Chirps from Center Ice

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 13

Happy New Year everyone and the Week 13 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings are due.

After a hiccup Saturday, the Manitoba Moose are still your number one team as we flip to 2018.

A bit of a shake up to the rest of the top five as Toronto drops out and Lehigh Valley drops in. Providence is your new number two, Rochester drops to number three, Lehigh Valley debuts as number four and Charlotte remains in fifth.

After the Checkers, take a look at six on back if you didn’t link in here direct.

1

Last Week: SJ 3 @ MTB 2, SJ 2 @ MTB 5
16 game point streak ended Saturday in Game 1 against San Jose, but the Moose responded back with aplomb and won Game 2, keeping the Moose number one again.

n/a

This Week: @ CHI 1/5, @ IA 1/6
Record: 24-6-1-2

2

Last Week: PRO 5 @ UTI 4 (SO), PRO 3 @ UTI 1, PRO 2 @ BEL 3 (OT)
P-Bruins did what they needed to do this week, mining points out of every contest. Busy week coming upon with some hungry teams on the menu.

+1

This Week: vs. HFD 1/5, @ SPR 1/6, vs. SYR 1/7
Record: 21-8-3-0

3

Last Week: LAV 3 @ RCH 1, RCH 2 @ TOR 0, LAV 4 @ RCH 2
Despite going 1-2 for the week, the Amerks have chased down the Marlies for the top spot in the North which Toronto holds, for now.

-1

This Week: vs. BRI 1/5, vs. LV 1/6
Record: 20-8-3-3

4

Last Week: LV 5 @ WBS 4, CHA 1 @ LV 3, CHA 5 @ LV 2
Split a pair with the Checkers. Head to the class of the North Division this week.

+5

This Week: @ TOR 1/5, @ RCH 1/6
Record: 21-10-2-2

5

Last Week: CHA 2 @ BNG 6, CHA 1 @ LV 3, CHA 5 @ LV 2
1-2 this week, lost ground on first place Providence. A pair this week with Hershey, looking to make up that ground.

n/a

This Week: @ HER 1/6, @ HER 1/7
Record: 21-12-0-1

6

Last Week: TUC 4 @ SD 1, TUC 5 @ BAK 4 (OT), TUC 2 @ ONT 1
Roadrunners sit on top of the Pacific as we hit 2018. A lot of teams have been at the top of the Pacific this season, Tucson has been the most consistent.

+11

This Week: vs. ONT 1/5, vs. ONT 1/6
Record: 16-9-2-1

7

Last Week: BEL 2 @ TOR 1, TOR 4 @ SYR 5, RCH 2 @ TOR 0, BEL 1 @ TOR 5
Amerks have caught the Marlies, it’s that simple. 4-6 in for last ten will do that. Toronto leads the North, but for how much longer?

-3

This Week: @ LAV 1/3, vs. LV 1/5, vs. BRI 1/6
Record: 23-11-0-0

8

Last Week: SA 5 @ TEX 4 (OT), TEX 0 @ SA 1 (OT), SD 1 @ SA 2
Rampage finished 2017 as a strong team and are primed to turn that into a run towards June. Sit second in the Pacific behind Tucson.

+10

This Week: vs. BAK 1/3, @ STK 1/5, @ STK 1/6
Record: 19-12-2-0

9

Last Week: CHI 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), RFD 2 @ CHI 6
10 game point streak for the once sorry Wolves, who have come on with aplomb here in the month of December. Winnable games in a busy week on the schedule for Chicago.

+3

This Week: @ IA 1/1, vs. CLE 1/3, vs. MTB 1/5, vs. GR 1/6
Record: 14-12-5-2

10

Last Week: TOR 4 @ SYR 5, UTI 2 @ SYR 3 (SO), SYR 5 @ BNG 0
The North Division is a two horse race front, but there is a horse charging up the rail from Syracuse, NY. 7-3 in the Crunch’s last ten.

+4

This Week: @ HFD 1/6, @ PRO 1/7
Record: 18-12-1-2

11

Last Week: HER 1 @ BRI 3, BNG 0 @ BRI 5
Sweep the week, are staying in touch with fourth place Wilkes-Barre, who they meet in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

+2

This Week: @ WBS 1/3, @ RCH 1/5, @ TOR 1/6
Record: 16-12-2-1

12

Last Week: RFD 6 @ IA 3, IA 5 @ RFD 3, RFD 2 @ CHI 6
Rockford falters a bit this week, but IceHogs have built up enough credit where the results didn’t hurt them too bad.

+3

This Week: vs. CLE 1/2, @ GR 1/5, vs. CLE 1/6, vs. MIL 1/7
Record: 18-13-1-1

13

Last Week: RFD 6 @ IA 3, IA 5 @ RFD 3
Split a pair with the IceHogs, who Iowa is in hot pursuit with as well as about three other teams.

-6

This Week: vs. CHI 1/1, @ MIL 1/5, vs. MTB 1/6, vs. CLE 1/7
Record: 15-10-6-2

14

Last Week: CHI 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), MIL 3 @ GR 4 (OT)
Quiet five game point streak for the Admirals, who are laying in the weeds here as 2018 starts.

+5

This Week: vs. GR 1/3, vs. IA 1/5, @ RFD 1/7
Record: 16-12-4-0

15

Last Week: CLE 2 @ GR 5, GR 5 @ CLE 3, MIL 3 @ GR 4 (OT)
Grand Rapids slowly creeping to .500, on a five game point streak. Are the Griffins priming for a run?

+10

This Week: @ MIL 1/3, vs. RFD 1/5, @ CHI 1/6
Record: 14-15-1-4

16

Last Week: SA 5 @ TEX 4 (OT), TEX 0 @ SA 1 (OT), SD 6 @ TEX 3
3 of 6 points this week drop the Stars from second in the division to fourth. Pacific may be the most competitive one in the AHL.

-10

This Week: vs. SD 1/3, vs. BAK 1/5, vs. BAK 1/6
Record: 18-12-3-1

17

Last Week: STK 5 @ SJ 6 (OT), STK 3 @ ONT 4, BAK 3 @ STK 1
Stockton is hitting a wall, 4-4-2-0 in their last ten games. Can they snap out of it?

-7

This Week: vs. SA 1/5, vs. SA 1/6
Record: 16-10-2-2

18

Last Week: LAV 3 @ RCH 1, LAV 4 @ BEL 3, LAV 4 @ RCH 2
Rocket sweep the week. Is this a turn in Laval’s fortune?

+10

This Week: vs. TOR 1/3, @ UTI 1/5, @ BNG 1/6
Record: 14-14-5-2

19

Last Week: LV 5 @ WBS 4, HFD 1 @ WBS 5, WBS 2 @ HER 1 (OT)
Pens right the ship somewhat by playing disciplined hockey against Hartford and Hershey and win the weekend. Three this week, all at home, against seemingly beatable teams.

+2

This Week: vs. BRI 1/3, vs. SPR 1/5, vs. BEL 1/6
Record: 18-10-2-1

20

Last Week: TUC 4 @ SD 1, SD 6 @ TEX 3, SD 1 @ SA 2
Seems like the Gulls are destined to elevator up and down in the Pacific Division.

-9

This Week: @ TEX 1/3, vs. SJ 1/5, vs. SJ 1/6
Record: 15-13-1-0

21

Last Week: HFD 1 @ WBS 5, SPR 5 @ HFD 4
Hartford has hit a cold streak, dropping three straight. What was once a team on the rise has hit a few bumps.

-13

This Week: @ PRO 1/5, vs. SYR 1/6, vs. UTI 1/7
Record: 13-15-3-3

22

Last Week: STK 5 @ SJ 6 (OT), SJ 3 @ MTB 2, SJ 2 @ MTB 5
Ended the Manitoba’s 16 game point streak Saturday. Facing opposition though from the Texas teams for what will probably be a final playoff spot.

+4

This Week: @ SD 1/5, @ SD 1/6
Record: 15-12-0-2

23

Last Week: PRO 5 @ UTI 4 (SO), PRO 3 @ UTI 1, UTI 2 @ SYR 3 (SO)
Played an 11 round shootout with the Crunch Saturday and lost, this result coupled with Laval winning three straight drop the Comets to fifth in the North.

-7

This Week: vs. LAV 1/5, @ HFD 1/7
Record: 13-13-4-3

24

Last Week: HER 1 @ BRI 3, HER 4 @ SPR 2, WBS 2 @ HER 1 (OT)
Bears still have a lot of problems, getting Nathan Walker back should help, but time is running out to be considered a serious threat anymore.

n/a

This Week: vs. CHA 1/6, vs. CHA 1/7
Record: 15-16-1-3

25

Last Week: HER 4 @ SPR 2, SPR 5 @ HFD 4
Split the week. Thunderbirds have been playing .500 hockey as of late. Big boy teams coming up this week for Springfield.

-5

This Week: @ WBS 1/5, vs. PRO 1/6
Record: 14-19-1-1

26

Last Week: ONT 3 @ BAK 2, STK 3 @ ONT 4, TUC 2 @ BAK 1
Reign have to start making a push, 6-3-1-0 in their last ten is a step in the right direction.

-3

This Week: @ TUC 1/5, @ TUC 1/6
Record: 15-13-1-1

27

Last Week: BEL 2 @ TOR 1, LAV 4 @ BEL 3, PRO 2 @ BEL 3 (OT), BEL 1 @ TOR 5
Belleville sits in seventh, only there because there is a team worse than them in Binghamton. Seems that there are teams destined to be bad, Belleville is one.

+2

This Week: vs. BNG 1/3, @ BNG 1/5, @ WBS 1/6
Record: 13-18-0-3

28

Last Week: ONT 3 @ BAK 2, TUC 5 @ BAK 4 (OT), BAK 3 @ STK 1
Condors lost all three games this week and are back in last in the Pacific as the calendar flips to 2018.

-7

This Week: @ SA 1/3, @ TEX 1/5, @ TEX 1/6
Record: 12-13-5-0

29

Last Week: CHA 2 @ BNG 6, BNG 0 @ BRI 5, SYR 5 @ BNG 0
Beat Charlotte which set up the week nicely, but the Devils used up all their goals and were shutout by Bridgeport and Syracuse.

+1

This Week: @ BEL 1/3, vs. BEL 1/5, vs. LAV 1/6
Record: 10-17-4-1

30

Last Week: CLE 2 @ GR 5, GR 5 @ CLE 3
Wow. Monsters leave 2017 with just 9 wins to show for the campaign so far. A turnaround is needed, quickly.

-3

This Week: @ RFD 1/2, @ CHI 1/3, @ RFD 1/6, @ IA 1/7
Record: 9-15-3-2

Happy and prosperous New Year to all!

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