Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 16

We have a new number one and a shakeup in the Week 16 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The San Diego Gulls take the top spot in the Rankings this week. After being 31st about two months ago, the Gulls work their way through 30 other teams and now sit at the top of the Power Rankings.

But the Gulls aren’t even the top team in their own division and aren’t even the runners up, but those two teams (San Jose, 3rd and Tucson, 4th) are in the top five in this weeks Rankings.

Charlotte didn’t go far and if they are as good as we think they are will go back to number one next week. They drop to second.

Rochester rounds out the top five with a three point lead on second place Utica, who the Americans meet up with this weekend.

After the Americans, jump in to the rest of the Rankings if you didn’t link in direct and if you are headed to Springfield this weekend for All-Star Classic festivities, enjoy.

1

Last Week: BAK 6 @ SD 2, SD 4 @ ONT 1
The Gulls 42 days without a point came to an end Saturday at home against Bakersfield. They went out in their next game and pasted Ontario. They head to Texas for some Central Division action before the All-Star break.

+1

This Week: @ SA 1/25, @ TEX 1/26
Record: 21-12-2-3

2

Last Week: TOR 4 @ CHA 3 (OT), TOR 5 @ CHA 0
Got smacked around a bit by the defending champion Toronto Marlies at home this week. How do the Checkers respond to the first bit of adversity they have faced all season?

-1

This Week: @ PRO 1/25, @ HFD 1/26
Record: 30-10-4-0

3

Last Week: TEX 1 @ SJ 2, BAK 6 @ SJ 5 (OT)
It is hard to believe that at the All-Star break the possibility exists that the Barracuda may still have only just single digit regulation losses. However, Grand Rapids is a great team that cannot be discounted.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 1/25, @ GR 1/26
Record: 23-8-2-3

4

Last Week: TUC 3 @ COL 7, TUC 2 @ COL 0, TEX 3 @ TUC 6, TEX 0 @ TUC 4
Two shutouts this week for Tucson who are the closest to first place second place team there is in all the AHL.

+1

This Week: vs. BAK 1/25, vs. BAK 1/26
Record: 23-11-3-1

5

Last Week: RCH 5 @ WBS 4, RCH 2 @ LV 3 (SO), BNG 5 @ RCH 7
Amerks take a three point lead into the weekend before the All-Star break over Utica, in second and four points over Syracuse, in third.

+4

This Week: vs. UTI 1/25, @ SYR 1/26
Record: 25-13-2-1

6

Last Week: GR 3 @ RFD 1, MIL 0 @ GR 3, MTB 1 @ GR 2 (OT)
Griffins are two points clear at the top of the Central with a big matchup against San Jose coming this weekend in Michigan.

+5

This Week: vs. SJ 1/25, vs. SJ 1/26
Record: 24-13-3-4

7

Last Week: ONT 6 @ IA 5, ONT 2 @ IA 4, RFD 1 @ IA 4
Iowa has been an average 5-5 in their last ten but are right at the top of the Central despite this mediocrity. Two games before the All-Star break for the Wild coming up.

-1

This Week: @ MIL 1/25, @ RFD 1/26
Record: 23-13-4-3

8

Last Week: HER 5 @ WBS 3, HER 4 @ BRI 1, HER 1 @ LV 2 (SO)
Bears are white hot right now and a team that you don’t want to play. Laval should prove a stiff test for the Bears this weekend.

+10

This Week: vs. LAV 1/26
Record: 20-20-0-3

9

Last Week: TOR 4 @ CHA 3 (OT), TOR 5 @ CHA 0, TOR 5 @ CLE 6 (SO)
Marlies are in the top ten this week after an impressive week where they sweep the Checkers, something that no team in the AHL has done yet in North Carolina this season.

+7

This Week: @ BEL 1/25, @ BEL 1/26
Record: 21-15-3-3

10

Last Week: SPR 1 @ PRO 2 (SO), PRO 3 @ BRI 4 (SO), HFD 2 @ PRO 5
Only slightly cooler than the red hot Hershey Bears are your Providence Bruins who finally look like they have their act together and are making a serious push into the top four. Big test coming this Friday against Charlotte.

+4

This Week: vs. CHA 1/25, vs. SPR 1/26
Record: 20-16-6-1

11

Last Week: BNG 3 @ UTI 5, BEL 5 @ UTI 2
Emotional loss to Belleville Saturday. One this week with Rochester with North Division leader implications on the line.

+1

This Week: @ RCH 1/25
Record: 23-18-3-1

12

Last Week: RFD 3 @ CHI 2 (OT), MIL 4 @ CHI 0
One point out of the week costs the Wolves tops in the North. Hit the road for Cleveland this week.

-8

This Week: @ CLE 1/24, @ CLE 1/26
Record: 23-14-4-1

13

Last Week: SPR 1 @ PRO 2 (SO), SPR 3 @ HFD 0, LAV 4 @ SPR 3 (OT), SPR 7 @ HFD 4
Got points out of all their games this week and are out of that mini funk that had them down a few weeks ago. Two tough opponents on the schedule this week before the All-Star break.

+2

This Week: @ SYR 1/25, @ PRO 1/26
Record: 20-14-6-4

14

Last Week: STK 4 @ BAK 5 (OT), BAK 6 @ SD 2, BAK 6 @ SJ 5 (OT), COL 2 @ BAK 7
The resurgence of the Condors team is something to watch. Big road test this weekend in Tucson.

+8

This Week: @ TUC 1/25, @ TUC 1/26
Record: 22-15-2-1

15

Last Week: CLE 0 @ LAV 1, CLE 5 @ LAV 4 (SO), LAV 4 @ SPR 3 (OT)
A 6-1-1-2 run in their last ten has Laval up to virtual tie for fifth in a, “nobody wants it” North Division. They head to Pennsylvania to take on the Phantoms and Bears this weekend.

+9

This Week: @ LV 1/25, @ HER 1/26
Record: 19-17-3-4

16

Last Week: SA 1 @ MTB 4, SA 2 @ MTB 4, MTB 1 @ GR 2 (OT)
Moose are pushing, no regulation losses in eight straight (6-0-2) and all of a sudden the Central is very, very interesting.

+9

This Week: @ RFD 1/25, @ MIL 1/26
Record: 19-18-3-1

17

Last Week: CLE 0 @ LAV 1, CLE 5 @ LAV 4 (SO), TOR 5 @ CLE 6 (SO)
Cleveland needed a week like this and these four points this week will go a long way in possibly turning things around for the Monsters.

+10

This Week: vs. CHI 1/24, vs. CHI 1/26
Record: 20-16-4-1

18

Last Week: RCH 5 @ WBS 4, HER 5 @ WBS 3, LV 1 @ WBS 2 (OT), WBS 5 @ BRI 2
Another inconsistent week for Wilkes-Barre who go 2-2 in a busy week which featured four different start times. They are getting bodies back and the playoff push is on.

-5

This Week: @ BNG 1/26
Record: 21-18-4-1

19

Last Week: LV 5 @ HFD 6 (OT), RCH 2 @ LV 3 (SO), LV 1 @ WBS 2 (OT), HER 1 @ LV 2 (SO)
Phantoms are spilling points everywhere here of recent but seem to be in an OK position right now. Trap games this weekend or nah?

n/a

This Week: vs. LAV 1/25, @ BRI 1/26
Record: 23-15-3-2

20

Last Week: BEL 3 @ SYR 5, SYR @ BNG – PPD, BNG 1 @ SYR 2
Syracuse has played sub-.500 hockey in their last ten games and they are losing slight touch with the leaders in the North.

n/a

This Week: vs. SPR 1/25, vs. RCH 1/26
Record: 23-13-2-1

21

Last Week: MIL 0 @ GR 3, MIL 4 @ CHI 0, SA 3 @ MIL 7
Strong wins to close out the week last week. Milwaukee is keeping it interesting.

+5

This Week: vs. IA 1/25, vs. MTB 1/26
Record: 21-16-6-1

22

Last Week: SA 1 @ MTB 4, SA 2 @ MTB 4, SA 3 @ MIL 7
Three losses this week as the injury bug takes it toll again on the Rampage.

-15

This Week: vs. SD 1/25, vs. STK 1/26
Record: 21-21-1-0

23

Last Week: TEX 1 @ SJ 2, TEX 2 @ STK 4, TEX 3 @ TUC 6, TEX 0 @ TUC 4
Go 0-5 on the road trip through the Pacific. That, at some point, is going to catch up to the Stars in a very competitive Central.

-15

This Week: vs. STK 1/25, vs. SD 1/26
Record: 21-16-3-2

24

Last Week: LV 5 @ HFD 6 (OT), SPR 3 @ HFD 0, HFD 2 @ PRO 5, SPR 7 @ HFD 4
Like the stock market, the Wolf Pack are up one week and down the next. It’s down for a Wolf Pack team which has hit yet another skid.

-14

This Week: @ BNG 1/25, vs. CHA 1/26
Record: 19-20-2-2

25

Last Week: PRO 3 @ BRI 4 (SO), HER 4 @ BRI 1, WBS 5 @ BRI 2
There isn’t another team in the AHL who are reeling more than the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who only have two wins in 2019. The Sound Tigers are second in the Atlantic, but not for long if the trend continues.

-8

This Week: vs. LV 1/26
Record: 23-16-4-2

26

Last Week: TUC 3 @ COL 7, TUC 2 @ COL 0, COL 2 @ STK 1 (SO), COL 2 @ BAK 7
Mentioned a few teams above that the resurgence of Bakersfield is something to watch but that unfortunately comes at a price to teams like Colorado, who are spinning right now. Perhaps some traction this weekend in Ontario?

-5

This Week: @ ONT 1/25, @ ONT 1/26
Record: 19-16-3-1

27

Last Week: BEL 3 @ SYR 5, BEL 5 @ UTI 2
Split the week. Are in last in the North and need to start stringing wins together here soon.

+3

This Week: vs. TOR 1/25, vs. TOR 1/26
Record: 19-23-2-0

28

Last Week: ONT 6 @ IA 5, ONT 2 @ IA 4, SD 4 @ ONT 1
Split in Iowa (good) then got pounded at home against San Diego (bad). Next is a visit to Loveland.

n/a

This Week: vs. COL 1/25, vs. COL 1/26
Record: 12-19-4-2

29

Last Week: STK 4 @ BAK 5 (OT), TEX 2 @ STK 4, COL 2 @ STK 1 (SO)
Stockton is stuck in Pacific Division purgatory. Too far away from a playoff spot and also last place. They need points if they want to make a push. They head to Texas this weekend looking for them.

n/a

This Week: @ TEX 1/25, @ SA 1/26
Record: 17-19-4-1

30

Last Week: BNG 3 @ UTI 5, SYR @ BNG – PPD, BNG 1 @ SYR 2, BNG 5 @ RCH 7
Devils are winless in their last four and host two Atlantic Division teams looking to take advantage of that this weekend.

-7

This Week: vs. HFD 1/25, vs. WBS 1/26
Record: 19-23-4-0

31

Last Week: GR 3 @ RFD 1, RFD 3 @ CHI 2 (OT), RFD 1 @ IA 4
Rough go for Rockford who have just two points out of the week and are heading for the bottom of the Central. Schedule is not kind to the IceHogs this week.

n/a

This Week: vs. MTB 1/25, vs. IA 1/26
Record: 17-19-3-5

Have a great week, everyone!

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