Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 5

Five weeks into the AHL season and it looks like there is some separation of the wheat from the chaff from the 30 AHL teams at the top and the bottom of the league.

The middle? Heh. Anyone’s guess.

The Toronto Marlies are the combine this week, mowing down a strong team in Laval, a strung team making a turnaround in Hershey and a strong Lehigh Valley side this week handily. They are followed by a San Antonio team that has impressed, a Wilkes-Barre team who is always strong and a one (regulation) loss Tucson team and then a Charlotte team which is buzzing teams as well.

To get teams 6 through 30, hop through the jump after the Tucson capsule if you didn’t link in direct.

Enjoy…

1

Last Week: TOR 3 @ LAV 0, TOR 4 @ HER 1, TOR 5 @ LV 1
Marlies are bulldozing teams right now and are your new number one team in the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

+3

This Week: @ WBS 11/8, @ BNG 11/10, @ BNG 11/11
Record: 9-3-0-0

2

Last Week: SA 2 @ IA 3 (OT), SA 4 @ IA 2
3 of 4 points will do well to keep San Antonio in the top five in this weeks Rankings. The road trip continues this week thorough the Central Division.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 11/8, @ RFD 11/10, @ CHI 11/11
Record: 7-2-1-0

3

Last Week: WBS 6 @ LV 5 (SO), HER 3 @ WBS 2 (SO)
Sunday was a bad day for the Penguins, who let a point slip to rival Hershey. Now week begins with a stop in from Toronto, who are just mowing teams down right now.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 11/8, vs. PRO 11/11, @ HER 11/12
Record: 7-2-0-1

4

Last Week: CLE 2 @ TUC 1 (OT), CLE 2 @ TUC 3 (OT)
Don’t look now but there is only one team in the AHL with one regulation loss, and you are reading their capsule. Roadrunners are a point machine right now.

+5

This Week: vs. BAK 11/10, vs. BAK 11/11
Record: 6-1-2-0

5

Last Week: CHA 6 @ BEL 1, CHA 2 @ BEL 1
We aren’t underestimating Charlotte, you shouldn’t either. This is a very good team.

+5

This Week: @ UTI 11/8, @ UTI 11/10, @ SYR 11/11
Record: 8-3-0-0

6

Last Week: WBS 6 @ LV 5 (SO), LV 6 @ BNG 5, TOR 5 @ LV 1
This week resulted in a shootout loss to the Penguins and then got smoked by the Marlies. Are the Phantoms elite?

n/a

This Week: @ BRI 11/8, @ HER 11/11
Record: 8-3-0-2

7

Last Week: RCH 4 @ UTI 3 (SO), BNG 2 @ UTI 1, RCH 2 @ UTI 3 (SO)
Is Utica as bad as Syracuse? No. Are they better than Toronto? No. Comets remain in the mix, though.

+4

This Week: vs. CHA 11/8, vs. CHA 11/10
Record: 5-4-0-1

8

Last Week: ONT 1 @ SD 0, SD 4 @ ONT 3 (SO)
Played an exciting series against the Reign, who you know couldn’t stay down for long. Three home games this week.

+7

This Week: vs. TEX 11/8, vs. STK 11/10, vs. ONT 11/11
Record: 5-4-0-1

9

Last Week: BRI 1 @ PRO 0, PRO 5 @ HFD 0, BRI 6 @ PRO 0
Horrible weekend for the Bruins who get shutout twice against the Sound Tigers. Shutout Hartford Saturday for a small consolation.

-8

This Week: @ WBS 11/11, @ SPR 11/12
Record: 7-4-0-0

10

Last Week: MTB 2 @ BAK 5, MTB 4 @ STK 1, MTB 2 @ BAK 1 (OT)
Not a bad week for the Moose all things considered, beat a good Heat side and scrapped with a streaky Condors team to an overtime win.

+6

This Week: @ STK 11/8, @ SJ 11/11, @ SJ 11/12
Record: 6-4-1-1

11

Last Week: RCH 4 @ UTI 3 (SO), HER 6 @ RCH 7 (SO), RCH 2 @ UTI 3 (SO)
Were down 3-0 after one Friday against Hershey and scrapped and came back and won a thriller in a shootout. This is what great teams are made of. Trap games this week against Belleville or naw?

+7

This Week: @ BEL 11/10, @ BEL 11/11
Record: 6-4-0-1

12

Last Week: MTB 4 @ STK 1, TEX 0 @ STK 1
Another positive week, mostly, for this strong Heat team in a strong Pacific Division.

-4

This Week: vs. MTB 11/8, @ SD 11/10
Record: 7-3-0-1

13

Last Week: GR 6 @ MIL 3, RFD 1 @ MIL 3, MIL 1 @ GR 2
Pair of losses to the Griffins bookend the week that was for the Admirals. Three more tough teams coming in this week.

-10

This Week: vs. CHI 11/8, vs. RFD 11/11, @ CHI 11/12
Record: 6-4-0-0

14

Last Week: TOR 3 @ LAV 0, SYR 5 @ LAV 6 (SO), SYR 2 @ LAV 5
Swept Syracuse and are keeping Toronto honest for tops in the North.

+6

This Week: @ SPR 11/11, @ HFD 11/12
Record: 7-4-2-0

15

Last Week: BRI 1 @ PRO 0, SPR 2 @ BRI 3, BRI 6 @ PRO 0
Sound Tigers sweep the weekend with impressive shutouts of the Providence Bruins bookending the weekend. Really impressive.

+6

This Week: vs. LV 11/8, vs. HFD 11/11
Record: 6-5-0-0

16

Last Week: CLE 3 @ RFD 2, CLE 2 @ TUC 1 (OT), CLE 2 @ TUC 3 (OT)
Came out of Tucson against a very good Roadrunners team with three of four points. Road trip continues to Des Moines this week.

+1

This Week: @ IA 11/11, @ IA 11/12
Record: 5-3-2-0

17

Last Week: RFD 2 @ CLE 3 , RFD 3 @ MIL 5
Will this week be a bump in the IceHogs season or something that makes them stronger?

-9

This Week: @ IA 11/9, vs. SA 11/10, @ MIL 11/11
Record: 7-4-0-0

18

Last Week: BNG 2 @ UTI 1, LV 6 @ BNG 5
Devils split the week, like they did last week. Three this week and a pair with the Marlies.

-5

This Week: @ BEL 11/8, vs. TOR 11/10, vs. TOR 11/11
Record: 5-3-1-0

19

Last Week: HER 6 @ RCH 7 (SO), TOR 4 @ HER 1, HER 3 @ WBS 2 (SO)
Bears are behind the eight ball already and three of 3 of 6 is just a small step in the right direction but a step forward, rather than backward.

n/a

This Week: @ SPR 11/8, vs. LV 11/11, vs. WBS 11/12
Record: 4-6-0-2

20

Last Week: SYR 3 @ BEL 4 (SO), CHA 6 @ BEL 1, CHA 2 @ BEL 1
Opened Yardmen Arena with a wild shootout win over the Syracuse Crunch last Wednesday but then Charlotte came in and swept the Senators. Homestand continues this week.

-6

This Week: vs. BNG 11/8, vs. RCH 11/10, vs. RCH 11/11
Record: 5-6-0-1

21

Last Week: MTB 2 @ BAK 5, TEX 2 @ BAK 5, MTB 2 @ BAK 1 (OT)
Points in every game this week. The stock market Bakersfield Condors had an up week after a down week the week prior.

+8

This Week: @ TUC 11/10, @ TUC 11/11
Record: 5-4-1-0

22

Last Week: CHI 2 @ GR 0
Shutout Grand Rapids in their only game action this weekend. Wolves see three games on the schedule this coming week.

-1

This Week: @ MIL 11/8, vs. SA 11/11, vs. MIL 11/12
Record: 4-4-1-0

23

Last Week: GR 6 @ MIL 3, CHI 2 @ GR 0, MIL 1 @ GR 2
Good week for the Griffins and a positive step in the right direction. Trio of Texas teams on the menu this week.

+3

This Week: vs. SA 11/8, @ TEX 11/10, @ TEX 11/11
Record: 5-6-0-1

24

Last Week: SJ 2 @ ONT 4, ONT 1 @ SD 0, SD 4 @ ONT 3 (SO)
Ontario started the season 0-6, now have points in their last four games. Nice turnaround.

+4

This Week: @ SD 11/11
Record: 3-6-0-1

25

Last Week: TEX 2 @ BAK 5, TEX 0 @ STK 1, TEX 1 @ SJ 6
0-3 on the California trip so far after positive results against Golden State teams at home last week.

-13

This Week: @ SD 11/8, vs. GR 11/10, vs. GR 11/11
Record: 5-6-0-1

26

Last Week: SJ 2 @ ONT 4, TEX 1 @ SJ 6
OK, so a glitch. San Jose should be higher than Texas here on this weeks Rankings. That’s what you get I suppose when you play Sunday evening at 8 Wilkes-Barre time.

-3

This Week: vs. MTB 11/11, vs. MTB 11/12
Record: 4-5-0-1

27

Last Week: HFD 3 @ SPR 5, PRO 5 @ HFD 0, SPR 2 @ HFD 4
A win Sunday against Springfield is a small consolation for a Hartford team losing touch with the Atlantic Division leaders. A turnaround of fortune is needed this week starting in Bridgeport.

-3

This Week: @ BRI 11/11. vs. LAV 11/12
Record: 5-7-0-1

28

Last Week: SA 2 @ IA 3 (OT), SA 4 @ IA 2
Split a pair with the Rampage. Call it an improvement for the Wild.

-1

This Week: vs. RFD 11/9, vs. CLE 11/11, vs. CLE 11/12
Record: 3-6-2-0

29

Last Week: SYR 3 @ BEL 4 (SO), SYR 5 @ LAV 6 (SO), SYR 2 @ LAV 5
Something needs to change and it needs to change quickly in Crunch land. Does it start this weekend in Charlotte?

-4

This Week: vs. CHA 11/11
Record: 3-6-1-2

30

Last Week: HFD 3 @ SPR 5, SPR 2 @ BRI 3, SPR 2 @ HFD 4
Splitting a series with Hartford, who appears to be in free fall mode isn’t enough to move Springfield out of the basement in this weeks Rankings.

n/a

This Week: vs. HER 11/8, vs. LAV 11/11, vs. PRO 11/12
Record: 2-10-1-0

Have a great week everyone!

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