Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

No changes at the very top in the Week 18 AHL Power Rankings. While, yes, I am a blogger that follows the number one team, I think that my explanation as to why the Penguins are still the top team this week is enough to convince you that Wilkes-Barre should remain at the pinnacle in this weeks AHL Power Rankings.

A couple of changes in the top five, ten and on back, so click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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The shutout by St. John’s and the gutty comeback against Hershey late in the third cancel each other out so the number one team remains unchanged this week. A home date with the Phantoms caps off a six game home stand before setting off to the Northeast this weekend.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
36-11-3-0
Last Week:
STJ 4 @ WBS 0
HER 3 @ WBS 4 (OT)
BNG 2 @ WBS 4
This Week:
vs. LV 2/14
@ ALB 2/17
@ SPR 2/18
@ PRO 2/19

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Was involved in a slug fest with a different Iowa Wild team this week. Griffins remain at the top of the Central as of now with Chicago bearing down.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
31-14-1-2
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ GR 4
GR 2 @ IA 4
GR 4 @ IA 3 (SO)
This Week:
vs. MTB 2/15
vs. SA 2/17
vs. SA 2/18

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Jaroslav Halak has won 10 games in a row and has single-handedly pulled the Sound Tigers out of oblivion and into contention in the Atlantic.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Record:
30-16-1-1
Last Week:
SPR 3 @ BRI 4 (OT)
BRI 1 @ PRO 0
PRO 4 @ BRI 5 (SO)
HER 4 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ RCH 2/17
@ ALB 2/18
vs. HER 2/19

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Eight in a row for San Jose with a clean win over Ontario Sunday night for sole possession of tops in the Pacific. Discount this team at your peril.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 4th
Change: n/a
Record:
27-11-1-3
Last Week:
SD 1 @ SJ 2
SJ 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
ONT 1 @ SJ 4
This Week:
vs. TUC 2/14
@ STK 2/17
@ ONT 2/18

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Gulls take 6 of 8 this week and continue to keep San Jose honest, for now. Should be a fun finish.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 3
Record:
26-13-2-2
Last Week:
SD 4 @ BAK 2
SD 1 @ SJ 2
SD 4 @ ONT 1
BAK 0 @ SD 4
This Week:
vs. IA 2/14
@ BAK 2/17
vs. TUC 2/18

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Iowa builds some cushion for themselves in the four spot in the Central and take three of four points out of the top team in it.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 6th
Change: n/a
Record:
25-19-5-2
Last Week:
CLE 2 @ IA 1 (OT)
GR 2 @ IA 4
GR 4 @ IA 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ SD 2/14
@ ONT 2/15
vs. CLE 2/19

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Went 2-1 in the weekend and beat their biggest rivals Sunday. Remain the class of the North. May need to fend off a hard charging Toronto team in a few weeks.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Record:
25-15-4-5
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ SYR 2
RCH 2 @ SYR 5
SYR 3 @ UTI 2
This Week:
@ ALB 2/15
@ STJ 2/18
@ STJ 2/19

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Nine game point streak ends Sunday in Bridgeport for Hershey in a game that the Bears had to have. A big weekend looms for 11-time.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 3
Record:
25-14-8-3
Last Week:
HER 3 @ WBS 4 (OT)
HFD 2 @ HER 4
HER 4 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ PRO 2/17
@ PRO 2/18
@ BRI 2/19

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Lost twice to the sorry IceHogs. Should actually be lower than this ranking indicates but we are giving the Admirals a break, for now.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 9th
Change: n/a
Record:
27-17-3-2
Last Week:
CLE 4 @ MIL 1
RFD 3 @ MIL 2 (OT)
CHI 3 @ MIL 4
MIL 1 @ RFD 2
This Week:
@ RFD 2/12
vs. SA 2/15
vs. CHA 2/17
vs. CHA 2/19

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Were .500 this week, which in the North is enough to keep them as a playoff team but not enough for the Devils to advance past Syracuse for the top spot in the division.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 2
Record:
28-21-1-1
Last Week:
PRO 4 @ ALB 1
ALB 3 @ RCH 2
ALB 5 @ TOR 4 (OT)
ALB 2 @ TOR 6
This Week:
vs. SYR 2/15
vs. WBS 2/17
vs. BRI 2/18

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Saturday’s continue to cripple the Phantoms, 7-8-1 for Lehigh Valley this year so far. Big date with the Penguins on Tuesday.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 1
Record:
32-14-2-0
Last Week:
BNG 0 @ LV 5
STJ 2 @ LV 4
STJ 4 @ LV 3
This Week:
@ WBS 2/14
vs. HFD 2/17
vs. HFD 2/18
@ UTI 2/19

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Ontario has problems with the other top teams in the Pacific Division this weekend. Of the contending teams that play 68 games, Ontario has so far played the most with 44.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 5
Record:
24-12-8-0
Last Week:
BAK 1 @ ONT 2
SD 4 @ ONT 1
ONT 1 @ SJ 4
This Week:
vs. IA 2/15
vs. TUC 2/17
vs. SJ 2/18

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Beat two non-playoff teams and lost to two playoff ones. Big tests this week with a pair with Hershey and then the Penguins on Sunday.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 1
Record:
28-13-5-4
Last Week:
PRO 4 @ ALB 1
BRI 1 @ PRO 0
PRO 4 @ BRI 5 (SO)
SPR 1 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. HER 2/17
vs. HER 2/18
vs. WBS 2/19

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6 of 8 points for Chicago who are solidly in contention in the Central. Two this week on the road in Cedar Park.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 1
Record:
29-17-3-3
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 1 (OT)
SA 3 @ CHI 7
CHI 3 @ MIL 4
SA 2 @ CHI 3
This Week:
@ TEX 2/17
@ TEX 2/18

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Don’t look now, but the Marlies are a playoff team and looking to blow past the leaders back to the top spot in the North.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 1
Record:
24-21-3-1
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ TOR 4
TOR 6 @ UTI 4
ALB 5 @ TOR 4 (OT)
ALB 2 @ TOR 6
This Week:
@ UTI 2/15
vs. MTB 2/17
vs. MTB 2/18

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IceCaps beat two good teams this week in the Atlantic. They have a bit on a cushion on fifth place right now and have a string of home games coming up.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 1
Record:
23-21-5-1
Last Week:
STJ 4 @ WBS 0
STJ 2 @ LV 4
STJ 4 @ LV 3
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/14
vs. BNG 2/15
vs. SYR 2/18
vs. SYR 2/19

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Swept Stockton, which is just what the doctor ordered for a team on the outside of playoff contention but working to get back there.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 3
Record:
22-23-3-0
Last Week:
STK 1 @ CHA 3
STK 0 @ CHA 3
This Week:
@ MIL 2/17
@ RFD 2/18
@ MIL 2/19

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Needed a positive week and got one against a decent Tucson team the Stars are pushing for the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 7
Record:
23-20-1-2
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ TEX 3
TUC 2 @ TEX 6
This Week:
vs. CHI 2/17
vs. CHI 2/18

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Monsters took points out of every game this week but are losing touch with the resurgent Wild for the fourth spot.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 2
Record:
23-18-2-4
Last Week:
CLE 4 @ MIL 1
CLE 2 @ IA 1 (OT)
MTB 2 @ CLE 3 (SO)
MTB 2 @ CLE 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ RFD 2/15
@ RFD 2/17
@ IA 2/19

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1 point out of the week. Really disappointing and if they look back in Bakersfield as to where their season went down the tubes, it’s this weekend.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 7
Record:
19-19-5-1
Last Week:
SD 4 @ BAK 2
BAK 1 @ ONT 2
SJ 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
BAK 0 @ SD 4
This Week:
vs. SD 2/17
@ STK 2/18

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Bad week for Tucson who are 2-7-1 in their last ten and reeling. Road doesn’t get any better against a trio of Pacific Division heavyweights this week.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 3
Record:
21-16-5-0
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ TEX 3
TUC 2 @ TEX 6
This Week:
@ SJ 2/14
@ ONT 2/17
@ SD 2/18

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Split the week. Couldn’t get it going in Hershey and beat Springfield.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 5
Record:
18-26-3-2
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ SPR 2
HFD 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
@ LV 2/17
@ LV 2/18
vs. SPR 2/19

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Nice week for Rockford and one that they should feel good about. They can build on this with Cleveland and Charlotte this week at home.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 7
Record:
17-23-8-3
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ RFD 1 (OT)
RFD 3 @ MIL 2 (OT)
SA 3 @ RFD 4 (SO)
MIL 1 @ RFD 2
This Week:
vs. CLE 2/15
vs. CLE 2/17
vs. CHA 2/18

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Binghamton went 1-2 against the top three teams in the Eastern Conference and but for the 5-0 loss in Allentown were, for the most part, in all the games. Now a trip to the Rock and a home and home with the Amerks caps off whats going to be a busy week for the Senators.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 2
Record:
20-25-2-1
Last Week:
BNG 0 @ LV 5
BNG 3 @ SYR 2
BNG 2 @ WBS 4
This Week:
@ STJ 2/14
@ STJ 2/15
vs. RCH 2/18
@ RCH 2/19

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Last place Amerks are 3-6-0-1 in their last ten. That isn’t going to cut it, obviously.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
20-27-0-2
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ RCH 2
RCH 2 @ SYR 5
This Week:
vs. BRI 2/17
@ BNG 2/18
vs. BNG 2/19

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Only beat sorry Springfield this week. What was once a promising run for the Comets has fizzled, pardon the pun.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 8
Record:
19-21-6-2
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ TOR 4
TOR 6 @ UTI 4
UTI 2 @ SPR 1
SYR 3 @ UTI 2
This Week:
vs. TOR 2/15
@ SPR 2/17
vs LV 2/19
@ ALB 2/10

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More like Stockton Cold. 0-7-1 run for the Heat who have not won since January 20 against Bakersfield.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 1
Record:
19-19-4-1
Last Week:
STK 1 @ CHA 3
STK 0 @ CHA 3
This Week:
vs. SJ 2/17
vs. BAK 2/18

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Woof. Rampage get one point out of the weekend against depleted teams. That’s not how you start pushing towards a playoff spot.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 24th
Change: Down 4
Record:
21-24-4-1
Last Week:
SA 3 @ CHI 7
SA 3 @ RFD 4 (SO)
SA 2 @ CHI 3
This Week:
@ MIL 2/15
@ GR 2/17
@ GR 2/18

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Moose salvage a win Sunday in Cleveland. They are not a serious threat against any team right now.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 29th
Change: n/a
Record:
19-23-3-3
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ GR 4
MTB 2 @ CLE 3 (SO)
MTB 2 @ CLE 1 (SO)
This Week:
@ GR 2/15
@ TOR 2/17
@ TOR 2/18

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Thunderbirds are a point machine for other teams right now and it doesn’t look like there is any end in sight for Springfield.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
17-22-7-2
Last Week:
SPR 3 @ BRI 4 (OT)
HFD 3 @ SPR 2
UTI 2 @ SPR 1
SPR 1 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 2/17
vs. WBS 2/18
@ HFD 2/19

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