Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

We are ten weeks into the AHL season and it looks like there are two ends of the spectrum to be had.

San Jose, Charlotte, Iowa and some combination of Rochester and Syracuse are really really good while San Diego, Toronto and Laval are struggling.

Now is there time to turn things around if you are in the bottom third? Of course there is. They haven’t even named All-Stars yet and the action doesn’t really start cranking until after that anyhow.

San Jose jumps to the top spot in this weeks Rankings followed closely by Charlotte who, after a blip last week, jump back to second. Syracuse and Rochester fill the top four while Tucson, who we criminally underrated last week by dropping them out of the top ten, goes back to where they belong in the top five.

Go past the Roadrunners if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: SJ 4 @ BAK 2, BAK 0 @ SJ 4
A rightful number one spot for San Jose this week after crushing Bakersfield this past week. Barracuda have only three losses. (!!!)

+1

This Week: @ SD 12/15, @ ONT 12/16, @ SD 12/19
Record: 15-3-1-2

2

Last Week: CHA 7 @ HFD 4, CHA 5 @ SPR 4 (OT)
Saturday’s last second comeback victory in Springfield is sure to open the eyes of the doubters that this Checkers team should be taken and kept seriously.

+4

This Week: vs. HFD 12/13, vs. HFD 12/15, vs. UTI 12/16, vs. UTI 12/18
Record: 19-6-1-0

3

Last Week: BNG 0 @ SYR 5, RCH 4 @ SYR 3, SYR 8 @ TOR 1
Crunch stay third this week with big wins against lesser talented teams. They can’t seem to catch Rochester just yet though.

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 12/14, @ LAV 12/15, @ SPR 12/19
Record: 14-6-2-0

4

Last Week: PRO 1 @ RCH 2, RCH 4 @ SYR 3, BNG 5 @ RCH 1
Amerks stay four clear of second place Crunch here in mid-December. Two tough matchups with Cleveland coming up.

+4

This Week: vs. CLE 12/14, @ CLE 12/15, vs. BEL 12/19
Record: 16-7-2-0

5

Last Week: ONT 3 @ TUC 4 (SO), ONT 0 @ TUC 5, COL 1 @ TUC 2, COL 2 @ TUC 0
Played two tight ones with Colorado. San Jose may be the class of the AHL now, but watching Tucson and Colorado battle it out is going to be fun.

+9

This Week: @ CHI 12/15, @ CHI 12/16
Record: 15-6-2-1

6

Last Week: MIL 2 @ TEX 3, MIL 1 @ SA 2 (OT), GR 2 @ MIL 5
Despite 3 of 6 points last week, Milwaukee is keeping in stride with Iowa.

+7

This Week: vs. TEX 12/14, @ GR 12/15, @ RFD 12/19
Record: 15-9-4-0

7

Last Week: CHI 5 @ IA 4, GR 2 @ IA 5, IA 3 @ TEX 6
Two losses this week drops Iowa from the top spot in the rankings and has them in a tie with Milwaukee for tops in the Central.

-6

This Week: @ SA 12/14, @ SA 12/16
Record: 14-6-4-2

8

Last Week: SD 0 @ COL 2, SD 3 @ COL 4, COL 1 @ TUC 2, COL 2 @ TUC 0
It’s time to start taking the Eagles very seriously.

+2

This Week: @ ONT 12/15
Record: 13-8-3-1

9

Last Week: MIL 2 @ TEX 3, IA 3 @ TEX 6
That’s four in a row for your Texas Stars who are on a 7-3 run in their last ten.

+10

This Week: @ MIL 12/14, @ RFD 12/15, @ CHI 12/18
Record: 13-9-1-1

10

Last Week: CLE 0 @ WBS 1, CLE 4 @ LV 2
Swept Lehigh Valley at home if you factor in what they did last Wednesday. Monsters keeping Rochester and Syracuse honest in mid-December.

+1

This Week: @ RCH 12/14, vs. RCH 12/15, @ GR 12/19
Record: 13-9-3-0

11

Last Week: HER 0 @ LV 1, CLE 4 @ LV 2
Phantoms split the week and the Atlantic Division tightens up even more.

-2

This Week: vs. BEL 12/14, @ WBS 12/15, vs. HER 12/19
Record: 14-8-1-1

12

Last Week: BRI 1 @ WBS 3
Light week by Sound Tigers standards last week with just one game and a loss in Wilkes-Barre. Regular business picks back up this week with to more dates with the Penguins.

-8

This Week: @ PRO 12/14, vs. SPR 12/15, vs. WBS 12/16, @ WBS 12/19
Record: 14-8-3-1

13

Last Week: GR 2 @ RFD 3 (OT), GR 2 @ IA 5, GR 2 @ MIL 5
Grand Rapids stays in the upper echelon in the Central, but a three game losing streak is putting that fact in jeopardy. Winnable games coming up this week.

-6

This Week: vs. RFD 12/14, vs. MIL 12/15, @ RFD 12/16, vs. CLE 12/19
Record: 14-9-1-2

14

Last Week: BNG 0 @ SYR 5, UTI 7 @ BNG 4, BNG 1 @ SPR 5, BNG 5 @ RCH 1
Nice win over Rochester Wednesday keeps the Devils in shouting distance of the top four in the North. Tough games on the docket this week.

+2

This Week: @ UTI 12/14, vs. BEL 12/15, @ TOR 12/19
Record: 11-14-3-0

15

Last Week: CHI 5 @ IA 4, CHI 4 @ RFD 0
Hit the Roadrunners on a three game winning streak, Chicago will be getting home cooking this week against the Pacific’s best and the Stars drop by too.

+6

This Week: vs. TUC 12/15, vs. TUC 12/16, vs. TEX 12/18
Record: 13-9-2-1

16

Last Week: CLE 0 @ WBS 1, BRI 1 @ WBS 3, WBS 5 @ HER 4 (SO), WBS 2 @ SPR 1 (SO)
Trade away dead weight, make some adjustments to current personnel, win four straight. Easy, right? Wilkes-Barre looks to keep it rolling this week against teams sitting ahead of them in the standings.

+13

This Week: vs. LV 12/15, @ BRI 12/16, vs. BRI 12/19
Record: 13-10-3-1

17

Last Week: PRO 1 @ RCH 2, PRO 2 @ BEL 3, PRO 2 @ UTI 5
Well, that was a bad week for the Bruins, who fall four points behind Wilkes-Barre and Providence for fourth in the Atlantic. Schedule gets easier this week, we think?

-12

This Week: vs. BRI 12/14, vs. HER 12/15, @ HFD 12/19
Record: 11-11-4-0

18

Last Week: SPR 2 @ UTI 5, CHA 5 @ SPR 4 (OT), BNG 1 @ SPR 5, WBS 2 @ SPR 1 (SO)
Thunderbirds are OK for now, but Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre are bearing down. Saturday’s matchup with Bridgeport, currently second in the Atlantic, is looming large.

-6

This Week: @ BRI 12/15, vs. HER 12/16, vs. SYR 12/19
Record: 13-7-2-3

19

Last Week: MTB 2 @ STK 1, MTB 2 @ STK 3 (OT)
Got 3 of 4 points out in Stockton, but the Moose are seventh in the Central and need to start digging. A slumping Toronto Marlies team this week should be just what the doctor ordered.

+3

This Week: vs. TOR 12/14, vs. TOR 12/15
Record: 11-12-2-0

20

Last Week: MIL 1 @ SA 2 (OT)
San Antonio has been hit by the injury bug to assets in the NHL, so three games in the span of two weeks is a welcome sign. Two of those three games come against the powerhouse Iowa Wild.

+6

This Week: vs. IA 12/14, vs. IA 12/16
Record: 10-15-1-0

21

Last Week: SPR 2 @ UTI 5, UTI 7 @ BNG 4, PRO 2 @ UTI 5
Well look here, Comets are 7-3 in their last ten and punching their way to the top of the North. Comets up to fourth now. Heading to Charlotte next week for a huge test.

+9

This Week: vs. BNG 12/14, @ CHA 12/16, @ CHA 12/18
Record: 13-13-1-1

22

Last Week: LAV 2 @ BEL 7, PRO 2 @ BEL 3, BEL 0 @ TOR 1 (OT), BEL 1 @ LAV 3
That loss to Laval Wednesday makes stale an overall positive week for Belleville. Tough week ahead.

+3

This Week: @ LV 12/14, @ BNG 12/15, @ RCH 12/19
Record: 12-13-2-0

23

Last Week: MTB 2 @ STK 1, MTB 2 @ STK 3 (OT)
Heat are an average 5-5 in their last ten and sit right in the middle of the Pacific Division. Two this week at home against Bakersfield.

-3

This Week: vs. BAK 12/15, vs. BAK 12/19
Record: 12-12-1-0

24

Last Week: HER 0 @ LV 1, HFD 3 @ HER 6, WBS 5 @ HER 4 (SO)
Bears let a point slip from them Sunday at home against the Penguins, and you can argue that they let a full two get by. Where do we go from here? On the road to three very tough opponents.

-1

This Week: @ PRO 12/15, @ SPR 12/16, @ LV 12/19
Record: 11-13-0-2

25

Last Week: CHA 7 @ HFD 4, HFD 3 @ HER 6
Hartford has lost three straight and in a very competitive Atlantic, are at the bottom of the division. Schedule doesn’t get any easier this week heading to Charlotte.

-10

This Week: @ CHA 12/13, @ CHA 12/15, vs. PRO 12/19
Record: 11-12-1-2

26

Last Week: SJ 4 @ BAK 2, BAK 0 @ SJ 4
Bakersfield had a chance to make a little noise and establish themselves against a really stout San Jose team and instead fell flat.

-8

This Week: vs. SD 12/14, @ STK 12/15, @ STK 12/19
Record: 11-10-0-0

27

Last Week: ONT 3 @ TUC 4 (SO), ONT 0 @ TUC 5
.500 in the Pacific these days gets you near the bottom of the division, like the Reign are. Two very tough opponents coming up for Ontario.

-10

This Week: vs. COL 12/15, vs. SJ 12/16
Record: 9-9-2-2

28

Last Week: LAV 2 @ BEL 7, LAV 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), BEL 1 @ LAV 3
Some momentum heading into a tough matchup against Syracuse this weekend.

+3

This Week: vs. SYR 12/14, vs. SYR 12/15
Record: 10-14-2-1

29

Last Week: GR 2 @ RFD 3 (OT), CHI 4 @ RFD 0
IceHogs are losing touch with the Central’s upper crust and a busy week ahead could have them fall farther out of contact.

-5

This Week: @ GR 12/14, vs. TEX 12/15, vs. GR 12/16, vs. MIL 12/19
Record: 11-10-1-4

30

Last Week: LAV 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), BEL 0 @ TOR 1 (OT), SYR 8 @ TOR 1
Toronto is getting points, but face it, they are not a very good team right now. Losing 8-1 to Syracuse is embarrassing.

-3

This Week: @ MTB 12/14, @ MTB 12/15, vs. BNG 12/19
Record: 10-10-3-2

31

Last Week: SD 0 @ COL 2, SD 3 @ COL 4
Swept in Loveland. Way out of it and last in the Pacific and overall last in the AHL. It’s not always sunny in San Diego.

-3

This Week: @ BAK 12/14, vs. SJ 12/15, vs. SJ 12/19
Record: 8-11-1-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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