Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 20

Playoff jockeying continues as we start to turn to the final full month of play before the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs begin in April. It’s Week 20 in the AHL and another edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

We have a new number one this week. It’s those pesky Utica Comets. A 15 game point streak will do that for you.

Last weeks number one, Toronto, isn’t far behind, they fall to second after a bad loss (something that doesn’t happen often really) to the Belleville Senators Friday.

As a matter of Utica jumping to first and Toronto dropping down one, Tucson makes room and drops to third. Still leading the Pacific Division are the Roadrunners.

Lehigh Valley put some separation on the Penguins for the Atlantic Division lead, and remain fourth.

That sound you hear in the distance are the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins, who shutout the Manitoba Moose in back to back games in Winnipeg this weekend. Grand Rapids is in the top five this week.

To see six on beyond, click past the Griffins. Enjoy!

1

Last Week: SYR 3 @ UTI 2 (SO), BNG 1 @ UTI 3, UTI 5 @ WBS 4 (OT)
Comets are the new number one team this week based on the 15 game point streak that they are on. 8-0-1-1 in their last ten, 12-0-2-1 overall in the run and pesky.

+2

This Week: @ BEL 2/19, vs. LV 2/21, vs. LAV 2/23, vs. SPR 2/24
Record: 28-14-6-4

2

Last Week: TOR 1 @ BEL 3, TOR 4 @ LAV 2
16 game point streak ends Saturday for the Marlies against a team that they thought could be sleepwalked past. Do they learn from it? We think so.

-1

This Week: vs. HER 2/19, vs. BNG 2/21, @ RCH 2/23, vs. RCH 2/24
Record: 38-12-0-1

3

Last Week: TUC 2 @ SJ 4, BAK 4 @ TUC 5
Roadrunners 7-3 in their last ten has them in firm grip of the top spot in the Pacific and slowly moving away from the pack.

-1

This Week: vs. BAK 2/19, vs. SA 2/23, vs. SA 2/24
Record: 28-15-2-1

4

Last Week: LV 5 @ BRI 0, LV 8 @ SPR 2, HFD 3 @ LV 2 (SO), WBS 1 @ LV 4
5 of 6 points for the Phantoms while Wilkes-Barre only managed one will give Lehigh Valley breathing room over their in state rival. But the Penguins will have an insane five games in hand come this Friday.

n/a

This Week: @ UTI 2/21, @ SYR 2/23, @ BNG 2/24
Record: 33-14-3-4

5

Last Week: GR 1 @ MTB 0, GR 5 @ MTB 0
Grand Rapids are back. They went to Winnipeg and shutout the Moose in back to back games.Three at home against more Central Division competition.

+1

This Week: vs. CHI 2/21, vs. IA 2/24, vs. IA 2/25
Record: 28-18-1-6

6

Last Week: CLE 3 @ CHI 4, SA 2 @ CHI 1, CLE 3 @ CHI 5
Good week for the Wolves who push to third in the Central.

+5

This Week: @ GR 2/21, @ MTB 2/24, @ MTB 2/25
Record: 26-17-6-2

7

Last Week: SA 2 @ IA 3, TEX 6 @ IA 3
Iowa split the week, but that hiccup cost the Wild second in the Central. They dropped to fourth.

-2

This Week: vs. TEX 2/19, @ GR 2/24, @ GR 2/25
Record: 25-16-7-3

8

Last Week: HFD 0 @ CHA 6, HFD 2 @ CHA 3, SYR 0 @ CHA 2, SYR 3 @ CHA 1
Charlotte uses a positive week to cement themselves in at the four seed in the Atlantic for now. Meeting this week in Bridgeport has early playoff implications.

+6

This Week: @ SPR 2/23, @ BRI 2/24, @ BRI 2/25
Record: 30-21-0-3

9

Last Week: TEX 1 @ MIL 0, TEX 6 @ IA 3
Stars sweep the week. Are still battling for the top spot in the Pacific.

+6

This Week: @ IA 2/19, vs. MIL 2/23, vs. MIL 2/24
Record: 27-18-5-2

10

Last Week: BRI 0 @ PRO 1 (SO), PRO 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), SPR 3 @ PRO 2
Wilkes-Barre faltered, but so did Providence some this week. These two always meet in the playoffs anymore, don’t they?

+2

This Week: vs. BRI 2/23, @ HFD 2/24, vs. HFD 2/25
Record: 30-17-3-2

11

Last Week: WBS 3 @ RCH 12, UTI 5 @ WBS 4 (OT), WBS 1 @ LV 4
Embarrassing loss Friday in Rochester snowballed the 0-2-1 weekend for the Penguins. Have to regroup starting this Friday at home against Rockford.

-3

This Week: vs. RFD 2/23, @ SYR 2/24, vs. HER 2/25
Record: 30-15-4-1

12

Last Week: SYR 3 @ UTI 2 (SO), SYR 0 @ CHA 2, SYR 3 @ CHA 1
Not a bad week for Syracuse, who you just can’t count out in the race for the North.

+1

This Week: @ RCH 2/21, vs. LV 2/23, vs. WBS 2/24
Record: 30-18-2-3

13

Last Week: SJ 4 @ STK 5 (OT), SJ 1 @ STK 2
Heat sweep the weekend to move back into a playoff spot for now.

+5

This Week: @ CLE 2/21, @ CLE 2/23, vs. SD 2/25
Record: 24-17-2-3

14

Last Week: ONT 5 @ SD 2, SD 2 @ ONT 5
Beat the Gulls in identical 5-2 results this weekend. Don’t count out Ontario just yet.

+7

This Week: vs. SJ 2/21, @ BAK 2/24
Record: 24-19-3-1

15

Last Week: GR 1 @ MTB 0, GR 5 @ MTB 0
Woof. Shutout at home in back to back games against Grand Rapids. Home stand continues this week with the Admirals and Wolves.

-8

This Week: vs. MIL 2/19, vs. MIL 2/21, vs. CHI 2/24, vs. CHI 2/25
Record: 32-13-4-3

16

Last Week: BAK 0 @ SD 6, SD 2 @ ONT 5, SD 2 @ ONT 5
Swept by the Reign this weekend and don’t play again until next Sunday. Will the week off be any good?

-6

This Week: @ STK 2/25
Record: 28-18-1-0

17

Last Week: WBS 3 @ RCH 12, RCH 0 @ BNG 1 (OT), BNG 2 @ RCH 1 (SO)
Hung 12 on the Penguins Friday, then dropped the next two games against last place Binghamton, which is just unacceptable. Rochester struggles in overtime continue.

+3

This Week: vs. SYR 2/21, vs. TOR 2/23, @ TOR 2/24
Record: 26-13-8-6

18

Last Week: LV 8 @ SPR 2, PRO 3 @ SPR 2 (OT), SPR 3 @ PRO 2
Split with the P-Bruins and took 3 of 4 from their division rivals. Announced on Saturday that the All-Star Classic is heading to Springfield in 2019.

-8

This Week: vs. CHA 2/23, @ UTI 2/24
Record: 23-28-2-1

19

Last Week: HFD 0 @ CHA 6, HFD 2 @ CHA 3, HFD 3 @ LV 2 (SO), HFD 0 @ BRI 4
Hellish week of travel really puts a dent on the Wolf Pack’s chances at a strong push, despite where they were in last weeks Rankings. Travel schedule this week is not nearly as inane, though.

-10

This Week: vs. HER 2/23, vs. PRO 2/24, @ PRO 2/25
Record: 25-23-4-3

20

Last Week: CLE 3 @ RFD 1, CLE 3 @ CHI 4, CLE 5 @ RFD 2, CLE 3 @ CHI 5
Swept the IceHogs this week then and were swept by the Wolves.

+5

This Week: vs. STK 2/21, vs. STK 2/23
Record: 17-27-4-3

21

Last Week: LV 5 @ BRI 0, BRI 0 @ PRO 1 (SO), HFD 0 @ BRI 4
Time is starting to run out on fifth place Bridgeport. Charlotte is getting hot and you have a three horse race the rest of the way with Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-and Providence. Two of these four teams I mentioned are on the plate this week for the Sound Tigers.

-4

This Week: @ PRO 2/23, vs. CHA 2/24, vs. CHA 2/25
Record: 24-20-5-3

22

Last Week: SA 5 @ MIL 4 (SO), TEX 1 @ MIL 0
Setback weekend for Milwaukee. Four on the road for the Admirals this week to get back to fourth win the Central.

-6

This Week: @ MTB 2/19, @ MTB 2/20, @ TEX 2/23, @ TEX 2/24
Record: 25-21-4-1

23

Last Week: HER 6 @ LAV 3, HER 3 @ BEL 0
Nice wins against teams that always lose, Hershey. If the Bears are indeed back, they get at least six points out of the coming week.

+6

This Week: @ TOR 2/19, @ HFD 2/23, vs. RFD 2/24, vs. WBS 2/25
Record: 21-25-3-4

24

Last Week: BEL 2 @ LAV 3, TOR 1 @ BEL 3, HER 3 @ BEL 0
Nice win against Toronto this weekend which will be a feather in the cap for a Belleville team that probably isn’t making the playoffs.

-1

This Week: vs. UTI 2/19, @ BNG 2/23, vs. LAV 2/24
Record: 21-29-1-3

25

Last Week: BNG 1 @ UTI 3, RCH 0 @ BNG 1 (OT), BNG 2 @ RCH 1 (SO)
Full marks to the Binghamton Devils for stepping up to and knocking down the Rochester Americans this weekend after the Amerks broke out in a big way Friday against Wilkes-Barre. This may be the start of something, maybe?

+5

This Week: @ TOR 2/21, vs. BEL 2/23, vs. LV 2/24
Record: 15-27-6-3

26

Last Week: CLE 3 @ RFD 1, CLE 5 @ RFD 2, SA 3 @ RFD 4
IceHogs fall all the way to sixth in the Central after getting ripped up by Cleveland. Heading to Pennsylvania this weekend.

-7

This Week: @ WBS 2/23, @ HER 2/24
Record: 26-22-3-3

27

Last Week: SA 2 @ IA 3, SA 5 @ MIL 4 (SO), SA 2 @ CHI 1, SA 3 @ RFD 4
Eked out a win in Chicago, but San Antonio is 3-5-2-0 in their last ten. Heading to the division leaders place this weekend.

-3

This Week: @ TUC 2/23, @ TUC 2/24
Record: 26-21-6-0

28

Last Week: TUC 2 @ SJ 4, SJ 4 @ STK 5 (OT), SJ 1 @ STK 2
Rough go for the defending Western Conference regular season champs this season so far.

-6

This Week: @ ONT 2/21, @ BAK 2/23
Record: 22-20-3-3

29

Last Week: BEL 2 @ LAV 3, HER 6 @ LAV 3, TOR 4 @ LAV 2
2-7-1-0 in the last 10 for the Rocket as the slide continues.

-1

This Week: @ UTI 2/23, @ BEL 2/24
Record: 19-26-6-2

30

Last Week: BAK 0 @ SD 6, BAK 4 @ TUC 5
3-6-0-1 in their last ten is hardly the push needed to get out of the Pacific and into a playoff spot.

-3

This Week: @ TUC 2/19, vs. SJ 2/23, vs. ONT 2/24
Record: 19-20-7-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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