Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 11

Some shakeups this week to the Top Five in the Week 11 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The San Jose Barracuda hit a bump in the road against the San Diego Gulls and drop out of the top spot this week. They are replaced by, who else, the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers remain the AHL’s best, most complete team. They face a stiff test when Bridgeport comes to town this weekend though.

North Division leading Rochester jump to the two spot. The Amerks have been a bit underrated in these Rankings. They lead their division by five right now, so they have our attention.

Milwaukee sits fourth after making the best out of some sticky situations. They are followed by the pesky Colorado Eagles who continue to impress.

Jump past the Eagles to see the rest of the Rankings if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: HFD 0 @ CHA 1, HFD 2 @ CHA 3, UTI 1 @ CHA 2 (OT), UTI 4 @ CHA 3 (OT)
Checkers continue to just plow opponents. Bridgeport in this weekend in a very important battle of the Atlantic’s top teams.

+1

This Week: vs. BRI 12/21, vs. BRI 12/22
Record: 22-6-2-0

2

Last Week: CLE 1 @ RCH 3, RCH 2 @ CLE 1 (OT), BEL 5 @ RCH 4
That loss to Belleville Wednesday has to stink but the Amerks have a five point lead over Utica in the North right now so it’s OK, for now.

+2

This Week: vs. HFD 12/21, vs. HFD 12/22, @ CLE 12/26
Record: 18-8-2-0

3

Last Week: SJ 3 @ SD 4 (SO), SJ 5 @ ONT 2, SJ 1 @ SD 6
First regulation loss for San Jose since November 10 with Wednesday’s setback to San Diego, a team that got the Barracuda twice this week. Two big games with the Roadrunners, smarting from the unsuccessful trip to Rosemont last weekend, coming up this week.

-2

This Week: vs. TUC 12/21, vs. TUC 12/22
Record: 16-4-1-3

4

Last Week: TEX 2 @ MIL 3 (OT), MIL 4 @ GR 5 (SO), MIL 3 @ RFD 4 (OT)
It doesn’t look pretty, but the Admirals have points in four straight games and lead the Central by three over Chicago and Iowa. Wolves are on the schedule twice this week.

+2

This Week: vs. CHI 12/22, vs. CHI 12/26
Record: 16-9-5-1

5

Last Week: COL 4 @ ONT 3 (OT)
Eagles continue to roll. Quiet week, big OT win in Ontario. One game, no problem. Return home to host Bakersfield this weekend.

+3

This Week: vs. BAK 12/21, vs. BAK 12/22
Record: 14-8-3-1

6

Last Week: BRI 4 @ PRO 3, SPR 3 @ BRI 5, WBS 0 @ BRI 1, BRI 3 @ WBS 4 (OT)
Heading into a contender or pretender weekend against the very good Charlotte Checkers, whom the Sound Tigers sit directly behind by seven points.

+6

This Week: @ CHA 12/21, @ CHA 12/22
Record: 17-8-4-1

7

Last Week: SYR 3 @ LAV 2 (SO), SYR 0 @ LAV 4, SYR 2 @ SPR 3
Hitting the Pennsylvania part of the schedule on a bit of a slide and against two teams who are hot. Things are dangerously tight in the North and the Crunch must tread carefully.

-4

This Week: @ LV 12/21, vs. WBS 12/22, @ BNG 12/26
Record: 15-8-2-0

8

Last Week: TUC 2 @ CHI 4, TUC 1 @ CHI 5, TEX 1 @ CHI 6
Wolves are on a six game win streak, powering past faulty Iowa and sweeping visiting Tucson in impressive fashion. Two this week with Milwaukee who lead the Central.

+7

This Week: vs. RFD 12/21, @ MIL 12/22, @ MIL 12/26
Record: 16-9-2-1

9

Last Week: TEX 2 @ MIL 3 (OT), TEX 3 @ RFD 2 (OT), TEX 1 @ CHI 6
Stars are one of the hotter teams in the AHL here before the Christmas break. Rampage up next who aren’t the same San Antonio team from a month ago.

n/a

This Week: vs. SA 12/21, @ SA 12/22
Record: 14-10-2-1

10

Last Week: TUC 2 @ CHI 4, TUC 1 @ CHI 5
Oof. That trip to the Midwest was not kind to the Roadrunners, who look to regroup against a powerhouse Barracuda team this weekend.

-5

This Week: @ SJ 12/21, @ SJ 12/22
Record: 15-8-2-1

11

Last Week: BNG 2 @ UTI 5, UTI 1 @ CHA 2 (OT), UTI 4 @ CHA 3 (OT)
3 out of 4 points from the leagues best team in Charlotte is impressive for an all of a sudden impressive Utica Comets hockey team.

+10

This Week: @ SPR 12/21, vs. BNG 12/22
Record: 15-13-2-1

12

Last Week: SPR 3 @ BRI 5, HER 1 @ SPR 4, SYR 2 @ SPR 3
Caught a sliding Crunch team at the right time to stay ahead of the Phantoms and Penguins who are arguing for the last parking spot out back. Host the surging Comets Friday and the hungry Bruins Saturday.

+6

This Week: vs. UTI 12/21, vs. PRO 12/22
Record: 15-8-2-3

13

Last Week: LV 2 @ WBS 5, WBS 0 @ BRI 1, BRI 3 @ WBS 4 (OT)
Pulled a rabbit out of their (redacted) on Wednesday, coming from behind two goals to stun the Sound Tigers in overtime. Schedule is setting up to make more moves in the Atlantic here before 2019.

+3

This Week: @ HER 12/21, @ SYR 12/22, vs. LV 12/26
Record: 15-11-3-1

14

Last Week: BEL 1 @ LV 4, LV 2 @ WBS 5, HER 0 @ LV 5
In a dogfight with Wilkes-Barre for the fourth spot in the Atlantic. Doesn’t look like Springfield is going anywhere and Bridgeport looks great as well. Something has to give between the two teams on Boxing Day, though.

-3

This Week: vs. SYR 12/21, @ HER 12/22, @ WBS 12/26
Record: 16-9-1-1

15

Last Week: IA 3 @ SA 4 (SO), IA 2 @ SA 5
San Antonio have a quiet three game win streak against some quality opponents. Are the Rampage starting to turn a corner?

+5

This Week: @ TEX 12/21, vs. TEX 12/22
Record: 12-15-1-0

16

Last Week: IA 3 @ SA 4 (SO), IA 2 @ SA 5
Iowa has hit a slide. 3-3-2-2 in their last ten and mired in the middle of the pack of a very competitive Central. San Antonio touched the Wild for four power play goals Sunday.

-9

This Week: vs. STK 12/21, vs. STK 12/22, vs. RFD 12/26
Record: 14-7-4-3

17

Last Week: CLE 1 @ RCH 3, RCH 2 @ CLE 1 (OT), CLE 3 @ GR 1
Monsters slip to fourth in the North after a bit of a struggle this week. Important games against Belleville ahead.

-7

This Week: vs. BEL 12/21, vs. BEL 12/22, vs. RCH 12/26
Record: 14-10-4-0

18

Last Week: BNG 2 @ UTI 5, BEL 1 @ BNG 3, BNG 1 @ TOR 3
Devils are struggling right now and with the tear that Utica and Toronto are on Binghamton better get it together before they are left behind.

-4

This Week: vs. PRO 12/21, @ UTI 12/22, vs. SYR 12/26
Record: 12-16-3-0

19

Last Week: RFD 3 @ GR 2 (OT), MIL 4 @ GR 5 (SO), GR 1 @ RFD 2, CLE 3 @ GR 1
Average just isn’t going to cut it right now in the Central and average is what the Griffins are playing to right now.

-6

This Week: @ MTB 12/21, @ MTB 12/22
Record: 15-11-2-2

20

Last Week: SD 3 @ BAK 4 (SO), BAK 1 @ STK 0, BAK 3 @ STK 2 (OT)
Three straight wins for the Condors, including two against their closest standings rival in Stockton, makes for a positive week.

+6

This Week: @ COL 12/21, @ COL 12/22
Record: 14-10-0-0

21

Last Week: RFD 3 @ GR 2 (OT), TEX 3 @ RFD 2 (OT), GR 1 @ RFD 2, MIL 3 @ RFD 4 (OT)
IceHogs nudge ahead of the Griffins for the fourth spot in the Central and are very hot and getting points. 6-2-1-1 in their last ten and on the rise.

+8

This Week: @ CHI 12/21, @ IA 12/26
Record: 14-10-2-4

22

Last Week: SD 3 @ BAK 4 (SO), SJ 3 @ SD 4 (SO), SJ 1 @ SD 6
Gulls were able to do something that hasn’t been done in months to San Jose, that is beat them in regulation on Wednesday. That alone earns them a bump in this weeks Rankings. Home and home with Ontario coming up.

+9

This Week: vs. ONT 12/21, @ ONT 12/22
Record: 10-11-1-2

23

Last Week: BRI 4 @ PRO 3 (OT), HER 2 @ PRO 6, PRO 0 @ HFD 3
Laid an egg in Hartford on Wednesday and are losing touch with fifth place Wilkes-Barre and the rest of the Atlantic.

-6

This Week: @ BNG 12/21, @ SPR 12/22
Record: 12-12-5-0

24

Last Week: TOR 7 @ MTB 2, TOR 5 @ MTB 1, BNG 1 @ TOR 3
What a difference a week makes. Three big wins for the Marlies and it looks like they may be back to their old selves again. Winnable games this week as well.

+6

This Week: @ LAV 12/21, @ LAV 12/22, vs. BEL 12/26
Record: 13-10-3-2

25

Last Week: SYR 3 @ LAV 2 (SO), SYR 0 @ LAV 4
3 of 4 points out of a really good Syracuse team is a step in the right direction for Laval. Two this week with Toronto, should make for a good test.

+3

This Week: vs. TOR 12/21, vs. TOR 12/22
Record: 11-14-2-2

26

Last Week: HFD 0 @ CHA 1, HFD 2 @ CHA 3, PRO 0 @ HFD 3
Hartford is 5-5 in their last ten while teams like Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley are 7-3 and 6-4 respectively. That has the Wolf Pack out of things for now. Two road games in Rochester make for a tough pre-Christmas battle.

-1

This Week: @ RCH 12/21, @ RCH 12/22
Record: 12-14-1-2

27

Last Week: BEL 1 @ LV 4, BEL 1 @ BNG 3, BEL 5 @ RCH 4
Nice win over division leading Rochester Wednesday on the road, which continues this weekend through Cleveland and Toronto.

-5

This Week: @ CLE 12/21, @ CLE 12/22, @ TOR 12/26
Record: 13-15-2-0

28

Last Week: BAK 1 @ STK 0, BAK 3 @ STK 2 (OT)
Heat are neck and neck with Bakersfield for the four spot so giving away overtime points like they did Wednesday isn’t ideal.

-5

This Week: @ IA 12/21, @ IA 12/22
Record: 12-13-2-0

29

Last Week: COL 4 @ ONT 3 (OT), SJ 5 @ ONT 2
Reign have been average of late and that isn’t good enough in their position in the Pacific.

-2

This Week: @ SD 12/21, vs. SD 12/22
Record: 9-10-3-2

30

Last Week: TOR 7 @ MTB 2, TOR 5 @ MTB 1
When you are getting thumped by a listless Marlies team, that is when there is a sign of trouble. Grand Rapids comes in this week, schedule doesn’t get any easier.

-11

This Week: vs. GR 12/21, vs. GR 12/22
Record: 11-14-2-0

31

Last Week: HER 2 @ PRO 6, HER 1 @ SPR 4, HER 0 @ LV 5
Rough going for Spencer Carbery’s crew, mired in a 3-6-0-1 run these last ten games and losing touch with seventh place in the Atlantic. Schedule this week doesn’t look any easier.

-7

This Week: vs. WBS 12/21, vs. LV 12/22
Record: 11-16-0-2

Merry Christmas everyone!

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