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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

It’s Week 10 in the AHL Power Rankings and there is a new number one at the top of the heap this week.

It’s the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, the best team in the AHL right now followed by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the team that is staying step for step with the Penguins and a team, like Wilkes-Barre, running roughshod over the other AHL teams.

Important note: No Power Rankings next week due to most of the AHL teams having off this week because of Christmas, so I am doubling up weeks and we will see you back here for the Rankings in a double issue January 2.

Head past the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where the remainder of the AHL teams file in as we hit Christmas week.

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Best team in the AHL heading into the Christmas break. Trap games coming with Binghamton on the schedule and Lehigh Valley hot on the Penguins trail.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 2
Record:
19-5-3-0
Last Week:
WBS 6 @ HFD 2
RCH 1 @ WBS 4
SPR 2 @ WBS 4
This Week:
@ BNG 12/26
vs. SPR 12/27
vs. PRO 12/30
@ BNG 12/31

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First team to 20 wins is Lehigh Valley and are staying step for step with the rival Penguins.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 3
Record:
20-7-1-0
Last Week:
BRI 6 @ LV 8
HER 2 @ LV 3 (SO)
PRO 1 @ LV 7
This Week:
vs. HER 12/26
@ RCH 12/28
@ RCH 12/30

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Heat remain strong and are the class of the Pacific at this point in time. We see Ontario or San Jose as the only teams right now that can knock off Stockton. Heat play a pair with each over the next two weeks.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 2
Record:
16-6-1-1
Last Week:
STK 5 @ ONT 4
STK 5 @ SD 3
STK 3 @ SD 1
This Week:
@ SJ 12/20
@ SJ 12/26
vs. TUC 12/28
vs. ONT 12/30
@ ONT 12/31

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13 goals scored in Cedar Park, including 9 Saturday by the Admirals. Milwaukee may be in a class of its own in the Central.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 4th
Change: n/a
Record:
17-5-2-1
Last Week:
SA 4 @ MIL 5
MIL 4 @ TEX 3
MIL 9 @ TEX 1
This Week:
@ GR 12/21
@ CHI 12/22
vs. CHI 12/26
vs. IA 12/28
@ CHI 12/30

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North Division leaders despite a roster in flux and two guys called up and sent back every day back and forth to Tampa. This is a very underrated team.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Record:
16-7-0-3
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ HFD 2 (SO)
SYR 5 @ BRI 3
SYR 1 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. HFD 12/21
@ RCH 12/26
vs. HER 12/28
vs. BNG 12/30
vs. STJ 12/31

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13 game point streak comes to an end in a loud way Saturday in Allentown, but the Bruins take down the North Division leading Syracuse Crunch Sunday.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 4
Record:
14-7-4-3
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ PRO 3
PRO 1 @ LV 7
SYR 1 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ UTI 12/21
@ ALB 12/26
@ HFD 12/27
@ WBS 12/30
@ HER 12/31

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Don’t look now, but the Reign are back to second in the Pacific after taking 6 of 8 points out of the week.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Record:
13-6-5-0
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ SD 2
STK 5 @ ONT 4
BAK 2 @ ONT 3
ONT 4 @ SJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BAK 12/26
@ SD 12/27
@ STK 12/30
vs. STK 12/31

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Grand Rapids pulls even with Milwaukee in points in the Central. Big date this week with the Admirals before Christmas.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 5
Record:
17-7-1-2
Last Week:
GR 7 @ CHI 1
GR 6 @ CHA 1
GR 3 @ CHA 1
This Week:
vs. MIL 12/21
@ CLE 12/28
@ CLE 12/30
vs. RFD 12/31

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3 of 4 points for the Barracuda on the wings of Troy Grosenick who recorded three straight shutouts for San Jose. The Barracuda have thrust themselves into the contenders discussion in the Pacific Division.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 3
Record:
11-6-1-3
Last Week:
BAK 0 @ SJ 5
ONT 4 @ SJ 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. STK 12/20
vs. STK 12/26
@ BAK 12/28
@ BAK 12/30
vs. BAK 12/31

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Bears drop a shootout against the Phantoms and then lose straight up to last place Hartford. Nice rebounding shutout against the Thunderbirds Sunday. But as a result, the Bears drop a bit in the Rankings.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 3
Record:
16-6-4-2
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 3 (SO)
HFD 5 @ HER 4
SPR 0 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ LV 12/26
@ SYR 12/28
vs. BRI 12/30
vs. PRO 12/31

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Don’t write off this Cleveland side yet, who have come up from the Central Division basement into the playoff discussion.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Record:
13-11-1-2
Last Week:
IA 3 @ CLE 4 (OT)
IA 2 @ CLE 1 (SO)
CLE 2 @ CHI 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CHA 12/20
vs. CHA 12/22
vs. GR 12/28
vs. GR 12/30

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Nice little rebound week for Albany who are back to second in the North. Tough holiday weeks ahead for the Devils coming up. Can they maintain second?
Rank: 12
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 12
Record:
15-12-0-1
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ UTI 2 (OT)
ALB 3 @ TOR 1
ALB 1 @ TOR 4
This Week:
@ BNG 12/21
vs. PRO 12/26
vs. TOR 12/30
@ HFD 12/31
vs. BRI 1/1

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Toronto salvages the week with a win Sunday against the Devils. Toronto is in danger of falling out of playoff contention here.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 7
Record:
12-12-1-1
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ RCH 5
ALB 3 @ TOR 1
ALB 1 @ TOR 4
This Week:
vs. STJ 12/26
@ BNG 12/28
@ ALB 12/30

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Wild get points out of all their contests this week and are within the discussion at Christmas as a playoff team.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 5
Record:
12-13-2-1
Last Week:
IA 3 @ CLE 4 (OT)
IA 2 @ CLE 1 (SO)
MTB 1 @ IA 3
This Week:
vs, MTB 12/19
vs. RFD 12/26
@ MIL 12/28
@ RFD 12/30
vs. CHI 12/31

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Roadrunners will keep busy through the holidays with six games. Work to do for Tucson if they want to get back to the top of the Pacific.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 7
Record:
11-6-3-0
Last Week:
TUC 5 @ SA 4 (OT)
TUC 2 @ SA 4
This Week:
vs. BAK 12/20
vs. BAK 12/21
@ SD 12/26
@ STK 12/28
vs. SA 12/30
vs. SA 12/31

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After getting smoked by Wilkes-Barre Wednesday, the Wolf Pack reel off two hard fought wins against two top Eastern Conference teams. Busy holiday for Hartford against better teams.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 10
Record:
9-14-3-1
Last Week:
WBS 6 @ HFD 2
SYR 1 @ HFD 2 (SO)
HFD 5 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ SYR 12/21
@ BRI 12/26
vs. PRO 12/27
@ SPR 12/30
vs. ALB 12/31

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Chicago’s run hits a snag last week. Wolves are a busy team over the holidays with six games.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 8
Record:
13-10-3-2
Last Week:
GR 7 @ CHI 1
CLE 2 @ CHI 1 (OT)
RFD 4 @ CHI 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ RFD 12/21
vs. MIL 12/22
@ MIL 12/26
@ RFD 12/28
vs. MIL 12/30
@ IA 12/31

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IceCaps got points out of the week, with the slump that the Marlies are on, St. John’s has slipped into a playoff spot.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 3
Record:
14-12-3-0
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
STJ 3 @ UTI 0
STJ 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ TOR 12/26
@ UTI 12/28
@ UTI 12/30
@ SYR 12/31

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Two OT wins sandwiched in between a loss to the Thunderbirds this week for the B-Sens who have been on a bit of an uptick of late. After these next two weeks of good quality teams coming in, we should see what kind of Senators team to expect in 2017.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 6
Record:
9-15-2-1
Last Week:
STJ 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
BNG 1 @ SPR 3
UTI 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ RCH 12/19
@ ALB 12/21
vs. WBS 12/26
vs. TOR 12/28
@ SYR 12/30
vs. WBS 12/31

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Three losses in a row for a suddenly cold Bridgeport side who look like they can’t get out of their own way. Maybe this break will be a good thing for the once dangerous Sound Tigers.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 10
Record:
16-11-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 6 @ LV 8
BRI 2 @ PRO 3
SYR 5 @ BRI 3
This Week:
vs. HFD 12/26
vs. SPR 12/28
@ HER 12/30
@ ALB 1/1

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Rockford finally shake off the nine game losing streak with a nice two game win streak against the slumping Moose and the shaky Wolves.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 6
Record:
9-13-2-3
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ RFD 4
RFD 4 @ CHI 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CHI 12/21
@ IA 12/26
vs. CHI 12/28
vs. IA 12/30
@ GR 12/31

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Thunderbirds start the week with a win against the Senators then go to Pennsylvania and are swept.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Record:
11-11-3-2
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ SPR 3
SPR 2 @ WBS 4
SPR 0 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ WBS 12/27
@ BRI 12/28
vs. HFD 12/30

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Swept the Moose then are swept by the Griffins. The Checkers are middling. These next two weeks could define Charlotte as a contender.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 6
Record:
11-15-2-0
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ CHA 4
MTB 2 @ CHA 3 (OT)
GR 6 @ CHA 1
GR 3 @ CHA 1
This Week:
@ CLE 12/20
@ CLE 12/22
@ MTB 12/30
@ MTB 1/1

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If the Stars make playoffs, watch out. Otherwise, this team can put on and give up an offensive show. Three coming with the rival Rampage.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 9
Record:
13-10-1-1
Last Week:
MIL 4 @ TEX 3
MIL 9 @ TEX 1
This Week:
vs. SA 12/21
@ SA 12/22
@ SA 12/27
vs. SD 12/29
vs. SD 12/31

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After winning nine straight, San Diego has lost six in a row. This team is like an elevator.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 9
Record:
11-11-1-0
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ SD 2
STK 5 @ SD 3
STK 3 @ SD 1
This Week:
vs. TUC 12/26
vs. ONT 12/27
@ TEX 12/29
@ TEX 12/31

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Manitoba has lost six in a row (0-4-1-1) and the once surging Moose are now slumping and out of the playoff picture at Christmas.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 9
Record:
11-12-2-2
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ CHA 4
MTB 2 @ CHA 3 (OT)
MTB 2 @ RFD 4
MTB 1 @ IA 3
This Week:
@ IA 12/19
vs. CHA 12/30
vs. CHA 1/1

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Condors drop two straight to better quality teams this week. Busy schedule coming up through the Christmas – New Years holdiay.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 8
Record:
10-10-2-0
Last Week:
BAK 2 @ ONT 3
BAK 0 @ SJ 5
This Week:
@ TUC 12/20
@ TUC 12/21
@ ONT 12/26
vs. SJ 12/28
vs. SJ 12/30
@ SJ 12/31

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Still miles to go for this Rampage team who is dead last in the Pacific. Three over Christmas with the rival Stars.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 5
Record:
12-13-2-0
Last Week:
SA 4 @ MIL 5
TUC 5 @ SA 4 (OT)
TUC 2 @ SA 4
This Week:
@ TEX 12/21
vs. TEX 12/22
vs. TEX 12/27
@ TUC 12/30
@ TUC 12/31

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Pennsylvania remains unkind to the Amerks who win the week but still haven’t come out of the Keystone State with a point just yet.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Record:
11-16-0-1
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ RCH 5
RCH 1 @ WBS 4
STJ 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 12/19
vs. SYR 12/26
vs. LV 12/28
vs. LV 12/30
@ UTI 12/31

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Pair of overtime losses for a Utica side still trying to find itself. A Wednesday game with the Bruins before the Christmas break then a surging IceCaps team comes in before the New Years.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2
Record:
10-13-3-1
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ UTI 2 (OT)
STJ 3 @ UTI 0
UTI 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. PRO 12/21
vs. STJ 12/28
vs. STJ 12/30
vs. RCH 12/31

Remember, we will see you again in the New Year for the Double Issue version of the AHL Power Rankings. Happy Everything to you and yours these holidays.

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