Chirps from Center Ice

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

Let’s get some housekeeping out of the way real quick. Due to American Thanksgiving on next Thursday, the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings will be moved up one day. Look for them here on the blog on Wednesday, November 21.

On to this weeks Rankings. There is a new number one team this week for the first time all season. Rochester replaces Charlotte as the Amerks and Checkers swap spots this week.

Tucson, after a slip up a few weeks ago with Colorado, move to number three this week after a pair of shutout wins over Pacific Division leading San Jose.

Iowa moves up one and Lehigh Valley round out the top five. After the Phantoms, hit the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where all the other teams filled out this week.

1

Last Week: SYR 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
Light week last week, with an OT win at home against Syracuse. Three in three through the Atlantic Northeast this weekend.

+1

This Week: @ SPR 11/16, @ PRO 11/17, @ HFD 11/18
Record: 10-3-1-0

2

Last Week: CHA 3 @ BNG 4, CHA 7 @ LV 4, CHA 2 @ BRI 4, CHA 2 @ LV 3 (OT)
Checkers drop two games this week and for the first time all season are not the number one team in the Power Rankings. Chance to make it back to the top this weekend in Wilkes-Barre and at home against Belleville Tuesday.

-1

This Week: @ WBS 11/16, @ WBS 11/17, vs. BEL 11/20
Record: 11-3-1-0

3

Last Week: SJ 0 @ TUC 5, SJ 0 @ TUC 1
Impressive shutout wins over division leader San Jose. We think whatever maladies that afflicted the Roadrunners in Colorado last weekend are past them.

+6

This Week: @ STK 11/16, vs. STK 11/20
Record: 9-3-0-1

4

Last Week: BAK 5 @ IA 4 (OT), BAK 4 @ IA 3, MIL 0 @ IA 3
Split a series with the Condors then shut out the Admirals. Are second in the Central and host Milwaukee in a rematch Friday.

+1

This Week: vs. MIL 11/16, @ CHI 11/17
Record: 9-4-1-0

5

Last Week: SPR 2 @ LV 8, CHA 7 @ LV 4, CHA 2 @ LV 3 (OT)
Phantoms are good at run and gun, something that most teams are not good at or try to stay away from. Light-ish week coming up.

+2

This Week: @ PRO 11/16, @ SPR 11/17
Record: 8-4-1-1

6

Last Week: PRO 4 @ BRI 5 (OT), CHA 2 @ BRI 4, BRI 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
Sound Tigers sweep their home stand then drop a close one to Hartford on a Wednesday morning game. With Springfield in free fall, there is a new challenger for Charlotte for tops in the Atlantic.

+6

This Week: @ LAV 11/16, @ BEL 11/17
Record: 9-5-2-0

7

Last Week: RFD 2 @ MIL 1, MIL 7 @ CHI 2, MIL 0 @ IA 3
Picked up the pace and beat Chicago convincingly this week. Still sit atop the Central for now, but are probably the top pick to get unseated at some point very soon.

+4

This Week: @ IA 11/16, vs. ONT 11/17
Record: 9-5-3-0

8

Last Week: SJ 0 @ TUC 5, SJ 0 @ TUC 1
Went to Arizona and didn’t score in two games. Now share division lead with Tucson. One this week against Colorado.

-4

This Week: vs. COL 11/18
Record: 9-3-0-1

9

Last Week: BAK 5 @ IA 4 (OT), BAK 4 @ IA 3
Condors have won four straight. Bakersfield can make things interesting this week with success over San Diego and Colorado.

+8

This Week: @ SD 11/16, vs. COL 11/17, vs. COL 11/20
Record: 7-4-0-0

10

Last Week: WBS 1 @ PRO 2 (OT), WBS 4 @ HFD 1, WBS 2 @ PRO 5, WBS 5 @ SPR 1
A busy week and five game road trip concluded Wednesday morning in Springfield where goaltender Tristan Jarry was the fourteenth AHL goaltender to score a goal. Charlotte comes in this weekend for their only visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

+4

This Week: vs. CHA 11/16, vs. CHA 11/17
Record: 8-5-1-1

11

Last Week: SPR 2 @ LV 8, SPR 2 @ HER 3, WBS 5 @ SPR 1
Four straight losses for Springfield, who are spiraling. With how tight things are in the Atlantic, the Thunderbirds need to right the ship quickly.

-8

This Week: vs. RCH 11/16, vs. LV 11/17
Record: 7-4-0-2

12

Last Week: GR 4 @ MTB 1, GR 2 @ MTB 6, MTB 0 @ SA 5, MTB 5 @ TEX 4
Loss-Win-Loss-Win was the week that was for the Moose. Just average, which is where the Moose sit in the Central.

+1

This Week: @ GR 11/17, @ CHI 11/18
Record: 8-7-0-0

13

Last Week: CHA 3 @ BNG 4, UTI 1 @ BNG 5, BNG 2 @ SYR 5
Binghamton is like a lot of teams in the North, a really solid team that looks like it wants to contend. Third place in mid-November is pretty good.

+6

This Week: @ TOR 11/17, @ TOR 11/18
Record: 7-7-2-0

14

Last Week: LAV 5 @ CLE 1, LAV 2 @ CLE 4
Cleveland keeps its heads above water and are close to the top of the North Division. Two this weekend in Hershey.

+4

This Week: @ HER 11/16, @ HER 11/17
Record: 8-6-1-0

15

Last Week: RFD 2 @ MIL 1, RFD 4 @ CHI 3, RFD 1 @ GR 3
IceHogs had a good week, are second in the Central and head to Texas before Thanksgiving.

+5

This Week: @ TEX 11/16, @ SA 11/17, @ SA 11/20
Record: 8-5-1-2

16

Last Week: COL 3 @ SD 4, COL 2 @ SD 3, STK 5 @ COL 4 (OT), STK 4 @ COL 2
After an impressive showing at home against Tucson a few weeks ago, the Eagles have gone cold, 0-3-1-0 in their last four and 4-4-2-0 in their last ten. Good California road test this week for Colorado coming up.

-8

This Week: @ BAK 11/17, @ SJ 11/18, @ BAK 11/20
Record: 6-5-3-0

17

Last Week: RFD 4 @ CHI 3, MIL 7 @ CHI 2
Wolves drop two straight and drop out of discussion of the Central Division front runners.

-11

This Week: vs. IA 11/17, vs. MTB 11/18
Record: 8-5-0-1

18

Last Week: WBS 1 @ PRO 2 (OT), PRO 4 @ BRI 5 (OT), WBS 2 @ PRO 5
Five points this weekend for the Bruins, as things begin to tighten in the Atlantic Division.

+11

This Week: vs. LV 11/16, vs. RCH 11/17
Record: 5-7-2-0

19

Last Week: SYR 2 @ RCH 3 (OT), HER 2 @ SYR 7, BNG 2 @ SYR 5
Very good week for Syracuse who pull themselves up by their boot straps to get back into things in the North. Winnable games this week.

+4

This Week: @ UTI 11/16, vs. LAV 11/17
Record: 6-5-1-0

20

Last Week: SPR 2 @ HER 3, HER 2 @ SYR 7
What does it say about Hershey when they beat a good Springfield team clean then go to Syracuse and are obliterated by a wholesomely average Syracuse team that scores four power play goals against them?

-10

This Week: vs. CLE 11/16, vs. CLE 11/17
Record: 7-8-0-1

21

Last Week: HFD 3 @ UTI 4 (SO), WBS 4 @ HFD 1, BRI 3 @ HFD 4 (OT)
3 of 6 for the Wolf Pack for the week. Not bad, better than most, but with how tight things are in the Division probably to good enough on the long term.

-6

This Week: vs. UTI 11/17, vs. RCH 11/18
Record: 6-8-1-2

22

Last Week: ONT 1 @ STK 5, STK 1 @ ONT 4, STK 5 @ COL 4 (OT), STK 4 @ COL 2
Heat are a quiet 6-4 in their last ten. They can make a move at any time. Big test this week with Tucson.

+6

This Week: vs. TUC 11/16, @ TUC 11/20
Record: 7-7-1-0

23

Last Week: COL 3 @ SD 4, COL 2 @ SD 3
We didn’t expect San Diego to have much of any success against Colorado after the Eagles dismantled the Roadrunners last weekend. They sweep the Eagles. Host the streaking Bakersfield Condors Friday.

+7

This Week: vs. BAK 11/16
Record: 5-4-1-1

24

Last Week: TOR 6 @ BEL 7, TOR 8 @ BEL 2, UTI 4 @ BEL 5 (SO)
Split a series with Toronto and took down Utica in a shootout this week. Seems like this team is one step away from contending.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 11/16, vs. BRI 11/17, @ CHA 11/20
Record: 7-8-0-0

25

Last Week: LAV 5 @ CLE 1, LAV 2 @ CLE 4, TOR 2 @ LAV 6
Laval take 4 of 6 out of the week. Certainly better than these last few weeks. Bridgeport comes calling before the Rocket head to Syracuse.

-1

This Week: vs. BRI 11/16, @ SYR 11/17
Record: 7-8-1-0

26

Last Week: GR 4 @ MTB 1, GR 2 @ MTB 6, RFD 1 @ GR 3
Split a series in Winnipeg then beat Rockford at home in a school day game. Slowly creeping up the Central Division standings.

-5

This Week: vs. ONT 11/16, vs. MTB 11/17
Record: 7-6-0-1

27

Last Week: ONT 1 @ STK 5, STK 1 @ ONT 4
Split a series with the Heat. Heading to the Midwest this weekend.

-5

This Week: @ GR 11/16, @ MIL 11/17
Record: 4-5-2-1

28

Last Week: HFD 3 @ UTI 4 (SO), UTI 1 @ BNG 5, UTI 4 @ BEL 5 (SO)
3 of 6 out of the week is OK, but that has Utica in fifth in the North as opposed to tied for second had they got all six points.

-3

This Week: vs. SYR 11/16, @ HFD 11/17
Record: 6-8-1-1

29

Last Week: SA 1 @ TEX 8, TEX 4 @ SA 2, MTB 0 @ SA 5
Riddle us this. Through four Rampage wins, San Antonio outscores its opponents 16-2. In 12 losses? 18-47 for the opponent.

+2

This Week: vs. RFD 11/7, vs. RFD 11/20
Record: 4-12-0-0

30

Last Week: TOR 6 @ BEL 7, TOR 8 @ BEL 2, TOR 2 @ LAV 6
Reverse of fortunes for Toronto who sit last in the North as we hit mid-November. Are these next three games really winnable for the Marlies?

-14

This Week: @ BEL 11/16, vs. BNG 11/17, vs. BNG 11/18
Record: 5-6-0-2

31

Last Week: SA 1 @ TEX 8, TEX 4 @ SA 2, MTB 5 @ TEX 4
Split a series with a bad Rampage team and then lost to the Moose. For a team playing from behind, that’s not good enough right now. One game this week with Rockford.

-4

This Week: vs. RFD 11/16
Record: 6-6-1-1

Have a great week everyone!

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