Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 14

With games going off on Monday afternoon, it’s a Sunday evening edition of the Week 14 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

No change at the very top, but two teams in the top three switch spots then chaos the rest of the way down.

If you didn’t link in direct, please click through the jump to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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At this point there doesn’t seem to be anything that can stop this team. Big time test against a hungry Phantoms side on the schedule this week. Penguins can’t look past the other three teams on the schedule this week, though.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
28-7-3-0
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ TOR 1
WBS 3 @ RCH 2
WBS 3 @ SYR 1
This Week:
@ SYR 1/16
@ HER 1/18
@ LV 1/20
vs. HER 1/21

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Methodical wins by Grand Rapids this week. Busy week coming up for the Griffins starts Monday in Rockford.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-9-1-2
Last Week:
GR 3 @ MIL 0
GR 5 @ RFD 2
This Week:
@ RFD 1/16
@ IA 1/18
vs. CHI 1/20
vs. CLE 1/21

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Reign keep at the top of the Pacific with a win over the Barracuda who they face again this week but only after a pair in Tucson against a resurgent Roadrunners team.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 1
Record:
19-7-6-0
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ ONT 1
ONT 3 @ SJ 2
BAK 2 @ ONT 3
This Week:
@ TUC 1/16
@ TUC 1/18
vs. SJ 1/21
vs. SA 1/22

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Wolves had a chance to make up ground on Grand Rapids for tops in the Central but only split up in Winnipeg against Manitoba. Date this week with Grand Rapids on the menu this week for the Wolves.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Record:
23-13-3-2
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ CHI 2
CHI 4 @ MTB 2
CHI 1 @ MTB 4
This Week:
@ GR 1/20
vs. MIL 1/21
vs. MIL 1/22

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San Jose remains a dangerous team. Nice array of opponents this week for the Barracuda to matchup against this week including the division leading Reign.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Record:
18-9-1-3
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ SJ 2
STK 0 @ SJ 2
This Week:
vs. BAK 1/16
@ SD 1/20
@ ONT 1/21

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Syracuse couldn’t put away the AHL’s best Penguins Saturday at home, so they get another crack at them Monday afternoon. Crunch still lead the North, for now.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 3
Record:
19-10-2-5
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ UTI 2 (OT)
TOR 4 @ SYR 5
WBS 3 @ SYR 1
This Week:
vs. WBS 1/16
@ ALB 1/18
vs. BNG 1/20
vs. UTI 1/21

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Not too concerned for Lehigh Valley as they have a on of dates with the division leading Penguins coming up, including this week at home.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 2
Record:
24-10-2-0
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 6
LV 4 @ HER 6
This Week:
@ SPR 1/16
vs. WBS 1/20
vs. PRO 1/21
@ HER 1/22

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IceCaps are playoff team who have a bunch of home games this week against some very good divisional opponents.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 8th
Change: n/a
Record:
19-14-4-1
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ STJ 1 (OT)
HFD 2 @ STJ 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 1/17
vs. UTI 1/18
vs. ALB 1/21
vs. ALB 1/22

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Albany is up to second and right at the doorstep of taking over the top spot in the North Division. Big week this week with a date with the Crunch and a road trip to the Rock.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 5
Record:
22-15-1-1
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ SPR 2 (OT)
SPR 3 @ ALB 2 (OT)
ALB 3 @ BNG 2
This Week:
vs. SYR 1/18
@ STJ 1/21
@ STJ 1/22

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Are cracks starting to show in the Providence armor? Two losses this week to teams a few weeks ago they would have dismantled.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 6
Record:
22-10-4-3
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ PRO 1
PRO 1 @ SPR 0
BRI 5 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. RCH 1/20
@ LV 1/21
vs. HFD 1/22

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Binghamton is in with about four other teams in the North for that fourth spot. That win Sunday in Hershey has to feel good. A road trip North to Syracuse then a visit from the Thunderbirds is on the menu this week.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 2
Record:
16-19-2-1
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ BNG 3 (OT)
ALB 3 @ BNG 2
BNG 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
@ SYR 1/20
vs. SPR 1/21

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Wild are a .500 team at in the middle of January. It is very possible that the Wild could be a playoff team if this run keeps up.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 4
Record:
18-18-2-1
Last Week:
IA 4 @ SA 1
IA 2 @ SA 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SD 1/16
vs. GR 1/18
vs. TEX 1/20
vs. TEX 1/21

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Turkey is on the table for Bridgeport if they want it with Hershey stumbling now. This week includes winnable games for the Sound Tigers.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 6
Record:
19-15-1-1
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ BNG 3 (OT)
UTI 3 @ BRI 1
BRI 5 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ SPR 1/20
vs. RCH 1/21
vs. TOR 1/22

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Swept the week and are back in discussion as a playoff contender. Big series this week against the Pacific’s best Reign.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 9
Record:
18-9-4-0
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ TUC 5
TEX 3 @ TUC 5
TEX 2 @ TUC 3
This Week:
vs. ONT 1/16
vs. ONT 1/18
@ CHA 1/21
@ CHA 1/22

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Comets have won five of their last six and are, like a lot of teams, right there in discussion for relevancy in the North Division.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 11
Record:
15-16-5-1
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ UTI 2 (OT)
UTI 2 @ PRO 1
UTI 3 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ STJ 1/17
@ STJ 1/18
@ SYR 1/21

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Underrated game Monday against the Wild. Gulls are trending upwards again and continue in the Midwest with a date with Iowa on Monday.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 8
Record:
16-12-2-1
Last Week:
STK 3 @ SD 5
SD 3 @ RFD 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ IA 1/16
vs. SJ 1/20
@ ONT 1/22

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Bakersfield’s little winning streak came to an end after a meeting with the division leading Ontario Reign. Even with the win streak, not much ground made up out of the basement.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 10
Record:
14-13-4-1
Last Week:
SA 2 @ BAK 5
STK 2 @ BAK 5
BAK 2 @ ONT 3
This Week:
@ SJ 1/16
@ STK 1/20
@ STK 1/21

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Once strong Milwaukee slips to third in the Central. Four road games this week for the Admirals.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 7
Record:
20-12-2-2
Last Week:
CHA 5 @ MIL 1
MIL 1 @ CHI 2
GR 3 @ MIL 0
This Week:
@ CHA 1/17
@ CHA 1/18
@ CHI 1/21
@ CHI 1/22

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Trio of losses for the Heat drop them to fourth in the Pacific. A pair with the resurgent Condors coming up this week.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 9
Record:
18-12-3-1
Last Week:
STK 3 @ SD 5
STK 2 @ BAK 5
STK 0 @ SJ 2
This Week:
vs. BAK 1/20
vs. BAK 1/21

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Only one point taken out of Charlotte for the all of a sudden slumping Monsters. Ah, but a pair against the sorry Rockford IceHogs has to be what the doctor ordered, no?
Rank: 20
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 8
Record:
17-14-1-3
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ CHA 3 (SO)
CLE 3 @ CHA 5
This Week:
vs. RFD 1/18
vs. RFD 1/20
@ GR 1/21

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Nice little comeback from three goals down on home ice against the defending Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters on Saturday. Checkers sweep the week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 8
Record:
16-20-2-0
Last Week:
CHA 5 @ MIL 1
CLE 2 @ CHA 3 (SO)
CLE 3 @ CHA 5
This Week:
vs. MIL 1/17
vs. MIL 1/18
vs. TUC 1/21
vs. TUC 1/22

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Hershey is officially slumping. 1-4-2 in their last seven games and if they don’t watch, Bridgeport may pounce back with their two games in hand and pass the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Home and home with the Penguins then another meeting with the Phantoms this week for 11-time.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 18th
Change: D0wn 4
Record:
19-10-7-2
Last Week:
HER 2 @ LV 6
LV 4 @ HER 6
BNG 4 @ HER 2
This Week:
vs. WBS 1/18
@ WBS 1/21
vs. LV 1/22

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Moose salvage the week with a win against the Wolves Sunday but have a lot of work to do if they want to get back into playoff discussion.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 1
Record:
15-17-3-2
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ TUC 5
CHI 4 @ MTB 2
CHI 1 @ MTB 4
This Week:
@ TEX 1/18
@ SA 1/20
@ SA 1/21

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Beat the division leading Reign then got swept in Arizona by the Roadrunners. Texas is out of a playoff spot and have to leap over the San Diego Gulls and Stockton Heat to get there. Beatable teams front end this week, that series in Iowa has trap written all over it.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 4
Record:
17-15-1-2
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ ONT 1
TEX 3 @ TUC 5
TEX 2 @ TUC 3
This Week:
@ SA 1/16
vs. MTB 1/18
@ IA 1/20
@ IA 1/21

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Marlies are slumping and are a beatable team in a mediocre division. There are a lot of teams in the North playing like a playoff contender, Toronto isn’t one of them.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 10
Record:
15-19-2-1
Last Week:
WBS 2 @ TOR 1
TOR 4 @ SYR 5
RCH 3 @ TOR 2
This Week:
@ HFD 1/20
@ BRI 1/21
@ SPR 1/22

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Road trip continues this week for the Americans who head to Rhode Island for a pair and then Bridgeport. Rochester is just one team in the wide open North Division vying for a playoff spot.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 9
Record:
17-21-0-1
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ RCH 1
WBS 3 @ RCH 2
RCH 3 @ TOR 2
This Week:
@ PRO 1/20
@ PRO 1/21
@ BRI 1/22

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Rampage are only five points out of playoff spot but aren’t playing as a team that wants to fight out of the Pacific Division basement.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Record:
16-19-3-0
Last Week:
SA 2 @ BAK 5
IA 4 @ SA 1
IA 2 @ SA 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/16
vs. MTB 1/20
vs. MTB 1/21
vs. RFD 1/22

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Springfield go 1-1-1 this week and that is not going to cut the mustard and get the Thunderbirds back into the playoff discussion.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 7
Record:
15-14-5-2
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ SPR 2 (OT)
SPR 3 @ ALB 2 (OT)
PRO 1 @ SPR 0
This Week:
vs. LV 1/16
vs. BRI 1/20
@ BNG 1/21
vs. TOR 1/22

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Only took one point from the Rock. Hartford is mired at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with no signs of that changing.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Record:
14-21-3-1
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ RCH 1
HFD 2 @ STJ 1 (OT)
HFD 2 @ STJ 4
This Week:
vs. TOR 1/20
vs. RCH 1/21
@ PRO 1/22

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Get ready to stick a fork in this pig, Rockford looks about done.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 2
Record:
12-20-3-3
Last Week:
SD 3 @ RFD 2 (OT)
GR 5 @ RFD 2
This Week:
vs. GR 1/16
@ CLE 1/18
@ CLE 1/20
@ SA 1/22

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