Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 3

We are through the third week in the American Hockey League and there are a lot of teams looking for an identity.

Some, like this weeks top team in Providence, have found that identity. The Bruins, as advertised, are a great team. Others, like last place Ontario Reign in the 30 spot this week, are still looking for a win and that identity.

Lots to get to this week, like every week, so let’s get ripping by showing you the top five teams and then jumping through to 6-30 if you didn’t link in direct from anywhere. Starting off in Providence….

1

Last Week: PRO 5 @ SPR 2, BEL 2 @ PRO 3 (SO), LAV 1 @ PRO 4
P-Bruins won three games with three different goaltenders. The teeth on that buzzsaw in Rhode Island are getting sharper.

+10

This Week: @ BNG 10/27, @ HER 10/28
Record: 5-1-0-0

2

Last Week: HER 1 @ MIL 4, RFD 6 @ MIL 2
Were the last team to lose in the AHL, only yield to the Providence Bruins this week in the Rankings because of it. Nice tests this week.

-1

This Week: @ RFD 10/27, @ CHI 10/28
Record: 4-1-0-0

3

Last Week: SA 3 @ TEX 2 (SO), SA 6 @ TEX 2, TEX 1 @ SA 3
Rampage sweep in-state Texas this week and are probably the best team in the AHL you don’t think of right now.

+4

This Week: vs. SJ 10/27, vs. SD 10/29
Record: 5-1-0-0

4

Last Week: CHA 0 @ TOR 4, CHA 6 @ TOR 4
Split a pair with the Checkers this week. Still lead the North, and should keep on their winning ways this week.

-1

This Week: @ SYR 10/27, vs. LAV 10/28
Record: 5-2-0-0

5

Last Week: BRI 2 @ LV 5, LV 4 @ BNG 3
Phantoms are off to an expected good start. How long can they sustain it remains the question.

+5

This Week: vs. SPR 10/25, @ SPR 10/27, vs. HFD 10/28
Record: 5-1-0-1

6

Last Week: CHA 5 @ RCH 2, CHA 0 @ TOR 4, CHA 6 @ TOR 4
Blip on the weekend was the Checkers getting shut out Saturday to the Marlies, but Charlotte is still a good team you need to start taking seriously.

+2

This Week: vs. UTI 10/28, vs. UTI 10/29
Record: 5-2-0-0

7

Last Week: GR 2 @ RFD 3 (SO), RFD 6 @ MIL 2, HER 0 @ RFD 5
Rockford is just running through opponents right now. Probably deserve to be higher this week in the Rankings as your Central Division leaders through Week 3.

+6

This Week: @ IA 10/25, vs. MIL 10/27, vs. GR 10/28
Record: 5-1-0-0

8

Last Week: BNG 3 @ SYR 2, LV 4 @ BNG 3
Devils lose to Lehigh Valley at home this week, but don’t underestimate them, they are still a strong team.

-3

This Week: vs. PRO 10/27, vs. SPR 10/28
Record: 3-1-1-0

9

Last Week: LAV 5 @ WBS 6 (OT), HFD 2 @ WBS 3 (SO)
Great weekend for the Penguins, who play run and gun with Laval on Friday and then a well played contest with Hartford on Saturday. Bears and Sound Tigers coming up this week.

+7

This Week: vs. HER 10/27, @ BRI 10/28
Record: 4-2-0-0

10

Last Week: STK 2 @ SJ 5, SD 2 @ STK 4, SD 3 @ STK 6
Dropped the Heat down a few spots last week after shutting out Grand Rapids. My error. This week, they are a top 10 team in the Power Rankings.

+10

This Week: @ SD 10/25, @ BAK 10/27, @ BAK 10/28
Record: 4-2-0-0

11

Last Week: TUC 4 @ CHI 3, TUC 1 @ CHI 2 (OT)
Good weekend and start for the Roadrunners. If they play their cards wight, they could get 6 points out of this week too.

+3

This Week: @ GR 10/25, vs. IA 10/27, vs. IA 10/28
Record: 2-1-1-0

12

Last Week: MTB 2 @ IA 3, MTB 4 @ IA 2
Split a weekend pair with the Iowa Wild. A lot of teams wish they were .500 like the Moose are three weeks into the season.

+7

This Week: @ CHI 10/25, vs. BEL 10/27, vs. BEL 10/28
Record: 3-3-0-0

13

Last Week: LAV 5 @ WBS 6 (OT), LAV 6 @ BRI 3, LAV 1 @ PRO 4
3 of 6 points this week for the Rocket. Is the North Division looking like a division no one wants to win again?

-9

This Week: vs. RCH 10/25, @ RCH 10/27, @ TOR 10/28
Record: 4-2-1-0

14

Last Week: UTI 5 @ RCH 1
A good Comets team is a dangerous Comets team. We get to see how good / dangerous this weekend in North Carolina.

+9

This Week: @ CHA 10/28, @ CHA 10/29
Record: 3-2-0-0

15

Last Week: SA 3 @ TEX 2 (SO), SA 6 @ TEX 2, TEX 1 @ SA 3
Yikes. Swept by San Antonio this weekend in three games. Does that send the Stars into a spiral or does it make them a better team?

-13

This Week: vs. SD 10/27, vs. SJ 10/28
Record: 3-3-0-1

16

Last Week: BAK 2 @ ONT 0, BAK 3 @ ONT 1
Bakersfield sweeps the weekend against an alll of a sudden bad Ontario team to get a game over .500. A pair this week with Stockton.

+6

This Week: vs. STK 10/27, vs. STK 10/28
Record: 3-2-0-0

17

Last Week: TUC 4 @ CHI 3, TUC 1 @ CHI 2 (OT)
Split with Tucson which is OK, but the Wolves took home 2 points while the Roadrunners took home 3 via the overtime loss. This week is busy for Chicago with a few good opponents.

+4

This Week: vs. MTB 10/25, @ GR 10/27, vs. MIL 10/28
Record: 2-2-1-0

18

Last Week: STK 2 @ SJ 5 , SJ 1 @ CLE 4, SJ 1 @ CLE 0 (OT)
4 out of 6 points is a nice rebound for the defending Western Conference regular season champs. Oh, but a big time early season matchup with the San Antonio Rampage coming up this week.

n/a

This Week: @ SA 10/27, @ SA 10/28
Record: 3-3-0-0

19

Last Week: SJ 1 @ CLE 4, SJ 1 @ CLE 0 (OT)
Split a pair with the Barracuda this weekend but took 3 of 4 points out of the weekend. Not a bad start for the Monsters.

+5

This Week: vs. ONT 10/27, vs. ONT 10/28
Record: 2-2-1-0

20

Last Week: BRI 2 @ LV 5, LAV 6 @ BRI 3, HFD 3 @ BRI 6
Bridgeport off to a bad start, already behind the 8-ball in the ever competitive Atlantic. Lots of work to do, and it isn’t easy this week.

-3

This Week: @ HFD 10/27, vs. WBS 10/28
Record: 2-4-0-0

21

Last Week: BEL 5 @ HFD 1, BEL 2 @ PRO 3 (SO), BEL 4 @ SPR 7
Belleville’s weekend was a tale of two halves. Great to start (winning 5-1 and having Providence down 2-0) the bad to finish (losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Bruins and losing 7-4 against a winless coming in Thunderbirds team)

+5

This Week: @ MTB 10/27, @ MTB 10/28
Record: 2-4-0-1

22

Last Week: BEL 5 @ HFD 1, HFD 2 @ WBS 3 (SO), HFD 3 @ BRI 6
Weekend was a disappointment for the Wolf Pack, losing in a shootout and getting crushed by the Sound Tigers. Question is, where does Hartford go from here.

-16

This Week: vs. BRI 10/27, @ LV 10/28, @ HER 10/29
Record: 3-3-0-1

23

Last Week: BNG 3 @ SYR 2, SPR 1 @ SYR 4
Won their second game of the season against an underwhelming Springfield team so far. Hungry teams on the menu this week. Syracuse has to have the bigger appetite.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 10/27, @ RCH 10/28
Record: 2-4-1-0

24

Last Week: MTB 2 @ IA 3, MTB 4 @ IA 2
Split the weekend with the Moose. Are supposed to be a good team based off of preseason expectations. Need to get it going and quick.

+3

This Week: vs. RFD 10/25, @ TUC 10/27, @ TUC 10/28
Record: 2-4-0-0

25

Last Week: GR 2 @ RFD 3 (SO), HER 4 @ GR 2
Defending champs off to a slow start, were the Hershey Bears’ first win Saturday. Busy week coming up, which is not an easy one.

-10

This Week: vs. TUC 10/25, vs. CHI 10/27, @ RFD 10/28
Record: 2-3-0-1

26

Last Week: SD 2 @ STK 4, SD 3 @ STK 6
Swept by the Heat and, like many teams, need to find an identity and quick if they want to not get left behind.

-14

This Week: vs. STK 10/25, @ TEX 10/27, @ SA 10/29
Record: 2-3-0-0

27

Last Week: CHA 5 @ RCH 2, UTI 5 @ RCH 1
Yikes. A team built on paper to contend have folded like a house of cards these last two weeks.

-18

This Week: @ LAV 10/25, LAV 10/27, SYR 10/28
Record: 2-3-0-0

28

Last Week: PRO 5 @ SPR 2, SPR 1 @ SYR 4, BEL 4 @ SPR 7
Finally got in the win column with a nice win against Belleville Sunday. Schedule doesn’t get any easier this week with a pair with Lehigh Valley and one with the Devils.

+2

This Week: @ LV 10/25, vs. LV 10/27, @ BNG 10/28
Record: 1-6-0-0

29

Last Week: HER 1 @ MIL 4, HER 4 @ GR 2, HER 0 @ RFD 5
There is a lot of things wrong with this Hershey Bears club, and two games this week with Wilkes-Barre and Providence may not fix those problems.

-1

This Week: @ WBS 10/27, vs. PRO 10/28, vs. HFD 10/29
Record: 1-4-0-1

30

Last Week: BAK 2 @ ONT 0, BAK 3 @ ONT 1
Oof. Even Springfield won this week. The Reign are the last team looking for a win.

-1

This Week: @ CLE 10/27, @ CLE 10/28
Record: 0-5-0-0

Have a great week, everyone!

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