Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

We are a week out of the All-Star break and things are slowly coming into focus.

What’s clear, is that there is a true number one team in the American Hockey League. That team is the Toronto Marlies. They reign again at the top of the Week 18 Chirps From Center Ice AHL Power Rankings this week.

In second this week is the Manitoba Moose. After a hiccup two weeks ago, the Moose are back to mowing teams down and have won five games in a row.

In third are the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins who are slowly starting to separate from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Penguins beat the Phantoms Saturday in regulation and have three games in hand on Lehigh Valley.

In fourth are the Chicago Wolves, who you can’t beat at home. 12 straight wins for the Wolves at Allstate Arena. Second place in the Central Division.

Fifth place this week belong to the pesky Utica Comets. It’s a nice little party that the Marlies have in the North, but the Comets are looking to crash the party.

To see teams six on beyond, click past the Comets if you didn’t link in direct to check out the full list.

1

Last Week: TOR 4 @ RCH 2, LAV 1 @ TOR 7
It does not appear to be any way to stop this team. Points in their last thirteen games and bottom feeder teams heading in to be fed to the beast this week.

n/a

This Week: @ BEL 2/9, vs. BNG 2/10, vs. BNG 2/11
Record: 33-11-0-1

2

Last Week: MTB 4 @ RFD 3 (OT), MTB 5 @ MIL 1
Well, whatever that was two weeks ago that was costing Manitoba points has been figured out. Moose have won five in a row and are still picking up valuable points in the Central Division.

+8

This Week: @ MIL 2/6, @ GR 2/7, @ CLE 2/9, @ CLE 2/11
Record: 31-10-3-2

3

Last Week: HER 1 @ WBS 4, LV 1 @ WBS 2
Quietly, the division leading Penguins are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten. Road beckons this week with some tougher competition,

n/a

This Week: @ SPR 2/7, @ PRO 2/9, @ PRO 2/11
Record: 28-12-3-1

4

Last Week: MIL 1 @ CHI 4, RFD 4 @ CHI 7
Wolves continue to defend home ice and win. Are back up to second in the Central. One this week with Iowa which will have bigger implications than the past.

+1

This Week: @ IA 2/9
Record: 24-15-6-2

5

Last Week: SYR 1 @ UTI 3, UTI 4 @ SYR 2
Comets are coming. 8-0-2-0 in their last ten. Have already passed Syracuse and now set their sights on a shaky Rochester team. Pair of non-playoff teams stopping in this week.

-1

This Week: vs. LAV 2/9, vs. BEL 2/10
Record: 24-14-6-3

6

Last Week: TUC 4 @ ONT 1, TUC 1 @ SD 4
Split this week in California. Texas is closing in and the Roadrunners head there this weekend.

-4

This Week: @ SJ 2/7, @ TEX 2/9, @ TEX 2/10
Record: 24-14-2-1

7

Last Week: CHA 2 @ LV 3, LV 1 @ WBS 2
Split the week in two tough affairs. Lost ground to Wilkes-Barre for tops in the division in the process.

-1

This Week: vs. CHA 2/7, vs. HER 2/9, vs. RCH 2/10
Record: 27-14-3-3

8

Last Week: IA 8 @ BAK 0, IA 1 @ ONT 5
California trip wraps up this week in San Diego before heading back to face more notable Central foes. Wild will be looking to battle back into the second position in the division.

-1

This Week: @ SD 2/6, vs. CHI 2/9, vs. RFD 2/10
Record: 22-14-7-3

9

Last Week: GR 2 @ CLE 3 (SO), GR 4 @ CLE 2, GR 6 @ CLE 3
Griffins get 5 of 6 points from the Monsters this week in Cleveland and wouldn’t you know it, are fourth in the Central.

n/a

This Week: vs. MTB 2/7, vs. SA 2/9, vs. STK 2/10
Record: 24-18-1-5

10

Last Week: TEX 2 @ SA 4, SA 1 @ TEX 5
Split with San Antonio. Second in the Pacific still and can eat into that lead significantly when the division leaders drop by for a pair this week.

+1

This Week: vs. TUC 2/9, vs. TUC 2/10
Record: 25-17-4-2

11

Last Week: HFD 1 @ PRO 2 (OT), PRO 1 @ HFD 3
Don’t look now, but the Hartford Wolf Pack are on a 7 game point streak. If Charlotte continues to free fall and Bridgeport sputters, watch out for Hartford in the four spot.

+3

This Week: vs. BRI 2/7, @ SYR 2/9, @ HER 2/10
Record: 21-20-4-3

12

Last Week: SPR 1 @ BRI 0
Nice shutout win for the Thunderbirds over Bridgeport. Springfield is 7-3 in their last ten and meet the division leading Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins this week before a trip to Charlotte.

+8

This Week: vs. WBS 2/7, @ CHA 2/9, @ CHA 2/10
Record: 22-24-1-1

13

Last Week: SPR 1 @ BRI 0, BEL 1 @ BRI 3
Split the week. Are probably OK for now. Three this week starting this Wednesday in Hartford.

+2

This Week: @ HFD 2/7, vs. PRO 2/10, vs. SYR 2/11
Record: 23-17-4-2

14

Last Week: TUC 4 @ ONT 1, IA 1 @ ONT 5
Reign split the week, 7-2-1-0 in their last ten. Up to fourth in the division. Home and home with Bakersfield, who gave up eight Friday to Iowa, coming up this week.

+3

This Week: @ BAK 2/9, vs. BAK 2/10
Record: 23-17-2-1

15

Last Week: TUC 1 @ SD 4
Cooled off Tucson in their only game action this week. Are up to third in the Pacific.

+3

This Week: vs. IA 2/6, @ SJ 2/10, @ SJ 2/11
Record: 23-17-1-0

16

Last Week: MTB 4 @ RFD 3 (OT), RFD 4 @ CHI 7
Rockford is in a vipers pit with three other teams for the playoff order behind Manitoba. Some home cooking this week.

-8

This Week: vs. SA 2/7, vs. MIL 2/9, @ IA 2/10
Record: 24-18-3-3

17

Last Week: TOR 4 @ RCH 2, RCH 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
Reason why Rochester is losing rapid ground to division leader Toronto and falling back to a hard charging Utica, 3-3-2-2 in their last ten. Losing straight up to the best team and in overtime to the worst team like this weekend isn’t helping.

-5

This Week: vs. BEL 2/7, @ LV 2/10, @ HER 2/11
Record: 25-11-6-5

18

Last Week: HFD 2 @ PRO 3 (OT), PRO 1 @ HFD 3
Split a pair with suddenly resurgent Hartford. Providence all of a sudden sputtering, 4-5-0-1 in their last ten with a pair coming up with Atlantic leaders Wilkes-Barre coming up.

-5

This Week: vs. WBS 2/9, @ BRI 2/10, vs. WBS 2/11
Record: 26-16-3-1

19

Last Week: SYR 1 @ UTI 3, UTI 4 @ SYR 2
Syracuse swept and passed by Utica and sit fourth and are in the same form that the Rochester Americans are in: almost free fall. This week isn’t looking to be a breeze, either.

n/a

This Week: vs. HFD 2/9, vs. LAV 2/10, @ BRI 2/11
Record: 26-17-2-2

20

Last Week: TEX 2 @ SA 4, SA 1 @ TEX 5
Rodeo road trip began for San Antonio Saturday in Cedar Park. Rampage won’t be home again until March 2. Will the team still be a playoff contender by then?

-4

This Week: @ RFD 2/7, @ GR 2/9, @ MIL 2/10
Record: 24-18-4-0

21

Last Week: SJ 3 @ STK 0, STK 4 @ SJ 2
Split a pair with Stockton. These two teams are on the outside looking in at the first week of February.

n/a

This Week: vs. TUC 2/7, vs. SD 2/10, vs. SD 2/11
Record: 21-18-1-2

22

Last Week: SJ 3 @ STK 0, STK 4 @ SJ 2
Split with San Jose. Stockton should be playing better than their current form would indicate.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 2/10, @ MIL 2/11
Record: 21-16-2-3

23

Last Week: CHA 2 @ LV 3, CHA 5 @ HER 6 (SO), CHA 5 @ HER 2
Checkers are sputtering, and letting Hershey off the hook Saturday proved that. They stop by Allentown Wednesday before heading home to host the Thunderbirds for a pair this weekend.

n/a

This Week: @ LV 2/27, vs. SPR 2/9, vs. SPR 2/10
Record: 25-19-0-3

24

Last Week: BEL 3 @ BNG 2 (SO), RCH 3 @ BNG 4 (OT)
Binghamton gets points in every game this week. Hey, that’s a positive step in the right direction, right?

+1

This Week: vs. LAV 2/7, @ TOR 2/10, @ TOR 2/11
Record: 13-23-6-3

25

Last Week: BEL 3 @ BNG 2 (SO), BEL 1 @ BRI 3
Belleville gets points this week while Laval gets their heads kicked in, so they swap the 6 and 7 in the North Division.

+3

This Week: @ RCH 2/7, vs. TOR 2/9, @ UTI 2/10
Record: 19-25-1-3

26

Last Week: GR 2 @ CLE 3 (SO), GR 4 @ CLE 2, GR 6 @ CLE 3
You probably can go ahead and close the book on the Monsters, the second most disappointing team in Cleveland right now.

-2

This Week: vs. MTB 2/9, vs. MTB 2/11
Record: 14-24-4-3

27

Last Week: MIL 1 @ CHI 4, MTB 5 @ MIL 1
Two goals in two games for the Admirals. Six straight losses. 3-7 in their last ten. Free fall in Milwaukee!

-1

This Week: vs. MTB 2/6, @ RFD 2/9, vs. SA 2/10, vs. STK 2/11
Record: 21-20-4-0

28

Last Week: LAV 1 @ TOR 7
Seems that the Marlies exploited every weakness the Rocket have at this point.

+1

This Week: @ BNG 2/7, @ UTI 2/9, @ SYR 2/10
Record: 17-23-5-2

29

Last Week: HER 1 @ WBS 4, CHA 5 @ HER 6 (SO), CHA 5 @ HER 2
Bears beating Charlotte in a shootout will do little to cauterize the wound that is killing this team right now. Playoff window closing rapidly for Hershey. Don’t be surprised if there is a coaching change sooner rather than later.

+1

This Week: @ LV 2/9, vs. HFD 2/10, vs. RCH 2/11
Record: 18-22-3-4

30

Last Week: IA 8 @ BAK 0
Unacceptable. Inexcusable. Horrific. Those are the words that should be used when describing the Condors loss to Iowa this week.

-3

This Week: vs. ONT 2/9 @ ONT 2/10
Record: 17-18-7-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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