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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 3

You would like to think that your team three weeks into the season either remains hot or starts to turn a corner for the good. There are teams that have started bad and remain bad or teams that are turning the corner for the bad. Sense a theme? You want to make moves? Turn the corner. Some teams are this week, for the good and the bad.

Charlotte remains the top team for the third week in a row after some shuffling in the top five. No real reason, yet, to move the Checkers from the pinnacle.

Springfield bumps to second. There are no undefeated teams left in the AHL, but Springfield is one team who has yet to suffer a regulation loss.

Rochester started 0-2 but have not lost in regulation since. The Americans are third in this weeks Rankings.

San Jose drops to fourth after splitting a series with Stockton.

Your Central Division leading Milwaukee Admirals round out the top five.

Pop past Milwaukee if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week….

1

Last Week: HER 3 @ CHA 4 (SO), HER 2 @ CHA 0, CHA 3 @ UTI 1
Even the best teams have bad days, like the Checkers had against the Bears Saturday, but that is not enough to knock Charlotte out of the top spot, yet.

n/a

This Week: @ BNG 10/26, @ SYR 10/27
Record: 6-1-0-0

2

Last Week: SPR 5 @ LAV 3, SPR 4 @ LAV 2
Thunderbirds go into Laval and sweep the Rocket. Points in all six contests so far for the Thunderbirds, who host Providence and Hartford this week.

+2

This Week: vs. PRO 10/27, vs. HFD 10/28
Record: 4-0-0-2

3

Last Week: TOR 4 @ RCH 5 (SO), RCH 4 @ BEL 5 (OT)
Underestimate this Rochester team at your peril. This Amerks team is built to compete and compete they have. After an 0-2 start to start the year, points in their last six.

+9

This Week: vs. UTI 10/26, vs. LAV 10/27
Record: 5-2-1-0

4

Last Week: SJ 5 @ STK 2, STK 3 @ SJ 2
Split a series with the Heat. Off to Texas this week. Still lead the Pacific.

-2

This Week: @ SA 10/26, @ TEX 10/27
Record: 5-1-0-1

5

Last Week: MIL 2 @ SD 4, MIL 5 @ CHI 4 (SO), SA 0 @ MIL 3
Milwaukee jumps into the top five after a positive week. Admirals lead the Central. Good trio of games coming up this week.

+2

This Week: vs. CLE 10/26, vs. MTB 10/27, vs. MTB 10/30
Record: 6-1-1-0

6

Last Week: IA 4 @ TEX 5, IA 1 @ TEX 3
Hot start for the defending Western Conference champs, who are near the top of Central Division after three weeks. Big tests coming in this weekend with Chicago and San Jose stopping by.

+3

This Week: vs. CHI 10/26, vs. SJ 10/27
Record: 4-1-1-1

7

Last Week: RFD 3 @ TUC 4 (OT), RFD 5 @ TUC 3
Split what looked like an exciting series with the Rockford IceHogs but that cost them first place in the Pacific to the San Jose Barracuda. Heading to Southern California this weekend.

+4

This Week: @ ONT 10/26, @ SD 10/27
Record: 4-1-0-1

8

Last Week: RFD 3 @ TUC 4 (OT), RFD 5 @ TUC 3, SA 2 @ RFD 5
3 out of 4 in Tucson and beat San Antonio. Not a bad week for the IceHogs.

+7

This Week: vs. CLE 10/27, vs. MTB 10/28
Record: 4-2-1-0

9

Last Week: WBS 5 @ LV 4, LV 6 @ WBS 3, LV 3 @ BRI 4 (SO), LV 7 @ HFD 3
You forgot about the Phantoms didn’t you? WHAM! They drop six on the Penguins and seven on Hartford last week. Sunday’s game against the Bears should be appointment viewing.

+7

This Week: @ BNG 10/27, @ HER 10/28
Record: 4-2-0-1

10

Last Week: ONT 2 @ COL 6, ONT 3 @ COL 5
Swept the weekend series against the Reign. Have won four straight. Two in Des Moines coming up this weekend for the Eagles.

+7

This Week: @ IA 10/26, @ IA 10/27
Record: 4-1-1-0

11

Last Week: CHI 3 @ GR 5, MIL 5 @ CHI 4 (SO), CLE 2 @ CHI 6
Rebounded nicely after a bad weekend in a kids game Wednesday morning against Cleveland. To Texas this weekend for the Wolves.

-6

This Week: @ TEX 10/26, @ SA 10/28
Record: 5-1-0-1

12

Last Week: WBS 5 @ LV 4, LV 6 @ WBS 3
Split a pair with the Phantoms in what was at times a testy, physical affair. Now, the Bears are on the menu in a home and home series this week.

-4

This Week: vs. HER 10/26, @ HER 10/27
Record: 4-2-0-0

13

Last Week: PRO 3 @ BRI 4 (OT), BRI 2 @ PRO 5, LV 3 @ BRI 4 (SO)
Bridgeport takes four of six points out of the week that was. Are the Sound Tigers turning a corner?

+11

This Week: @ HFD 10/27, @ PRO 10/28
Record: 3-3-1-0

14

Last Week: IA 4 @ TEX 5, IA 1 @ TEX 3
Swept by the Stars. It’s not the end of the world, but Colorado is stopping by and are hot.

-11

This Week: vs. COL 10/26, vs. COL 10/27
Record: 3-2-0-0

15

Last Week: SA 1 @ MTB 4, SA 3 @ MTB 6
Nice little sweep of the Rampage this past weekend. Is this a turn for the better for the Moose?

+11

This Week: @ MIL 10/27, @ RFD 10/28, @ MIL 10/30
Record: 3-3-0-0

16

Last Week: CLE 4 @ UTI 3, CLE 4 @ BNG 0, CLE 2 @ CHI 6
Still can’t get a handle on this team. Seems the Monsters can easily handle less talented teams, and struggle with those who have equal or better talent.

-3

This Week: @ MIL 10/26, @ RFD 10/27
Record: 5-3-0-0

17

Last Week: HFD 4 @ BEL 3, HFD 2 @ TOR 3, LV 7 @ HFD 3
Wolf Pack looked run of the mill this week after being dubbed a surprise last week. Chance to get back in the win column this weekend against Bridgeport and Springfield.

-11

This Week: vs. BRI 10/27, @ SPR 10/28
Record: 4-4-1-0

18

Last Week: MIL 2 @ SD 4, BAK 4 @ SD 5
Don’t look now but the Gulls have won three in a row. Stockton and Tucson drop by the Valley View this weekend.

+10

This Week: vs. STK 10/26, vs. TUC 10/27
Record: 3-2-0-0

19

Last Week: HER 3 @ CHA 4 (SO), HER 2 @ CHA 0
Don’t look now but the Bears have taken 5 of 6 out of the last week and are starting to climb out of the Atlantic Division basement. Home and home with the Penguins before a Sunday home game against the Phantoms coming up for Hershey.

+8

This Week: @ WBS 10/26, vs. WBS 10/27, vs. LV 10/28
Record: 2-5-0-1

20

Last Week: CLE 4 @ UTI 3, UTI 4 @ SYR 3, CHA 3 @ UTI 1
Comets are 4-5 and somehow fourth in the North Division. That division may be the most top heavy in the AHL.

+2

This Week: @ RCH 10/26
Record: 4-5-0-0

21

Last Week: SYR 4 @ BNG 0, CLE 4 @ BNG 0, BNG 3 @ BEL 1
Back to back shut out losses this past weekend before a nice 3-1 win in Belleville Wednesday. Tough opponents this week.

-11

This Week: vs. CHA 10/26, vs. LV 10/27
Record: 4-4-0-0

22

Last Week: SJ 5 @ STK 2, STK 3 @ SJ 2
Heat picked up their second win of the season with a win in San Jose Sunday and split the home and home with the Barracuda. Hit the road this weekend before hosting the Condors for some Halloween hockey.

+3

This Week: @ SD 10/26, @ BAK 10/27, vs. BAK 10/31
Record: 2-3-1-0

23

Last Week: HFD 4 @ BEL 3, RCH 4 @ BEL 5 (OT), BNG 3 @ BEL 1
Belleville seems like they are toiling while others in the division are moving. 3-4 isn’t the best start, either.

-4

This Week: vs. GR 10/26, vs. GR 10/27, @ LAV 10/31
Record: 3-4-0-0

24

Last Week: SPR 5 @ LAV 3, SPR 4 @ LAV 2, LAV 1 @ TOR 2 (OT)
Oof. Three losses this past week for Laval. Schedule doesn’t get any easier this week against Rochester and Binghamton.

-10

This Week: @ RCH 10/27, vs. BEL 10/31
Record: 3-4-1-0

25

Last Week: TOR 4 @ RCH 5 (SO), HFD 2 @ TOR 3, LAV 1 @ TOR 2 (OT)
The one game this week against Syracuse couldn’t come at more of a worse time for the Marlies, who may just be falling into a groove of winning games again.

+5

This Week: vs. SYR 10/26
Record: 3-4-0-1

26

Last Week: BAK 4 @ SD 5
Hard to get in a rhythm when you are a team that plays 68 games a season and virtually once a week early on in a season. Such is life for the Bakersfield Condors for now. Host the Stockton Heat in a home and home this week.

-8

This Week: vs. STK 10/27, @ STK 10/31
Record: 2-3-0-0

27

Last Week: PRO 3 @ BRI 4 (OT), BRI 2 @ PRO 5
I don’t want to say that Saturday’s win over Bridgeport was anything close to a must win just three weekends into the season, but it sure felt like it. Another crack at the Sound Tigers this week after a trip to Springfield.

+2

This Week: @ SPR 10/27, vs. BRI 10/28
Record: 2-4-1-0

28

Last Week: SYR 4 @ BNG 0, UTI 4 @ SYR 3
Jury is still out on this Syracuse side. Crunch have just four points and the North looks as competitive as ever. Schedule doesn’t look any easier this week.

-5

This Week: @ TOR 10/26, vs. CHA 10/27
Record: 2-3-0-0

29

Last Week: CHI 3 @ GR 5
Nice win where the offense finally came alive in their only action last week against Chicago. Real test comes this weekend in Belleville. Yes, Belleville.

+2

This Week: @ BEL 10/26, @ BEL 10/27
Record: 2-4-0-0

30

Last Week: ONT 2 @ COL 6, ONT 3 @ COL 5
Comeback Saturday night in Loveland was quickly snuffed out by the Eagles who swept the Reign this weekend. One this week now at home against the hot Tucson Roadrunners.

-9

This Week: vs. TUC 10/26
Record: 1-3-2-1

31

Last Week: SA 1 @ MTB 4, SA 3 @ MTB 6, SA 0 @ MIL 3, SA 2 @ RFD 5
19 shots in a shutout loss Tuesday in Milwaukee. This team is 1-7 and falling fast. Things can turn around, but the question is when?

-11

This Week: vs. SJ 10/26, vs. CHI 10/28
Record: 1-7-0-0

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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