Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

Well, for the first time in some time, the Charlotte Checkers are no where to be located in this weeks edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings Top Five.

For that matter, the San Jose Barracuda are no where to be located as well.

That is because a trio of teams have usurped those two mainstays, with a few more teams just outside the top five in the top ten ready to join them.

Bakersfield, Hershey and Providence are the teams to beat right now. Good luck, cause no one has had any success in beating these teams of late.

Grand Rapids and Rochester lead their respective divisions and round out the top five, but are being hotly pursued for the spots.

After the Americans, jump in to see where everyone else ended up this week if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: SJ 1 @ BAK 3, SD 1 @ BAK 7, STK 1 @ BAK 4
At this point it’s just not fair. 13 wins in a row for Bakersfield and they are winning these games in decisive fashion. No reason to think that the Condors slow down this week against Ontario.

+1

This Week: @ ONT 2/15, vs. ONT 2/16
Record: 29-15-2-1

2

Last Week: CHA 2 @ HER 3 (SO), CHA 1 @ HER 2, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (SO)
We seriously considered giving Hershey the number one spot, but Bakersfield ekes out the Bears for the number one spot. This week. Big series with Lehigh Valley.

+1

This Week: vs. LV 2/16, @ LV 2/17
Record: 27-20-0-3

3

Last Week: BRI 1 @ PRO 2, PRO 2 @ BRI 4, SYR 0 @ PRO 4
12 game point streak ended Saturday in Bridgeport, but Providence trounced a rested Syracuse team coming in Sunday. This Bruins team is for real.

+3

This Week: vs. TOR 2/15, vs. CHA 2/16, vs. SPR 2/17
Record: 26-17-6-1

4

Last Week: WBS 1 @ GR 4, CHI 4 @ GR 1
On winning and losing ends of 4-1 decisions this weekend. San Antonio drops in this weekend, no easy task.

+3

This Week: vs. SA 2/15, vs. SA 2/16, vs. RFD 2/20
Record: 28-16-3-4

5

Last Week: SPR 1 @ RCH 7, RCH 2 @ UTI 5, RCH 2 @ CLE 5
Is the lead that the Amerks have on the North Division starting to slip? Home and home with the Crunch are going to shed some light on the question.

n/a

This Week: vs. SYR 2/15, @ SYR 2/16, vs. BNG 2/17, vs. CLE 2/20
Record: 29-15-3-2

6

Last Week: SJ 1 @ BAK 3, SJ 3 @ ONT 4, TUC 1 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Got beat by the resurgent Bakersfield Condors, upset by the lowly Ontario Reign and then rebounded to beat a tepid Tucson. In comes a good Gulls team this week.

-5

This Week: vs. SD 2/16, vs. SD 2/18
Record: 27-11-2-4

7

Last Week: BRI 1 @ PRO 2, PRO 2 @ BRI 4, UTI 4 @ BRI 5 (OT)
Slowly opening up a lead on second place and solidifying that spot. Busy, tough week coming up.

+4

This Week: @ LV 2/15, vs. HFD 2/16, vs. CHA 2/17
Record: 28-18-4-2

8

Last Week: CHA 2 @ HER 3 (SO), CHA 1 @ HER 2
Checkers are slumping here but have enough of a lead on second place that they can regress bit and not have it hurt them. Are they in danger of anything yet? No. But weeks like this last one coupled with the 2-4-3-1 in their last ten is enough to raise the slightest of concerns.

-4

This Week: @ SPR 2/15, @ PRO 2/16, @ BRI 2/17
Record: 32-13-6-1

9

Last Week: BEL 5 @ LAV 2, LAV 3 @ BEL 6, BEL 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), SYR 0 @ BEL 3
Troy Mann Effect? Senators are 7-0-0-3 in there last ten and a point machine. Big series coming up with Cleveland.

+10

This Week: vs. CLE 2/15, vs. CLE 2/16, vs. LAV 2/18
Record: 25-23-2-3

10

Last Week: SYR 6 @ HFD 0, SYR 0 @ PRO 4, SYR 0 @ BEL 3
Eight game win streak ended Sunday in Bridgeport. Syracuse is missing key components and the results are showing.

-2

This Week: @ RCH 2/15, vs. RCH 2/16, @ TOR 2/18, vs. LAV 2/20
Record: 29-15-2-1

11

Last Week: SA 4 @ IA 5 (OT), SA 2 @ IA 3 (OT)
Tidy sweep of the Rampage at home, Wild are still pretty good. Tough slate of games this week.

+1

This Week: @ RFD 2/16, @ CHI 2/17, vs. TEX 2/19
Record: 27-16-4-3

12

Last Week: TUC 1 @ RFD 3, TUC 5 @ RFD 3, TEX 3 @ RFD 2
IceHogs use a nice run and inject themselves in with about three other teams as a playoff contending team for the fourth spot in the Central. Good competition this week.

+1

This Week: vs. IA 2/16, vs. SA 2/17, @ GR 2/20
Record: 23-21-3-5

13

Last Week: SD 6 @ ONT 4, SD 1 @ BAK 7, SD 2 @ COL 1, SD 4 @ COL 5 (OT)
Gulls stay strong here despite the results; playing a Colorado team tight and then losing, like everyone else, to an unstoppable Bakersfield Condors team.

-3

This Week: @ SJ 2/16, @ SJ 2/18, vs. TUC 2/20
Record: 26-15-3-3

14

Last Week: LV 2 @ UTI 5, HFD 2 @ LV 1, HFD 2 @ LV 5
Phantoms being hotly pursued by in state rivals Hershey and Wilkes-Barre for the four spot in the Atlantic. Losing at home against a lowly Hartford team is closing that gap.

+1

This Week: vs. BRI 2/15, @ HER 2/16, vs. HER 2/17
Record: 26-19-3-2

15

Last Week: SPR 2 @ TOR 4, BEL 4 @ TOR 3 (OT), TOR 2 @ HFD 3
You can’t be spilling points in Hartford when you have a Senator chasing you. Busy week ahead for the Marlies.

-6

This Week: @ PRO 2/15, @ SPR 2/16, vs. SYR 2/18, vs. MTB 2/20
Record: 25-17-5-3

16

Last Week: CHI 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), CHI 4 @ GR 1, CHI 2 @ MTB 4
Wolves still in the mix, but that loss Wednesday to last place Manitoba is two points that they are going to want back at some point down the line here.

-2

This Week: @ MTB 2/15, vs. IA 2/17
Record: 27-16-5-1

17

Last Week: STK 2 @ COL 4, STK 6 @ COL 2, SD 2 @ COL 1, SD 4 @ COL 5 (OT)
Could have used more in the mini home stand that the Eagles had this past week with the free fall that Tucson is on.

n/a

This Week: @ STK 2/16, @ STK 2/17
Record: 24-19-3-1

18

Last Week: BNG 3 @ CLE 2, BNG 4 @ CLE 3 (OT)
Big sweep in Cleveland this weekend, three in a row for the Devils. Big games this week against Laval and Rochester.

+8

This Week: vs. LAV 2/15, vs. LAV 2/16 @ RCH 2/17
Record: 23-24-5-0

19

Last Week: LV 2 @ UTI 5, RCH 2 @ UTI 5, UTI 4 @ BRI 5 (OT), LAV 1 @ UTI 4
Comets up to third and, don’t look now, getting ever so closer to the top spot in the North.

+2

This Week: @ WBS 2/16, vs. CLE 2/17
Record: 27-19-4-2

20

Last Week: SA 4 @ IA 5 (OT), SA 2 @ IA 3 (OT), SA 2 @ MIL 1
Not out of it by any stretch, the Rampage are still in the discussion as a playoff team here in mid-February.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 2/15, @ GR 2/16, @ RFD 2/17
Record: 24-21-4-0

21

Last Week: TEX 2 @ MTB 3, TEX 0 @ MTB 2, TEX 3 @ RFD 2
Things are close in the Central. Had Texas won Tuesday, they would be in sole possession of fourth place. Instead? They are sixth heading into a tough week.

-3

This Week: vs. TUC 2/15, vs. TUC 2/16 @ IA 2/19
Record: 24-20-3-2

22

Last Week: TUC 1 @ RFD 3, TUC 5 @ RFD 3, TUC 1 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Three points out of a possible six is just OK for a just OK Roadrunners team.

n/a

This Week: @ TEX 2/15, @ TEX 2/16, @ SD 2/20
Record: 24-15-4-2

23

Last Week: WBS 5 @ MIL 2, CHI 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), SA 2 @ MIL 1
Does anyone want the four spot in the Central? The Admirals are in with about three or four teams jockeying for the final playoff spot.

-7

This Week: @ MTB 2/17, @ MTB 2/18
Record: 22-20-9-1

24

Last Week: WBS 5 @ MIL 2, WBS 1 @ GR 4, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (SO)
Still pushing for that four spot, but Hershey is too hot. That third period Saturday in Grand Rapids where the Penguins looked lost, may end up costing Wilkes-Barre big.

n/a

This Week: vs. UTI 2/16, @ HFD 2/17
Record: 24-21-4-2

25

Last Week: SYR 6 @ HFD 0, HFD 2 @ LV 1, HFD 2 @ LV 5, TOR 2 @ HFD 3
Split the week, we still think the Wolf Pack are done, but they are only nine points out of a playoff spot. Anything can still happen.

+6

This Week: @ BRI 2/16, vs. WBS 2/17
Record: 21-25-3-3

26

Last Week: SPR 1 @ RCH 7, SPR 2 @ TOR 4
Thunderbirds are in free fall; 3-6-1 in their last ten. Schedule isn’t kind this week.

-3

This Week: vs. CHA 2/15, vs. TOR 2/16, @ PRO 2/17
Record: 21-20-6-4

27

Last Week: TEX 2 @ MTB 3, TEX 0 @ MTB 2, CHI 2 @ MTB 4
Three points separate last place Manitoba from fourth place in the Central. Nothing has been decided yet.

n/a

This Week: vs. CHI 2/15, vs. MIL 2/17, vs. MIL 2/18, @ TOR 2/20
Record: 23-21-3-2

28

Last Week: SD 6 @ ONT 4, SJ 3 @ ONT 4
We keep looking for things to help Ontario turn a corner, maybe that win Sunday against San Jose will do just – wait – (checks schedule) – maybe not…

n/a

This Week: vs. BAK 2/15, @ BAK 2/16, vs. STK 2/20
Record: 15-23-4-2

29

Last Week: BNG 3 @ CLE 2, BNG 4 @ CLE 3 (OT), RCH 2 @ CLE 5
Monsters are really slipping and a tough four game road trip waits for them this week.

-4

This Week: @ BEL 2/15, @ BEL 2/16, @ UTI 2/17, @ RCH 2/20
Record: 23-21-4-1

30

Last Week: STK 2 @ COL 4, STK 6 @ COL 2, STK 1 @ BAK 4
Stockton is, in every sense, a purgatory team. We don’t think they will finish last, but they have remained steady in sixth in the Pacific.

n/a

This Week: vs. COL 2/16, vs. COL 2/17, @ ONT 2/20
Record: 19-24-4-1

31

Last Week: BEL 5 @ LAV 2, LAV 3 @ BEL 6, LAV 1 @ UTI 4
Rocket showed life a few weeks ago, but they are losing touch in a division that can’t figure its playoff teams out yet.

-2

This Week: @ BNG 2/15, @ BNG 2/16, @ BEL 2/18, @ SYR 2/20
Record: 19-23-4-4

Have a great week, everyone!

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