Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 16

We are a week away from the All Star break, and things are slowly coming into focus as a lot of teams are hitting the halfway point of the American Hockey League season.

The class of the AHL so far has been Toronto, and despite a setback in Bridgeport Sunday, the Marlies remain the number one team in the Week 16 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The Pacific Division leading Tucson Roadrunners are in second, followed by the hard luck Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins who, despite being shutout in back to back games, only allows two goals all weekend by the opponent and still lead the Atlantic Division.

The Pens are followed in fourth by the pesky Utica Comets, who are pushing Syracuse for third place in the North.

Fifth place is home to your Providence Bruins, who thanks to back to back shutouts by Zane McIntyre Friday and Sunday, are back to second place in the Atlantic Division.

Click past the Bruins to see six and beyond if you didn’t link in direct. Enjoy!

1

Last Week: TOR 4 @ SYR 1, TOR 3 @ BNG 0, TOR 0 @ BRI 1 (SO)
Hard to believe that for a team as good as Toronto that the eight game winning streak they set Saturday in Binghamton was a franchise best. Then it quickly ended in a funky 1-0 shootout loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers the next day.

n/a

This Week: vs. RCH 1/26, @ SYR 1/27
Record: 30-11-0-1

2

Last Week: SD 3 @ TUC 5, SD 5 @ TUC 3, TUC 2 @ SA 1 (OT), TUC 2 @ SA 1 (OT)
Tucson continues to lead the Pacific. Giving loser points away to competition can’t be good with how tight things are though.

+1

This Week: vs. CHI 1/26, vs. CHI 1/27
Record: 22-12-2-1

3

Last Week: LV 1 @ WBS 4, WBS 0 @ PRO 1, WBS 0 @ HFD 1 (OT)
Penguins allow 2 goals all weekend and lose. That’s bad luck more than it is missing a playmaker.

+1

This Week: @ HER 1/24, @ LV 1/26, vs. BNG 1/27
Record: 24-11-3-1

4

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 1 (SO), RCH 2 @ UTI 3 (SO), UTI 2 @ HFD 3 (OT), SYR 2 @ UTI 4
Good week for the Comets, who take points in every game this week and are pushing Syracuse for the third spot in the North.

+9

This Week: vs. HFD 1/24, @ BNG 1/26, @ LV 1/27
Record: 20-14-5-3

5

Last Week: WBS 0 @ PRO 1, PRO 2 @ BRI 3, SPR 0 @ PRO 2
Zane McIntyre is out of his funk, shutting out Wilkes-Barre and Springfield this weekend as his Providence Bruins are in a dead heat for the top of the Atlantic Division.

+8

This Week: @ LV 1/24, vs. HER 1/26, @ SPR 1/27
Record: 24-13-3-1

6

Last Week: CHI 2 @ IA 5, BAK 1 @ CHI 6, CLE 1 @ CHI 3
10 straight wins at home for the Chicago Wolves, who are pushing Iowa for the second spot in the Central.

+5

This Week: @ TUC 1/26, @ TUC 1/27
Record: 21-15-5-2

7

Last Week: RFD 3 @ CLE 4 (SO), RFD 4 @ CLE 3, RFD 3 @ GR 4
Four of six points is another good week for the IceHogs, but if they want to separate themselves from the bees nest of teams in the Central, they need to start picking it up.

+2

This Week: vs. BAK 1/23, vs. ONT 1/26, @GR 1/27
Record: 22-16-2-3

8

Last Week: LV 1 @ WBS 4, LV 5 @ HER 2
Split the week with their Pennsylvania foes. Phantoms are still upper crust in the Atlantic.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 1/24, vs. WBS 1/26, vs. UTI 1/27
Record: 24-13-2-3

9

Last Week: CHI 2 @ IA 5, BAK 4 @ IA 3 (OT), MIL 3 @ IA 5
Wild back up to second. It seems that there are a handful of teams in the Central that see saw week in and week out. Iowa is one of them.

+14

This Week: @ CLE 1/25, @ CLE 1/27
Record: 19-13-7-3

10

Last Week: MIL 4 @ GR 3, GR 5 @ MIL 2, RFD 3 @ GR 4
It’s so tight in the Central that from second to sixth, the spot that the Griffins occupy, is only separated by .037 percentage points.

-5

This Week: vs. RFD 1/27
Record: 21-18-1-4

11

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 1 (SO), RCH 2 @ UTI 3 (SO), RCH 4 @ CHA 1, RCH 4 @ CHA 5 (OT)
Amerks giving up some ground to the Marlies, but can get some of that back with a win this week against them.

-5

This Week: @ TOR 1/26, @ BEL 1/27
Record: 24-9-5-5

12

Last Week: BRI 0 @ CHA 3, BRI 3 @ CHA 4, PRO 2 @ BRI 3, TOR 0 @ BRI 1 (SO)
After getting swept in Charlotte, Sound Tigers scrap with two really good teams and win.

+2

This Week: vs. SPR 1/24, @ SPR 1/26, vs. HER 1/27
Record: 20-15-4-2

13

Last Week: ONT 1 @ SA 3, TUC 2 @ SA 1 (OT), TUC 2 @ SA 1 (OT)
Undermanned and hosted the Pacific leaders at home and managed loser points in each. If you are the Rampage, you take it and run. These points become important in April.

+2

This Week: vs. SJ 1/25, vs. SJ 1/27
Record: 22-16-4-0

14

Last Week: BNG 0 @ SYR 3, SYR 1 @ BEL 2 (OT), TOR 4 @ SYR 1, SYR 2 @ UTI 4
Bad week for Syracuse. Utica is coming, Rochester and Toronto are running away. Some winnable games this week before the Marlies drop in.

-12

This Week: @ LAV 1/24, vs. BEL 1/26, vs. TOR 1/27
Record: 24-14-2-2

15

Last Week: TEX 4 @ MTB 0, TEX 5 @ MTB 1
Lost at home by a combined 9-1 against Texas. Moose have hit the skids, 3-5-2-0 in their last ten and falling fast.

-8

This Week: @ BEL 1/24, @ LAV 1/26, @ LAV 1/27
Record: 26-10-3-2

16

Last Week: TEX 2 @ ONT 3 (SO), TEX 4 @ MTB 0, TEX 5 @ MTB 1
Went to Winnipeg and beat the league’s best team by a combined 9-1 score. Up to second in the division.

+10

This Week: vs. SJ 1/23, vs. STK 1/26, vs. STK 1/27
Record: 22-15-4-2

17

Last Week: BAK 2 @ SJ 3 (OT), STK 2 @ SJ 0, SJ 3 @ SD 2, SJ 2 @ SD 1
Are not last in the Pacific like they were last week, after 6 of 8 points this week and a trend in the right direction.

+4

This Week: @ TEX 1/23, @ SA 1/25, @ SA 1/27
Record: 19-16-0-2

18

Last Week: BRI 0 @ CHA 3, BRI 3 @ CHA 4, RCH 4 @ CHA 1, RCH 4 @ CHA 5 (OT)
Checkers salvage the weekend with a 5-4 OT win against Rochester, who they have never faced before at home, which I found as odd. Overall good week though for Charlotte.

+6

This Week: @ HFD 1/26, @ HFD 1/27
Record: 24-17-0-1

19

Last Week: SD 3 @ TUC 5, SD 5 @ TUC 3, SJ 3 @ SD 2, SJ 2 @ SD 1
Beat Tucson this week. That was it. Went from contenders to pretenders and fall all the way to seventh.

-9

This Week: @ BAK 1/26, @ BAK 1/27
Record: 20-17-1-0

20

Last Week: TEX 2 @ ONT 3 (SO), ONT 1 @ SA 3, ONT 5 @ STK 2, ONT 4 @ STK 3
Reign starting to knock on the door of the top four in the Pacific. Two in the Central this weekend make for a tough challenge.

-3

This Week: @ RFD 1/26, @ MIL 1/27
Record: 21-16-1-1

21

Last Week: STK 2 @ SJ 0, ONT 5 @ STK 2, ONT 4 @ STK 3
Swept by the Reign this weekend. Dropped to fourth after San Antonio took those loser points from Tucson. Remember how I said points matter?

-2

This Week: @ TEX 1/26, @ TEX 1/27
Record: 19-14-2-3

22

Last Week: BAK 2 @ SJ 3 (OT), BAK 4 @ IA 3 (OT), BAK 1 @ CHI 6
Still last in the Pacific. Still in contention for a playoff spot. 3 of 6 points this week, 6-2-2-0 in their last ten.

-4

This Week: @ RFD 1/23, vs. SD 1/26, vs. SD 1/27
Record: 17-15-7-0

23

Last Week: HFD 1 @ SPR 5, UTI 2 @ HFD 3 (OT), WBS 0 @ HFD 1 (OT)
OT is where it was at for Hartford this weekend, winning both games in the extra session. How high will the Wolf Pack go? Some hot teams coming in this week.

+4

This Week: @ UTI 1/24, vs. CHA 1/26, vs. CHA 1/27
Record: 17-20-3-3

24

Last Week: MIL 4 @ GR 3, GR 5 @ MIL 2, MIL 3 @ IA 5
Two bad losses to close out the weekend for the Admirals. Winnable games this week on the schedule though.

-8

This Week: vs. CLE 1/23, vs. ONT 1/27
Record: 21-16-4-0

25

Last Week: SYR 1 @ BEL 2 (OT), BEL 4 @ LAV 1, LAV 4 @ BEL 0
Split a pair with Laval and beat Syracuse in overtime this week. Senators losing touch with the top four.

-3

This Week: vs. MTB 1/24, @ SYR 1/26, vs. RCH 1/27
Record: 18-22-0-3

26

Last Week: BEL 4 @ LAV 1, LAV 4 @ BEL 0
Split a pair with the Senators. Three at home with some really good teams.

+3

This Week: vs. SYR 1/24, vs. MTB 1/26, vs. MTB 1/27
Record: 17-19-5-2

27

Last Week: HFD 1 @ SPR 5, HER 4 @ SPR 5 (SO), BNG 5 @ SPR 3, SPR @ PRO
Five game win streak snapped when Binghamton scored five straight to beat the Thunderbirds Friday then the bottom fell out as Springfield was shutout in Providence.

-7

This Week: @ BRI 1/24, vs. BRI 1/26, vs. PRO 1/27
Record: 19-22-1-1

28

Last Week: HER 4 @ SPR 5 (SO), LV 5 @ HER 2
1 point out of the week, including being smoked by the Phantoms outdoors at Hersheypark Stadium. Don’t expect this trend to continue for the Bears.

-3

This Week: vs. WBS 1/24, @ PRO 1/26, @ BRI 1/27
Record: 17-18-3-4

29

Last Week: RFD 3 @ CLE 4 (SO), RFD 4 @ CLE 3, CLE 1 @ CHI 3
Monsters continue to struggle. Different week, same verse.

-1

This Week: @ MIL 1/23, vs. IA 1/25, vs. IA 1/27
Record: 12-21-3-3

30

Last Week: BNG 0 @ SYR 3, BNG 5 @ SPR 3, TOR 3 @ BNG 0
Shutout twice this week. Major shakeup needed on the Southern Tier in order to salvage the season.

n/a

This Week: vs. UTI 1/26, @ WBS 1/27
Record: 12-22-5-2

Have a great week, everyone!

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