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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

After what seems like an eternity, the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins are no longer the top team in the Weekly Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

At least not in Week 19.

That team is the San Jose Barracuda who have quietly plugged along for the past few months. Winners now of eleven straight games and the top team in the Pacific. Even if the Penguins won a few games this week, the Politburo would have been hard pressed to ignore all the work being done in San Jose to put the Barracuda on this run.

Another streaky team in the Eastern Conference follows the Barracuda at the two spot. Apologies to anyone who checks in from in Grand Rapids, the Griffins drop to third because of these streaking teams.

Hop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

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Your new number one this week is the San Jose Barracuda, winners of eleven straight. This team has been quietly dangerous.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 3
Record:
30-11-1-3
Last Week:
TUC 1 @ SJ 4
SJ 5 @ STK 4
SJ 2 @ ONT 0
This Week:
vs. TEX 2/20
@ TUC 2/24
@ TUC 2/25

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Seven in a row, 15 of 16 for Bridgeport who are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference right now by a mile. Jaroslav Halak has won 12 games in net for the Sound Tigers in a row.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 1
Record:
33-16-1-1
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ RCH 2
BRI 3 @ ALB 2
HER 1 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ PRO 2/24
vs. PRO 2/25
vs. HER 2/26

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Trounced lower level competition this week. It’s too soon to start listing Cup threats, but when that list comes out, Grand Rapids’ name will be on it somewhere.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 1
Record:
34-14-1-2
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ GR 7
SA 1 @ GR 5
SA 0 @ GR 6
This Week:
vs. MIL 2/24
vs. MIL 2/25

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Gulls are going to push the Barracuda for best team in the Pacific and if they are lucky, best team in the AHL overall.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
28-14-2-2
Last Week:
IA 1 @ SD 5
SD 3 @ BAK 2
TUC 5 @ SD 2
This Week:
vs. TEX 2/24
vs. RFD 2/25

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Nice sweep of the weekend to get back to second in the Central and now have two games with the leaders in Grand Rapids.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 4
Record:
30-17-3-2
Last Week:
SA 1 @ MIL 5
CHA 3 @ MIL 6
CHA 4 @ MIL 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ GR 2/24
@ GR 2/25

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Remarkable that Syracuse has maintained the top spot in North despite a roster in flux for months. Big test this week in Toronto and traps coming with the Amerks.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 1
Record:
26-17-4-5
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ ALB 6
SYR 1 @ STJ 6
SYR 5 @ STJ 3
This Week:
@ TOR 2/22
@ RCH 2/24
vs. RCH 2/25

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Still can’t catch Syracuse for tops in the North despite winning two out of three this week. You begin to wonder if Albany ever will.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 3
Record:
30-22-1-1
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ ALB 6
WBS 0 @ ALB 4
BRI 3 @ ALB 2
This Week:
vs. UTI 2/20
@ STJ 2/24
@ STJ 2/25

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0 points in the weekend three in three, never had a lead. AHL’s best team is having its defensive depth tested and is missing a key player in Garrett Wilson to injury. Big weekend coming up for Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 7
Record:
37-14-3-0
Last Week:
LV 1 @ WBS 5
WBS 0 @ ALB 4
WBS 1 @ SPR 2
WBS 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
@ UTI 2/24
@ LV 2/25

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The Bruins split with the Bears and beat the Penguins. Passed by Bridgeport for third, are a solid fourth right now.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 4
Record:
30-14-5-4
Last Week:
HER 3 @ PRO 4
HER 4 @ PRO 0
WBS 2 @ PRO 3
This Week:
vs. BRI 2/24
@ BRI 2/25
vs. SPR 2/26

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Phantoms close the gap to Wilkes-Barre to 7 points with two games in hand on the Penguins, whom they host at home on Saturday.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 1
Record:
34-16-2-0
Last Week:
LV 1 @ WBS 5
HFD 3 @ LV 2
HFD 4 @ LV 6
LV 7 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ SPR 2/24
vs. WBS 2/25

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Wolves continue to solidify themselves as a solid team in the Central which is just fine, keeping the heat on first place Grand Rapids Milwaukee and distance on fourth on back.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Record:
30-17-4-3
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ TEX 4 (OT)
CHI 4 @ TEX 1
This Week:
vs. CLE 2/22
vs. IA 2/25
vs. IA 2/26

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Don’t look now, but the Marlies are starting to make a run. 7-2-1 in their last ten and up to third place in the North Division.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 3
Record:
26-22-3-1
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ UTI 5
MTB 2 @ TOR 5
MTB 0 @ TOR 1
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/20
vs. SYR 2/22
@ BNG 2/24
@ HER 2/25

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Won two of three, but is still third in the Pacific. Winnable games this week.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 1
Record:
26-12-8-0
Last Week:
IA 1 @ ONT 3
TUC 1 @ ONT 4
SJ 2 @ ONT 0
This Week:
vs. TUC 2/22
@ BAK 2/24
vs. RFD 2/26

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IceCaps have a new pursuer here in the playoffs with Toronto coming alive so weeks like these are not what is going to make you think St. John’s is as solid a playoff team as the others in the North.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 2
Record:
24-23-6-1
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ STJ 2 (OT)
BNG 6 @ STJ 4
SYR 1 @ STJ 6
SYR 5 @ STJ 3
This Week:
vs. ALB 2/24
vs. ALB 2/25

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Wild take three losses this week, slowing their momentum they had built the prior weeks. Is this just a minor bump?
Rank: 15
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 9
Record:
25-22-5-2
Last Week:
IA 1 @ SD 5
IA 1 @ ONT 3
CLE 2 @ IA 0
This Week:
vs. CLE 2/20
@ CHI 2/25
@ CHI 2/26

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Goaltending is this teams biggest issue this season. They have three goalies that are better served as backups. Results are showing.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 8
Record:
26-16-8-3
Last Week:
HER 3 @ PRO 4
HER 4 @ PRO 0
HER 1 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ HFD 2/24
vs. TOR 2/25
@ BRI 2/26

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Nice little battle developing between Cleveland and Iowa for this fourth spot in the Central.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 2
Record:
24-20-2-4
Last Week:
CLE 0 @ RFD 2
CLE 1 @ RFD 4
CLE 2 @ IA 0
This Week:
@ IA 2/20
@ CHI 2/22
@ CHA 2/24
@ CHA 2/25

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3 of 6 for Charlotte this week. Nice weekend, but they need 4 or more in a three in three to start getting serious about a push.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 1
Record:
23-24-4-0
Last Week:
CHA 3 @ MIL 6
CHA 2 @ RFD 0
CHA 4 @ MIL 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. CLE 2/24
vs. CLE 2/25

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Tucson finally gets off the schnide with an excellent win in front of a sellout crowd on the road in San Diego Saturday night. Character win for a team that needed one.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 2
Record:
22-18-5-0
Last Week:
TUC 1 @ SJ 4
TUC 1 @ ONT 4
TUC 5 @ SD 2
This Week:
@ ONT 2/22
vs. SJ 2/24
vs. SJ 2/25

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Looks like a two horse race for the fourth spot developing between the Stars and Roadrunners. Texas heads to California to take on some really great Pacific Division competition.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 2
Record:
24-21-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ TEX 4 (OT)
CHI 4 @ TEX 1
This Week:
@ SJ 2/20
@ STK 2/22
@ SD 2/24
@ STK 2/26

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Thunderbirds sweep the weekend. Future AHL Hall of Famer Mike McKenna becomes the 15th AHL goaltender to win 200 AHL games on Sunday.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 9
Record:
20-23-7-2
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ SPR 5
WBS 1 @ SPR 2
SPR 4 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. LV 2/24
vs. HFD 2/25
@ PRO 2/26

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Condors are a .500 team heading into the last weekend of February. They are a team that isn’t out of anything just yet.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 2
Record:
20-20-5-1
Last Week:
SD 3 @ BAK 2
BAK 4 @ STK 2
This Week:
vs. ONT 2/24
vs. STK 2/25

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IceHogs are a quiet 5-2-3 in their last ten. Winnable midweek games with the Moose then some big California tests this weekend.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 23rd
Change: n/a
Record:
19-24-8-3
Last Week:
CLE 0 @ RFD 2
CLE 1 @ RFD 4
CHA 2 @ RFD 0
This Week:
@ MTB 2/21
@ MTB 2/22
@ SD 2/25
@ ONT 2/26

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Three game win streak snapped in Rochester Sunday after a hellish week of travel for Binghamton. B-Sens are not out of the discussion yet in the North.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 24th
Change: n/a
Record:
23-26-2-1
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ STJ 2 (OT)
BNG 6 @ STJ 4
RCH 3 @ BNG 4
BNG 2 @ RCH 3
This Week:
@ TOR 2/20
vs. TOR 2/24
vs. UTI 2/25
@ HFD 2/26

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With how bad everything is in the North Division, any team that can make a run from five on down is a playoff team in two weeks. Rochester despite being in last place in the North is still one of those teams.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 25th
Change: n/a
Record:
21-29-0-2
Last Week:
BRI 5 @ RCH 2
RCH 3 @ BNG 4
BNG 2 @ RCH 3
This Week:
vs. UTI 2/22
vs. SYR 2/24
@ SYR 2/25

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Beat the Phantoms Friday, then the weekend went to hell from there. Busy week coming for the WolfPack.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 4
Record:
19-28-3-2
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ LV 2
HFD 4 @ LV 6
SPR 4 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. HER 2/24
@ SPR 2/25
vs. BNG 2/26

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Comets beat the Marlies to start the week then dropped against the Thunderbirds and Phantoms.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 1
Record:
20-23-6-2
Last Week:
TOR 2 @ UTI 5
UTI 2 @ SPR 5
LV 7 @ UTI 4
This Week:
@ ALB 2/20
@ RCH 2/22
vs. WBS 2/24
@ BNG 2/25

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0-9-1 for Stockton in their last ten and near the bottom of the Pacific.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 1
Record:
19-21-4-1
Last Week:
SJ 5 @ STK 4
BAK 4 @ STK 2
This Week:
vs. TEX 2/22
@ BAK 2/25
vs. TEX 2/26

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Seems like we have a team that has given up on the season here in San Antonio.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 1
Record:
21-27-4-1
Last Week:
SA 1 @ MIL 5
SA 1 @ GR 5
SA 0 @ GR 6
This Week:
@ MTB 2/25
@ MTB 2/26

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Manitoba replaces Rockford for last in the Central with another anemic weekend.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 29th
Change: Down 1
Record:
19-26-3-3
Last Week:
MTB 5 @ GR 7
MTB 2 @ TOR 5
MTB 0 @ TOR 1
This Week:
vs. RFD 2/21
vs. RFD 2/22
vs. SA 2/25
vs. SA 2/26

Have a great week, everyone!

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