16
Record:
5-6-1-1
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ MIL 5 (OT)
CHI 1 @ CLE 2
CHI 2 @ CLE 4
This Week:
@ IA 11/18
vs. IA 11/19

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St. John’s looked poised to turn things around and boom, a blown lead against Albany Saturday and the IceCaps are back to below .500
Rank: 25
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 14
Record:
6-7-1-0
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ SPR 3
STJ 3 @ ALB 4
This Week:
@ BNG 11/15
@ RCH 11/18
@ TOR 11/19
@ TOR 11/20

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Expected more from the IceHogs here in mid-November. 11 points and last place in the Central Division.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 26th
Change: n/a
Record:
5-8-1-0
Last Week:
RFD 0 @ GR 3
CHA 0 @ RFD 3
ONT 3 @ RFD 1
This Week:
@ IA 11/16
vs. TEX 11/19

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Same old Wild? Same old Wild.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Record:
5-8-0-1
Last Week:
CHA 5 @ IA 4
CHA 4 @ IA 1
ONT 6 @ IA 5 (SO)
This Week:
vs. RFD 11/16
vs. CHI 11/18
@ CHI 11/19

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Comets are out of the basement now after a nice overtime win against Hartford.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 2
Record:
3-8-1-0
Last Week:
LV 4 @ UTI 1
HFD 2 @ UTI 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HER 11/16
vs. SPR 11/18
vs. RCH 11/19

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They aren’t the worst team in the AHL, but the Wolf Pack are currently playing like one nonetheless. Just 8 points in a division full of decent teams.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Record:
3-8-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ RCH 5
HFD 2 @ UTI 3 (OT)
WBS 4 @ HFD 1
This Week:
vs. SPR 11/16
@ BNG 11/19
vs. PRO 11/20

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Nothing good to say here. The B-Sens are far and away the worst offense in the AHL with only 19 total goals scored for.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 6
Record:
3-7-0-1
Last Week:
PRO 4 @ BNG 2
SPR 4 @ BNG 0
This Week:
vs. STJ 11/15
vs. ALB 11/18
vs. HFD 11/19
@ BRI 11/20

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