Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 13

A minor bump on the road which is the regular season was what had the AHL leading Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins out of the top spot in last weeks Double Issue of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Four straight wins seemingly four different ways propels the Penguins back to the top spot in Week 13.

But there is a team on the rise in the Atlantic that may be better than the Penguins. No, it’s not the Phantoms. Find out more below or pop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

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What two game losing streak? Four game winning streak for Wilkes-Barre who continue to play like the best team in the AHL. Now a long road trip coming up for the Penguins. If Wilkes-Barre returns home the top team in the AHL like they are now, it may be tough to knock them off that pedestal the rest of the way.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 5
Record:
25-7-3-0
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ WBS 3
HER 1 @ WBS 5
BNG 4 @ WBS 5
WBS 6 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ TOR 1/11
@ RCH 1/13
@ SYR 1/14

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Went up 2-0 outdoors this week, then it rained, they kept playing and later lost in overtime to a team that had no business beating them in a venue that has no business being played outside.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
17-6-6-0
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/11
@ SJ 1/13
vs. BAK 1/14

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A loss to Charlotte is the only blemish this week for an overall strong Grand Rapids team who is 8-2 in their last ten.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Record:
22-9-1-2
Last Week:
IA 5 @ GR 6
CHA 2 @ GR 1
RFD 1 @ GR 6
This Week:
@ MIL 1/13
@ RFD 1/14

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Providence loses Zane McIntyre to recall to Boston, but gain Anton Khudobin who comes in and shuts out the hapless Wolf Pack Sunday. Providence may be better than Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 3
Record:
21-8-4-3
Last Week:
SPR 4 @ PRO 1
PRO 4 @ SPR 1
HFD 0 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. UTI 1/13
@ SPR 1/14
vs. BRI 1/15

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That regulation loss to the Wolf Pack stings a bit, but Lehigh Valley won’t let the Penguins run out the door and away from everyone in the Atlantic just yet.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
23-9-2-0
Last Week:
LV 1 @ HFD 2
ALB 0 @ LV 2
UTI 1 @ LV 4
This Week:
vs. HER 1/13
@ HER 1/14

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Wolves see their 8 game winning streak come to an end Sunday in Rockford but it’s enough to propel the Wolves into solid footing in the Central Division in a points tie with leader Grand Rapids.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Record:
21-12-3-2
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ CHI 4
RFD 2 @ CHI 7
CHA 2 @ CHI 5
CHI 3 @ RFD 6
This Week:
vs. MIL 1/11
@ MTB 1/13
@ MTB 1/15

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Another good week for the Barracuda who are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and second in the Pacific. Date with the division leading Reign this week.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 2
Record:
17-8-1-3
Last Week:
SA 2 @ SJ 4
MIL 3 @ SJ 1
TUC 2 @ SJ 5
This Week:
vs. ONT 1/13
vs. STK 1/14

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IceCaps return home this week up to third in the North and an underrated team. Underrated teams don’t usually find themselves in the Top 10 in the AHL Power Rankings, but St. John’s finds themselves here.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 4
Record:
18-14-3-1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ ALB 6
STJ 1 @ BNG 2 (SO)
STJ 2 @ SYR 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HFD 1/13
vs. HFD 1/14

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Another week of 5,000 transactions it seems and Syracuse remain at the top of the North Division. Big week this week coming up for the Crunch.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 2
Record:
18-9-1-5
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 4 (SO)
STJ 2 @ SYR 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 1/11
vs. TOR 1/13
vs. WBS 1/14

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Don’t forget about Stockton. They will just lie in the weeds here in the middle of January and, bam! Heat rises.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 5
Record:
18-9-3-1
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ STK 3 (OT)
MIL 0 @ STK 4
This Week:
@ SD 1/11
@ BAK 1/13
@ SJ 1/14

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Milwaukee slips up a bit this week and lets Grand Rapids take a step away from them for now. Big week for Milwaukee with the white hot Wolves and the division leading Griffins.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 11th
Change: n/a
Record:
20-9-2-2
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 5
MIL 3 @ SJ 1
MIL 0 @ STK 4
This Week:
vs. CHA 1/10
@ CHI 1/11
vs. GR 1/13

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Cleveland split with Texas at home. Monsters have pulled themselves from the depths of the Central and are solidly in fourth place.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 4
Record:
17-13-1-2
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ TEX 4
CLE 2 @ TEX 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ CHA 1/13
@ CHA 1/14

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Despite being last place in the North, the Senators are just a point away from a playoff spot and prior to the game Saturday in Wilkes-Barre had won four games in a row.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 3
Record:
14-18-2-1
Last Week:
STJ 1 @ BNG 2 (SO)
BNG 4 @ WBS 5
This Week:
vs. BRI 1/13
vs. ALB 1/14
@ HER 1/15

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Devils lose two in a row and are in a dogfight with Syracuse and St. John’s for tops in the North. Home and home with Springfield and a date in Binghamton this week for Albany.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 5
Record:
20-15-0-1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ ALB 6
ALB 2 @ UTI 4
ALB 0 @ LV 2
This Week:
@ SPR 1/11
vs. SPR 1/13
@ BNG 1/14

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Should find out what kind of Marlies team this is real quick when the AHL’s best Penguins come rolling into town this Wednesday.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 3
Record:
15-16-2-1
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ MTB 2
TOR 4 @ MTB 3
RCH 0 @ TOR 5
RCH 4 @ TOR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. WBS 1/11
@ SYR 1/13
vs. RCH 1/14

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Iowa needed a positive week and got one with a successful trip in Winnipeg. Wild are still hanging around on the fringes of a playoff spot in the Central.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 3
Record:
16-18-2-1
Last Week:
IA 5 @ GR 6
IA 4 @ MTB 2
IA 3 @ MTB 1
This Week:
@ SA 1/13
@ SA 1/14

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No one wants that fourth place spot in the North Division. Rochester is a tough team to read because the North is so mediocre as a whole division.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 3
Record:
16-19-0-1
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ RCH 4 (SO)
RCH 0 @ TOR 5
RCH 4 @ TOR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HFD 1/11
vs. WBS 1/13
@ TOR 1/14

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Bears a distant fourth in the Atlantic but still okay for now as a playoff contending team, but there are about three months left in the season and Hershey is trending in the wrong direction.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 5
Record:
18-8-7-2
Last Week:
HER 1 @ WBS 5
UTI 3 @ HER 2 (OT)
WBS 6 @ HER 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ LV 1/13
vs. LV 1/14
vs. BNG 1/15

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First regulation win for the Sound Tigers in 12 games came Saturday. Bridgeport fell out of playoff contention in the Atlantic Division and looks to get back there.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 2
Record:
18-14-0-1
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SPR 3 (SO)
BRI 2 @ HFD 1
This Week:
@ BNG 1/13
vs. UTI 1/14
@ PRO 1/15

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Split with the defending champs in Cleveland. Now, head West with a date with the division leading Reign and a pair with those pesky Roadrunners.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 4
Record:
16-13-1-2
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ TEX 4
CLE 2 @ TEX 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ ONT 1/11
@ TUC 1/13
@ TUC 1/14

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Split with Providence a pair of 4-1 games. Springfield needs wins if they want to get back up among the division super weights in the Atlantic Division.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 2
Record:
14-13-4-2
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SPR 3 (SO)
SPR 4 @ PRO 1
PRO 4 @ SPR 1
This Week:
vs. ALB 1/11
@ ALB 1/13
vs. PRO 1/14

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Manitoba drops three straight as we start to settle into the January cold. Will look to regroup in the make up game against Tucson this week before the Wolves come calling. Big week for the Moose, if you are asking the Politburo.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 8
Record:
14-15-3-2
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ MTB 2
TOR 4 @ MTB 3
IA 4 @ MTB 2
IA 3 @ MTB 1
This Week:
@ TUC 1/10
vs. CHI 1/13
vs. CHI 1/15

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Got a point out of the week which isn’t good enough in a division where things change weekly. Makeup game with the struggling Moose then the Stars come in this weekend.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 6
Record:
15-9-4-0
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ STK 3 (OT)
TUC 2 @ SJ 5
This Week:
vs. MTB 1/10
vs. TEX 1/13
vs. TEX 1/14

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Splitting with a team that you should beat easy while battling for relevancy in the Pacific is not a recipe for success.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 2
Record:
14-12-2-1
Last Week:
SA 5 @ SD 4
SA 2 @ SD 3
This Week:
vs. STK 1/11
@ RFD 1/13

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Lost in San Jose to a great Barracuda team then split with a shaky San Diego side.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 3
Record:
16-17-2-0
Last Week:
SA 2 @ SJ 4
SA 5 @ SD 4
SA 2 @ SD 3
This Week:
@ BAK 1/10
vs. IA 1/13
vs. IA 1/14

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Utica had their first winning streak in what seemed like forever this weekend but ran into a big boy team in Allentown and that dream ended quickly.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 4
Record:
12-16-5-1
Last Week:
ALB 2 @ UTI 4
UTI 3 @ HER 2 (OT)
UTI 1 @ LV 3
This Week:
vs. SYR 1/11
@ PRO 1/13
@ BRI 1/14

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Played in an outdoor game this week where it rained. California outdoor games are unmitigated disasters.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 2
Record:
12-12-4-1
Last Week:
ONT 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SA 1/10
vs. STK 1/13
@ ONT 1/14

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Rockford snaps Chicago’s eight game winning streak on Sunday. Now, is that something that the IceHogs can build on or was it just an anomaly?
Rank: 28
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 2
Record:
12-19-2-3
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 5
RFD 2 @ CHI 7
RFD 1 @ GR 6
CHI 3 @ RFD 6
This Week:
vs. SD 1/13
vs. GR 1/14

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Inconsistency plagues the Checkers. Charlotte needs to figure it out and quick if they want what slim chance they have at a postseason berth in a stacked division to live on.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Record:
13-20-2-0
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ CHI 4
CHA 2 @ GR 1
CHA 2 @ CHI 5
This Week:
@ MIL 1/10
vs. CLE 1/13
vs. CLE 1/14

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Have to feel for Hartford, despite the win over Lehigh Valley this week the Wolf Pack lose more than they win and are in last place in the Atlantic Division basement.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 5
Record:
12-20-3-1
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ WBS 3
LV 1 @ HFD 2
BRI 2 @ HFD 1
HFD 0 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ RCH 1/11
@ STJ 1/13
@ STJ 1/14

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