Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

Minimal shakeup in this week’s edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. The top five stay the top five, with only San Jose dropping one and Milwaukee moving up.

Charlotte, Springfield and Rochester remain your top three this week after another week of wins. Milwaukee moves up one after holding the biggest lead as a division leader. San Jose rounds out the top five as a defensively stout hockey team.

Jump past the Barracuda to see where the rest of the teams filled out this week if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: CHA 4 @ BNG 3 (OT), CHA 6 @ SYR 3
If we moved Charlotte from the top spot last week, which we didn’t, we would have put them back at number one again this week. The Checkers are smoking opponents and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 11/2, vs. PRO 11/3
Record: 8-1-0-0

2

Last Week: PRO 2 @ SPR 4, HFD 2 @ SPR 6
Thunderbirds have yet to lose in regulation, the last AHL team to do so. Scored four power play goals Sunday at home against Hartford. Home and home with Bridgeport coming up.

n/a

This Week: vs. BRI 11/2, @ BRI 11/3
Record: 6-0-0-2

3

Last Week: UTI 0 @ RCH 4, LAV 2 @ RCH 3
Run the streak to 7-0-1 in their last eight. Americans are jumping ahead of a tough North Division early.

n/a

This Week: vs. HER 11/2, @ HER 11/3, vs. CLE 11/7
Record: 7-2-1-0

4

Last Week: CLE 2 @ MIL 3 (OT), MTB 1 @ MIL 4, MTB 2 @ MIL 1 (OT)
Admirals keep collecting points and lead the Central by five points, most of any other division in the AHL.

+1

This Week: vs. RFD 11/2, @ GR 11/3, vs. CHI 11/7
Record: 8-1-2-0

5

Last Week: SJ 2 @ SA 1, SJ 6 @ TEX 1
Positive Texas road trip where the Barracuda held the opponent to just one goal on each night.

-1

This Week: vs. SA 11/2, vs. STK 11/5
Record: 7-1-0-1

6

Last Week: TUC 8 @ ONT 5, TUC 4 @ SD 3 (OT)
Tucson stays in lockstep with San Jose for tops in the Pacific as we hit November. No real reason to see this changing at all as we go into the month.

+1

This Week: @ COL 11/2, @ COL 11/3, vs. SD 11/7
Record: 6-1-0-1

7

Last Week: LV 5 @ BNG 2, LV 1 @ HER 3
Cooled off by Hershey Sunday, playing one less game. Phantoms remain a dangerous squad. Home and home with the Devils this weekend.

+2

This Week: @ BNG 11/2, vs. BNG 11/3
Record: 5-3-0-1

8

Last Week: HER 1 @ WBS 4, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (SO)
3 of 4 from Hershey isn’t all bad. Penguins still in the thick of it as the calendar now flips to November.

+4

This Week: vs. HFD 11/2, vs. HFD 11/3, @ BRI 11/4
Record: 5-2-0-1

9

Last Week: COL 5 @ IA 6 (OT), COL 1 @ IA 6
After a bad week last week, Iowa pops back into the top ten this week after a sweep of the Eagles.

+5

This Week: @ GR 11/2, @ RFD 11/3, vs. RFD 11/4, @ RFD 11/7
Record: 5-2-0-0

10

Last Week: MTB 1 @ MIL 4, MTB 2 @ RFD 1 (SO), MTB 2 @ MIL 1 (OT)
Moose rebound nicely from last week. Two at home this week with Chicago coming in hot.

+5

This Week: vs. CHI 11/2, vs. CHI 11/3
Record: 5-4-0-0

11

Last Week: CHI 4 @ TEX 3, CHI 2 @ SA 3
Wolves penalty killing cost them the game in San Antonio Sunday where the Rampage scored all three goals on the power play. Heading up to Canada this weekend.

n/a

This Week: @ MTB 11/2, @ MTB 11/3, @ MIL 11/7
Record: 6-2-0-1

12

Last Week: CLE 2 @ RFD 1, MTB 2 @ RFD 1 (SO)
IceHogs are in a bit of a slide. Busy week coming up this week.

-4

This Week: @ MIL 11/2, vs. IA 11/3, @ IA 11/4, vs. IA 11/7
Record: 4-3-1-1

13

Last Week: HER 1 @ WBS 4, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (SO), LV 1@ HER 3
Bears are surging. Watch out! Home and home with North leading Rochester this weekend will be a decent measuring stick.

+6

This Week: @ RCH 11/2, vs. RCH 11/3, vs. HFD 11/4
Record: 4-6-0-1

14

Last Week: CLE 2 @ MIL 3 (OT), CLE 2 @ RFD 1
3 of 4 out of the week for Cleveland, who rebounds a bit after last week to stay near the top of the North Division.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 11/2, vs. GR 11/4, @ RCH 11/7
Record: 6-3-1-0

15

Last Week: SYR 1 @ TOR 4
Points in four straight for the Marlies, with a win Friday at home against Syracuse in their only action of the week. Just one game this week in Cleveland.

+10

This Week: @ CLE 11/2
Record: 4-4-0-1

16

Last Week: CHI 4 @ TEX 3, SJ 6 @ TEX 1
Called the games with the Wolves and Barracuda a test last week here for the Stars. It was tests that they failed because they lost both games. A chance to rebound against Ontario and Bakersfield this weekend.

-10

This Week: @ ONT 11/1, @ BAK 11/3
Record: 4-3-1-1

17

Last Week: COL 5 @ IA 6 (OT), COL 1 @ IA 6
Well, that was a lesson for the Eagles, wasn’t it? Play run and gun and almost win against the Wild one night, stay fast and loose the next night and get obliterated by five goals. Tucson comes in to Loveland this week.

-7

This Week: vs. TUC 11/2, vs. TUC 11/3
Record: 4-2-2-0

18

Last Week: GR 3 @ BEL 5, GR 3 @ BEL 1, BEL 2 @ LAV 1
Belleville remains at .500 which is actually pretty good right now in the North. Two in Syracuse this weekend.

+5

This Week: @ SYR 11/2, @ SYR 11/3
Record: 5-5-0-0

19

Last Week: STK 2 @ BAK 8, BAK 3 @ STK 4
Split a pair with the Heat this week. Two Texas teams stop by this week.

+7

This Week: vs. TEX 11/3, vs. SA 11/4
Record: 3-4-0-0

20

Last Week: STK 5 @ SD 4 (SO), STK 2 @ BAK 8, BAK 3 @ STK 4
Heat rebound nice on Wednesday against the Condors, who laid eight on them last weekend.

+2

This Week: vs. SA 11/3, @ SJ 11/5
Record: 4-4-1-0

21

Last Week: BRI 5 @ HFD 4, BRI 1 @ PRO 6
Sound Tigers are off to a disappointing start. Schedule doesn’t get any easier this week.

-8

This Week: @ SPR 11/2, vs. SPR 11/3, vs. WBS 11/4, vs. BNG 11/7
Record: 4-4-1-0

22

Last Week: CHA 4 @ BNG 3 (OT), LV 5 @ BNG 2
Took a point away in a game against an elite opponent in Charlotte and got buzzed by an elite in training opponent in Lehigh Valley.

-1

This Week: vs. LV 11/2, @ LV 11/3, @ BRI 11/7
Record: 4-5-1-0

23

Last Week: PRO 2 @ SPR 4, BRI 1 @ PRO 6
Split the weekend, which is a positive. Head to Charlotte this week, who are the class of the field.

+4

This Week: @ CHA 11/2, @ CHA 11/3
Record: 3-5-1-0

24

Last Week: STK 5 @ SD 4 (SO), TUC 4 @ SD 3 (OT)
Two loser points for the Gulls, who are just an average team right about now.

-6

This Week: @ ONT 11/3, @ TUC 11/7
Record: 3-2-1-1

25

Last Week: BRI 5 @ HFD 4, HFD 2 @ SPR 6
After a hot start, the Wolf Pack have lost four straight. Heading to Pennsylvania for a pair this weekend with the Penguins and one with the surging Bears.

-8

This Week: @ WBS 11/2, @ WBS 11/3, @ HER 11/4
Record: 4-6-1-0

26

Last Week: GR 3 @ BEL 5, GR 3 @ BEL 1
Split a series in Belleville. Still toiling near the bottom of the Central We here at the Politburo are not yet ready to count out the Griffins after one bad month.

+3

This Week: vs. IA 11/2, vs. MIL 11/3, @ CLE 11/4
Record: 3-5-0-0

27

Last Week: SJ 2 @ SA 1, CHI 2 @ SA 3
Scored three power play goals Sunday and beat a good Chicago team. Heading to California this week looking to keep digging out of the Central Division basement.

+4

This Week: @ SJ 11/2, @ STK 11/3, @ BAK 11/4
Record: 2-8-0-0

28

Last Week: UTI 0 @ RCH 4
Shutout in Rochester last Friday. Three upcoming with Laval. Winner of this series should be sitting nicely as November gets going.

-8

This Week: @ LAV 11/2, @ LAV 11/3, vs. LAV 11/7
Record: 4-6-0-0

29

Last Week: LAV 2 @ RCH 3, BEL 2 @ LAV 1
The Rocket have not won in five games. Three this week with Utica should cure that, right?

-5

This Week: vs. UTI 11/2, vs. UTI 11/3, @ UTI 11/7
Record: 3-6-1-0

30

Last Week: SYR 1 @ TOR 4, CHA 6 @ SYR 3
Three losses in a row for Syracuse. Measuring stick series this weekend against Belleville, yes, Belleville (again, see Grand Rapids last week)

-2

This Week: vs. BEL 11/2, vs. BEL 11/3
Record: 2-5-0-0

31

Last Week: TUC 8 @ ONT 5
Reign have just one win through the first month of the season. Not only that, but the 44 goals against is tied for second most in the AHL.

-1

This Week: vs. TEX 11/1, vs. SD 11/3
Record: 1-4-2-1

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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