Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 14

We are hitting mid-January and things remain the same at the top of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings in Week 14.

Charlotte remains the top team. They can play a man short and beat you. They can play with eleven forwards and seven defensemen and beat you. No lead is safe on them, by the way. Don’t believe me? It’s what they did this past week against the opponents they played.

San Jose is still second and are starting to feel the heat from the hottest team in the AHL in San Diego who are third.

Central Division foes Chicago and Iowa round out the top five.

Click past the Wild if you didn’t link in direct to see where the rest shook out this week.

1

Last Week: CHA 4 @ BEL 1, CHA 6 @ BEL 3, CHA 5 @ TOR 0
It is starting to become obscene with how good this team is right now. Starting to open up a lead on Bridgeport (9).

n/a

This Week: vs. WBS 1/11, vs. WBS 1/12, vs. BRI 1/15, vs. BRI 1/16
Record: 27-8-3-0

2

Last Week: SJ 3 @ SD 4, SJ 2 @ ONT 1, ONT 1 @ SJ 3
San Jose starting to open up a bit of a lead on second place Tucson now. It’s four points right now as we hit mid-January.

n/a

This Week: vs. ONT 1/11, vs. STK 1/13
Record: 21-7-1-3

3

Last Week: SJ 3 @ SD 4, SD 4 @ ONT 1, SD 7 @ STK 4
There is no hotter team right now than the San Diego Gulls. Points in their last 12 games and just six points from the Barracuda for tops in the Central. A Central Division trip is going to prove to be a big test.

+5

This Week: @ MIL 1/12, @ IA 1/14, vs. TEX 1/16
Record: 18-11-1-3

4

Last Week: SA 3 @ CHI 0, SA 1 @ CHI 3
Split a fun series with San Antonio but are feeling the heat from Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and back in the division. Head to Arizona this weekend.

-1

This Week: @ TUC 1/11, @ TUC 1/12, vs. GR 1/16
Record: 21-12-3-1

5

Last Week: RFD 0 @ IA 3, IA 2 @ RFD 6, IA 4 @ SA 5
Two losses this week close things up on the Wild’s grip on the Central Division as we enter mid-January. Dangerous games ahead.

-2

This Week: @ SA 1/11, @ TEX 1/12, vs. SD 1/14
Record: 20-10-4-3

6

Last Week: TUC 7 @ STK 5, TUC 2 @ BAK 1
Picked up two nice wins to stay in the upper half of the Pacific Division. Wolves drop by this week in what should be a good series.

+6

This Week: vs. CHI 1/11, vs. CHI 1/12
Record: 19-9-3-1

7

Last Week: SA 3 @ CHI 0, SA 1 @ CHI 3, IA 4 @ SA 5
Things have turned around nicely for this San Antonio side whom I, for one, would not want to face when fully healthy.

+2

This Week: vs. IA 1/11, vs. RFD 1/12, vs. RFD 1/15
Record: 18-18-1-0

8

Last Week: MTB 1 @ TEX 3, MTB 3 @ TEX 2 (SO), BAK 2 @ TEX 3
6-2-1-1 in their last ten has the Stars right on the doorstep of the top four.

+3

This Week: vs. RFD 1/11, vs. IA 1/12, @ SD 1/16
Record: 19-11-3-2

9

Last Week: RCH 3 @ LAV 2 (SO), RCH 1 @ LAV 2
Took just two points out of Laval and are 5-5 in their last ten with teams closing in for top spot.

-2

This Week: vs. TOR 1/11, @ TOR 1/12
Record: 22-12-2-0

10

Last Week: COL 5 @ BAK 4, COL 6 @ STK 7
Played run and gun in California, and scored 11 goals. Important home series this weekend with Bakersfield coming up.

+5

This Week: vs. BAK 1/11, vs. BAK 1/12
Record: 16-13-3-1

11

Last Week: SPR 1 @ HFD 3, LV 1 @ HFD 3, HFD 1 @ PRO 5
Wolf Pack are 6-3-1 in their last ten but laid an egg Sunday in Providence against a team they are currently battling. Another crack at the Bruins again this weekend.

+5

This Week: @ PRO 1/11, @ BRI 1/12
Record: 17-16-2-2

12

Last Week: LV 2 @ PRO 4, LV 1 @ HFD 3, LV 4 @ SPR 3 (OT)
Salvaged the weekend with an OT win in Springfield Sunday. We have been telling you now for a while now that this team is way too inconsistent to take seriously just yet.

-2

This Week: vs. BNG 1/11, vs. HER 1/12, @ HER 1/13
Record: 20-12-1-2

13

Last Week: BRI 1 @ SYR 3, TOR 5 @ SYR 2, SYR 0 @ BNG 4
Have lost two of their last three and put up maybe the worst performance in the AHL on Wednesday when a Binghamton team outclassed the Crunch with just 10 shots on goal and a shutout.

-7

This Week: vs. CLE 1/11, @ UTI 1/12, @ UTI 1/16
Record: 21-11-2-0

14

Last Week: GR 2 @ WBS 3 (SO), GR 4 @ HER 6, GR 3 @ MIL 1
6-3-1 in the Central and one of the quietly good teams in the AHL right now. Winnable games vs. Belleville this weekend before a midweek clash with Chicago which should be good.

n/a

This Week: vs. BEL 1/11, vs. BEL 1/12, @ CHI 1/16
Record: 20-12-3-3

15

Last Week: GR 2 @ WBS 3 (SO), MIL 5 @ WBS 3
Trending up, but had a tough luck loss Saturday at home against Milwaukee and head into the den of the AHL’s leading team this weekend.

+3

This Week: @ CHA 1/11, @ CHA 1/12
Record: 18-15-4-1

16

Last Week: BRI 1 @ SYR 3, BRI 2 @ BNG 3
Three straight losses for a suddenly cold Bridgeport team. A trip to North Carolina next week as well.

-11

This Week: @ UTI 1/11, vs. HFD 1/12, @ CHA 1/15, @ CHA 1/16
Record: 21-11-4-2

17

Last Week: RCH 3 @ LAV 2 (SO), RCH 1 @ LAV 2
Three points from the division leading Amerks last weekend. Rocket are trending upwards with more winnable games this weekend.

+3

This Week: @ MTB 1/10, @ MTB 1/12, vs. BEL 1/16
Record: 15-16-3-3

18

Last Week: UTI 6 @ CLE 2, UTI 5 @ CLE 1, UTI 3 @ TOR 6
Could have used max points this week. Now have an ornery Sound Tigers team coming in and a pissed off Crunch team this weekend.

+1

This Week: vs. BRI 1/11, vs. SYR 1/12, vs. SYR 1/16
Record: 20-17-2-1

19

Last Week: MIL 5 @ WBS 3, MIL 3 @ HER 1, GR 3 @ MIL 1
Good trip through Pennsylvania before a slip up at home vs. Grand Rapids. Admirals are right there in the mix as we hit mid-January.

+5

This Week: vs. SD 1/12, @ MTB 1/14, @ MTB 1/16
Record: 19-13-5-1

20

Last Week: SPR 1 @ HFD 3, PRO 3 @ SPR 5, LV 4 @ SPR 3 (OT)
Thunderbirds are sputtering a bit, and a busy week of action coming up against divisional foes around them this week to shake things out.

+1

This Week: vs. HER 1/11, vs. PRO 1/12, @ PRO 1/13, @ LV 1/16
Record: 16-12-5-3

21

Last Week: TOR 5 @ BNG 1, TOR 5 @ SYR 2, CHA 5 @ TOR 0, UTI 3 @ TOR 6
Are the Marlies getting hot at the right time? Won 3 of 4 this week and are on the doorstep of the top four. Very important home and home with the Amerks coming up this weekend.

+6

This Week: @ RCH 1/11, vs. RCH 1/12
Record: 18-14-3-2

22

Last Week: TOR 5 @ BNG 1, BRI 2 @ BNG 3, SYR 0 @ BNG 4
Beat Syracuse with just 10 shots and shut the suddenly reeling Crunch out on Wednesday. Is this momentum to propel the Devils in the right direction?

n/a

This Week: @ LV 1/11, vs. CLE 1/12, vs. HER 1/16
Record: 17-20-3-0

23

Last Week: LV 2 @ PRO 4, PRO 3 @ SPR 5, HFD 1 @ PRO 5
Not a bad weekend for Providence, who are on the doorstep of the top four right now. Get another crack at Hartford this Friday before a home and home against the Thunderbirds.

+5

This Week: vs. HFD 1/11, @ SPR 1/12, vs. SPR 1/13
Record: 16-16-5-0

24

Last Week: RFD 0 @ IA 3, IA 2 @ RFD 6
Split with Iowa this week. Head to Texas now with some important games against the Rampage and Stars who the IceHogs are battling right now.

+6

This Week: @ TEX 1/11, @ SA 1/12, @ SA 1/15
Record: 16-15-3-4

25

Last Week: COL 5 @ BAK 4, TUC 2 @ BAK 1, BAK 2 @ TEX 3
Condors have gone cold a bit here with just three wins in their last ten games and winless in their last four. A trip to Loveland this weekend.

-12

This Week: @ COL 1/11, @ COL 1/12, vs. STK 1/16
Record: 16-15-1-1

26

Last Week: UTI 6 @ CLE 2, UTI 5 @ CLE 1, CLE 2 @ BEL 3
Monsters are suddenly flat, 4-4-2 in their last ten games and barely hanging onto a playoff spot.

-9

This Week: @ SYR 1/11, @ BNG 1/12
Record: 17-14-4-1

27

Last Week: GR 4 @ HER 6, MIL 3 @ HER 1
Splitting weeks isn’t good when you are in last place. Bears need points and four games this week is a good chance to get them.

-4

This Week: @ SPR 1/11, @ LV 1/12, vs. LV 1/13, @ BNG 1/16
Record: 15-19-0-2

28

Last Week: TUC 7 @ STK 5, COL 6 @ STK 7, SD 7 @ STK 4
Heat are just ebbing and flowing. Up one week, down the next. A date with the hapless Reign should have them up, but then the next night they travel to San Jose for a date with the Barracuda, so that means likely down.

-2

This Week: vs. ONT 1/12, @ SJ 1/13, @ BAK 1/16
Record: 15-17-3-0

29

Last Week: MTB 1 @ TEX 3, MTB 3 @ TEX 2 (SO)
Shootout win in Cedar Park stops the bleeding a bit as the Moose have been hemorrhaging points to other teams. A pair of teams drop by for four home games this week.

n/a

This Week: vs. LAV 1/10, vs. LAV 1/12, vs. MIL 1/14, vs. MIL 1/16
Record: 14-18-2-0

30

Last Week: CHA 4 @ BEL 1, CHA 6 @ BEL 3, CLE 2 @ BEL 3
Good win for the Senators Wednesday. Despite being in last place, Belleville is just five points away from the four spot in the North.

-5

This Week: @ GR 1/11, @ GR 1/12, @ LAV 1/16
Record: 17-20-2-0

31

Last Week: SJ 2 @ ONT 1, SD 4 @ ONT 1, ONT 1 @ SJ 3
It may be too soon to stick a fork in Ontario, but a six game losing streak and eight points from sixth place in the division has you looking for your silverware.

n/a

This Week: @ SJ 1/11, @ STK 1/12
Record: 10-17-3-2

Have a great week, everyone!

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