Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 9

Have we settled into a groove here in the Week 9 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings?

Reason why is that there is no reason to switch up the top two this week. Manitoba is just plastering teams right now and Toronto remains a strong threat any given night.

Stockton moves up to third as they continue to stockpile points.

Any time you take down one of the best teams in the league in Wilkes-Barre, you are going to draw attention like Rochester in fourth this week.

Finally, in fifth, Rockford seems to have ironed out problems that have bothered them of late and are second in the Central behind the Moose and fifth in this weeks Rankings.

Click past the IceHogs if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: MTB 8 @ RFD 1, CLE 1 @ MTB 7, CLE 0 @ MTB 4
Best team in the AHL is just steamrolling teams. Nine consecutive wins, outscoring opponents 25-3 in their last five games, including two shutouts. How long can the Moose sustain this reign of terror on opponents?

n/a

This Week: vs. MIL 12/9, vs. MIL 12/10
Record: 17-5-1-1

2

Last Week: SYR 3 @ TOR 1, TOR 3 @ BEL 1, HFD 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
Rebounded nicely after the mid-week setback that the Crunch handed the Marlies on national television.

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 12/8, @ LAV 12/9
Record: 18-5-0-0

3

Last Week: STK 3 @ BAK 1, STK 3 @ BAK 4 (SO)
Heat still piling on the points and have a date with the Roadrunners coming later in the week.

+2

This Week: @ SJ 12/6, vs. TUC 12/9
Record: 12-6-0-2

4

Last Week: RCH 1 @ UTI 2 (OT), HFD 5 @ RCH 4 (SO), RCH 5 @ WBS 2
Routed the Penguins Saturday. That is good enough, along with getting points out of other contests this week, to keep the Amerks in the top five in this weeks Rankings.

-1

This Week: @ SPR 12/8, @ HFD 12/9, @ BRI 12/10
Record: 12-5-3-2

5

Last Week: MTB 8 @ RFD 1, CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (OT), TEX 2 @ RFD 6
Whatever turbulence that the IceHogs experienced a few weeks ago, the air is a lot cleaner now and it’s smooth sailing again for the second place in the Central Rockford IceHogs.

+2

This Week: @ GR 12/8, vs. GR 12/9
Record: 13-9-1-0

6

Last Week: MIL 4 @ IA 2, IA 5 @ SA 3, IA 3 @ SA 4 (OT)
5 of 6 points this week for the Wild, who are 7-2-1-0 and appeared to have righted the early woes they were experiencing.

+3

This Week: @ TEX 12/5, vs. SD 12/9, vs. GR 12/10
Record: 11-8-3-0

7

Last Week: TEX 5 @ GR 2, TEX 5 @ GR 4 (SO), TEX 2 @ RFD 6
Good week overall for the Stars but for that smoke job that the IceHogs laid on Texas Saturday.

+1

This Week: vs. IA 12/5, vs. BAK 12/8, vs. ONT 12/9
Record: 13-9-0-1

8

Last Week: MIL 4 @ WBS 5 (OT), RCH 5 @ WBS 2, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (OT)
Penguins made do with what they had with no NHL or AHL contracted goaltender to use this week. 3 out of 6 points for the week isn’t bad, things considered, but Wilkes-Barre is slowly drifting back to the pack in the Atlantic Division.

-2

This Week: @ LV 12/6, vs. CHA 12/8, @ HER 12/10
Record: 13-5-1-1

9

Last Week: BNG 2 @ PRO 3, BNG 2 @ PRO 4, PRO 4 @ BRI 1
Bruins back to second place in the Atlantic after sweeping the week.

+4

This Week: vs. HFD 12/8, vs. UTI 12/9, vs. UTI 12/10
Record: 13-6-2-0

10

Last Week: ONT 4 @ TUC 2
First meeting of the season against the Reign and it wasn’t a good one for Tucson. Roadrunners get a rematch with Ontario Tuesday, before hitting the road for San Jose and Stockton.

-6

This Week: vs. ONT 12/5, @ SJ 12/8, @ STK 12/9
Record: 10-4-2-1

11

Last Week: BRI 7 @ UTI 6 (OT), UTI 2 @ BRI 1 (SO), PRO 4 @ BRI 1
Eight game point streak snapped at home Sunday with a loss to the P-Bruins and with that run the Sound Tigers are right in the mix as we head to mid-December.

-1

This Week: @ SPR 12/9, vs. RCH 12/10
Record: 12-8-1-1

12

Last Week: SPR 1 @ CHA 4, SPR 3 @ CHA 4
Sweep the Thunderbirds and cool them off a bit. Charlotte is like the headache that you can’t get rid of.

+2

This Week: @ WBS 12/8, @ BNG 12/9
Record: 14-8-0-1

13

Last Week: IA 5 @ SA 3, IA 3 @ SA 4 (OT)
Rampage win in overtime to stop the small free fall that they were on. Homestead continues with the Condors coming in for a pair then the Reign.

-1

This Week: vs. BAK 12/5, vs. BAK 12/9, vs. ONT 12/10
Record: 12-9-1-0

14

Last Week: SD 3 @ ONT 2, ONT 4 @ TUC 2
Reign get over .500 now after starting the season 0-6, are 9-2-0-1 since. One more date with Tucson on Tuesday then head to Texas for a date with the Stars and Rampage.

+3

This Week: @ TUC 12/5, @ TEX 12/9, @ SA 12/10
Record: 9-8-0-1

15

Last Week: SYR 3 @ TOR 1, LAV 1 @ SYR 2, BEL 4 @ SYR 5 (SO)
Six wins in a row for Syracuse. Just when you thought the defending Eastern Conference champions were dead…

+3

This Week: @ UTI 12/6, @ BNG 12/8, @ BEL 12/9
Record: 10-9-1-2

16

Last Week: BNG 3 @ LV 0, HER 2 @ LV 7, LAV 4 @ LV 3 (OT)
Shutout at home midweek against Binghamton, then coughed up a lead Saturday against Laval. Phantoms in a mangrove of teams battling for the second spot behind the Penguins.

-5

This Week: vs. WBS 12/6, vs. HER 12/8, @ HER 12/9
Record: 13-7-1-2

17

Last Week: HER 2 @ LV 7, MIL 0 @ HER 3, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (OT)
Nice rebound for the Bears after getting pasted by the Phantoms on Friday, shutting out the Admirals Saturday and scrapping with the Penguins on Sunday.

+3

This Week: @ LV 12/8, vs. LV 12/9, vs. WBS 12/10
Record: 11-10-0-3

18

Last Week: STK 3 @ BAK 1, STK 3 @ BAK 4 (SO), SJ 2 @ BAK 1
Condors head to Texas this week, after taking two points out of the week at home last week.

+1

This Week: @ SA 12/5, @ TEX 12/8, @ SA 12/9
Record: 8-10-2-0

19

Last Week: RCH 1 @ UTI 2 (OT), BRI 7 @ UTI 6 (OT), UTI 2 @ BRI 1 (SO)
Comets and Crunch are winning, and that is good theater for the North Division. Utica hosts Syracuse this week before heading out to Providence for a pair with the Bruins in what should make for a decent test as to where the Comets are in mid-December.

+5

This Week: vs. SYR 12/6, @ PRO 12/9, @ PRO 12/10
Record: 10-9-1-1

20

Last Week: SPR 3 @ HFD 1, SPR 1 @ CHA 4, SPR 3 @ CHA 4
Week starters out bright for the Thunderbirds, but then they traveled to North Carolina for a date with the Checkers and were swept. Are these growing pains or expected results for Springfield?

-5

This Week: vs. RCH 12/8, vs. BRI 12/9, @ HFD 12/10
Record: 9-15-1-0

21

Last Week: SJ 2 @ BAK 1
Head Coach Roy Sommer won his 700th AHL game as the Barracuda beat the Condors in their only AHL action this weekend in Bakersfield.

n/a

This Week: vs. STK 12/6, vs. TUC 12/8
Record: 9-8-0-1

22

Last Week: MIL 4 @ IA 2, MIL 4 @ WBS 5 (OT), MIL 0 @ HER 3
Went to Pennsylvania and dropped both contests against the Penguins and Bears. Heading to Winnipeg for a date with the Moose later this week.

-6

This Week: vs. SD 12/5, @ MTB 12/9, @ MTB 12/10
Record: 11-9-1-0

23

Last Week: LAV 2 @ BEL 3 (OT), LAV 1 @ SYR 2, LAV 4 @ LV 3 (OT)
Got off the schnide with a big OT win in Allentown on Saturday. Home cooking this week as the Senators and Marlies drop by.

-1

This Week: vs. BNG 12/6, vs. TOR 12/8, vs. TOR 12/9
Record: 10-9-3-2

24

Last Week: SPR 3 @ HFD 1, HFD 5 @ RCH 4 (SO), HFD 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
3 of 6 points for Hartford this week, still out of touch with the leaders in the Atlantic though.

+5

This Week: @ PRO 12/8, vs. RCH 12/9, vs. SPR 12/10
Record: 8-12-3-1

25

Last Week: LAV 2 @ BEL 3 (OT), TOR 3 @ BEL 1, BEL 4 @ SYR 5 (SO)
Beat a slumping Laval team then dropped consecutive contests to Toronto and Belleville. Schedule is light for the Senators this week as they only have a matchup with the Syracuse Crunch this week.

-2

This Week: vs. SYR 12/9
Record: 10-11-0-3

26

Last Week: BNG 3 @ LV 0, BNG 2 @ PRO 3, BNG 2 @ PRO 4
Shutout Lehigh Valley in Allentown on Wednesday then were swept in Providence by the Bruins on the weekend.

-1

This Week: @ LAV 12/6, vs. SYR 12/8, vs. CHA 12/9
Record: 7-11-3-0

27

Last Week: SD 3 @ ONT 2
Won their only contest against the Reign this week. Sit last in the Pacific as we head to mid-December.

-1

This Week: @ MIL 12/5, @ CHI 12/6, @ IA 12/9
Record: 8-10-1-0

28

Last Week: TEX 5 @ GR 2, TEX 5 @ GR 4 (SO), GR 5 @ CHI 2
Griffins end a five game losing streak with a win against Chicago Saturday after dropping a pair to the Stars earlier in the week.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 12/8, @ RFD 12/9, @ IA 12/10
Record: 9-10-0-3

29

Last Week: CLE 1 @ MTB 7, CLE 0 @ MTB 4
Lake Erie played snow as Manitoba played plow in Winnipeg this weekend. A bit of a break when sorry Chicago comes in for a pair this weekend.

-2

This Week: vs. CHI 12/8, vs. CHI 12/9
Record: 7-8-2-2

30

Last Week: CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (OT), GR 5 @ CHI 2
Hits keep coming for the Wolves, who are 1-5-3-1 in their last ten games.

n/a

This Week: vs. SD 12/6, @ CLE 12/8, @ CLE 12/9
Record: 5-11-4-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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