Chirps from Center Ice

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

Power Rankings – The Utica Wagon

With a 10-0 start to the season, the Utica Comets remain the #1 team in the Power Rankings for the third week in a row.

Hartford replaces Ontario in the top five but the Reign didn’t drop far.

Here’s the whole list, in all their glory…

RankTeamBlurbLast Week
1One win away from tying the best start by an AHL team to start the season. The last team to do it is the team the Comets play this week, the Rochester Americans.n/c
2So I like to watch this team play, and I can tell you that they grind you down. They played a competitive series against Henderson this past weekend at home. Big game this Sunday in Ontario.+1
3I mean the only thing you can go right now if you are any team in the North Division not named Utica is be the best team not named Utica, and that’s Rochester right now.+2
4This team keeps rolling, despite a setback at home against Hartford this past Friday. Penguins, then a home and home against Bridgeport coming up this week.n/c
5Color us shocked that the Wolf Pack are still contending here in mid-November, coming off statement wins over Springfield and Hartford.+5
6Reign will be well rested for their Sunday clash at home against an equally rested Stockton team after splitting a pair in Tucson last week.-4
7Roughed up the Wolves this weekend in Chicago and there aren’t many teams that can do that. Keep an eye on the Marlies.+7
8Took 4 of 6 out of Pennsylvania this past weekend. The big matchup is this Friday in Utica.+4
9Played competitive hockey with Stockton this week. Winnable games in Colorado this weekend.+2
10Gave up out of conference points and may have been exposed a bit. Rest of the division has caught up, for now.-4
11I’m going to call this a stumble for the Bears. Just a shootout win over Syracuse to show for the week.-4
12Last week stock up, this week is stock down for the Bruins who get Hartford again this Friday.-3
13Swept a home and home with San Diego, up to third in the division. Busy week with San Jose and Abbotsford coming.+9
14The stock up and stock down with Providence we talked about above applies here to Iowa. Either that or Milwaukee isn’t a very good team.+5
15Will face a snarly Wolves team in kids day game Wednesday then it’s off to Texas.-7
16Crunch will be looking to get back on track this week in Cleveland.-3
17Barracuda stay competitive but gave up seven again this week, this time to Abbotsford.n/c
18Three with the lowly Admirals this week at home. Iowa and Chicago look to be sputtering, this is Manitoba’s chance.-2
19Split with Rochester. Better than the week prior. Host Syracuse for a pair this week.+6
20Nice battles this week with the Islanders and Comets. Big test this week against Toronto.+9
213 out of 4 points this weekend against San Jose to right the ship. Condors are coming in next.+9
22When this team scores a power play goal (currently 0 for their last 36) come get me. Otherwise, this is a below average team in an average division.-4
23Good chance to make up some ground this week with a pair against the Griffins.+1
24No one can fault the Senators for losing to the Comets, but everything else (loss to Laval, win against Bridgeport) is up in the air.-3
25Split a pair in Texas. They are looking like they are turning a corner. Big test with the Silver Knights coming up.-2
26A win in Syracuse and one point in their Canadian trip was all the Islanders took from the week. Better week than Hershey, Wilkes-Barre and Providence, but the Islanders sit behind these teams at present.-6
27Played one game and lost. Get the Wolves this week for a home and home.-12
28Good response by the Roadrunners who dropped eight goals on Ontario on Friday. Honorary Pacific Division member Iowa drops by this weekend.+3
29I don’t see any winnable games for this teams this weekend.-3
30Travel up to San Jose this week for a pair with the Barracuda. Dropped a pair against Bakersfield this past weekend.-2
31This team stinks and the schedule isn’t going to relent.-4

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