Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 2

No changes with the top team from Week 1, the Charlotte Checkers, in Week 2. It’s the Checkers world and we are all skating in it.

Some shake up in the top five and beyond. The theme this week is going to be .500. There are a lot of teams that are .500 and some of them are a surprise in a good way and a surprise in a bad way at the, “just average” mark two weeks into the season.

San Jose jumps to second behind the Checkers. The Barracuda have a lead on the rest of the Pacific.

The Iowa Wild played just one game last week, won it, and remain third.

Springfield jumps up into the top five this week after blasting Lehigh Valley 7-0 last Friday. Their offense is potent and they head to a scrappy Laval Rocket team who’ve impressed early on.

The Chicago Wolves round out the top five after a 4-0 start to lead the Central.

Pop past the Wolves if you didn’t link in direct to see where the rest of the AHL fills out in Week 2.

1

Last Week: CHA 4 @ UTI 3, CHA 4 @ SYR 1
Remain the number one team this week after a 4-0 start. There doesn’t appear to be anything that can faze this team at the moment.

n/a

This Week: vs. HER 10/19, vs. HER 10/20, @ UTI 10/24
Record: 4-0-0-0

2

Last Week: SJ 6 @ STK 4, TUC 3 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Remain at the top of the Pacific through the second week of the season and have some slight separation on second place Tucson.

+3

This Week: @ STK 10/20, vs. STK 10/21
Record: 4-0-0-1

3

Last Week: TEX 3 @ IA 4 (SO)
Light past week for the Wild, who are off to a 3-0 start. Two more with the Stars this coming week.

n/a

This Week: @ TEX 10/19, @ TEX 10/20
Record: 3-0-0-0

4

Last Week: SPR 7 @ LV 0, LV 5 @ SPR 4 (SO), PRO 3 @ SPR 6
Springfield is a preseason team we picked as a contender that is living up to expectations very early on. This is a fun team to watch that can score in bunches.

+5

This Week: @ LAV 10/19, @ LAV 10/20
Record: 2-0-0-2

5

Last Week: GR 1 @ CHI 5, MIL 4 @ CHI 5 (OT)
Wolves are 4-0, at the top of the Central and finding ways to win early.

+1

This Week: @ GR 10/20, vs. MIL 10/21, vs. CLE 10/24
Record: 4-0-0-0

6

Last Week: PRO 4 @ HFD 3 (OT), HFD 4 @ PRO 3, HFD 2 @ LAV 5
Wolf Pack sit second in the Atlantic after two weeks. Perhaps the surprise of the division and maybe the Eastern Conference. Can you maybe go as far and say the entire AHL? Let’s wait until after Week 3 to be sure.

+4

This Week: @ BEL 10/19, @ TOR 10/20, vs. LV 10/24
Record: 3-2-1-0

7

Last Week: HER 1 @ MIL 5, MIL 4 @ CHI 5 (OT), MIL 5 @ ONT 4 (OT)
Admirals lead the Central after the second weekend of the season. Getting points out of every contest, they all add up.

n/a

This Week: @ SD 10/19, @ CHI 10/21, vs. SA 10/23
Record: 4-0-1-0

8

Last Week: WBS 3 @ CLE 0, WBS 4 @ CLE 1, HER 3 @ WBS 2
Off to a good start in Wilkes-Barre. Big early test with the Phantoms this weekend should be a good measuring stick on how the season in the short term will stack up for the Pens.

n/a

This Week: @ LV 10/19, vs. LV 10/20
Record: 3-1-0-0

9

Last Week: TEX 3 @ IA 4 (SO), TEX 3 @ RFD 5, TEX 6 @ GR 3
Stars have played five games and have points in all but one so far. That is not a bad start to the very early season.

+6

This Week: vs. IA 10/19, vs. IA 10/20
Record: 2-1-1-1

10

Last Week: BNG 2 @ LAV 5, BNG 2 @ LAV 1, BNG 2 @ BEL 5
Both losses so far come by 5-2 scores. Still, the Devils are an improved bunch. Big tests coming this week, though.

-6

This Week: vs. SYR 10/19, vs. CLE 10/20, @ BEL 10/24
Record: 3-2-0-0

11

Last Week: TUC 3 @ SD 2, TUC 2 @ BAK 1, TUC 3 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Roadrunners look good through four contests. Host a .500 Rockford side coming to Arizona for a pair this weekend.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 10/19, vs. RFD 10/20
Record: 3-0-0-1

12

Last Week: RCH 4 @ BRI 3, RCH 3 @ BRI 2 (OT), RCH 6 @ UTI 1
That’s four straight wins for the Americans after a bad start. Amerks are at the top of the North after Week 2 looking to stay there.

+10

This Week: vs. TOR 10/19, @ BEL 10/20
Record: 4-2-0-0

13

Last Week: WBS 3 @ CLE 0, WBS 4 @ CLE 1
Swept by the Penguins and scored just one goal. A 3-0 start was nice, but there is lots of work still left to do in Cleveland.

-11

This Week: @ UTI 10/19, @ BNG 10/20, @ CHI 10/24
Record: 3-2-0-0

14

Last Week: BNG 2 @ LAV 5, BNG 2 @ LAV 1, HFD 2 @ LAV 5
Picked up a couple of wins this last week. Are a much different team that is going to be hard to play against. Thunderbirds come in this weekend which is going to be a low key series to watch here in the Eastern Conference.

+5

This Week: vs. SPR 10/19, vs. SPR 10/20, @ TOR 10/23
Record: 3-2-0-0

15

Last Week: TEX 3 @ RFD 5, HER 2 @ RFD 5
Rebounded nicely after a bad opening weekend with two wins. Travel to Arizona for a nice early measuring stick series against the Roadrunners this weekend.

+14

This Week: @ TUC 10/19, @ TUC 10/20, vs. SA 10/24
Record: 2-2-0-0

16

Last Week: SPR 7 @ LV 0, LV 5 @ SPR 4 (SO)
Did the series with Springfield exploit flaws early on with this Phantoms team? This week ahead may shed some light on this question, with a pair against the Penguins inbound.

-4

This Week: vs. WBS 10/19, @ WBS 10/20, @ BRI 10/21, @ HFD 10/24
Record: 2-1-0-0

17

Last Week: COL 2 @ SA 1, COL 3 @ SA 1
Picked up a pair of good wins in San Antonio. Host a good Reign team this week.

+6

This Week: vs. ONT 10/19, vs. ONT 10/20
Record: 2-1-1-0

18

Last Week: TUC 2 @ BAK 1
.500 after two weeks. That should keep the Condors heads above water, for now.

-5

This Week: @ SD 10/20
Record: 2-2-0-0

19

Last Week: BEL 1 @ MTB 2, BEL 6 @ MTB 2, BNG 2 @ BEL 5
Belleville is .500 after two weeks which has to be seen as a positive considering last seasons disaster. Troy Mann’s crew is out to prove that they are going to be a tough opponent for the opposition.

+6

This Week: vs. HFD 10/19, vs. RCH 10/20, vs. BNG 10/24
Record: 2-2-0-0

20

Last Week: COL 2 @ SA 1, COL 3 @ SA 1
Not the way they wanted to start the sole affiliation with St. Louis in San Antonio, dropping a pair to the Eagles. Four road games this week should be a early sign of what kind of team this Rampage side is.

-4

This Week: @ MTB 10/19, @ MTB 10/21, @ MIL 10/23, @ RFD 10/24
Record: 1-3-0-0

21

Last Week: STK 5 @ ONT 4 (OT), SD 6 @ ONT 5 (SO), MIL 5 @ ONT 4 (OT)
Slow-ish start for the Reign who would fall into a category of a team that is .500 that should be playing better than that. Two this weekend in Loveland, Colorado as these ex-ECHL franchises renew old rivalries.

-4

This Week: @ COL 10/19, @ COL 10/20
Record: 1-1-2-1

22

Last Week: CHA 4 @ UTI 3, UTI 7 @ TOR 4, UTI 5 @ TOR 3, RCH 6 @ UTI 1
Comets are .500 after two weeks but unlike other teams that can take a .500 start and be happy with it, Utica shouldn’t be. Belief is that the Comets are better than just average.

-2

This Week: vs. CLE 10/19, @ SYR 10/20, vs. CHA 10/24
Record: 3-3-0-0

23

Last Week: CHA 4 @ SYR 1
Home opener Saturday celebrating 25 years in Syracuse was spoiled by the Checkers, who are spoiling a lot of home openers.

-5

This Week: @ BNG 10/19, vs. UTI 10/20
Record: 1-2-0-0

24

Last Week: RCH 4 @ BRI 3, RCH 3 @ BRI 2 (OT)
Slow start for the the Sound Tigers who many, including us here at the Politburo, expected to start fast. Things don’t get any easier this week.

-10

This Week: vs. PRO 10/19, @ PRO 10/20, vs. LV 10/21
Record: 1-2-1-0

25

Last Week: STK 5 @ ONT 4 (OT), SJ 6 @ STK 4
In a bit of a hole early. Two more in a home and home with San Jose coming up this week for Stockton.

-1

This Week: vs. SJ 10/20, @ SJ 10/21
Record: 1-2-1-0

26

Last Week: BEL 1 @ MTB 2, BEL 6 @ MTB 2
Split a pair with Belleville over the weekend. Moose are starting ’18-19 off in a bit of a hole at 1-3.

+5

This Week: vs. SA 10/19, vs. SA 10/21
Record: 1-3-0-0

27

Last Week: HER 3 @ GR 6, HER 1 @ MIL 5, HER 2 @ RFD 5, HER 3 @ WBS 2
Were the last team in the AHL to win a game, finally walking away victorious in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. Seven game road trip continues this weekend in Charlotte.

n/a

This Week: @ CHA 10/19, @ CHA 10/20
Record: 1-5-0-0

28

Last Week: TUC 3 @ SD 2, SD 6 @ ONT 5 (SO)
In the win column with a win in Ontario Saturday. Return home for games against the Admirals and Condors.

-2

This Week: vs. MIL 10/19, vs. BAK 10/20
Record: 1-2-0-0

29

Last Week: PRO 4 @ HFD 3 (OT), HFD 4 @ PRO 3, PRO 3 @ SPR 6
Rough start for Jay Leach’s crew in the Rhode Island capital. Two this week with an equally struggling Sound Tigers team to possibly right the ship.

-1

This Week: @ BRI 10/19, vs. BRI 10/20
Record: 1-4-0-0

30

Last Week: UTI 7 @ TOR 4, UTI 5 @ TOR 3
You want to make a lot of money really quick? Find out what the heck is going on in Toronto right now. The Marlies are off to a 1-3 start and look totally lost.

-9

This Week: @ RCH 10/19, vs. HFD 10/20, vs. LAV 10/23
Record: 1-3-0-0

31

Last Week: HER 3 @ GR 6, GR 1 @ CHI 5, TEX 6 @ GR 3
Griffins have a ton of offensive firepower which isn’t translating into wins yet. It’s the kind of stuff that gets coaches fired. Ben Simon doesn’t have to worry yet, does he?

-1

This Week: vs. CHI 10/20
Record: 1-4-0-0


Have a great weekend, everyone!

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