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

Power Rankings – The Utica W(x13)agon

Typing out thirteen ‘W’s’ in a row in the headline seemed like overkill here, given it is Thanksgiving week and the Utica Comets still have yet to be dealt a setback of any type whatsoever in their contests. A remarkable feat and a record broken. The Utica Comets remain the undisputed number one team in the AHL Power Rankings this week.

Stockton remains number two after also not losing in regulation, but there are two overtime losses mixed in there. Not too much shakeup in the top five this week.

Here’s the whole list, in all it’s glory:

RankTeamBlurbLast Week
113-0 and still haven’t lost. At this point, it’s checking the schedule to see when the Comets may be in trouble. I don’t see it this week. Maybe next week.n/c
2Asserted dominance over Ontario Sunday in their only match of the week Sunday. Rematch later today.n/c
3So there is an epic clash this weekend between the red hot Springfield Thunderbirds, who swept the weekend, against the Hartford Wolf Pack who are equally as hot.+1
4Wolf Pack haven’t lost in five straight and have a shot to overtake Springfield at the top of the Atlantic in home and home action this coming weekend. +1
5Got beat at home over a very good Stockton team on Sunday. A chance at payback later today. +1
6Split a pair with Tucson. Lead the Central by the slimmest of margins.+8
7Up to second in the North now after a perfect week with a sweep of the Crunch and a Sunday OT win over the Marlies. +12
8Have needed extra time in their last four games. Are up to third in the division.-1
9Is it a good week for the Amerks when they lose twice to the buzzsaw Comets and need a shootout to beat the hapless Phantoms?-6
10All three contests went to overtime for the Griffins this week. Points are good this time of year. +5
11There’s no consistency with this team, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering everyone and their mother makes playoffs. Busy Thanksgiving week for the Bruins, playing in three contests. +1
12There’s no consistency with this team either. 5-5 in their last ten.-4
13It’s amazing what a little help from Pittsburgh will do for a team. This standard also applies to just about any AHL squad.+9
14Split a pair of close contests in Colorado. Host Iowa this weekend.-5
15Beat up on a hapless Milwaukee side this week. Home stand continues with Texas this week.+3
16If the IceHogs play the way they did when they took on the Wolves for a home and home, Rockford is not near the Central basement for much longer.+11
17Time to pump the brakes on the Wolves? Maybe. Chicago finds ways to get points and are still in the mix in the North, but they aren’t going to run away with the lead in this competitive division. -7
18Exposed a bit in Hartford Saturday, up 3-2 and lost 7-3. May not even be the the third or fourth best team in the division.-7
19Senators were good in their only action this past week against Laval. Very winnable games coming up here where the Senators can start making a move out of the North Division basement.+5
20Pair up in Winnipeg against the Moose next weekend. Split OT wins with the Griffins last weekend.+3
21Leaving the Canucks where they were last week because they didn’t play this week due to flooding in and around the Fraser Valley. Smart call. All the best to the City of Abbotsford.n/c
22Had their trip to Abbotsford postponed due to flooding there. Lost to San Jose last Wednesday. Contests with the Reign and Gulls this week.-9
23Split home contests with Henderson. Stockton drops by this week.+2
24Beat the Marlies in a shootout midweek then dropped the first of what’s going to be three with the Senators.-4
25Swept the Barracuda up in San Jose this past weekend. Now, San Jose returns the favor this weekend for a pair in San Diego.+5
26Well, they didn’t give up seven this week at any point but they did beat Bakersfield midweek and were swept by the Gulls.-9
27Split in Iowa. Are out of the Pacific basement. Host Abbotsford this weekend.+1
28Haven’t won in five contests. The Crunch are becoming a footnote in the North Division. -12
29Winless in their last five and no, I still don’t see a winnable game on the schedule for the Phantoms this week. n/c
30Islanders can’t get out of the block the right way in most games and it sticks with them. Winless in their last five.-4
31Salvaged a win in Manitoba Sunday. Are the only team in the AHL in single digits on points. n/c

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