Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

Week 8 here at the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings and unlike last week, there isn’t much movement at the top.

We also wouldn’t say that there is a clear, undisputed number one team either. That’s because the top two teams from last week are the same top two teams this week.

I am not going to give it all away in the lede here, so hop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see the list this week.

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Admirals 11 game point streak ended Friday with a 4-1 loss to the Monsters, but Milwaukee repaid the favor with their own 4-1 win against Cleveland on Saturday.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
13-3-2-1
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ CLE 4
MIL 4 @ CLE 1
This Week:
@ IA 12/6
@ GR 12/9
vs. CHI 12/10

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Penguins get 3 out of a possible 4 points out of the weekend in St. John’s. Will that loser point they left behind come back to haunt them at some point down the line?
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
14-4-3-0
Last Week:
WBS 6 @ STJ 2
WBS 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HER 12/9
vs. HER 12/10
@ BRI 12/11

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Win streak gets to eight before a shutout loss to the Stockton Heat Saturday. San Diego has pulled themselves up from the depths of the Pacific and are right there in contention in the first week of December.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Record:
10-6-1-0
Last Week:
TUC 1 @ SD 5
SD 3 @ STK 2 (SO)
SD 0 @ STK 4
This Week:
vs. BAK 12/6
@ SJ 12/10
@ SJ 12/11

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In a week that saw Tucson stumble, the Heat get breathing room at the top of the Pacific Division with more beatable teams on the menu this week.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Record:
11-5-1-1
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ STK 4
SD 3 @ STK 2 (SO)
SD 0 @ STK 4
This Week:
vs. CHA 12/7
@ SJ 12/8
@ BAK 12/10

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Tied in points with the Penguins for tops in the Atlantic. Host Rochester for a pair this weekend.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 5th
Change: n/a
Record:
15-6-1-0
Last Week:
LV 4 @ TOR 1
HER 4 @ LV 3
LV 3 @ HER 2 (OT)
LV 3 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ SYR 12/7
vs. RCH 12/9
vs RCH 12/10

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Crunch run out of gas after a hellish week of travel all the way up to Newfoundland last week, home against Rochester Saturday then on the road Sunday in Hershey. Can you blame them? Still tops in the North Division and a very strong team.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 1
Record:
12-6-0-2
Last Week:
SYR 6 @ STJ 2
SYR 2 @ STJ 3 (SO)
RCH 0 @ SYR 4
SYR 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. LV 12/7
vs. ALB 12/9
vs. UTI 12/10

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5 of 6 points for a Bears team that is in a three way deadlock with its other Pennsylvania teams in Allentown and Wilkes-Barre. A pair this week with the Penguins on the road before hosting Rochester Sunday.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 3
Record:
13-4-4-1
Last Week:
HER 4 @ LV 3
LV 3 @ HER 2 (OT)
SYR 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ WBS 12/9
@ WBS 12/10
vs. RCH 12/11

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Bridgeport finally loses Lehigh Valley whom the Sound Tigers have mastered on Sunday and their five game home win streak is over as well. These Sound Tigers remain dangerously underrated.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 1
Record:
15-7-0-0
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ BRI 5 (SO)
BRI 3 @ SPR 1
BNG 0 @ BRI 4
LV 3 @ BRI 2
This Week:
@ BNG 12/10
vs. WBS 12/11

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Griffins take a few steps backward with a pair of shootout losses. Right now, Grand Rapids is the only team that can touch Milwaukee.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 2
Record:
12-6-0-2
Last Week:
CLE 3 @ GR 2 (SO)
IA 4 @ GR 3 (SO)
GR 4 @ RFD 1
This Week:
@ CLE 12/6
vs. CHI 12/7
vs. MIL 12/9
@ CHI 12/11

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Moose to third in the tough Central Division. Do not underrate this team.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 2
Record:
11-8-1-1
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ RFD 4 (SO)
TEX 6 @ MTB 1
TEX 4 @ MTB 5
This Week:
vs. CLE 12/9
vs. CLE 12/10

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Tucson scores just two goals in three games this week and are shutout by a suddenly surprising Bakersfield team Saturday. Still second in the Pacific, but for how much longer?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 8
Record:
9-5-2-0
Last Week:
TUC 1 @ SD 5
TUC 1 @ ONT 4
TUC 0 @ BAK 5
This Week:
vs. ONT 12/7
vs. ONT 12/9

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The P-Bruins have taken 13 points out of last 9 games, including points in 9 straight. Bruins are coming for the division leaders.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 4
Record:
9-6-4-3
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ PRO 6
PRO 2 @ SPR 3 (OT)
SPR 2 @ PRO 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TOR 12/9
@ ALB 12/10
vs. HFD 12/11

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Devils swept by Utica. Clear underestimation by Albany there, but took points out of Bridgeport and Binghamton.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 5
Record:
13-8-0-1
Last Week:
ALB 4 @ BRI 5 (SO)
UTI 2 @ ALB 1
ALB 1 @ UTI 3
BNG 1 @ ALB 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 12/7
@ SYR 12/9
vs. PRO 12/10

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Nice week for Chicago who separate themselves from others pursuing the fourth place spot the Wolves currently own.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 4
Record:
11-9-1-1
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ CHI 4
CHI 4 @ RFD 1
IA 2 @ CHI 4
This Week:
@ GR 12/7
@ MIL 12/10
vs. GR 12/11

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Don’t forget about Ontario after a couple rough weeks. Two good wins this week.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 2
Record:
8-5-4-0
Last Week:
TUC 1 @ ONT 4
CHA 2 @ ONT 3
This Week:
@ TUC 12/7
@ TUC 12/9
vs. CHA 12/10

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Three game losing streak for the Marlies before finally taking it to the Wolf Pack Sunday. All of a sudden Toronto is starting to lose touch at the top of division.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 3
Record:
11-8-1-1
Last Week:
LV 4 @ TOR 1
TOR 2 @ RCH 3
HFD 3 @ TOR 2
HFD 3 @ TOR 5
This Week:
@ UTI 12/7
@ PRO 12/9
@ HFD 12/10

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The Stars are the most run and gun team in the AHL and despite that, take a 1-2 record out of the weekend.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 4
Record:
11-8-1-1
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ CHI 4
TEX 6 @ MTB 1
TEX 4 @ MTB 5
This Week:
vs. RFD 12/9
vs. RFD 12/10

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Four of eight points for a St. John’s team that is sneakily to fourth in the North Division.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 3
Record:
12-11-1-0
Last Week:
SYR 6 @ STJ 2
SYR 2 @ STJ 3 (SO)
WBS 6 @ STJ 2
WBS 2 @ STJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SPR 12/9
vs. SPR 12/10

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Played two games and never allowed a single goal. Impressive. Bakersfield is .500 in the first week of December with a lot to build on after this impressive weekend.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 10
Record:
8-8-1-0
Last Week:
CHA 0 @ BAK 3
TUC 0 @ BAK 5
This Week:
@ SD 12/6
vs. CHA 12/9
vs. STK 12/10

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San Diego’s ascent through the Pacific has San Jose moving to fifth. Tough schedule this week for the Barracuda.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 5
Record:
8-5-0-3
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ SA 4 (SO)
SJ 4 @ SA 0
This Week:
vs. STK 12/8
vs. SD 12/10
vs. SD 12/11

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Iowa is getting there, but .500 weeks like this one will make it take longer.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 1
Record:
10-11-1-1
Last Week:
IA 4 @ GR 3 (SO)
IA 2 @ CHI 4
This Week:
vs. MIL 12/6
vs. SA 12/9
vs. SA 12/10

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Utica needed a good week and got one, finally, sweeping the Albany Devils in the process.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Record:
9-11-1-0
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 1
UTI 2 @ ALB 1
ALB 1 @ UTI 3
This Week:
vs. TOR 12/7
@ BNG 12/9
@ SYR 12/10

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Split a pair with the Marlies which isn’t bad for this last place Atlantic Division team.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 1
Record:
7-11-3-0
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ TOR 2
HFD 3 @ TOR 5
This Week:
vs. SPR 12/7
vs. TOR 12/10
@ PRO 12/11

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Finally snapped that six game losing streak this week and flipped it into a two game win streak before running into the buzzsaw team in Central New York.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 6
Record:
9-12-0-1
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 1
TOR 2 @ RCH 3
RCH 0 @ SYR 4
This Week:
@ LV 12/9
@ LV 12/10
@ HER 12/11

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Springfield started the season out strong, then faded, and look like they are on a run again. With the tear the top four teams are on right now, the Thunderbirds will need to win every game in order to keep in touch.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 1
Record:
8-8-3-2
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ SPR 1
PRO 2 @ SPR 3 (OT)
SPR 1 @ PRO 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 12/7
@ STJ 12/9
@ STJ 12/10

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California thus far has not been kind to the Checkers, who stick around this week with three more Golden State matchups.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 7
Record:
9-11-1-0
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ STK 4
CHA 0 @ BAK 3
CHA 2 @ ONT 3
This Week:
@ STK 12/7
@ BAK 12/9
@ ONT 12/10

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Rampage split a pair with the Barracuda in San Jose but are still last in the Pacific. A couple winnable games this week for the Rampage?
Rank: 27
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 4
Record:
9-11-1-0
Last Week:
SJ 3 @ SA 4 (SO)
SJ 4 @ SA 0
This Week:
@ RFD 12/7
@ IA 12/9
@ IA 12/10

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Not a terrible week for a Monsters team at the bottom of the Central with four of six points from divisional leaders.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Record:
8-11-1-1
Last Week:
CLE 3 @ GR 2 (SO)
MIL 1 @ CLE 4
MIL 4 @ CLE 1
This Week:
vs. GR 12/6
@ MTB 12/9
@ MTB 12/10

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IceHogs have hit rock bottom in the Central. This team is a beatable one in a division full of teams that can contend.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Record:
7-12-1-2
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ RFD 4 (SO)
CHI 4 @ RFD 1
GR 4 @ RFD 1
This Week:
vs. SA 12/7
@ TEX 12/9
@ TEX 12/10

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Binghamton is by far and sadly the worst team in the AHL, with just 3 goals scored this weekend and no hope in sight. Last by far in the North.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 5
Record:
5-14-1-1
Last Week:
BNG 2 @ PRO 6
BNG 0 @ BRI 4
BNG 1 @ ALB 3
This Week:
@ ALB 12/7
vs. UTI 12/9
vs. BRI 12/10

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