Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

Thanksgiving Week feels like a short week, doesn’t it?

Also, feels like we just started the season, doesn’t it? How did we get here, this fast?

Week 7 has come and gone in the American Hockey League and there is a new number on team. It’s the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

The Penguins have points in eleven straight games. They are followed by a Toronto Marlies team who have the most points in the AHL right now.

A pair of surprising Western Conference teams are third and fourth in Manitoba and Stockton and the top five is rounded out with San Antonio, who we feel have been here in the top five ever since Week 1.

Hop through the jump to see the rest of the teams after the Rampage if you didn’t link in direct and enjoy Thanksgiving week in the USA!

1

Last Week: WBS 4 @ BNG 3
Points in 11 straight games. Mind you, Wilkes-Barre has only played 14 games so far. Busy Thanksgiving week coming with with some pre-turkey day action with Lehigh Valley followed by a home and home with Syracuse.

+1

This Week: vs. LV 11/22, @ SYR 11/24, vs. SYR 11/25
Record: 11-2-0-1

2

Last Week: SYR 1 @ TOR 2, SYR 1 @ TOR 3
Racking up points in the North, and but for a Rochester and Laval team keeping them honest, would be running away with the division.

+2

This Week: @ UTI 11/22, vs. BEL 11/25, vs. BEL 11/26
Record: 13-4-0-0

3

Last Week: CHI 2 @ MTB 3, CHI 4 @ MTB 6, LAV 2 @ MTB 5
Seven wins in their past eight games for a Moose side who is no longer a surprise, but a team you need to start taking seriously.

+4

This Week: vs. LAV 11/21, @ GR 11/24, @ MIL 11/25
Record: 11-5-1-1

4

Last Week: BAK 2 @ STK 4, BAK 2 @ STK 5
Swept the Condors this week, but now some real competition steps up with the Reign and the Roadrunners this week.

+6

This Week: @ ONT 11/22, @ TUC 11/24, @ TUC 11/25
Record: 10-4-0-1

5

Last Week: GR 6 @ SA 3, SA 3 @ TEX 4, TEX 2 @ SA 5
Thought that the Rampage were in trouble after Grand Rapids smacked them mid-week, then they split a series with the Stars. San Antonio may just be OK.

-2

This Week: @ BAK 11/21, @ SJ 11/22, @ BAK 11/25, @ ONT 11/26
Record: 10-5-1-0

6

Last Week: TUC 3 @ SD 8, TUC 2 @ SD 3 (SO)
Roadrunners get to extract some modicum of revenge for the way they were treated in San Diego vs. the Gulls last week, then host a sneaky good Heat team this week.

-5

This Week: vs. SD 11/22, vs. STK 11/24, vs. STK 11/25
Record: 8-2-2-1

7

Last Week: BNG 0 @ RCH 3, HFD 2 @ RCH 4, RCH 0 @ BNG 5
Positive week again for the Americans, who are keeping the Marlies honest and are right at the top of the North Division heading into Thanksgiving week.

+1

This Week: @ SYR 11/22, vs. BNG 11/24, @ BNG 11/25
Record: 9-5-1-1

8

Last Week: IA 2 @ RFD 1, GR 2 @ RFD 3 (SO), CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (SO)
Was looking like a slide down the tubes, but the IceHogs regathered and won two games via shootout this week to bust out of whatever slump they were headed for. Two this week with an all of a sudden hot Iowa Wild team.

+9

This Week: vs. IA 11/22, vs. IA 11/24, @ CHI 11/25
Record: 10-7-0-0

9

Last Week: IA 2 @ RFD 1, GR 2 @ IA 4
Five game win streak for the Wild, who have turned a corner and are ascending the standings in the Central.

+11

This Week: @ RFD 11/22, @ RFD 11/24, @ CHI 11/26
Record: 8-6-2-0

10

Last Week: HER 4 @ PRO 1, HER 1 @ PRO 4
Split a pair with the Bears and halted their losing streak with a win Sunday. Bruins are cushioned for now in third with the free fall that Charlotte is on of late back to fourth.

+1

This Week: @ BNG 11/22, @ CHA 11/25, @ CHA 11/26
Record: 8-5-2-0

11

Last Week: SYR 2 @ HER 4, HER 4 @ PRO 1, HER 1 @ PRO 4
Bit of a setback in Providence early afternoon on Sunday. What is it with the Bears and Sunday games recently?

+7

This Week: vs. SPR 11/22, @ HFD 11/25, vs. BRI 11/26
Record: 8-8-0-2

12

Last Week: SA 3 @ TEX 4, TEX 2 @ SA 5
Split a pair with in-state San Antonio, who the Stars are quickly learning are no pushovers anymore. Busy road trip this week.

+2

This Week: @ CHI 11/21, @ CLE 11/24, @ CLE 11/25
Record: 8-8-0-1

13

Last Week: LV 2 @ BEL 6, LV 5 @ LAV 2
Split their Canada trip. Last time they played the Penguins, it was a thriller. Can they replicate it Wednesday?

+2

This Week: @ WBS 11/22, @ SPR 11/24, vs. BRI 11/25
Record: 10-5-0-2

14

Last Week: UTI 4 @ LAV 5, LV 5 @ LAV 2, LAV 2 @ MTB 5
Get to rematch with the Moose on Tuesday. Laval is slipping here and need to get it together this week about Manitoba and a pair with the Comets at home.

-5

This Week: @ MTB 11/21, vs. UTI 11/24, vs. UTI 11/25
Record: 9-7-2-0

15

Last Week: TUC 3 @ SD 8, TUC 2 @ SD 3 (SO)
Were just the second team this year to hand Tucson a regulation loss Friday, then beat the Gulls Saturday in a shootout. Will the positive results continue this week?

+6

This Week: @ TUC 11/22, vs. BAK 11/24, @ SJ 11/26
Record: 7-7-1-0

16

Last Week: MIL 3 @ CLE 5, MIL 1 @ CLE 3
Trend with the Monsters is that the sweep (like this week against Milwaukee) or are swept (like last week in Des Moines) Still, are in the upper half of the Central Division which is pretty good, heading into Thanksgiving week.

+11

This Week: @ MIL 11/22, vs. TEX 11/24, vs. TEX 11/25
Record: 7-4-2-1

17

Last Week: BRI 2 @ HFD 1 (OT), CHA 2 @ BRI 5, SPR 1 @ BRI 2
Swept the week and cooled off the suddenly hot Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday. Sound Tigers are winning tight games lately.

+5

This Week: vs. HFD 11/24, @ LV 11/25, @ HER 11/26
Record: 9-7-0-0

18

Last Week: CHA 3 @ SPR 5, CHA 0 @ SPR 4, CHA 2 @ BRI 5
Were the first Atlantic Division team to 10 wins, haven’t won since, losers of four straight.

-13

This Week: vs. BEL 11/21, vs. BEL 11/22, vs. PRO 11/25, vs. PRO 11/26
Record: 10-7-0-0

19

Last Week: MIL 3 @ CLE 5, MIL 1 @ CLE 3
Called last weeks loss to Rockford a blip, this weeks sweep at the hands of the Monsters is more than just a blip. Couple of tough Central Division teams on the map this week, all at home.

-13

This Week: vs. CLE 11/22, vs. CHI 11/24, vs. MTB 11/25
Record: 8-7-0-0

20

Last Week: ONT 0 @ SJ 1, ONT 4 @ SJ 1
Split this week with San Jose, three this week with the Heat, Barracuda again and San Antonio. You want a barometer on Ontario early on? You may have it here.

-4

This Week: vs. STK, 11/22, vs. SJ 11/24, vs. SA 11/26
Record: 5-7-0-1

21

Last Week: ONT 0 @ SJ 1, ONT 4 @ SJ 1
Split with the Reign. Barracuda stay busy Thanksgiving week with visits from San Antonio, Ontario again and San Diego.

+2

This Week: vs. SA 11/22, @ ONT 11/245, vs. SD 11/26
Record: 6-7-0-1

22

Last Week: CHA 3 @ SPR 5, CHA 0 @ SPR 4, SPR 1 @ BRI 2
Thunderbirds came into Sunday on a four game winning streak before their narrow loss to the Sound Tigers Sunday. Is Springfield a team on the rise all of a sudden?

+2

This Week: @ HER 11/22, vs. LV 11/24, vs. HFD 11/26
Record: 6-12-1-0

23

Last Week: BNG 0 @ RCH 3, WBS 4 @ BNG 3, RCH 0 @ BNG 5
Hung with the Penguins on Friday, then paid back the Amerks who shut them out on Wednesday with a clean sheet of their own on Saturday. The road team in that series didn’t score a goal.

+5

This Week: vs. PRO 11/22, @ RCH 11/24, vs. RCH 11/25
Record: 6-8-1-0

24

Last Week: LV 2 @ BEL 6, BEL 1 @ UTI 7
Still .500, but that pasting Utica laid on them Friday may sting for a while. Really busy week with trips to Charlotte and Toronto on the schedule.

-12

This Week: @ CHA 11/21, @ CHA 11/22, @ TOR 11/25, @ TOR 11/26
Record: 8-8-0-1

25

Last Week: UTI 4 @ LAV 5, BEL 1 @ UTI 7, HFD 4 @ UTI 1
Utica played fast and loose this week and it helped them (against Belleville) and hurt them (against Hartford) They will need to tighten things up this week when the North leaders in Toronto come calling.

-6

This Week: vs. TOR 11/22, @ LAV 11/24, @ LAV 11/25
Record: 6-8-0-1

26

Last Week: BRI 2 @ HFD 1 (OT), HFD 2 @ RCH 4, HFD 4 @ UTI 1
3 of 6 isn’t bad, but when the teams around you in the standings keep getting points, it isn’t good either.

n/a

This Week: @ BRI 11/24, vs. HER 11/25, @ SPR 11/26
Record: 7-8-2-1

27

Last Week: GR 6 @ SA 3, GR 2 @ IA 4, GR 2 @ RFD 3 (SO)
Beat a tough San Antonio side to start the week but then got hammered by the Wild and lost a shootout to the IceHogs. One this week with the Moose, who are no pushover these days.

-14

This Week: vs. MTB 11/24
Record: 8-8-0-2

28

Last Week: SYR 2 @ HER 4, SYR 1 @ TOR 2, SYR 1 @ TOR 3
Had a goalie shakeup this week, and…it didn’t seem to help, the Crunch lost all three games. And, looking at the schedule, it looks to continue.

-3

This Week: vs. RCH 11/22, vs. WBS 11/24, @ WBS 11/25
Record: 4-9-1-2

29

Last Week: BAK 2 @ STK 4, BAK 2 @ STK 5
Swept by the Heat. Condors slowly slipping into mediocrity.

n/a

This Week: vs. SA 11/21, @ SD 11/24, vs. SA 11/25
Record: 5-8-1-0

30

Last Week: CHI 2 @ MTB 3, CHI 4 @ MTB 6, CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (SO)
One point out of the week. Could probably put Bakersfield or Syracuse dead last but Chicago did nothing this week to raise their stock one iota so they remain last.

n/a

This Week: vs. TEX 11/21, @ MIL 11/24, vs. RFD 11/25, vs. IA 11/26
Record: 4-9-1-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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