Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

We are hitting mid-February with little changes at the top of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The Toronto Marlies are running away with the North Division. The Tucson Roadrunners are establishing themselves as the Pacific Division favorite and if the Marlies get complacent, they may get streaked over by the Utica Comets.

The Phantoms and Wild round out the top five this week as two teams second place teams in their respective divisions who are further than they appear from the pinnacle of their division.

After the Wild, who just re-upped with parent Minnesota for five more years, please pop through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: TOR 7 @ BEL 4, BNG 1 @ TOR 3, BNG 2 @ TOR 5
16 game point streak. 9-0-0-1 in last ten. Playing cupcake teams like Binghamton, Belleville and Laval will do that. Same story continues this week.

n/a

This Week: @ BEL 2/16, @ LAV 2/17
Record: 37-11-0-1

2

Last Week: TUC 4 @ SJ 3 (SO), TUC 5 @ TEX 2, TUC 2 @ TEX 1 (OT)
Roadrunners are establishing themselves as early favorites in the Pacific with yet another good week.

+4

This Week: @ SJ 2/14, vs. BAK 2/17
Record: 27-14-2-1

3

Last Week: LAV 1 @ UTI 2 (OT), BEL 3 @ UTI 4
12 game point streak (10-0-2-0) for the Comets have propelled Utica from outside of a playoff spot to a virtual tie with the Rochester Americans.

+2

This Week: vs. SYR 21/4, vs. BNG 2/16, @ WBS 2/17
Record: 26-14-6-3

4

Last Week: CHA 3 @ LV 4, HER 1 @ LV 5, RCH 3 @ LV 5
First team in the Atlantic to 30 wins with another sweep of the week for the Phantoms.

+3

This Week: @ BRI 2/13, @ SPR 2/16, vs. HFD 2/17, vs. WBS 2/18
Record: 30-14-3-3

5

Last Week: IA 1 @ SD 5, CHI 1 @ IA 4, RFD 1 @ IA 2
Another good week for Iowa, who are solidifying themselves in the Central as a contender. Two Texas teams drop by Wells Fargo Center this week.

+3

This Week: vs. SA 2/12, vs. TEX 2/18
Record: 24-15-7-3

6

Last Week: MTB 2 @ GR 4, SA 3 @ GR 4 (OT), STK 3 @ GR 2 (SO)
Got points out of every contest this week to remain a solid playoff contender as we hit mid-February. Have points in nine straight (7-0-0-2)

+3

This Week: @ MTB 2/15, @ MTB 2/17
Record: 26-18-1-6

7

Last Week: MTB 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), MTB 2 @ GR 4, MTB 4 @ CLE 2, MTB 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
Hiccups this week for Manitoba. Still have a big lead on the Central. Nothing to be too concerned about, yet.

-5

This Week: vs. GR 2/15, vs. GR 2/17
Record: 32-11-4-3

8

Last Week: WBS 3 @ SPR 1, WBS 0 @ PRO 4, WBS 3 @ PRO 2 (SO)
Big come from behind win Sunday after getting slapped around by the Bruins Friday and through the first period Sunday. Will have four games in hand on rival Lehigh Valley when they step on the ice Friday against a slumping Rochester team.

-5

This Week: @ RCH 2.16, vs. UTI 2/17, @ LV 2/18
Record: 30-13-3-1

9

Last Week: BRI 4 @ HFD 5 (OT), HFD 4 @ SYR 3 (SO), HFD 5 @ HER 2
10 game point streak (9-0-1-0) for the Wolf Pack after a tumultuous week with the parent New York Rangers. Busy, hard week of travel, this week for Hartford.

+2

This Week: @ CHA 2/13, @ CHA 2/14, @ LV 2/17, @ BRI 2/18
Record: 24-20-4-3

10

Last Week: IA 1 @ SD 5, SD 3 @ SJ 2 (OT), SD 4 @ SJ 1
Sweep the week to bump back to second in the Pacific. Six game win streak. Busy week this week for the Gulls.

+5

This Week: vs. BAK 2/14, @ ONT 2/16, vs. ONT 2/17
Record: 26-17-1-0

11

Last Week: CHI 1 @ IA 4
Wolves lose in their only action this week against Iowa. Busy home schedule coming up.

-7

This Week: vs. CLE 2/15, vs. SA 2/17, vs. CLE 2/18
Record: 24-16-6-2

12

Last Week: WBS 0 @ PRO 4, PRO 3 @ BRI 1, WBS 3 @ PRO 2 (SO)
Had the Penguins where they wanted them after the first period Sunday, then the Bruins let the Pens off the hook. Could be a big point that the Penguins are taking home with them back to Wilkes-Barre.

+6

This Week: vs. BRI 2/16, @ SPR 2/17, vs. SPR 2/18
Record: 28-16-3-2

13

Last Week: HFD 4 @ SYR 3 (SO), LAV 2 @ SYR 3, SYR 3 @ BRI 2
5 of 6 points for Syracuse who are creeping up on a cold Rochester team. A stop in to visit the white hot Utica Comets before closing out the weekend with a trip to North Carolina.

+6

This Week: @ UTI 2/14, @ CHA 2/17, @ CHA 2/18
Record: 28-17-2-3

14

Last Week: CHA 3 @ LV 4, SPR 2 @ CHA 5, SPR 0 @ CHA 7
Charlotte needed this weekend to stay in the discussion for the fourth spot in the Atlantic and outscoring the visitors by a combined 12-2 including a 7-0 shutout Saturday is a big way to do it.

+9

This Week: vs. HFD 2/13, vs. HFD 2/14, vs. SYR 2/17, vs. SYR 2/18
Record: 27-20-0-3

15

Last Week: TUC 5 @ TEX 2, TUC 2 @ TEX 1 (OT)
Texas was pushing Tucson for the top spot in the Pacific and lost both games.

-5

This Week: @ MIL 2/16, @ IA 2/18
Record: 25-18-5-2

16

Last Week: MTB 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), MIL 5 @ RFD 3, SA 4 @ MIL 5 (OT), STK 4 @ MIL 5
Milwaukee sweeps the week with four wins. Impressive. Remember this week in Wisconsin.

+11

This Week: vs. SA 2/14, vs. TEX 2/16
Record: 25-20-4-0

17

Last Week: BRI 4 @ HFD 5 (OT), PRO 3 @ BRI 1, SYR 3 @ BRI 2
Seems like no one wants that four spot in the Atlantic. Sound Tigers losing touch with Charlotte and now have to fight off in state rival Hartford.

-4

This Week: vs. LV 2/13, @ PRO 2/16, vs. HFD 2/18
Record: 23-19-5-2

18

Last Week: STK 3 @ GR 2 (SO), STK 4 @ MIL 5
Split the week through the Central. Heat return home for a pair against struggling San Jose.

+4

This Week: vs. SJ 2/16, vs. SJ 2/17
Record: 22-17-2-3

19

Last Week: SA 1 @ RFD 3, MIL 5 @ RFD 3, RFD 1 @ IA 2
Two game slide for Rockford put the IceHogs out of a playoff spot as we hit Valentine’s Week. Three coming with struggling teams should put an end to that slide.

-3

This Week: vs. CLE 2/13, vs. CLE 2/17, vs. SA 2/18
Record: 25-20-3-3

20

Last Week: BEL 2 @ RCH 0, RCH 3 @ LV 5, RCH 2 @ HER 3 (OT)
Americans have hit a slide at the wrong time. Toronto is running away with the division, Utica is on the rise and passed the Amerks and the Crunch are creeping up.

-3

This Week: vs. WBS 2/16, @ BNG 2/17, vs. BNG 2/18
Record: 25-13-7-5

21

Last Week: ONT 2 @ BAK 3, BAK 6 @ ONT 5 (OT)
Bad points to give away to a last place Bakersfield team for an Ontario team battling for a playoff spot.

-7

This Week: vs. SD 2/16, @ SD 2/17
Record: 23-18-3-1

22

Last Week: TUC 4 @ SJ 3 (SO), SD 3 @ SJ 2 (OT), SD 4 @ SJ 1
Barracuda are fading. Loser points is all they mine out of the week. A week full of playoff contending teams this week.

-1

This Week: vs. TUC 2/14, @ STK 2/16, @ STK 2/17
Record: 21-19-2-3

23

Last Week: BEL 2 @ RCH 0, TOR 7 @ BEL 4, BEL 3 @ UTI 4
First shutout in team history against Rochester this past week was the only bright spot in another week full of losses for Belleville.

+2

This Week: @ LAV 2/14, vs. TOR 2/16, vs. HER 2/17
Record: 20-27-1-3

24

Last Week: SA 1 @ RFD 3, SA 3 @ GR 4 (OT), SA 4 @ MIL 5 (OT)
Four game losing streak for the Rampage. Rodeo road trip continues in four cities this week.

-4

This Week: @ IA 2/12, @ MIL 2/14, @ CHI 2/17, @ RFD 2/18
Record: 24-19-6-0

25

Last Week: MTB 4 @ CLE 2, MTB 2 @ CLE 3 (OT)
Nice OT win against league leading Manitoba will be a bright spot on a bad year so far for the Monsters.

+1

This Week: @ RFD 2/13, @ CHI 2/15, @ RFD 2/17, @ CHI 2/18
Record: 15-25-4-3

26

Last Week: WBS 3 @ SPR 1, SPR 2 @ CHA 5, SPR 0 @ CHA 7
Oof. Three goals out of the week in a forgettable week for the Thunderbirds. Can Springfield recover against two strong divisional teams this week?

-14

This Week: vs. LV 2/16, vs. PRO 2/17, @ PRO 2/18
Record: 22-27-1-1

27

Last Week: ONT 2 @ BAK 3, BAK 6 @ ONT 5 (OT)
Good week capped off with an exciting finish in Saturday’s game against Ontario, a penalty shot in overtime that won it for the Condors.

+3

This Week: @ SD 2/14, @ TUC 2/17
Record: 18-18-7-1

28

Last Week: LAV 4 @ BNG 1, LAV 1 @ UTI 2 (OT), LAV 2 @ SYR 3
Better week in terms of points for Laval, who stay out of last for this week, but it’s still a big valley between the Rocket and Crunch for the four spot.

n/a

This Week: vs. BEL 2/14, vs. HER 2/16, vs. TOR 2/17
Record: 18-24-6-2

29

Last Week: HER 1 @ LV 5, HFD 5 @ HER 2, RCH 2 @ HER 3 (OT)
Made some trades this week, didn’t help immediately, then pull another horrible week from the brink with a late goal to tie it and new acquisition Joe Whitney scores in overtime to beat the Amerks Sunday. Hey, gotta start somewhere, right?

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 2/16, @ BEL 2/17
Record: 19-25-3-4

30

Last Week: LAV 4 @ BNG 1, BNG 1 @ TOR 3, BNG 2 @ TOR 5
Three straight losses for Binghamton for what is becoming a lost year on the Southern Tier.

-6

This Week: @ UTI 2/16, vs. RCH 2/17, @ RCH 2/18
Record: 13-26-6-3

Have a great week everyone!

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