Chirps from Center Ice

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 12

Nothing really changed in Week 12 of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings this week to the top three. Charlotte, Rochester and San Jose respectively remain one two and three in this weeks edition.

The Chicago Wolves, probably the hottest team in the AHL right now, sit fourth followed by Bridgeport who narrowly beats out sixth place Syracuse for the fifth spot.

Pop past the Sound Tigers to get to the Crunch and beyond if you didn’t link in direct and have a happy and safe New Year holiday.

1

Last Week: BRI 6 @ CHA 1, BRI 1 @ CHA 3
Trap games coming up to close out 2018 for the AHL’s best team?

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 12/28, @ LAV 12/29, @ TOR 12/31
Record: 23-7-2-0

2

Last Week: HFD 4 @ RCH 2, HFD 5 @ RCH 1, RCH 4 @ CLE 0
Bumpy week where the Amerks were swept by the Wolf Pack in testy affairs, but Rochester remains on top of the North heading into 2019.

n/a

This Week: vs. TOR 12/28, @ UTI 12/29, vs. BRI 1/2
Record: 19-10-2-0

3

Last Week: TUC 3 @ SJ 4 (OT), TUC 4 @ SJ 3
Tough series with Tucson but San Jose comes out of it OK, two up on the Roadrunners as we break into 2019.

n/a

This Week: vs. COL 12/27, vs. SD 12/30, @ STK 12/31
Record: 17-5-1-3

4

Last Week: RFD 5 @ CHI 4 (OT), CHI 3 @ MIL 1, CHI 4 @ MIL 1
Wolves on a tear while everyone else in the division is stuck in second gear. Yet, they lead second place Iowa by just one point.

+4

This Week: @ RFD 12/28, vs. RFD 12/29, @ IA 12/31, vs. IA 1/2
Record: 18-9-3-1

5

Last Week: BRI 6 @ CHA 1, BRI 1 @ CHA 3
Split with Charlotte and looked OK in the process. Are the Sound Tigers for real this year?

+1

This Week: vs. HFD 12/27, @ SPR 12/28, @ HFD 12/29, @ RCH 1/2
Record: 18-9-4-1

6

Last Week: SYR 3 @ LV 2 (SO), WBS 3 @ SYR 4 (OT), SYR 6 @ BNG 3
Positive week for Syracuse who are looking more and more like a serious contender.

+1

This Week: vs. UTI 12/28, vs. SPR 12/29, @ UTI 1/2
Record: 18-8-2-0

7

Last Week: BAK 5 @ COL 3, BAK 2 @ COL 3 (SO)
Busy travel week for the Eagles who see them in San Jose on Thursday then ringing in the New Year in Winnipeg.

-2

This Week: @ SJ 12/27, @ MTB 12/30, @ MTB 12/31
Record: 15-9-3-1

8

Last Week: TUC 3 @ SJ 4 (OT), TUC 4 @ SJ 3
Almost needed that win Saturday in San Jose to keep pace with the Barracuda. Two this week with a very hot offensive Stockton team coming in.

+2

This Week: vs. STK 12/28, vs. STK 12/29
Record: 16-8-3-1

9

Last Week: SYR 3 @ LV 2 (SO), LV 6 @ HER 1, LV 5 @ WBS 3
Phantoms looking to make the Atlantic a three horse race after an impressive week.

+5

This Week: vs. PRO 12/28, vs. WBS 12/29
Record: 18-9-1-2

10

Last Week: STK 7 @ IA 8 (OT), STK 5 @ IA 1, RFD 0 @ IA 4
Give us more Stockton – Iowa AHL match ups, please.

+6

This Week: vs. MIL 12/29, vs. CHI 12/31, @ CHI 1/2
Record: 16-8-4-3

11

Last Week: SA 2 @ TEX 5, TEX 1 @ SA 2 (OT)
Texas needs to make these games against San Antonio count. They are within shouting distance of the division lead right now.

-2

This Week: vs. SA 12/27, vs. ONT 12/29, @ SA 12/30
Record: 15-10-3-1

12

Last Week: SA 2 @ TEX 5, TEX 1 @ SA 2 (OT)
Rampage slowly working their way back to .500. It can come as soon as this week.

+3

This Week: @ TEX 12/27, vs. ONT 12/28, vs. TEX 12/30, vs. MTB 1/2
Record: 13-16-1-0

13

Last Week: UTI 2 @ SPR 1, BNG 4 @ UTI 3
Devils cool off a surging Utica team on Saturday. Another crack at Binghamton this weekend.

-2

This Week: vs. BNG 12/27, @ SYR 12/28, vs. RCH 12/29, vs. SYR 1/2
Record: 16-14-2-1

14

Last Week: CHI 3 @ MIL 1, CHI 4 @ MIL 1
Chicago is on a tear and everyone else is .500 or worse, including Milwaukee who are 3-4-2-1 in their last ten and slipping.

-10

This Week: @ IA 12/29, @ RFD 1/2
Record: 16-11-5-1

15

Last Week: ONT 3 @ SD 5, SD 6 @ ONT 7 (SO)
Gulls are unbeaten in five straight, still pushing to get to the top four.

+7

This Week: vs. BAK 12/27, @ BAK 12/29, @ SJ 12/30, @ BAK 1/2
Record: 11-11-1-3

16

Last Week: PRO 3 @ BNG 6, BNG 4 @ UTI 3, SYR 6 @ BNG 3
Not a bad week for the Devils really, but more work left to be done.

+2

This Week: @ UTI 12/27, @ BEL 12/29, vs. WBS 12/31
Record: 14-17-3-0

17

Last Week: BAK 5 @ COL 3, BAK 2 @ COL 3 (SO)
3 out of 4 in Loveland is better than most teams have fared of late up there. Bakersfield quietly sits fourth in the Pacific with some winnable games coming up on a very busy schedule this week.

+3

This Week: @ SD 12/27, vs. SD 12/29, @ ONT 12/31, vs. SD 1/2
Record: 15-10-0-1

18

Last Week: GR 4 @ MTB 1, GR 3 @ MTB 1
Near the top of the Central which looks more and more competitive by the week. Home and home with Cleveland this weekend.

+1

This Week: @ CLE 12/28, vs. CLE 12/29, vs. RFD 12/31
Record: 17-11-2-2

19

Last Week: BEL 3 @ CLE 6, BEL 2 @ CLE 3, RCH 4 @ CLE 0
Bad loss Wednesday in a game that you could say the Monsters were not ready for, otherwise it would have been a three way tie in the North Division.

-2

This Week: vs. GR 12/28, @ GR 12/29
Record: 16-11-4-0

20

Last Week: HFD 4 @ RCH 2, HFD 5 @ RCH 1
Three straight for Hartford and a sweep of Rochester I don’t think many saw coming. Home and home with Bridgeport this weekend.

+6

This Week: @ BRI 12/27, vs. BRI 12/29, vs. SPR 12/30
Record: 14-14-1-2

21

Last Week: UTI 2 @ SPR 1, PRO 5 @ SPR 4
Thunderbirds drop two straight and miss out on an opportunity to make some ground on Wilkes-Barre and Lehigh Valley. Tough slate to ring in the New Year this week.

-9

This Week: vs. BRI 12/28, @ SYR 12/29, @ HFD 12/30
Record: 15-10-2-3

22

Last Week: WBS 2 @ HER 3, WBS 3 @ SYR 4 (OT), LV 5 @ WBS 3
Two weeks of trending in the right direction followed by the last two recent games where leads are unable to be defended.

-9

This Week: vs. HER 12/28, @ LV 12/29, @ BNG 12/31
Record: 15-13-4-1

23

Last Week: PRO 3 @ BNG 6, PRO 5 @ SPR 4
Bruins are separating themselves from last place Hershey and looking to make moves on the top four of the Atlantic. Tough weekend ahead.

n/a

This Week: @ LV 12/28, @ HER 12/29, @ HER 12/30
Record: 13-13-5-0

24

Last Week: TOR 1 @ LAV 2, TOR 2 @ LAV 0
Split a series with Toronto last week and are, despite being in last place in the North, lurking. Two with Charlotte this week may halt that momentum though.

+1

This Week: @ BEL 12/27, vs. CHA 12/28, vs. CHA 12/29, vs. BEL 1/2
Record: 12-15-2-2

25

Last Week: TOR 1 @ LAV 2, TOR 2 @ LAV 0, BEL 4 @ TOR 1
Losses this week to Laval and Belleville are going to come around and bite the Marlies in the future, mark our words.

-1

This Week: @ RCH 12/28, vs. CHA 12/31
Record: 14-12-3-2

26

Last Week: STK 7 @ IA 8 (OT), STK 5 @ IA 1
Played fun and gun with Iowa and scored 12 goals in Des Moines. Are .500 and in shouting distance of the top four but a tough weekend lies ahead for the Heat.

+2

This Week: @ TUC 12/28, @ TUC 12/29, vs. SJ 12/31
Record: 13-13-3-0

27

Last Week: ONT 3 @ SD 5, SD 6 @ ONT 7 (SO)
Split an exciting series with the Reign. This San Diego – Ontario rivalry is turning into a fun one.

+2

This Week: @ SA 12/28, @ TEX 12/29, vs. BAK 12/31
Record: 10-11-3-2

28

Last Week: RFD 5 @ CHI 4 (OT), RFD 0 @ IA 4
Things were trending in Rockford’s direction until they laid an egg in Des Moines on Boxing Day. Schedule is full of teams ahead of the IceHogs in the standings.

-7

This Week: vs. CHI 12/28, @ CHI 12/29, @ GR 12/31, vs. MIL 1/2
Record: 15-11-2-4

29

Last Week: BEL 3 @ CLE 6, BEL 2 @ CLE 3, BEL 4 @ TOR 1
Haven’t been playing up to par and the record and place in the division show. A chance to make up some ground this week with Laval on the schedule twice.

-2

This Week: vs. LAV 12/27, vs. BNG 12/29, @ LAV 1/2
Record: 14-17-2-0

30

Last Week: WBS 2 @ HER 3, LV 6 @ HER 1
Got pasted again by Lehigh Valley and played a tight one with Wilkes-Barre. Bears sit at the bottom of the AHL as we ring out 2018. Is there time to turn it around?

+1

This Week: @ WBS 12/28, vs. PRO 12/29, vs PRO 12/30
Record: 12-17-0-2

31

Last Week: GR 4 @ MTB 1, GR 3 @ MTB 1
Five straight losses and now at the bottom of the Central. Just think where this team was a year ago this time.

-1

This Week: vs. COL 12/30, vs. COL 12/31, @ SA 1/2
Record: 11-16-2-0

Happy New Year, everyone!

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