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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 21

Boo!

Scare you? No? Well, there is a team at the top of the Week 21 edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings that is dominating the Atlantic Division at the moment and they are the new number one team in Week 21.

Phantoms are followed by Grand Rapids, who are on a tear right now and Tucson who remain in third solidly at the top of the Pacific Division.

In fourth is the Texas Stars, who look like the only team at the moment that can contend with Tucson and Chicago, who are up this week after going 7-3 in their last ten.

Pop past the Wolves to see six on back. Enjoy!

1

Last Week: LV 6 @ UTI 4, LV 1 @ SYR 2, LV 2 @ BNG 1
8 points up on Wilkes-Barre for the top spot in the Atlantic. Phantoms are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten and pulling away from the other teams in the division.

+3

This Week: vs. HER 3/2, vs. BNG 3/3, @ HER 3/4
Record: 35-15-3-4

2

Last Week: CHI 5 @ GR 2, IA 1 @ GR 2, IA 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
8-1-0-1 for the Griffins who maybe, just maybe, be the team that can knock off Manitoba for the top spot in the Central.

+3

This Week: vs. TUC 2/28, vs. WBS 3/2, vs. MIL 3/3
Record: 30-19-1-6

3

Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 2, SA 1 @ TUC 2 (OT), SA 1 @ TUC 0 (OT)
Gap could have gotten wider against the other teams in the Pacific. Maybe those points play into it later on, maybe not.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 2/28, @ CLE 3/2, @ CLE 3/4
Record: 29-16-3-1

4

Last Week: TEX 1 @ IA 2, MIL 1 @ TEX 3, MIL 2 @ TEX 5
Swept the Admirals at home this week. Probably the only contender for the top spot in the Pacific, something that the Roadrunners currently own.

+5

This Week: @ CHI 2/27, @ RFD 2/28, vs. CHI 3/3, @ SA 3/4
Record: 29-19-5-2

5

Last Week: CHI 5 @ GR 2, CHI 0 @ MTB 2, CHI 5 @ MTB 2
Wolves are 7-3 in their last ten, bested only by a Grand Rapids side doing a lot better. Texas teams on the menu this week.

+1

This Week: vs. TEX 2/27, @ SA 3/2, @ TEX 3/3
Record: 28-18-6-2

6

Last Week: SYR 2 @ RCH 1, LV 1 @ SYR 2, WBS 1 @ SYR 3
Start taking the Crunch seriously again. Four wins in a row and up to second in the North.

+6

This Week: @ TOR 2/28, vs. BNG 3/2, vs. LAV 3/3
Record: 33-18-2-3

7

Last Week: HER 5 @ TOR 2, BNG 3 @ TOR 1, TOR 5 @ RCH 3, RCH 7 @ TOR 4
Dogs sleeping with cats! Fish crossing the street! Toronto losing two straight against Hershey and Binghamton! (before sweeping in division rival Rochester quite handily)

-5

This Week: vs. SYR 2/28, vs. RCH 3/3, @ BEL 3/4
Record: 39-15-0-1

8

Last Week: RFD 3 @ WBS 6, WBS 1 @ SYR 3, HER 2 @ WBS 3
OK week for the Penguins in a division where everyone, except Lehigh Valley, had OK weeks. Heading out west this week.

+3

This Week: @ GR 3/2, @ RFD 3/3, @ MIL 3/4
Record: 32-16-4-1

9

Last Week: BRI 3 @ PRO 5, PRO 1 @ HFD 2, HFD 0 @ PRO 2
Bruins keeping the Penguins honest for what will probably be home ice in their first round series.

+1

This Week: vs. CHA 3/2, @ HFD 3/3, vs. SPR 3/4
Record: 32-18-3-2

10

Last Week: STK 6 @ CLE 3, STK 3 @ CLE 5, SD 2 @ STK 4
Split in Cleveland, then returned home after a busy week of travel to take on a rested Gulls team that didn’t play all week and won. That’s what builds character.

+3

This Week: @ SJ 2/28, vs. BAK 3/3, vs. SD 3/4
Record: 26-18-2-3

11

Last Week: UTI 5 @ BEL 4, LV 6 @ UTI 4, LAV 5 @ UTI 2, SPR 3 @ UTI 2
Eek! Three straight losses for Utica. The curse of the number one team in the Power Rankings?!

-10

This Week: vs. BEL 3/2, @ HER 3/3, @ BNG 3/4
Record: 29-17-6-4

12

Last Week: CHA 0 @ SPR 4, CHA 2 @ BRI 1, CHA 0 @ BRI 1
Nothing to worry about yet for Charlotte who still has a decent lead on the Sound Tigers for the final spot in the Atlantic Division.

-4

This Week: @ PRO 3/2, @ SPR 3/3, @ HFD 3/4
Record: 31-23-0-3

13

Last Week: TEX 1 @ IA 2, IA 1 @ GR 2, IA 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
Wild needed to get more than 1 of 4 points out of that series with Grand Rapids. These points are important this time of year.

-6

This Week: @ MTB 3/3, @ MTB 3/4
Record: 26-17-7-4

14

Last Week: BRI 3 @ PRO 5, CHA 2 @ BRI 1, CHA 0 @ BRI 1
That game Sunday against Charlotte felt like a must win and it was for the Sound Tigers who remain in touch with the Checkers for the fourth spot in the Atlantic.

+7

This Week: @ RCH 2/28, @ LAV 3/2, @ BEL 3/3
Record: 25-22-5-3

15

Last Week: SJ 2 @ ONT 5, ONT 3 @ BAK 2
Reign playing leapfrog with Stockton for the four spot in the Pacific.

-1

This Week: vs. SA 2/28, @ SD 3/2, @ SJ 3/4
Record: 26-19-3-1

16

Last Week: HER 4 @ HFD 2, PRO 1 @ HFD 2, HFD 0 @ PRO 2
Sputtering is the term used to describe the Hartford Wolf Pack. That isn’t going to get you anything more than a passing mention when it comes to playoff talk.

+3

This Week: @ SPR 3/2, vs. PRO 3/3, vs. CHA 3/4
Record: 26-25-4-3

17

Last Week: HER 5 @ TOR 2, HER 4 @ HFD 2, RFD 4 @ HER 3 (OT), HER 2 @ WBS 3
Needed 6 of 8 for it to be considered a good week, got 5 of 8 instead. Is it 5 of 8 or 3 of 6 from the weekend? Signs of life for the Bears, who you can never count out.

+6

This Week: @ LV 3/2, vs. UTI 3/3, vs. LV 3/4
Record: 23-26-4-4

18

Last Week: CHA 0 @ SPR 4, SPR 3 @ UTI 2
Split the week. Objective now is probably not to finish last for the Thunderbirds.

n/a

This Week: vs. HFD 3/2, vs. CHA 3/3, @ PRO 3/4
Record: 25-28-2-1

19

Last Week: MIL 3 @ MTB 2, MIL 3 @ MTB 6, CHI 0 @ MTB 2, CHI 5 @ MTB 2
Moose are fumbling. 3-5-1-1 in their last ten. 2-2 this week, though. Grand Rapids are coming for that top spot if Manitoba don’t start picking it up quick.

-4

This Week: vs. IA 3/3, vs. IA 3/4
Record: 34-15-4-3

20

Last Week: BNG 3 @ TOR 1, BEL 1 @ BNG 5, LV 2 @ BNG 1
Played a lot better than their last place showing in the division would indicate with a big win over Toronto and a tight loss to Lehigh Valley.

+5

This Week: @ BEL 2/27, @ SYR 3/2, @ LV 3/3, vs. UTI 3/4
Record: 17-28-6-3

21

Last Week: SD 2 @ STK 4
Lost their only action this week against Stockton. Gulls are second in the division. Kind of lost in these Rankings. Market should correct itself here in the coming weeks.

-5

This Week: vs. SA 2/27, vs. ONT 3/2, @ STK 3/4
Record: 28-19-1-0

22

Last Week: RFD 3 @ WBS 6, RFD 4 @ HER 3 (OT)
Took two points out of the Pennsylvania trip return home for a date with the Stars.

+4

This Week: vs. TEX 2/28, @ MIL 3/2, vs. WBS 3/3
Record: 27-23-3-3

23

Last Week: SYR 2 @ RCH 1, TOR 5 @ RCH 3, RCH 7 @ TOR 4
Rochester’s 2-4-3-1 in their last ten has them in third in the North behind Syracuse. Americans have built up enough credit to essentially not worry about falling out of contention, but getting cold around now is not what you want to see from your team.

-6

This Week: vs. BRI 2/28, @ TOR 3/3, vs. LAV 3/4
Record: 27-15-8-6

24

Last Week: LAV 5 @ UTI 2, LAV 4 @ BEL 3
Nice win over a surging Utica team for the Rocket, followed up by another win against Belleville.

+5

This Week: vs. BRI 3/2, @ SYR 3/3, @ RCH 3/4
Record: 21-26-6-2

25

Last Week: SA 1 @ TUC 2 (OT), SA 1 @ TUC 0 (OT)
Rampage return home from their Rodeo road trip this week currently out of a playoff spot. Before they return home, they head to California against teams that are ahead of the Rampage.

+2

This Week: @ SD 2/27, @ ONT 2/28, vs. CHI 3/2, vs. TEX 3/4
Record: 27-21-7-0

26

Last Week: STK 6 @ CLE 3, STK 3 @ CLE 5
Split with the Heat. Are likely out of the playoff discussion unless something happens this week at home against Tucson.

-6

This Week: vs. TUC 3/2, vs. TUC 3/4
Record: 18-28-4-3

27

Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 2, SJ 1 @ BAK 4, ONT 3 @ BAK 2
Condors slowly fading. Time is running out to make a push. Last place in the Pacific.

+3

This Week: @ SJ 3/2, @ STK 3/3
Record: 21-21-7-1

28

Last Week: MIL 3 @ MTB 2, MIL 3 @ MTB 6, MIL 1 @ TEX 3, MIL 2 @ TEX 5
Admirals split with the Moose then were swept in Texas. Are within reach for the four spot in the Central, still.

-6

This Week: vs. RFD 3/2, @ GR 3/3, vs. WBS 3/4
Record: 26-24-4-1

29

Last Week: SJ 2 @ ONT 5, SJ 1 @ BAK 4
Time is running out on San Jose. 2-5-2-1 in their last ten and almost out of it.

-1

This Week: vs. STK 2/28, vs. BAK 3/2. vs. ONT 3/4
Record: 22-22-3-3

30

Last Week: UTI 5 @ BEL 4, BEL 1 @ BNG 5, LAV 4 @ BEL 3
Dropped all three this week, four more cracks to get back into the win column for the sorry Senators.

-6

This Week: vs. BNG 2/27, @ UTI 3/2, vs. BRI 3/3, vs. TOR 3/4
Record: 21-32-1-3

Have a great week, everyone!

2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 21

  1. Jim February 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    (before sweeping in division rival Rochester quite handily) ??

    they didn’t sweep us – we won the second game.