Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Early February 2020

So we are on the run up to the playoffs with the all star event behind us. We have two teams who may be on a collision course to meet in June but as we have all seen in this league, a lot can change and you should expect the unexpected.

The Milwaukee Admirals had something rare happen to them Wednesday. They lost in regulation for just the ninth time. They are the easy choice for the top team to lead the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings for this go around.

Belleville are close behind and have a decent lead on Rochester who are on a tear. Hartford are third and our run of having he division leaders as the top four each week is over for now with Stockton in fourth followed by Iowa in fifth.

Pop past the Wild if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Games: RFD 4 @ MIL 7, MIL 5 @ RFD 2, MIL 7 @ CHI 3, MIL 7 @ RFD 1, MIL 2 @ GR 1
It’s damn near the middle of February and this team has yet to lose ten games in regulation. When does Milwaukee enter the discussion of one of the greatest AHL teams of all time?

n/a

Next Games: vs. TEX 2/7, vs. TEX 2/12, @ CHI 2/13, @ MB 2/15, @ MB 2/17, vs. IA 2/19
Record: 33-9-4-2

2

Last Games: BEL 5 @ UTI 2, UTI 2 @ BEL 4, BEL 4 @ LAV 3, BEL 5 @ LAV 4 (OT), BEL 3 @ TOR 1
So Belleville has 20 road wins after their win Tuesday in Toronto on 26 tries away from home. That is impressive and one of the reasons why the Senators have built up a nice lead on the rest of the North Division.

n/a

Next Games: vs. TOR 2/17, vs. LAV 2/8, vs. TOR 2/14, @ TOR 2/15, vs. SYR 2/17, @ RCH 2/19
Record: 30-14-3-1

3

Last Games: BRI 1 @ HFD 4, LV 2 @ HFD 4, SPR 3 @ HFD 6, HFD 0 @ SPR 2, SPR 4 @ HFD 7
Lose star goaltender and some other pieces to the Rangers and all hope is lost right? Wrong. The Wolf Pack haven’t lost a step yet.

+1

Next Games: @ CHA 2/7, @ CHA 2/8, vs. WBS 2/12, vs. LAV 2/14, @ LV 2/15
Record: 28-11-4-5

4

Last Games: ONT 4 @ STK 3 (OT), BAK 1 @ STK 4
Heat are only a few off the Roadrunners who have all of a sudden gone cold. Busy two weeks for Stockton after just two games in the last two weeks.

+2

Next Games: @ IA 2/8, @ IA 2/9, @ SJ 2/12, vs. ONT 2/14, vs. TUC 2/15, vs. SD 2/17, @ SD 2/19
Record: 25-10-3-3

5

Last Games: MB 0 @ IA 1, MB 3 @ IA 4, GR 1 @ IA 4, SA 0 @ IA 4
Try as they might, the Wild are at least keeping the Admirals semi-honest. Solid playoff team here.

+4

Next Games: vs. STK 2/8, vs. STK 2/9, vs. SA 2/11, vs. SD 2/14, vs. SD 2/15, @ MIL 2/19
Record: 28-14-3-3

6

Last Games: BAK 3 @ TUC 2, BAK 4 @ TUC 1, COL 4 @ TUC 3, COL 3 @ TUC 2 (SO), TUC 2 @ BAK 4
Winless in five, have allowed Stockton to draw to two points for the lead in the Pacific.

-3

Next Games: @ SD 2/7, @ ONT 2/8, @ COL 2/11, @ COL 2/12, @ STK 2/15, @ SJ 2/17
Record: 28-13-1-1

7

Last Games: HER 5 @ SPR 2, HER 3 @ PRO 2 (SO), HER 4 @ BRI 1, LV 3 @ HER 0
Bears 6-4 in their last ten. Are they regressing back to the mean or is it nothing to be concerned over?

-2

Next Games: @ WBS 2/7, vs. SPR 2/8, @ LV 2/9, @ BNG 2/14, vs. BNG 2/15, vs. LV 2/16
Record: 28-15-2-3

8

Last Games: WBS 5 @ CHA 4, WBS 4 @ CHA 2, LV 1 @ WBS 4, BRI 3 @ WBS 2 (SO), BNG 1 @ WBS 2
Penguins resurgence is without a lot of their stars. That is what makes this team all the more dangerous when those bodies return.

+11

Next Games: vs. HER 2/7, vs. LV 2/8, @ HFD 2/12, @ PRO 2/14, @ BRI 2/15
Record: 24-16-3-5

9

Last Games: SD 3 @ GR 4 (OT), SD 3 @ GR 1, SJ 3 @ SD 5, ONT 5 @ SD 4 (OT), SD 4 @ SJ 2
Hottest team in the Pacific are 7-1-2 in their last ten and three points out of a playoff spot with 26 games left. Plenty of time.

+11

Next Games: vs. TUC 2/7, vs. BAK 2/9, @ IA 2/14, @ IA 2/15, @ STK 2/17, vs. STK 2/19
Record: 20-16-4-2

10

Last Games: LAV 2 @ ROC 5, ROC 3 @ SYR 2, SYR 2 @ ROC 4, ROC 3 @ BNG 2, ROC 4 @ CLE 2
Magic is back in Rochester. That’s six wins in a row for the Amerks with a good opportunity for it to continue through this weekend.

+3

Next Games: vs. SYR 2/7, @ TOR 2/8, @ CHA 2/11, @ CHA 2/12, @ SYR 2/15, vs. UTI 2/16, vs. BEL 2/19
Record: 27-13-2-4

11

Last Games: BNG 4 @ SYR 3 (SO), LAV 2 @ BNG 3 (SO), PRO 1 @ BNG 3, ROC 3 @ BNG 2, BNG 1 @ WBS 2
Devils have cooled off a bit late but it still is good to see Binghamton back contending again. Winnable games here for the Devils over a very busy next two weeks.

-1

Next Games: @ CLE 2/7, @ CLE 2/9, vs. SYR 2/12, vs. HER 2/14, @ HER 2/15, @ TOR 2/17, @ TOR 2/19
Record: 21-21-4-0

12

Last Games: SA 1 @ COL 5, SA 4 @ COL 2, COL 4 @ TUC 3, COL 3 @ TUC 2 (SO)
Tucson has hit a skid and Stockton has been dormant and Colorado takes advantage with a road sweep against the Roadrunners.

+10

Next Games: vs. SJ 2/7, vs. SJ 2/8, vs. TUC 2/11, vs. TUC 2/12, @ BAK 2/15, @ ONT 2/16
Record: 24-14-3-1

13

Last Games: ONT 4 @ STK 3 (OT), ONT 3 @ SJ 1, ONT 4 @ BAK 3, ONT 5 @ SD 4 (OT)
Stringing together wins, unbeaten in regulation in their last seven, Reign are on the prowl to continue their push up the Pacific.

-1

Next Games: @ BAK 2/7, vs. TUC 2/8, vs. BAK 2/12, @ STK 2/14, vs. COL 2/16
Record: 22-18-4-1

14

Last Games: LV 3 @ PRO 4, HER 3 @ PRO 2 (SO), PRO 1 @ BNG 3, PRO 6 @ SYR 2
Beat a hapless Syracuse team Saturday. Not impressive. Will need to feast on the Sound Tigers these next two weeks to fend off the Penguins, Thunderbirds and Checkers while still pursing the Bears and Wolf Pack.

+9

Next Games: @ BRI 2/8, vs. BRI 2/9, vs. WBS 2/14, vs. LAV 2/16, vs. BRI 2/17
Record: 26-17-2-3

15

Last Games: BAK 3 @ TUC 2, BAK 4 @ TUC 1, ONT 4 @ BAK 3, BAK 1 @ STK 4, TUC 2 @ BAK 4
Condors are back to .500 again but if there is a team which is used to perpetually being around this mark, it’s this team.

+9

Next Games: vs. ONT 2/7, @ SD 2/9, @ ONT 2/12, vs. COL 2/15, vs. SJ 2/16
Record: 20-20-4-1

16

Last Games: WBS 5 @ CHA 4, WBS 4 @ CHA 2, CHA 2 @ TOR 6, CHA 4 @ TOR 3
Lost three of four in this term and the Penguins passed them in the Atlantic. Charlotte does have three games in hand, however.

-8

Next Games: vs. HFD 2/7, vs. HFD 2/8, vs. ROC 2/11, vs. ROC 2/12, vs. SPR 2/15, vs. SPR 2/16
Record: 25-17-3-0

17

Last Games: LAV 2 @ ROC 5, LAV 2 @ BNG 3 (SO), BEL 4 @ LAV 3, BEL 5 @ LAV 4 (OT), UTI 4 @ LAV 5 (OT)
Rocket with a much needed win Wednesday to stay in contention in a North which is shaping up to be fun to watch.

-6

Next Games: @ BEL 2/8, @ TOR 2/9, @ UTI 2/12, @ HFD 2/14, @ PRO 2/16, vs. MB 2/19
Record: 23-19-4-2

18

Last Games: SD 3 @ GR 4 (OT), SD 3 @ GR 1, GR 1 @ IA 4, GR 2 @ MIL 1
Griffins keep pushing. Split the term here and picked up an impressive regulation win over a machine of a Milwaukee side.

n/a

Next Games: vs. TEX 2/8, vs. TEX 2/9, @ CLE 2/11, vs. CLE 2/14, @ CHI 2/15, @ RFD 2/18
Record: 21-21-2-4

19

Last Games: BEL 5 @ UTI 2, UTI 2 @ BEL 4, UTI 3 @ CLE 0, UTI 2 @ CLE 3, UTI 4 @ LAV 5 (OT)
Swept by the Senators, split in Cleveland and an OT loss in Laval. The engine that is in Utica needs a tune up. Syracuse twice in a week should help.

-12

Next Games: vs. SYR 2/8, vs. LAV 2/12, @ SYR 2/14, @ ROC 2/16
Record: 26-18-3-2

20

Last Games: CHI 2 @ TEX 1, CHI 3 @ TEX 5, MIL 7 @ CHI 3, MB 2 @ CHI 5
May not catch Milwaukee or Iowa at this rate. Have to fend off the rest of the Central. Seems like they beat and lose to who they should.

-4

Next Games: @ MB 2/6, @ MB 2/7, vs. MIL 2/13, vs. GR 2/15, vs. CLE 2/16,
Record: 22-20-3-2

21

Last Games: HER 5 @ SPR 2, BRI 2 @ SPR 6, SPR 3 @ HFD 6, HFD 0 @ SPR 2, SPR 4 @ HFD 7
Crunch time coming for Springfield and, as sure as the days that get longer this time of year, the Thunderbirds are fading back into obscurity.

-7

Next Games: @ LV 2/7, @ HER 2/8, @ CHA 2/15, @ CHA 2/16
Record: 26-21-2-0

22

Last Games: RFD 4 @ MIL 7, MIL 5 @ RFD 2, MB 4 @ RFD 3 (SO), MIL 7 @ RFD 1, TEX 2 @ RFD 5
Despite a 3-6-0-1 run the IceHogs are still in the hunt to be obliterated by Milwaukee in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

+4

Next Games: vs. SA 2/7, vs. SA 2/8, @ MB 2/12, @ MB 2/13, vs. CLE 2/15, vs. GR 2/18
Record: 21-24-1-2

23

Last Games: SA 1 @ COL 5, SA 4 @ COL 2, TEX 2 @ SA 3, SA 0 @ IA 4
We don’t blame the Rampage for not wanting anything to do with that four seed, honestly. That seed gets fed to the Admirals in Round One.

-2

Next Games: @ RFD 2/7, @ RFD 2/8, @ IA 2/11, @ TEX 2/14, @ TEX 2/15
Record: 16-19-6-5

24

Last Games: MB 0 @ IA 1, MB 3 @ IA 4, MB 4 @ RFD 3 (SO), MB 2 @ CHI 5
Moose are 3-7 in their last ten. While they aren’t out of it by any means, need to start picking it up here with seven games in the next two weeks.

+1

Next Games: vs. CHI 2/6, vs. CHI 2/7, vs. RFD 2/12, vs. RFD 2/13, vs. MIL 2/15, vs. MIL 2/17, @ LAV 2/19
Record: 21-27-0-0

25

Last Games: CHI 2 @ TEX 1, CHI 3 @ TEX 5, TEX 2 @ SA 3, TEX 2 @ RFD 5
If the Stars want to be considered a playoff contender, they have to beat teams like Rockford. Schedule doesn’t relent this weekend.

-10

Next Games: @ MIL 2/7, @ GR 2/8, @ GR 2/9, @ MIL 2/12, vs. SA 2/14, vs. SA 2/15
Record: 21-21-2-2

26

Last Games: LV 3 @ PRO 4, LV 2 @ HFD 4, LV 1 @ WBS 4, LV 3 @ HER 0
Phantoms have just won five road games all season. That’s insane. Ten back of a playoff spot with lots of work to do.

-9

Next Games: vs. SPR 2/7, @ WBS 2/8, vs. HER 2/9, vs. BRI 2/14, vs. HFD 2/15, @ HER 2/16, @ BRI 2/19
Record: 19-22-1-5

27

Last Games: BNG 4 @ SYR 3 (SO), ROC 3 @ SYR 2, SYR 2 @ ROC 4, PRO 6 @ SYR 2, SYR 3 @ BRI 2
Things aren’t rosy in Syracuse, who snapped (barely) a losing streak Wednesday morning in Bridgeport. Schedule isn’t really favorable coming up here against in division foes.

+1

Next Games: @ ROC 2/7, @ UTI 2/8, @ BNG 2/12, vs. UTI 2/14, vs. ROC 2/15, @ BEL 2/17
Record: 21-21-3-3

28

Last Games: TOR 2 @ CLE 5, TOR 4 @ CLE 5 (OT), CHA 2 @ TOR 6, CHA 4 @ TOR 3, BEL 3 @ TOR 1
Marlies stay cold yet we are still waiting for that turnaround. Three against Belleville, who they just lost to Tuesday, await until the next time we do these.

-1

Next Games: @ BEL 2/7, vs. ROC 2/8, vs. LAV 2/9, @ BEL 2/14, vs. BEL 2/15, vs. BNG 2/17, vs. BNG 2/19
Record: 22-19-3-2

29

Last Games: BRI 1 @ HFD 4, BRI 2 @ SPR 6, HER 4 @ BRI 1, BRI 3 @ WBS 2 (SO), SYR 3 @ BRI 2
It is probably time to start looking for that fork to stick in the Sound Tigers.

n/a

Next Games: vs. PRO 2/8, @ PRO 2/9, @ LV 2/14, vs. WBS 2/15, @ PRO 2/17, vs. LV 2/19
Record: 16-27-4-1

30

Last Games: TOR 2 @ CLE 5, TOR 4 @ CLE 5 (OT), UTI 3 @ CLE 0, UTI 2 @ CLE 3, ROC 4 @ CLE 2
Injuries hit some teams hard, they have hit Cleveland harder. Results and placement in the division show.

n/a

Next Games: vs. BNG 2/7, vs. BNG 2/9, vs. GR 2/11, @ GR 2/14, @ RFD 2/15, @ CHI 2/16
Record: 21-22-2-2

31

Last Games: ONT 3 @ SJ 1, SJ 3 @ SD 5, SD 4 @ SJ 2
Nothing to see here. Barracuda are winless in five and looking at the schedule are probably going to wait longer for a win.

n/a

Next Games: @ COL 2/7, @ COL 2/8, vs. STK 2/12, @ BAK 2/16, vs. TUC 2/17
Record: 14-24-1-2

Have a great week, everyone!

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