Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 9

Normally when we look at the Weekly Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings, we focus on the top five teams.

We will get to them, but there are three teams not in the top five that need to get some love. They are Milwaukee (13th) Springfield (12th) and Tucson (14th) – all are deserving of being in the top ten this week, but there is a flood of teams that I’m, at least this week, giving some love to. So don’t despair if you happen to be a fan of these consistently good teams.

To this weeks top five, Iowa has been the most consistent team of late, San Jose has just lost three times in regulation, Syracuse hasn’t lost in regulation since October 27 and Bridgeport and Providence are on tears.

Pop past the Bruins to see where the other teams shook out this week.

1

Last Week: IA 2 @ COL 3 (SO), IA 3 @ COL 2 (SO), CHI 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
Look at those four losses that Iowa have. Other than San Jose (3) there is no other team in the AHL that doesn’t get points one way or another. Iowa is your new number one team this week and unless they start spilling L’s everywhere, they may stay here for a bit.

+1

This Week: vs. CHI 12/7, vs. GR 12/8, @ TEX 12/12
Record: 13-4-4-2

2

Last Week: SJ 6 @ STK 4, SD 3 @ SJ 5
Six game point streak has the Barracuda at the top of the Pacific. San Jose hasn’t lost in regulation since November 10.

+1

This Week: @ BAK 12/8, vs. BAK 12/9
Record: 13-3-1-2

3

Last Week: SYR 3 @ CLE 4 (OT), SYR 5 @ CLE 3
Crunch didn’t lose a single game in regulation in November and their December is off to a similar start. December 8 matchup with Rochester is looming large.

+2

This Week: vs. BNG 12/7, vs. RCH 12/8, @ TOR 12/12
Record: 12-5-2-0

4

Last Week: PRO 2 @ BRI 1 (OT), BRI 5 @ SPR 4 (OT), HFD 1 @ BRI 2
Got points with every contest this week and with Charlotte’s struggles, close to three points from the top of the Atlantic.

+6

This Week: @ WBS 12/8
Record: 14-7-3-1

5

Last Week: CHA 1 @ PRO 2, PRO 2 @ BRI 1 (OT), CHA 3 @ PRO 2 (OT), PRO 5 @ TOR 0
Providence continues to rise through the Atlantic on a 7-1-2-0 tear. Took three of four points from leader Charlotte and flat out embarrassed Toronto on Wednesday.

+4

This Week: @ RCH 12/7, @ BEL 12/8, @ UTI 12/12
Record: 10-8-4-0

6

Last Week: CHA 1 @ PRO 2, CHA 3 @ HFD 5, CHA 3 @ PRO 2 (OT)
Salvage a weekend off the rails with a nice comeback win in Providence Sunday. The Checkers have built up enough credit to have a bad weekend every now and then and not have it hurt them too badly.

-5

This Week: @ HFD 12/7, @ SPR 12/8
Record: 17-6-1-0

7

Last Week: SA 3 @ GR 4, TEX 3 @ GR 6, SA 2 @ GR 4
Griffins are on a tear. Haven’t lost in eight games, sweep the week and now the Central is a three horse race.

+8

This Week: @ RFD 12/7, @ IA 12/8, @ MIL 12/11
Record: 14-7-0-2

8

Last Week: WBS 0 @ RCH 1, RCH 0 @ BNG 3, UTI 2 @ RCH 5
Another good week for the Amerks who are still the North leaders but are getting pressed hard by Cleveland and Syracuse.

-1

This Week: vs. PRO 12/7, @ SYR 12/8, vs. BNG 12/12
Record: 14-6-2-0

9

Last Week: LV 3 @ LAV 2 (OT), LV 4 @ BEL 2, LV 5 @ TOR 2, CLE 5 @ LV 1
Phantoms sweep through Canada but get smoked at home against Cleveland on Wednesday. Another crack at the Monsters comes this Saturday. Not a bad week otherwise.

+4

This Week: vs. HER 12/7, vs. CLE 12/8
Record: 13-7-1-1

10

Last Week: IA 2 @ COL 3 (OT), IA 3 @ COL 2 (SO)
That was a fun series with Iowa and the Eagles are emerging as a fun team. Busy week coming up for Colorado to make a push towards the upper echelon in the Pacific Division.

+1

This Week: vs. SD 12/7, vs. SD 12/8, @ TUC 12/11, @ TUC 12/12
Record: 10-7-3-1

11

Last Week: SYR 3 @ CLE 4 (OT), SYR 5 @ CLE 3, CLE 5 @ LV 1
We have the Monsters just outside the top ten this week, but this looks like a very dangerous team.

+3

This Week: @ WBS 12/7, @ LV 12/8
Record: 12-8-3-0

12

Last Week: SPR 4 @ HER 2, BRI 5 @ SPR 4 (OT)
Thunderbirds slip to fourth in the Atlantic after a wild game Sunday with the Sound Tigers who they are pursuing for second in the division.

-8

This Week: @ UTI 12/7, vs. CHA 12/8, vs. BNG 12/9, vs. WBS 12/12
Record: 12-6-1-2

13

Last Week: TEX 4 @ MIL 1, TEX 3 @ RFD 0, MIL 1 @ TEX 5
If the Admirals figured out a way to beat Texas this week, they would be at the top of the Central. But they didn’t and are 6-4 in their last ten. No concern yet, but Grand Rapids is closing fast and Iowa keeps racking up the points.

-7

This Week: @ TEX 12/7, @ SA 12/8, vs. GR 12/11
Record: 14-8-3-0

14

Last Week: TUC 4 @ ONT 5 (OT), TUC 5 @ SD 2
Busy week this week can have the Roadrunners back on top of the Pacific as we head into the Christmas break or Tucson can have an average week and remain a chasing team.

-6

This Week: vs. ONT 12/7, vs. ONT 12/8, vs. COL 12/11, vs. COL 12/12
Record: 12-5-2-1

15

Last Week: CHA 3 @ HFD 5, HFD 1 @ BRI 2
Split he week and looked good in the process. Will look to improve on that this week with Charlotte and Hershey.

+4

This Week: vs. CHA 12/7, @ HER 12/8
Record: 11-10-1-2

16

Last Week: RCH 0 @ BNG 3, HER 3 @ BNG 6
Power play cost the Devils in Hershey, where they allowed the Bears to score four power play goals and win. Otherwise, a nice shutout win over Rochester summarizes the week.

n/a

This Week: @ SYR 12/7, vs. UTI 12/8, @ SPR 12/9, @ RCH 12/12
Record: 10-11-3-0

17

Last Week: ONT 3 @ BAK 2, ONT 2 @ STK 4, TUC 4 @ ONT 5 (OT)
Hung in there Sunday with Tucson, coming back a few times before forcing and then winning in overtime against the Roadrunners. Two more this week with Tucson.

+4

This Week: @ TUC 12/7, @ TUC 12/8
Record: 9-8-2-1

18

Last Week: ONT 3 @ BAK 2, MTB 0 @ BAK 4, MTB 3 @ BAK 4
Too soon to write off any team yet, let alone Bakersfield, but the Condors seem to be right there as a team that is poised to contend. Two this week with San Jose isn’t really make or break, but the Condors may want to get points here.

+8

This Week: vs. SJ 12/8, @ SJ 12/9
Record: 11-8-0-0

19

Last Week: TEX 4 @ MIL 1, TEX 3 @ GR 6, TEX 7 @ CHI 4, MIL 1 @ TEX 5
Texas is a good 6-4 in their last ten amidst a bunch of Central teams not named Iowa or Grand Rapids who are struggling. Measuring stick game against Iowa coming up.

+11

This Week: vs. MIL 12/7, vs. IA 12/12
Record: 11-9-1-1

20

Last Week: ONT 2 @ STK 4, SJ 6 @ STK 4
Heat keeping it close, still teetering on being a really good team or a really bad one. A pair with Manitoba this weekend.

n/a

This Week: vs. MTB 12/7, vs. MTB 12/8
Record: 11-11-1-0

21

Last Week: SA 5 @ CHI 3, TEX 7 @ CHI 4, CHI 4 @ IA 3 (OT)
Good OT win against the Wild Wednesday caps off a forgettable week for the sputtering Wolves.

-4

This Week: @ IA 12/7, @ RFD 12/8
Record: 11-9-2-1

22

Last Week: MTB 1 @ SD 2, MTB 0 @ BAK 4, MTB 3 @ BAK 4
1-4 on the California trip so far for the Moose. It concludes this week in Stockton.

-10

This Week: @ STK 12/7, @ STK 12/8
Record: 10-12-1-0

23

Last Week: SPR 4 @ HER 2, BNG 3 @ HER 6
Split the week. Beat an average team and lost to a good one. Tough schedule coming up this week.

+5

This Week: @ LV 12/7, vs. HFD 12/8, vs. WBS 12/9
Record: 10-12-0-1

24

Last Week: MIL 3 @ RFD 0, SA 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
OK weekend with Chicago struggling all of a sudden. IceHogs keep their heads above water for now. Tough schedule ahead this week.

+5

This Week: vs. GR 12/7, vs. CHI 12/8,
Record: 10-9-1-4

25

Last Week: UTI 2 @ BEL 4, LV 4 @ BEL 2
Split another weekend. Things are tight in the North, but they are not that tight for the Senators, who are seventh in the North Division.

n/a

This Week: vs. LAV 12/7, vs. PRO 12/8, @ TOR 12/9, @ LAV 12/12
Record: 10-12-1-0

26

Last Week: SA 3 @ GR 4, SA 5 @ CHI 3, SA 2 @ RFD 3 (OT), SA 2 @ GR 4
Glimmers of hope here, but injuries in St. Louis have stopped what momentum that the Rampage have built up. One this week with Milwaukee in the hope that bodies up top heal up.

-2

This Week: vs. MIL 12/8
Record: 9-15-1-0

27

Last Week: WBS 4 @ TOR 7, LV 5 @ TOR 2, PRO 5 @ TOR 0
Built up a nice run heading into Atlantic Division action last week, but were humbled big time. Tumble to fifth in the North. Winnable games this weekend we think.

-9

This Week: vs. LAV 12/8, vs. BEL 12/9, vs. SYR 12/12
Record: 9-9-2-2

28

Last Week: MTB 1 @ SD 2, SD 3 @ SJ 5, TUC 5 @ SD 2
Mediocre 5-5 in the last ten isn’t going to cut it in the ever competitive Pacific, where the Gulls presently reside in last place.

-1

This Week: @ COL 12/7, @ COL 12/8
Record: 8-9-1-1

29

Last Week: WBS 0 @ RCH 1, WBS 4 @ TOR 7
The Politburo would have lost a lot of money at the beginning of the year if, in the first week of December, Wilkes-Barre was still stuck in the single digits in the win column.

-6

This Week: vs. CLE 12/7, vs. BRI 12/8, @ HER 12/9, @ SPR 12/12
Record: 9-10-3-1

30

Last Week: UTI 2 @ BEL 4, UTI 5 @ LAV 4, UTI 2 @ RCH 5
Comets keep looking for a turning point but keep running into teams on a tear, like this week against Springfield and Providence.

-8

This Week: vs. SPR 12/7, @ BNG 12/8, vs. PRO 12/12
Record: 10-13-1-1

31

Last Week: LV 3 @ LAV 2 (OT), UTI 5 @ LAV 4
Rocket are 2-6-1-1 in their last ten and have plummeted to the bottom of the North Division.

n/a

This Week: @ BEL 12/7, @ TOR 12/8, vs. BEL 12/12
Record: 8-13-2-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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