Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

Not much change this week for the top five in the Week 4 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. Some shuffling in the top four, and a new Pennsylvania team make up this weeks top five.

Teams are still looking for an identity as the calendar flips to November and we leave October behind. Other teams, like those in the top five, appear to have that identity and will look to build on a successful opening month.

Providence remains your top team this week. Really with every team in the top five last week suffering a loss, its was tough to shake up the top five that much. San Antonio bumps up to number two and Milwaukee moves down one. Toronto remains number four after a split this week and watch out for the Penguins, who have won five straight. Here they are for you, and you can click through the jump after the Pens if you didn’t link in direct to see 6 through 30.

1

Last Week: PRO 4 @ BNG 1, PRO 2 @ HER 3
Bruins may have backed off a bit playing a toiling Hershey Bears side and it cost them two points in Chocolatetown Saturday.

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This Week: vs. BRI 11/3, @ HFD 11/4, vs. BRI 11/5
Record: 6-2-0-0

2

Last Week: SJ 1 @ SA 3, SD 5 @ SA 3
San Antonio holding it together through October, look to continue the trend against a disappointing Wild side this week.

+1

This Week: @ IA 11/2, @ IA 11/3
Record: 6-2-0-0

3

Last Week: MIL 5 @ RFD 2, MIL 1 @ CHI 2
Milwaukee is playing a division heavy schedule right now and are getting points.

-1

This Week: vs. GR 11/1, vs. RFD 11/3, @ GR 11/5
Record: 5-2-0-0

4

Last Week: TOR 4 @ SYR 2, LAV 3 @ TOR 2
Split a pair this week. A stop in Laval precedes a trip though Pennsylvania starting Saturday in Hershey.

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This Week: @ LAV 11/1, @ HER 11/4, @ LV 11/5
Record: 6-3-0-0

5

Last Week: HER 2 @ WBS 3, WBS 5 @ BRI 2
Penguins have won five in a row and look to push that streak to six and seven against their in-state rivals this week.

+4

This Week: @ LV 11/3, vs. HER 11/5
Record: 6-2-0-0

6

Last Week: SPR 2 @ LV 3 (OT), LV 5 @ SPR 2, HFD 5 @ LV 4
Styles make fights and right now this strong Lehigh Valley side are the underdog whenever Hartford comes a knocking. Wolf Pack have their number.

-1

This Week: vs. WBS 11/3, @ BNG 11/4, vs. TOR 11/5
Record: 7-2-0-1

7

Last Week: STK 3 @ SD 4 (SO), STK 3 @ BAK 0, STK 5 @ BAK 3
Don’t underestimate this Heat side. They are playing some really good hockey right now.

+3

This Week: vs. MTB 11/3, vs. TEX 11/4
Record: 6-2-0-1

8

Last Week: RFD 2 @ IA 1 (OT), MIL 5 @ RFD 2, GR 3 @ RFD 4
IceHogs are playing some inspired hockey right now and still had the Midwest going into November.

-1

This Week: @ CLE 10/31, @ MIL 11/3
Record: 7-2-0-0

9

Last Week: TUC 3 @ GR 1, IA 1 @ TUC 4, IA 4 @ TUC 5 (OT)
We like what we are seeing so far from this Roadrunners team. Cleveland comes in this week for a pair.

+2

This Week: vs. CLE 11/3, vs. CLE 11/4
Record: 5-1-1-0

10

Last Week: UTI 1 @ CHA 5, UTI 6 @ CHA 3
Split blowout wins with the Utica Comets this week. Charlotte can run and gun. Visit Belleville this week.

-4

This Week: @ BEL 11/3, @ BEL 11/4
Record: 6-3-0-0

11

Last Week: UTI 1 @ CHA 5, UTI 6 @ CHA 3
After a split in Charlotte, the Comets get the comforts of home this week with a pair with the Amerks sandwiched in between a stop in by the Devils.

+3

This Week: vs. RCH 11/1, vs. BNG 11/3, vs. RCH 11/4
Record: 4-3-0-0

12

Last Week: SD 4 @ TEX 5 (OT), SJ 2 @ TEX 3 (SO)
Defended home ice against a pair of California teams and now travel to the Golden State for a trio of games.

+3

This Week: @ BAK 11/2, @ STK 11/4, @ SJ 11/5
Record: 5-3-0-1

13

Last Week: PRO 4 @ BNG 1, SPR 1 @ BNG 2
Jury is still out on this Binghamton team. They got smoked by the elite P-Bruins then barely beat the lowly Thunderbirds. Couple good teams on the schedule this week.

-5

This Week: @ UTI 11/3, vs. LV 11/4
Record: 4-2-1-0

14

Last Week: BEL 4 @ MTB 3 (SO), BEL 3 @ MTB 2 (OT)
Senators go to Winnipeg and nudge their record back to .500 with a pair of extra time wins against the Moose. Are the last AHL team to open at home this week when they face Syracuse Wednesday.

+7

This Week: vs. SYR 11/1, vs. CHA 11/3, vs. CHA 11/4
Record: 4-4-0-1

15

Last Week: STK 3 @ SD 4 (SO), SD 4 @ TEX 5 (OT), SD 5 @ SA 3
Gulls pick up points in every game this week. Play a home and home series against a one win Reign side this weekend.

+11

This Week: vs. ONT 11/3, @ ONT 11/4
Record: 4-3-0-1

16

Last Week: MTB 3 @ CHI 1, BEL 4 @ MTB 3 (SO), BEL 3 @ MTB 2 (OT)
Moose get points out of every game this weekend and now travel to California looking for some more.

-4

This Week: @ BAK 11/1, @ STK 11/3, @ BAK 11/4
Record: 4-3-1-1

17

Last Week: ONT 4 @ CLE 7, ONT 2 @ CLE 1
Monsters split a pair with the Reign this week at home. Busy week ahead.

+2

This Week: vs. RFD 10/31, @ TUC 11/3, @ TUC 11/4
Record: 3-3-1-0

18

Last Week: RCH 5 @ LAV 2, LAV 3 @ RCH 4 (OT), SYR 3 @ RCH 2
.500 hockey in November is a step in the right direction, given where Rochester has been in these past couple of seasons. Big wins against Laval, too.

+9

This Week: @ UTI 11/1, vs. HER 11/3, @ UTI 11/4
Record: 4-4-0-0

19

Last Week: HER 2 @ WBS 3, PRO 2 @ HER 3, HFD 3 @ HER 4
Bears win the weekend with two big wins over Providence and Hartford Saturday and Sunday respectively. Three tough opponents on the menu coming up.

+10

This Week: @ RCH 11/3, vs. TOR 11/4, @ WBS 11/5
Record: 3-5-0-1

20

Last Week: RCH 5 @ LAV 2, LAV 3 @ RCH 4 (OT), LAV 3 @ TOR 2
Laval is winning games and piling up points but probably want to avoid Rochester, who beat them twice this week.

-7

This Week: vs. TOR 11/1, vs. SYR 11/3, vs. SYR 11/4
Record: 5-3-2-0

21

Last Week: MTB 3 @ CHI 1, CHI 3 @ GR 5, MIL 1 @ CHI 2
Wolves salvage week with a good win against the Admirals. Have all week to prepare for a road date with the Griffins this Friday.

-4

This Week: @ GR 11/3
Record: 3-4-1-0

22

Last Week: BRI 5 @ HFD 1, WBS 5 @ BRI 2
Interesting weekend for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport runs away from the Wolf Pack decisively Friday then run with but can’t keep up with the Penguins on Saturday.

-2

This Week: @ PRO 11/3, vs. SPR 11/4, @ PRO 11/5
Record: 3-5-0-0

23

Last Week: SJ 1 @ SA 3, SJ 2 @ TEX 3 (SO)
A step backwards this week after a nice weekend prior for the Barracuda, who are still searching for an identity.

-5

This Week: @ ONT 11/1, vs. TEX 11/5
Record: 3-4-0-1

24

Last Week: BRI 5 @ HFD 1, HFD 5 @ LV 4, HFD 3 @ HER 4
Not a good weekend for the Wolf Pack, but nothing that two visits with Springfield this week can’t cure.

-2

This Week: @ SPR 11/3, vs. PRO 11/4, vs. SPR 11/5
Record: 4-5-0-1

25

Last Week: TOR 4 @ SYR 2, SYR 3 @ RCH 2
Crunch still toiling, three on the road this week should spell out what to expect for the month of November.

-2

This Week: @ BEL 11/1, @ LAV 11/3, @ LAV 11/4
Record: 3-5-1-0

26

Last Week: TUC 3 @ GR 1, CHI 3 @ GR 5, GR 3 @ RFD 4
Teams that dig themselves in a hole like Grand Rapids are right now in October have a hard time digging out in late March, mid-April.

-1

This Week: @ MIL 11/1, vs. CHI 11/3, vs. MIL 11/5
Record: 3-5-0-1

27

Last Week: RFD 2 @ IA 1 (OT), IA 1 @ TUC 4, IA 4 @ TUC 5 (OT)
Wild coughed up a lead in Tucson late Saturday and lost the extra point in overtime. Wasn’t this team was built to contend?

-3

This Week: vs. SA 11/2, vs. SA 11/3
Record: 2-5-2-0

28

Last Week: ONT 4 @ CLE 7, ONT 2 @ CLE 1
Finally picked up their first win of the season in Cleveland Saturday. Does the trend continue this week?

+2

This Week: vs. SJ 11/1, @ SD 11/3, vs. SD 11/4
Record: 1-6-0-0

29

Last Week: STK 3 @ BAK 0, STK 5 @ BAK 3
Condors swept by the Heat. You probably will see a lot of up and down weeks with this team going forward.

-13

This Week: vs. MTB 11/1, vs. TEX 11/2, vs. MTB 11/4
Record: 3-4-0-0

30

Last Week: SPR 2 @ LV 3 (OT), LV 5 @ SPR 2, SPR 2 @ BNG 1
Thunderbirds are a point machine for their opponents and unless something drastic changes and quick, that trend may continue.

-2

This Week: vs. HFD 11/3, @ BRI 11/4, @ HFD 11/5
Record: 1-8-1-0

Have a great week, everyone!

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