Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

As we turn the page towards December, one thing has been certain through the first eight weeks of the season.

The Charlotte Checkers are really good.

The Checkers reclaim the top spot in the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings after a brief two week hiatus in the runner-up spot.

Iowa drops to second, although fans in Des Moines have a gripe with the Politburo because the Wild took points in every contest this week.

Top five regulars San Jose and Springfield are three and four and Syracuse and their deadly power play debut in the top five.

Hit the jump past the Crunch if you didn’t link in direct to see where the other 26 teams ended up this week.

1

Last Week: BEL 2 @ CHA 3 (OT), LAV 2 @ CHA 4, LAV 1 @ CHA 3
OK, OK, the Checkers have forced our hands and are at the top of the Power Rankings after a brief two week hiatus. The Checkers have not found a worthy opponent yet. Trap games coming up this weekend?

+1

This Week: @ PRO 11/30, @ HFD 12/1, @ PRO 12/2
Record: 16-4-1-0

2

Last Week: IA 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), IA 3 MTB 4 (OT), IA 3 @ MTB 2, GR 3 @ IA 2 (OT)
Points in every contest this week for Iowa, who drop one place this week, but those loser points cost the Wild the top spot in the Central. Heading to Loveland for a pair this weekend for an interesting matchup against the Eagles.

-1

This Week: @ COL 11/30, @ COL 12/1, vs. CHI 12/5
Record: 12-4-3-1

3

Last Week: SJ 3 @ COL 4 (OT), SJ 3 @ COL 4 (SO), STK 2 @ SJ 4
Barracuda get back to the top of the Pacific despite setbacks in Loveland, Colorado this past weekend.

+1

This Week: @ STK 12/1, vs. SD 12/3
Record: 11-3-1-2

4

Last Week: WBS 3 @ SPR 4 (OT), SYR 3 @ SPR 0, SPR 3 @ BRI 4, BRI 2 @ SPR 5
Styles make fights, and the Thunderbirds have the number of the Sound Tigers right now, who take four points away from their Atlantic Division foes.

+2

This Week: @ HER 12/1, vs. BRI 12/2
Record: 11-6-0-2

5

Last Week: SYR 4 @ BNG 1, BNG 3 @ SYR 5, SYR 3 @ SPR 0
Don’t look now but the Crunch are 9-0-1 in their last ten and ripping their way through the North Division on the way to surpass Rochester for tops. The power play is something to see and Syracuse seem to have found their legs. Two this week with Cleveland.

+6

This Week: @ CLE 11/30, @ CLE 12/1
Record: 11-5-1-0

6

Last Week: IA 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), MIL 3 @ GR 2 (SO), RFD 1 @ MIL 2 (SO)
Admirals are at the top of the Central as we hit December, despite going 5-5 in their last ten, but have won the last four.

-1

This Week: vs. TEX 11/30, @ RFD 12/1, @ TEX 12/5
Record: 13-6-3-0

7

Last Week: UTI 5 @ RCH 4, RCH 4 @ BNG 3
Amerks are fighting off a surge from Syracuse right now. Tough week ahead to maintain their grip on first in the North.

n/a

This Week: vs. WBS 11/30, @ BNG 12/1, vs. UTI 12/5
Record: 12-5-2-0

8

Last Week: STK 2 @ TUC 3, TUC 6 @ BAK 1, TUC 6 @ ONT 7 (OT)
With how tight things seem to be in the Pacific, how important was that point lost against the Reign in that offensive display Sunday in Ontario?

+1

This Week: @ ONT 12/2, @ SD 12/5
Record: 11-5-1-1

9

Last Week: PRO 3 @ HFD 4 (OT), PRO 6 @ LV 3, PRO 4 @ WBS 2
Impressive week for the Bruins, who get 5 of 6 and roll through Pennsylvania last week. Busy week with the Checkers stopping in for a pair.

+7

This Week: vs. CHA 11/30, @ BRI 12/1, vs. CHA 12/2, @ TOR 12/5
Record: 8-8-3-0

10

Last Week: HFD 3 @ BRI 2 (SO), BRI 1 @ HFD 3, SPR 3 @ BRI 4, BRI 2 @ SPR 5
Sound Tigers built enough of a cushion to remain second in the Atlantic despite dropping two to Springfield and remain in the top ten here in the Rankings.

-7

This Week: vs. PRO 12/1, @ SPR 12/2, vs. HFD 12/5
Record: 12-7-2-1

11

Last Week: SJ 3 @ COL 4 (OT), SJ 3 @ COL 4 (SO)
Colorado beats San Jose in extra time twice this weekend in Loveland. Eagles are right there with a handful of other teams for tops on the Pacific.

+7

This Week: vs. IA 11/30, vs. IA 12/1
Record: 9-7-3-0

12

Last Week: IA 3 @ MTB 4 (OT), IA 3 @ MTB 2, MTB 5 @ SD 1
Moose have been slipping of late, so that win in San Diego Wednesday had to have felt good. Road trip through California continues this week.

+3

This Week: @ SD 11/30, @ BAK 12/1, @ BAK 12/5
Record: 10-9-1-0

13

Last Week: HER 2 @ LV 6, PRO 6 @ LV 3
Still having a hard time getting a grip on this team, who go up 2-0 on Providence in the first 70 seconds on Saturday, only to lose it all 6-3 to the last place Bruins team. Busy week through Canada up next for the Phantoms

-3

This Week: @ LAV 11/30, @ BEL 12/1, @ TOR 12/2, vs. CLE 12/5
Record: 10-6-1-1

14

Last Week: TOR 6 @ CLE 5 (OT), CLE 2 @ TOR 1 (OT), TOR 5 @ CLE 4 (OT)
If the final playoff spot in the North comes down to Toronto and Cleveland at the Marlies go in, the Monsters will point back to this week as the one that got away.

+6

This Week: vs.SYR 11/30, vs. SYR 12/1, @ LV 12/5
Record: 10-7-3-0

15

Last Week: MIL 3 @ GR 2 (SO), GR 4 @ CHI 3 (OT), GR 3 @ IA 2 (OT), CHI 2 @ GR 5
Griffins up to third in the Central after a seven point week. This team always turns up. They will be favored this week also.

+9

This Week: vs. SA 11/30, vs. TEX 12/1, vs. SA 12/5
Record: 11-7-0-2

16

Last Week: SYR 4 @ BNG 1, BNG 3 @ SYR 5, RCH 4 @ BNG 3, UTI 2 @ BNG 4
Salvage week with win against Utica Wednesday. Devils are OK for now, but the Marlies are surging.

-8

This Week: vs. RCH 12/1, @ HER 12/2
Record: 9-10-3-0

17

Last Week: CHI 7 @ RFD 2, GR 4 @ CHI 3 (OT), RFD 3 @ CHI 2, CHI 2 @ GR 5
Wolves surpassed by a surging Griffins team. These games this weekend against the Texas teams and what could be a road weary Iowa team aren’t trap games, are they?

-4

This Week: vs. SA 12/1, vs. TEX 12/2, @ IA 12/5
Record: 10-7-2-1

18

Last Week: TOR 6 @ CLE 5 (OT), CLE 2 @ TOR 1 (OT), TOR 5 @ CLE 4 (OT)
Marlies get 5 of 6 in their miniseries against Cleveland which has Toronto to fifth now in the North Division.

+11

This Week: vs. WBS 12/1, vs. LV 12/2, vs. PRO 12/5
Record: 8-7-2-2

19

Last Week: PRO 3 @ HFD 4 (OT), HFD 3 @ BRI 2 (SO), BRI 1 @ HFD 3
Impressive run that the Wolf Pack have been on, 6-2-2 in their last ten, up to as high as third in the Atlantic this past week. Charlotte drops by this week and we should see what kind of Hartford team we have here at the quarter pole.

+7

This Week: vs. CHA 12/1, @ BRI 12/5
Record: 10-9-1-2

20

Last Week: STK 2 @ TUC 3, STK 6 @ SD 5, SD 6 @ STK 3, STK 2 @ SJ 4
Just when you think they are going to make a charge, Stockton plays four games last week and go 2-2. Teams ahead of them faltered, it would have been a good time to establish themselves as a division threat.

-8

This Week: vs. ONT 11/30, vs. SJ 12/1
Record: 10-10-1-0

21

Last Week: ONT 4 @ SD 3, BAK 2 @ ONT 4, TUC 6 @ ONT 7 (OT)
That was a wild one Sunday in the Inland Empire against the Rampage. The Reign are still within shouting distance of the leaders in a very tight Pacific Division.

+4

This Week: @ BAK 11/29, @ STK 11/30, vs. TUC 12/2
Record: 7-7-2-1

22

Last Week: LAV 2 @ UTI 3, UTI 5 @ RCH 4, BEL 2 @ UTI 4, UTI 2 @ BNG 4
Week spoiled a bit by that loss Wednesday in Binghamton. Still, 6 of 8 is enough for a nice little bump for Utica here in the Power Rankings.

+9

This Week: @ BEL 11/30, @ LAV 12/1, @ RCH 12/5
Record: 9-11-1-1

23

Last Week: WBS 3 @ SPR 4 (OT), HER 3 @ WBS 2, PRO 4 @ WBS 2, WBS 3 @ HER 1
Salvage a bad week with a big road win in Hershey Wednesday. Still dropped to lower third here in the rankings, a positive week through some tough North Division competition could get Wilkes-Barre back to the upper half.

-9

This Week: @ RCH 11/30, @ TOR 12/1
Record: 9-8-3-1

24

Last Week: TEX 1 @ SA 4, SA 4 @ TEX 3, TEX 7 @ SA 3
Rampage take 4 of 6 points from the in state rivals over at Cedar Park. San Antonio can get out of the basement of the Central fairly soon if they continue to build positivity.

-1

This Week: @ GR 11/30, @ CHI 12/1, @ RFD 12/2, @ GR 12/5
Record: 8-13-0-0

25

Last Week: BEL 2 @ CHA 3 (OT), BEL 2 @ UTI 4, BEL 1 @ LAV 2
Step backward for Belleville this week, who just muster up one point. Two at home this weekend.

-8

This Week: vs. UTI 11/30, vs. LV 12/1
Record: 9-11-1-0

26

Last Week: BAK 4 @ ONT 2, TUC 6 @ BAK 1
Condors are the second tier of Pacific Division teams looking to force their way into the discussion out West. That 6-1 pasting that Tucson laid on Saturday doesn’t help.

-7

This Week: vs. ONT 11/29, vs. MTB 12/1, vs. MTB 12/5
Record: 9-7-0-0

27

Last Week: ONT 4 @ SD 3, STK 6 @ SD 5, SD 6 @ STK 3, MTB 5 @ SD 1
Gulls are last in the Pacific, quietly losing touch with the top four. Schedule for a turnaround isn’t going to be easy with this weeks slate of opponents.

-5

This Week: vs. MTB 11/30, @ SJ 12/3, vs. TUC 12/5
Record: 7-7-1-1

28

Last Week: HER 2 @ LV 6, HER 3 @ WBS 2, WBS 3 @ HER 1
Just two points out of the week, given away to division rivals who are equally struggling. Schedule isn’t day this week, either.

-7

This Week: vs. SPR 12/1, vs. BNG 12/2
Record: 9-11-0-1

29

Last Week: CHI 7 @ RFD 2, RFD 1 @ MIL 2 (SO), RFD 3 @ CHI 2
IceHogs are slipping of late, 3-5-0-2 in their last ten. Two home games this week makes for a quiet week overall.

-2

This Week: vs. MIL 12/1, vs. SA 12/2
Record: 9-8-1-4

30

Last Week: TEX 1 @ SA 4, SA 4 @ TEX 3, TEX 7 @ SA 3
Needed to beat San Antonio Sunday or else the hapless Rampage would have been tied in points with the equally flaccid Stars. Busy week through the Midwest this weekend.

-2

This Week: @ MIL 11/30, @ GR 12/1, @ CHI 12/2, vs. MIL 12/5
Record: 8-8-1-1

31

Last Week: LAV 2 @ UTI 3, LAV 2 @ CHA 4, LAV 1 @ CHA 3, BEL 1 @ LAV 2
Win against Belleville is a bandaid on a bullet wound week that the Rocket had.

-1

This Week: vs. LV 11/30, vs. UTI 12/1
Record: 8-12-1-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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