Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

Say hello to Week 6 in the AHL and the Chirps from Center Ice Power Rankings are due.

This week was a challenge putting together. There was a shuffle to the top five teams, where they all remain in the top five, but then after that, there was a lot of teams at the bottom pulled from the top heading to the top fifteen, and a lot of teams in the top fifteen heading to the bottom of the Rankings.

You can flesh it out after you hit the jump after the Charlotte Checkers, who remain in fifth this week after another strong week. The Toronto Marlies fall from first to fourth after a tough loss to the Penguins but a nice bounce back in a pair of games against the Devils in Binghamton. The San Antonio Rampage slip to third after a torrid week themselves, but then the Penguins, who are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, are bested by one loss Tucson who are just lighting the League on fire.

Here’s the full list, click past the Checkers to see 6 through 30 if you didn’t click in direct.

1

Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 6, BAK 1 @ TUC 4
Roadrunners are playing with a swagger and it’s fun to see. Only lost one regulation game so far and are overall #1 team in AHL and tops where it matters most, the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings for Week 6.

+3

This Week: @ SD 11/17, @ SD 11/18
Record: 8-1-2-0

2

Last Week: TOR 2 @ WBS 4, PRO 3 @ WBS 4 (OT), WBS 5 @ HER 1
Went toe to toe with the Marlies Wednesday, clawed back against the Bruins on Saturday then dismantled and embarrassed the Bears on their home ice Sunday, with just 13 shots on goal to show for it. Will the one game this week against Binghamton be a momentum killer?

+1

This Week: @ BNG 11/17
Record: 10-2-0-1

3

Last Week: SA 4 @ GR 7, SA 6 @ RFD 0, SA 2 @ CHI 1
The Politburo argued into the night to put San Antonio in first over the Roadrunners after yet another positive week, then Sunday afternoon the Penguins went out and scored 5 goals in Hershey on 13 shots.

-1

This Week: vs. GR 11/14, @ TEX 11/15, vs. TEX 11/18
Record: 9-3-1-0

4

Last Week: TOR 2 @ WBS 4, TOR 4 @ BNG 1, TOR 4 @ BNG 1
Loss to Penguins coupled with the winning ways of the Roadrunners and Rampage drop the Marlies out of the top three this week, but not to far out. Regroup with a pair against Syracuse this week.

-3

This Week: vs. SYR 11/18, vs. SYR 11/19
Record: 11-4-0-0

5

Last Week: CHA 5 @ UTI 2, CHA 5 @ UTI 2, CHA 3 @ SYR 5
Were the first team to ten wins this season. Competition isn’t up their level yet, but that doesn’t matter when the points are tallied at the end of the day.

n/a

This Week: @ SPR 11/15, @ SPR 11/17, @ BRI 11/18
Record: 10-4-0-0

6

Last Week: CHI 0 @ MIL 3, RFD 5 @ MIL 2, MIL 3 @ CHI 2
Loss to a slumping IceHogs team is a blip on an overall good week for Milwaukee, who are back to the top of the Central Division.

+7

This Week: @ CLE 11/15, @ CLE 11/18
Record: 8-5-0-0

7

Last Week: MTB 4 @ STK 1, MTB 5 @ SJ 2, MTB 1 @ SJ 4
Cooled off by the Barracuda Sunday afternoon in San Jose. Moose are impressive here in mid-November. Three home games this week.

+3

This Week: vs. CHI 11/15, vs. CHI 11/17, vs. LAV 11/19
Record: 8-5-1-1

8

Last Week: RCH 4 @ BEL 2, RCH 4 @ BEL 5 (OT)
Toronto may be running away with the North early on, but Rochester leads the rest of the pack in second.

+3

This Week: vs. BNG 11/15, vs. HFD 11/17, @ BNG 11/18
Record: 7-4-1-1

9

Last Week: LAV 4 @ SPR 6, LAV 3 @ HFD 2 (OT)
Nice comeback win for the Rocket, after getting stunned the night prior in Springfield. In a dog fight with Rochester for second in the North right now.

+5

This Week: vs. UTI 11/15, vs. LV 11/17, @ MTB 11/19
Record: 8-5-2-0

10

Last Week: MTB 4 @ STK 1, STK 6 @ SD 3
Split the week. Heat are a team that are hard to get a handle on, but a top ten this week in the rankings nevertheless.

+2

This Week: vs. BAK 11/17, vs. BAK 11/18
Record: 8-4-0-1

11

Last Week: PRO 3 @ WBS 4 (OT), PRO 3 @ SPR 4 (OT)
Bruins cough up two two goal leads in their games this week and lose both 4-3 in overtime. It’s not the end of the world by any means, but it’s something that needs working on this week. A pair this week with the Bears.

-2

This Week: vs. HER 11/17, vs. HER 11/19
Record: 7-4-2-0

12

Last Week: BNG 3 @ BEL 4, RCH 4 @ BEL 2, RCH 4 @ BEL 5 (OT)
All things considered, not a bad week for Belleville, who sit at .500 in mid-November.

+8

This Week: vs. LV 11/15, @ UTI 11/17
Record: 7-7-0-1

13

Last Week: SA 4 @ GR 7, GR 1 @ TEX 2, GR 5 @ TEX 1
Go win-loss-win in Texas. One more visit to the Alamo then on to Iowa and Rockford.

+10

This Week: @ SA 11/14, @ IA 11/17, @ RFD 11/18
Record: 7-7-0-1

14

Last Week: TEX 6 @ SD 2, GR 1 @ TEX 2, GR 5 @ TEX 1
Finished out the California trip with a nice win in San Diego then returned home and split with the Griffins. Rampage next this week.

+11

This Week: vs. SA 11/15, @ SA 11/18
Record: 7-7-0-1

15

Last Week: LV 4 @ BRI 2, LV 1 @ HER 6
Got smoked in Hershey Saturday. Didn’t play a game Friday, so they weren’t ready to play against an in-state rival. With Charlotte and Providence milling around, those points lost may come back to haunt the Phantoms later in the year.

-9

This Week: @ BEL 11/15, @ LAV 11/17
Record: 9-4-0-2

16

Last Week: ONT 4 @ SD 1
Impressive in their only game of the week against San Diego. Points in last five games after starting season 0-6.

+8

This Week: @ SJ 11/18, @ SJ 11/19
Record: 4-6-0-1

17

Last Week: RFD 3 @ IA 5, SA 6 @ RFD 0, RFD 5 @ MIL 2
IceHogs have slipped a bit, but rebounded nice with a win in Milwaukee Saturday.

n/a

This Week: vs. IA 11/15, vs. GR 11/18, vs. CHI 11/19
Record: 8-6-0-0

18

Last Week: HER 3 @ SPR 1, LV 1 @ HER 6, WBS 5 @ HER 1
Week was going along fine then the Bears hit the brick wall known as the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins on Sunday, who come in and take 13 shots on goal and win 5-1. Schedule is busy this week for Hershey.

+1

This Week: vs. SYR 11/15, @ PRO 11/17, @ PRO 11/19
Record: 6-7-0-2

19

Last Week: CHA 5 @ UTI 2, CHA 5 @ UTI 2
Charlotte beat Utica 5-2 twice this week. Three this week with some stiff competition should serve as a nice early season barometer for the Comets.

-12

This Week: @ LAV 11/15, vs. BEL 11/17, vs. HFD 11/18
Record: 5-6-0-1

20

Last Week: RFD 3 @ IA 5, CLE 1 @ IA 6, CLE 2 @ IA 3 (SO)
Sweep the week against some good teams. Have the Wild finally turned a corner?

+8

This Week: @ RFD 11/15, vs. GR 11/17
Record: 6-6-2-0

21

Last Week: TEX 6 @ SD 2, STK 6 @ SD 3, ONT 4 @ SD 1
Yikes. 0-3 this week after a positive week last week. Now, the Roadrunners come in for a pair. Eek!

-13

This Week: vs. TUC 11/17, vs. TUC 11/18
Record: 5-7-1-0

22

Last Week: LV 4 @ BRI 2, HFD 2 @ BRI 1
After sweeping last weekend with a pair of impressive shutouts against the P-Pruins, the Sound Tigers lost a school day game to the Phantoms then a marathon game with ice issues against the Wolf Pack. Rematch in Hartford followed by two home dates this week.

-7

This Week: @ HFD 11/15, vs. CHA 11/18, vs. SPR 11/19
Record: 6-7-0-0

23

Last Week: MTB 5 @ SJ 2, MTB 1 @ SJ 4
Split a pair with the Moose, cooling off a hot Manitoba team Sunday. Host the Reign for a pair this week.

+3

This Week: vs. ONT 11/18, vs. ONT 11/19
Record: 5-6-0-1

24

Last Week: HER 3 @ SPR 1, LAV 4 @ SPR 6, PRO 3 @ SPR 4 (OT)
Thunderbirds came back twice in back to back games against some really good teams. Is this just an anomaly for a bad Springfield team or a change in fortune and a sign of better days ahead?

+6

This Week: vs. CHA 11/15, vs. CHA 11/17, @ BRI 11/19
Record: 4-11-1-0

25

Last Week: CHA 3 @ SYR 5
Impressive win against a very good Charlotte team is a small step in the right direction for a Crunch team that stumbled out of the box.

+4

This Week: @ HER 11/15, @ TOR 11/18, @ TOR 11/19
Record: 4-6-1-2

26

Last Week: HFD 2 @ BRI 1, LAV 3 @ HFD 2 (OT)
3 of 4 points is OK for the Wolf Pack, considering the results they had the week prior, and you can argue that they could be a top 20 team. Schedule picks up this week.

+1

This Week: vs. BRI 11/15, @ RCH 11/17, @ UTI 11/18
Record: 6-7-1-1

27

Last Week: CLE 1 @ IA 6, CLE 2 @ IA 3 (SO)
Swept by the Wild after taking three out of four from the Roadrunners last week. Couple this week with Central leading Milwaukee.

-11

This Week: vs. MIL 11/15, vs. MIL 11/18
Record: 5-4-2-1

28

Last Week: BNG 3 @ BEL 4, TOR 4 @ BNG 1, TOR 4 @ BNG 1
Rough week for the Devils will only get worse this week with an ornery Amerks team sandwiching a strong Penguins team on the schedule.

-10

This Week: @ RCH 11/15, vs. WBS 11/17, vs. RCH 11/18
Record: 5-6-1-0

29

Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 6, BAK 1 @ TUC 4
Condors ran into the buzzsaw Tucson team this week and slip down the rankings this week. A pair with Stockton, who is no pushover either, this week.

-8

This Week: @ STK 11/17, @ STK 11/18
Record: 5-6-1-0

30

Last Week: CHI 0 @ MIL 3, SA 2 @ CHI 1, MIL 3 @ CHI 2
Season is quickly getting away from the Wolves if a change in fortune doesn’t come soon, but starting with Moose at the tops of the Central Division is going to make for a daunting task.

-8

This Week: @ MTB 11/15, @ MTB 11/17, @ RFD 11/19
Record: 4-7-1-0

Have a great week, everyone!

One response to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

  1. Scott Carpenter November 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    This is/is going to be a very interesting year league-wide. It does not seem like anyone has any easy games, & a few have already had a playoff-like feel.

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