Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

Week 18 has come and gone and we are finally past that All-Star hangover. Things are beginning to take shape in the division and the finish should be fun.

There has been a shakeup to the top five this week. San Jose remains the top team. However, they are followed closely by the two hottest teams in the AHL, the Bakersfield Condors who have won ten straight games and the Hershey Bears who have a ten game point streak.

Charlotte hasn’t dropped out of the top five after a pair of overtime setbacks to the Providence Bruins this weekend and stay fourth and Rochester rounds out the top five, for now.

Peek through if you didn’t link in direct to see where the rest of the teams ended up this week.

1

Last Week: SJ 6 @ STK 4, STK 2 @ SJ 4, IA 4 @ SJ 2
Roy Sommer earned his 750th AHL win on Friday. Barracuda stay hot in a division which has been one of the best.

n/a

This Week: @ BAK 2/8, @ ONT 2/10, vs. TUC 2/12
Record: 26-9-2-4

2

Last Week: IA 2 @ BAK 5, BAK 6 @ ONT 2
Ten wins in a row for the Bakersfield Condors. Pulled themselves up from mediocrity and head into a huge matchup against the San Jose Barracuda this weekend.

+6

This Week: vs. SJ 2/8, vs. SD 2/9, vs. STK 2/13
Record: 26-15-2-1

3

Last Week: LV 1 @ HER 2, BEL 2 @ HER 3 (SO), HER 4 @ SPR 2
Ten straight games without a regulation loss for the Bears who are on fire. Huge tests this weekend against Charlotte followed by a midweek matchup against a pissed off Penguins team looking to continue their playoff streak.

+3

This Week: vs. CHA 2/9, vs. CHA 2/10, vs. WBS 2/13
Record: 24-20-0-3

4

Last Week: PRO 2 @ CHA 1 (OT), PRO 1 @ CHA 0 (OT), CLE 1 @ CHA 3, CLE 5 @ CHA 1
You could say that the Checkers are slipping, but with a 12 point lead on the division and a 9 point lead on overall best team in the AHL, does it really matter?

-2

This Week: @ HER 2/9, @ HER 2/10
Record: 32-12-6-0

5

Last Week: RCH 3 @ BNG 2, RCH 4 @ HFD 1, SYR 2 @ RCH 1 (SO)
Still hold the division lead, but for how long? Crunch are coming.

-2

This Week: vs. SPR 2/8, @ UTI 2/9, @ CLE 2/12
Record: 28-13-3-2

6

Last Week: PRO 2 @ CHA 1 (OT), PRO 1 @ CHA 0 (OT)
Impressive overtime wins in Charlotte for the Bruins who are a threat all of a sudden.

+1

This Week: vs. BRI 2/8, @ BRI 2/9, vs. SYR 2/10
Record: 24-16-6-1

7

Last Week: GR 5 @ TEX 3, GR 0 @ SA 2, MTB 1 @ GR 2
Lead on the rest of the division is opening up a bit. Get Friday off before a quick two game homestand.

-3

This Week: vs. WBS 2/9, vs. CHI 2/10
Record: 27-15-3-4

8

Last Week: UTI 0 @ SYR 4, CLE 3 @ SYR 6, SYR 2 @ RCH 1 (SO)
Seven straight wins for your Syracuse Crunch and the schedule sets up nice for them this week, too.

+10

This Week: @ HFD 2/8, @ PRO 2/10, @ BEL 2/13
Record: 28-13-2-1

9

Last Week: LAV 0 @ TOR 1 (OT), LAV 0 @ TOR 3, BEL 7 @ TOR 6 (OT)
Funny sport. Marlies shutout Laval coming out of the break in two games then play ruin and gun with Belleville on Tuesday.

n/a

This Week: vs. SPR 2/9, vs. BEL 2/10, @ HFD 2/13
Record: 24-16-4-3

10

Last Week: ONT 1 @ SD 6, IA 1 @ SD 4, ONT 6 @ SD 3
Gulls use a hot run to get up into the playoff discussion in the Pacific but are passed by the white hot Bakersfield Condors who have won 10 in a row. Oh, those two teams square off this Saturday in Bakersfield.

-5

This Week: @ ONT 2/8, @ BAK 2/9, @ COL 2/12, @ COL 2/13
Record: 24-14-2-3

11

Last Week: LV 7 @ BRI 5, BRI 2 @ WBS 1, BRI 3 @ HFD 2 (SO)
Nice pair of wins closing out the week for a Bridgeport team we are still unsure about. Home and home with Providence this week is an important series.

+6

This Week: @ PRO 2/8, vs. PRO 2/9, vs. UTI 2/10
Record: 26-17-4-2

12

Last Week: IA 2 @ BAK 4, IA 1 @ SD 4, IA 4 @ SJ 2
Impressive win in San Jose to close out the California trip to stay in lockstep with the Central Division leaders.

-1

This Week: vs. SA 2/8, vs. SA 2/9
Record: 25-16-4-3

13

Last Week: CHI 2 @ RFD 5, RFD 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), WBS 1 @ RFD 2
Five straight wins for Rockford who are playing some inspired hockey. Tucson comes in, winless in four straight and then Texas shows up after a trip into Canada against the Moose.

+14

This Week: vs. TUC 2/8, vs. TUC 2/9, vs. TEX 2/12
Record: 22-19-3-5

14

Last Week: CHI 2 @ RFD 5, MTB 2 @ CHI 5
Split the week and are losing ground to Grand Rapids and feeling the heat to the rest of the Central.

+1

This Week: @ MIL 2/9, @ GR 2/10, @ MTB 2/13
Record: 25-15-5-1

15

Last Week: LV 7 @ BRI 5, LV 1 @ HER 2
Phantoms are OK for now, better than the Penguins, but neither team is the best team in Pennsylvania right now.

-1

This Week: @ UTI 2/8, vs. HFD 2/9, vs. HFD 2/10
Record: 25-17-3-2

16

Last Week: MTB 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), RFD 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), TEX 1 @ MIL 0
Collecting points and are keeping their heads above water, for now. Three good teams drop by this weekend.

+5

This Week: vs. WBS 2/8, vs. CHI 2/9, vs. SA 2/12
Record: 22-18-8-1

17

Last Week: COL 3 @ TUC 1, COL 5 @ TUC 4 (OT)
Solid bounce back post All-Star for the Eagles who sweep the Roadrunners in Tucson. Busy week this week, winnable games too.

+8

This Week: vs. STK 2/8, vs. STK 2/9, vs. SD 2/12, vs. SD 2/13
Record: 22-17-3-1

18

Last Week: GR 5 @ TEX 3, TEX 1 @ MIL 0
Shutout Milwaukee in a tight contest in Wisconsin Thursday. Head north to Winnipeg this weekend against a team they should beat if they played like they did against the Admirals.

+4

This Week: @ MTB 2/9, @ MTB 2/10, @ RFD 2/12
Record: 23-18-3-2

19

Last Week: BEL 2 @ BNG 3 (SO), BEL 2 @ HER 3 (SO), BEL 7 @ TOR 6 (OT)
Belleville quietly gets points in all their games last week and are making the North Division interesting as we hit mid-February.

+9

This Week: @ LAV 2/8, vs. LAV 2/9, @ TOR 2/10, vs. SYR 2/13
Record: 21-23-2-3

20

Last Week: GR 0 @ SA 2
Rodeo road trip begins for the Rampage for the rest of the month but San Antonio sent the home fans happy with a nice tidy shutout against the Griffins who they are pursuing for a playoff spot.

+4

This Week: @ IA 2/8, @ IA 2/9, @ MIL 2/12
Record: 23-21-2-0

21

Last Week: UTI 0 @ SYR 4, UTI 4 @ SPR 3
Strong rebound Saturday in Springfield. Busy week for the Comets coming up this week.

-8

This Week: vs. LV 2/8, vs. RCH 2/9, @ BRI 2/10, vs. LAV 2/13
Record: 24-19-3-2

22

Last Week: COL 3 @ TUC 1, COL 5 @ TUC 4 (OT)
Gut check time for the Roadrunners who sit fourth in the division and just got swept by the fifth place team in Colorado. Schedule isn’t kind this week.

-12

This Week: @ RFD 2/8, @ RFD 2/9, @ SJ 2/12
Record: 23-14-4-1

23

Last Week: HFD 2 @ SPR 5, UTI 4 @ SPR 3, HER 4 @ SPR 2
Thunderbirds have stalled and it’s costing them ground. Schedule isn’t kind this weekend through Rochester and Toronto.

-4

This Week: @ RCH 2/8, @ TOR 2/9
Record: 21-18-6-4

24

Last Week: CLE 2 @ WBS 7, BRI 2 @ WBS 1, WBS 2 @ RFD 1
A pair of 2-1 setbacks close out the week that was for the Penguins, who are deep in the Atlantic Division looking to dig out against some quality competition this week.

-12

This Week: @ MIL 2/8, @ GR 2/9, @ HER 2/13
Record: 23-20-4-1

25

Last Week: CLE 2 @ WBS 7, CLE 3 @ SYR 6, CLE 1 @ CHA 3, CLE 5 @ CHA 1
Desperately needed a win and got one in Charlotte Wednesday. Is it a confidence boost for a team that’s out of the playoff picture at current? Time will tell.

-9

This Week: vs. BNG 2/9, vs. BNG 2/10, vs. RCH 2/12
Record: 22-20-4-1

26

Last Week: RCH 3 @ BNG 2, BEL 2 @ BNG 3 (SO)
Good chance to get more points this weekend in Cleveland for a Binghamton team who is set to break out anytime now.

n/a

This Week: @ CLE 2/9, @ CLE 2/10
Record: 21-24-5-0

27

Last Week: MTB 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), MTB 2 @ CHI 5, MTB 1 @ GR 2
Moose run from a few weeks ago has stalled a bit. 5-3-1-1 in their last ten. A trio of home games this week looking to get back on track.

-7

This Week: vs. TEX 2/9, vs. TEX 2/10, vs. CHI 2/13
Record: 20-21-3-2

28

Last Week: ONT 1 @ SD 6, BAK 6 @ ONT 2, ONT 6 @ SD 3
No team is out of it, as evidenced by prior teams in prior seasons making runs at a postseason, but Ontario winning games here and there hasn’t convinced the Politburo that the last place Reign are primed to make a run.

+2

This Week: vs. SD 2/8, vs. SJ 2/10
Record: 14-22-4-2

29

Last Week: LAV 0 @ TOR 1 (OT), LAV 0 @ TOR 3
Still waiting on that post all star goal for the Rocket, who were shutout twice by the Marlies this past weekend.

-6

This Week: vs. BEL 2/8, @ BEL 2/9, @ UTI 2/13
Record: 19-20-4-4

30

Last Week: SJ 6 @ STK 4, STK 2 @ SJ 4
Swept by the Barracuda this weekend. The Heat have a lot of work to do.

-1

This Week: @ COL 2/8, @ COL 2/9, @ BAK 2/13
Record: 18-22-4-1

31

Last Week: HFD 2 @ SPR 5, RCH 4 @ HFD 1, BRI 3 @ HFD 2 (SO)
It seems that everyone in the Atlantic is a threat except Hartford.

n/a

This Week: vs. SYR 2/8, @ LV 2/9, @ LV 2/10, vs. TOR 12/13
Record: 19-23-3-3

Have a great week, everyone!

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