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Power Rankings – Week of the Bear

To start, I want to let you know that I want to simplify things with these Rankings. They were a bear to put together each week, and a bear to maintain. I don’t like to dabble in HTML but I had to in order to make things simple every week. Not anymore. If you want to know who the Chicago Wolves, or any team, play this week or how the Stockton Heat, or any team, did last weekend, you can go here and here. If you are wondering what the record of the Laval Rocket is or, for that matter, any team, navigate here. These parts in large parts were what made the whole concept so difficult because you had to maintain 31 teams capsules of scores, records and schedules each week for each team. Again, it’s a massive project that takes away a lot of my day / week. I do this as a hobby and debated just scrapping these altogether, but decided to bring them back. It was either this or the silly stat charts, but really, who wants to look at percentages and do math? Not me anymore!

What I don’t know is where or when or really how often I will run these. Let’s go with Tuesday’s, for now, and consider it a weekly feature again.

Rank, team, blurb and where they were last week is what I am giving you. I want to keep it as simple as I can make it this year. Not only for myself but for the reader.

Anyway here they are. Theme this week is Jekyll and Hyde. Every division has one and some have two. Here they are, in all their glory.

RankTeam BlurbLast Week
1As good as we thought they would be; 2-0 and at the top of the Atlantic Division.
2Good lord that offense is potent. Down multiple goals in both games against Cleveland, Crunch storm back and win both games.
3Beat San Jose Sunday 1-0 with just 15 shots to the Barracudas 34. Reigning Pacific Division Champs are in familiar territory, at the top of the division at 2-0.
4Played fun and gun against Colorado in a pair of home contests and swept the Eagles.
5Good start for the new affiliation with St. Louis, 2-0.
6Pasted Grand Rapids in their only game of the weekend. They should all come this easy!
7Ultra competitive division and every point is going to matter. 3 out of a possible 4 points isn’t bad, but Hershey was perfect, just saying.
8It’s one game (and it was against Rochester) but a good start for the new Devils affiliate.
9Hartford outgunned opponents this weekend. Hardly sustainable, but a 2-1 start nevertheless.
103 of 4 points to start the season isn’t bad at all.
11Two more cracks against the Bears at home this weekend. Could be an early season indicator on how good the Checkers will be.
12Jekyll and Hyde performances for the Pens this past weekend against Lehigh Valley and Charlotte.
13Split a pair with Belleville in similar fashion. Good test with Providence coming Saturday.
14See Laval. They get Cleveland at home for a pair.
15Blow out win (Rockford) and a blow out loss (Milwaukee) Jekyll and Hyde? Jekyll and Hyde!
16See Grand Rapids, but substitute Toronto as the opponent.
17Split a pair at home against Tucson in front of about 2000 fans combined for both contests, and you thought your teams attendance was bad.
18This is why a power rankings at the beginning of the season is a fools errand. Roadrunners are .500 after a pair of games against Stockton. It may take a while to figure these .500 teams out.
19Bunch of teams are 1-1 in the Central, Wild are one of them.
20Jekyll and Hyde performances against Manitoba (5-1 win, 5-0 loss) – Rochester up next then Cleveland.
21Split with the Wild in close contests. Rockford next.
22One of many .500 teams in the Central.
23First win in franchise history as the top affiliate of Vancouver in shootout fashion against Ontario Sunday. Home opener against Henderson this weekend.
24Two shootout losses already. Already? Already.
25It’s one game, against Utica, but you lost to Utica!
2634 shots Sunday in Bakersfield Sunday and no goals. Held the Condors to 15 and still lost.
27You can’t take much from just one game. Gulls won’t be in last place in the Pacific for long.
28Not a good start with the new Carolina affiliation, but it is just one game.
29Gave up 11 goals in Nevada this weekend, more than any other team.
30Yeah you aren’t going to compete in this division, or any division really, when you throw away multiple goal leads.
31Potent offense on paper scored just two goals on ice. That’s why you don’t play games on paper.

Comments are there for you if you want them. I’ll be back next week, maybe, with week two.

AHL Power Rankings: Early March 2020

Some changes and shake ups in the top five this week with a pair of Atlantic Division teams set to battle for the top of the division but it’s Belleville who holds on to their top spot in this weeks version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Binghamton makes a jump into the top five this week and Iowa hangs around also. Pop past the Wild if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Games: UTI 6 @ BEL 3, MB 4 @ BEL 5 (OT), LAV 4 @ BEL 1, BEL 5 @ CLE 1, BEL 4 @ CLE 1, TOR 4 @ BEL 8
Senators hold the top spot for another go around here on the Power Rankings. Remarkable work done by Troy Mann and his crew to turn the race to the North Division crown into a runaway.

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Next Games: vs. ROC 3/6, vs. ROC 3/7, @ LAV 3/11, @ UTI 3/13, @ SYR 3/14
Record: 38-17-4-1

2

Last Games: HER 1 @ WBS 2, HER 5 @ BRI 4 (SO), CHA 1 @ HER 6, WBS 1 @ HER 5, CHA 6 @ HER 3
Hershey’s going to get company quick in the form of Charlotte and/or Providence quickly. The race for the lead in the Atlantic may become a three horse race.

+3

Next Games: @ HFD 3/6, @ HFD 3/7, @ PRO 3/8, vs. TOR 3/13, vs. WBS 3/14, vs. LAV 3/18
Record: 35-18-3-3

3

Last Games: CHA 1 @ BNG 2, CHA 6 @ BNG 3, HFD 3 @ BNG 5, TOR 4 @ BNG 5, BNG 1 @ BRI 0
Quite the turnaround in the Southern Tier, but the Devils have little room for error still out of the playoff picture.

+4

Next Games: vs. WBS 3/6, vs. LV 3/7, @ WBS 3/8, @ ROC 3/11, @ LAV 3/13, @ LAV 3/14, vs. LV 3/18
Record: 30-24-4-0

4

Last Games: SPR 4 @ PRO 7, WBS 1 @ PRO 2, PRO 6 @ WBS 2, PRO 3 @ SPR 1, PRO 3 @ HFD 2
Eight straight wins at a time where playoff jockeying is so important. On this trajectory the next time we do this the Bruins could very well be tops in the Atlantic.

+5

Next Games: vs. SPR 3/6, @ SPR 3/7, vs. HER 3/8, @ HFD 3/11, @ CHA 3/14, @ CHA 3/15
Record: 33-18-3-3

5

Last Games: IA 3 @ TEX 4, IA 4 @ TEX 0, CHI 2 @ IA 5, IA 2 @ STK 0, IA 1 @ SJ 2 (OT), IA 1 @ SJ 5
It isn’t out of the realm of the reasonable anymore that Iowa may catch Milwaukee for the best in the Central, but that loss in San Jose Wednesday stinks.

-3

Next Games: @ MB 3/7, @ MB 3/8, @ GR 3/11, vs. SA 3/15, vs. SA 3/18
Record: 36-17-4-3

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AHL Power Rankings: End of February 2020

Major shakeup to the top five this week in the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The Belleville Senators are your top team this week after opening up an eight point lead over second place, largest in all the other AHL divisions. They are followed in second by Iowa, who have closed to within five of Milwaukee which was something unforeseen a month ago.

Two Pacific Division teams in Ontario and San Diego, the hottest teams in the division come in three and four and Hershey, who leads the Atlantic, slide up to fifth.

Jump past the Bears if you didn’t link in direct to see where the other teams fared.

1

Last Games: TOR 4 @ BEL 7, LAV 2 @ BEL 3 (OT), TOR 4 @ BEL 2, BEL 6 @ TOR 7 (OT), SYR 2 @ BEL 5, BEL 3 @ ROC 2 (OT)
Eight point lead over Rochester, who the Senators took down Wednesday. Belleville remains a complete team.

+1

Next Games: vs. UTI 2/21, vs. MB 2/22, vs. LAV 2/26, @ CLE 2/28, @ CLE 2/29, vs. TOR 3/4
Record: 34-15-4-1

2

Last Games: STK 2 @ IA 5, STK 4 @ IA 7, SA 1 @ IA 2, SD 0 @ IA 3, SD 5 @ IA 2, IA 3 @ MIL 2
All of a sudden, five back of Milwaukee and a real chance that the Wild can overtake the Admirals for first in the Central.

+3

Next Games: @ TEX 2/21, @ TEX 2/22, vs. CHI 2/25, @ STK 2/29, @ SJ 3/2, @ SJ 3/4
Record: 33-15-3-3

3

Last Games: ONT 10 @ BAK 3, TUC 5 @ ONT 1, BAK 2 @ ONT 4, ONT 6 @ STK 3, COL 3 @ ONT 6
Reign have pulled themselves up and look like they may push on to a first round home ice advantage playoff series quite possibly if they play their cards correctly.

+10

Next Games: vs. COL 2/21, vs. SJ 2/23, @ SJ 2/26, vs. TUC 2/28, vs. BAK 2/29
Record: 26-19-4-1

4

Last Games: TUC 3 @ SD 5, BAK 2 @ SD 4, SD 0 @ IA 3, SD 5 @ IA 2, SD 2 @ STK 3 (OT), STK 2 @ SD 3
Quietly 7-1-2 in their last ten, two off another stout Ontario team in what’s shaping up to be a great finish in the Pacific.

+5

Next Games: @ BAK 2/21, vs. SJ 2/22, @ TUC 2/26, @ STK 2/28, @ SJ 2/29
Record: 24-17-5-2

5

Last Games: HER 3 @ WBS 0, SPR 2 @ HER 5, HER 5 @ LV 2, HER 3 @ BNG 4 (OT), BNG 4 @ HER 2, LV 3 @ HER 5
Bears are looking good even though there were some stinkers in there. Lead the Atlantic and want to stay there.

-2

Next Games: @ WBS 2/21, @ BRI 2/22, vs. CHA 2/25, vs. WBS 2/29, vs. CHA 3/1
Record: 32-16-3-3

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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AHL Power Rankings: End of January 2020

So we are at the All-Star break scheduled for this weekend in Ontario, California. You’d be surprised how many people confuse the Ontario Reign and think they are located in Canada, when they are really located in Southern California.

Anyway, there hasn’t been any change to the top team this week as the Milwaukee Admirals are making it look easy. They are a win away from thirty, and still haven’t lost ten. Odds on favorite for a Calder Cup? That’s for you to decide.

Belleville has finally gotten the love from the Politburo they deserve and are the number two team. Did we get a Calder Cup preview when the Senators visited the Admirals this past Tuesday?

Tucson has hit a rough stretch by their high standards and because we don’t do ties here, Hartford and Hershey round out the top five but are at this point two identical teams which lead their division.

Click through if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Games: RFD 0 @ MIL 2, RFD 1 @ MIL 2 (OT), MIL 4 @ RFD 1, CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), MIL 1 @ CHI 4, BEL 1 @ MIL 2
The runaway favorite for the Calder Cup? Can we make this distinction in January? It worked last year with Charlotte, history could repeat itself again.

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Next Games: vs. RFD 1/24, @ RFD 1/25, @ CHI 1/31, @ RFD 2/1, @ GR 2/5
Record: 29-8-4-2

2

Last Games: BEL 5 @ ROC 1, BEL 4 @ UTI 0, BEL 5 @ MB 3, BEL 2 @ MB 3 (OT), BEL 4 @ GR 3 (SO), BEL 3 @ RFD 0, BEL 1 @ MIL 2
This Belleville Senators team is criminally underrated and shouldn’t be. They are a loaded, dangerous team loaded with a hell of a coach. It’s going to be fun to watch them battle with Utica, who they see twice before the All-Star break, for the division lead.

+11

Next Games: @ UTI 1/24, vs. UTI 1/25, @ LAV 1/31, @ LAV 2/1, @ TOR 2/4
Record: 25-14-3-1

3

Last Games: TUC 1 @ COL 5, TUC 4 @ COL 2, TUC 1 @ SD 4, TUC 2 @ ONT 1 (OT), TUC 3 @ SD 1
Some hiccups here, but in a division where you play 68 games those are highlighted more. Make no mistake this Tucson team is still very good.

-1

Next Games: vs. BAK 1/24, vs. BAK 1/25, vs. COL 1/31, vs. COL 2/1, @ BAK 2/5
Record: 28-9-1-0

4

Last Games: CHA 3 @ HFD 6, HFD 0 @ WBS 3, HFD 5 @ UTI 6 (OT), HFD 3 @ UTI 6, HFD 4 @ HER 5 (OT)
Wolf Pack remain at the top of the Atlantic for now and they keep piling points up. It hasn’t been all that bad for Hartford.

-1

Next Games: vs. BRI 1/24, vs. LV 1/25, vs. SPR 1/31, @ SPR 2/1, vs. SPR 2/5
Record: 23-10-4-5

5

Last Games: HER 2 @ WBS 1 (SO), CLE 2 @ HER 4, HER 1 @ CHA 4, HER 4 @ CHA 5, HFD 4 @ HER 5 (OT), ROC 1 @ HER 4, HER 2 @ SPR 5
Bears seem to have cooled from their run from a few weeks ago, just 6-4 in the last ten. Rematch in Springfield Friday then head to Providence before the break. Are tied with Hartford for division lead but could have company in the form of either Charlotte or Providence quick.

n/a

Next Games: @ SPR 1/24, @ PRO 1/25, @ BRI 1/31, vs. LV 2/1
Record: 25-14-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Mid-January 2020

There hasn’t been much of a shakeup to the top five in this version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. The top five from last time are still in the top five, but there has been some shuffling with the top four.

Milwaukee and Tucson remain the class of the West, Hershey may be the best team in the East, and there are teams elevatoring up and down as we go through January.

After Hershey, jump through to see where your favorite team ended up this time if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Games: MIL 3 @ GR 0, GR 3 @ MIL 2, MIL 3 @ CHI 2 (SO), MIL 2 @ CLE 3 (OT), MIL 4 @ CLE 5, GR 3 @ MIL 2
Still lead the Central by a lot, so a few slip ups here and there don’t hurt. Are the class of the division for certain.

+1

Next Games: vs. RFD 1/10, vs. RFD 1/11, @ RFD 1/14, vs. CHI 1/15, @ CHI 1/18, vs. BEL 1/21
Record: 24-7-4-2

2

Last Games: COL 4 @ TUC 3, COL 4 @ TUC 1, SD 4 @ TUC 7, SJ 1 @ TUC 5, SJ 5 @ TUC 4 (OT)
Since we last did these, the Roadrunners went 2-2-1. Is this a trend worth keeping an eye on? That’s for you to decide.

-1

Next Games: @ COL 1/10, @ COL 1/11, @ SD 1/17, @ ONT 1/18, @ SD 1/21
Record: 25-7-1-0

3

Last Games: HFD 1 @ BRI 5, PRO 1 @ HFD 4, BRI 2 @ HFD 3, HFD 3 @ PRO 1, UTI 1 @ HFD 3, HFD 2 @ HER 1
Hartford sill lead in the Atlantic, but for how long? Star goalie Igor Shesterkin is with the Rangers now. The Wolf Pack have him to thank for this lead that they have.

+1

Next Games: vs. CHA 1/10, @ WBS 1/11, @ UTI 1/15, @ UTI 1/17, @ HER 1/18
Record: 22-8-2-5

4

Last Games: BEL 3 @ ROC 4, ROC 0 @ BNG 2, ROC 2 @ UTI 3, ROC 4 @ BEL 3 (OT), ROC 2 @ TOR 5, BNG 4 @ ROC 3 (SO)
We find it funny how the Rochester Americans can throttle every team in their division except the last place Binghamton Devils, who got the Amerks twice the last time we did this.

-1

Next Games: vs. BEL 1/10, @ SYR 1/11, vs. CLE 1/17, @ LV 1/18, @ HER 1/19, @ CLE 1/22
Record: 21-9-2-3

5

Last Games: HER 6 @ UTI 5 (OT), WBS 2 @ HER 1, HER 3 @ LV 0, HER 6 @ WBS 2, BRI 1 @ HER 2, BRI 2 @ HER 4, HFD 2 @ HER 1
Shakeup in goal in Hartford leaves the door wide open for Hershey to essentially now run away with this division based off of their current run of play. The Bears look like the only team in the Atlantic that wants to win on a consistent basis.

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Next Games: @ WBS 1/10, vs. CLE 1/11, @ CHA 1/14, @ CHA 1/15, vs. HFD 1/18,vs. ROC 1/19, @ SPR 1/22
Record: 21-11-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: End of December 2019

Not much has changed at the top of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings this week from the last time we did this two weeks ago. Tucson and Milwaukee remain at the top of the heap with their remarkable runs. These teams combined are 45-9-3-2 good for 95 points.

Rochester bumps to third after a good two weeks, Hartford has resurrected back to the top of the Atlantic in fourth and the hottest team of them all winners of eight straight, your Hershey Bears are in the top five.

Jump past the Bears if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up.

1

Last Games: TUC 2 @ SA 1 (SO), TUC 3 @ TEX 1, ONT 3 @ TUC 6, ONT 0 @ TUC 8
Tucson is making it look easy, feasting on an otherwise average Pacific Division palette of opponents.

n/a

Next Games: vs. COL 12/28, vs. COL 12/29, vs. SD 12/31, vs. SJ 1/3, vs. SJ 1/4
Record: 23-5-0-0

2

Last Games: CHI 1 @ MIL 4, MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (OT), SA 1 @ MIL 2, CLE 0 @ MIL 4
Thirteen point lead on the division lead and they are playing strong in Milwaukee. Will feast on Griffin wings through the New Year.

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Next Games: @ GR 12/27, vs. GR 12/28, @ CHI 12/29, @ CLE 1/3, @ CLE 1/4, vs. GR 1/8
Record: 22-4-3-2

3

Last Games: ROC 3 @ LAV 2, ROC 5 @ LAV 0, ROC 1 @ BNG 2, BNG 0 @ ROC 3, UTI 4 @ ROC 3
Amerks get some separation between them and Toronto going 7-3 in their last ten. Belleville twice and Toronto highlight this next fortnight.

+1

Next Games: vs. BEL 12/27, @ BNG 12/28, @ UTI 12/31, @ BEL 1/3, @ TOR 1/4, vs. BNG 1/8
Record: 19-6-2-2

4

Last Games: LV 0 @ HFD 4, HFD 2 @ LV 4, HFD 3 @ CHA 6, HFD 1 @ CHA 7, PRO 0 @ HFD 3
Still waiting on the Wolf Pack to stumble and they haven’t yet. Get used to seeing Hartford’s name at the top of the Atlantic.

+1

Next Games: @ BRI 12/27, vs. PRO 12/28, v s. BRI 12/31, @ PRO 1/3, vs. UTI 1/4, @ HER 1/8
Record: 17-7-2-5

5

Last Games: BRI 2 @ HER 5, LV 1 @ HER 3, SPR 1 @ HER 2 (OT), SPR 2 @ HER 3
Eight straight wins for Hershey. This team right now isn’t getting enough talk about outside of Central Pennsylvania.

+6

Next Games: @ UTI 12/27, vs. WBS 12/28, @ LV 12/29, @ WBS 1/3, vs. BRI 1/4, vs. BRI 1/5, vs. HFD 1/8
Record: 17-9-2-3

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