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AHL Power Rankings: Week 10

We shuffled up the top five teams this week and then after that it was a bit of a tough sledding to hash out the next 20 teams.

The Toronto Marlies are the first AHL team to 20 wins this season and have re-taken over the top spot in the Week 10 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings followed closely behind by the Manitoba Moose who are still rolling, but lost in a shootout Saturday to the Milwaukee Admirals at home, so they slip to second.

Those two teams meet this weekend in Toronto in a matchup that will be epic.

The rest of the top five this week go Stockton, who remain in third, Rockford, who are better in their last ten than Rochester, who is fifth.

Pop past the Amerks if you didn’t link in direct to see six and beyond and enjoy!

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Last Week: TOR 3 @ LAV 1, TOR 5 @ LAV 2
First team to twenty wins this season are your Toronto Marlies. Circle those visits from the Moose later this week on your calendar.

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This Week: @ RCH 12/15, vs. MTB 12/16, vs. MTB 12/17
Record: 20-5-0-0

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Last Week: MIL 4 @ MTB 3 (SO), MIL 1 @ MTB 6
Moose continue to roll. The nine game win streak ended Saturday when Milwaukee clipped them in a shootout, but Manitoba put it on the Admirals on Sunday. Two huge contests this week with Toronto will be ones to watch.

-1

This Week: @ BEL 12/15, @ TOR 12/16, @ TOR 12/17
Record: 18-5-1-2

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Last Week: STK 6 @ SJ 0, TUC 2 @ STK 5
Heat take down the Roadrunners on Saturday and take over first in the Pacific. Show goes on the road this week with stops in San Diego and Ontario.

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This Week: @ SD 12/13, @ ONT 12/15, @ SD 12/16
Record: 14-6-0-2

4

Last Week: RFD 4 @ GR 1, GR 2 @ RFD 7
Rockford continues to roll. 7-2-1-0 in their last ten.

+1

This Week: vs. CHI 12/12, @ SA 12/15, @ SA 12/17
Record: 15-9-1-0

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Last Week: RCH 2 @ SPR 1, RCH 2 @ HFD 3 (SO), RCH 4 @ BRI 1
Amerks need to keep winning if they want to stay in touch with the Marlies who are just smoking opponents. They are doing that.

-1

This Week: vs. UTI 12/13, vs. TOR 12/15, @ UTI 12/16
Record: 14-5-3-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 9

Have we settled into a groove here in the Week 9 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings?

Reason why is that there is no reason to switch up the top two this week. Manitoba is just plastering teams right now and Toronto remains a strong threat any given night.

Stockton moves up to third as they continue to stockpile points.

Any time you take down one of the best teams in the league in Wilkes-Barre, you are going to draw attention like Rochester in fourth this week.

Finally, in fifth, Rockford seems to have ironed out problems that have bothered them of late and are second in the Central behind the Moose and fifth in this weeks Rankings.

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

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Last Week: MTB 8 @ RFD 1, CLE 1 @ MTB 7, CLE 0 @ MTB 4
Best team in the AHL is just steamrolling teams. Nine consecutive wins, outscoring opponents 25-3 in their last five games, including two shutouts. How long can the Moose sustain this reign of terror on opponents?

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This Week: vs. MIL 12/9, vs. MIL 12/10
Record: 17-5-1-1

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Last Week: SYR 3 @ TOR 1, TOR 3 @ BEL 1, HFD 3 @ TOR 4 (OT)
Rebounded nicely after the mid-week setback that the Crunch handed the Marlies on national television.

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This Week: @ LAV 12/8, @ LAV 12/9
Record: 18-5-0-0

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Last Week: STK 3 @ BAK 1, STK 3 @ BAK 4 (SO)
Heat still piling on the points and have a date with the Roadrunners coming later in the week.

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This Week: @ SJ 12/6, vs. TUC 12/9
Record: 12-6-0-2

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Last Week: RCH 1 @ UTI 2 (OT), HFD 5 @ RCH 4 (SO), RCH 5 @ WBS 2
Routed the Penguins Saturday. That is good enough, along with getting points out of other contests this week, to keep the Amerks in the top five in this weeks Rankings.

-1

This Week: @ SPR 12/8, @ HFD 12/9, @ BRI 12/10
Record: 12-5-3-2

5

Last Week: MTB 8 @ RFD 1, CHI 3 @ RFD 4 (OT), TEX 2 @ RFD 6
Whatever turbulence that the IceHogs experienced a few weeks ago, the air is a lot cleaner now and it’s smooth sailing again for the second place in the Central Rockford IceHogs.

+2

This Week: @ GR 12/8, vs. GR 12/9
Record: 13-9-1-0

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

After Week 8 and American Thanksgiving, it’s a pair of Canadian teams that are 1-2 in this weeks edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings

The Manitoba Moose are the hottest team in the AHL right now, but the Toronto Marlies are the actual best statistical team in the league. Both teams are virtually identical, 9-1 in their last ten games, but the Moose are running away with the Central Division right now which is always tight.

Rochester slots in third. Anytime you smoke an opponent with 10 goals like the Americans did to Binghamton on Saturday, you open some eyes.

Two teams that faced off this week for a pair of games fill out the top five. That’s your Tucson Roadrunners and your Stockton Heat.

Jump past the Heat if you didn’t link in direct to find out who the sixth place team is all the way down to the last place team.

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Last Week: LAV 2 @ MTB 3 (SO), MTB 3 @ GR 1, MTB 3 @ MIL 0
9-1 in their last ten, Moose are the hottest team in the AHL right now. Normally the Central is a dogfight, but Manitoba right now as the calendar flips to December is turning it into a runaway.

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This Week: @ RFD 11/28, vs. CLE 11/30, vs. CLE 12/2
Record: 14-5-1-1

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Last Week: TOR 5 @ UTI 2, BEL 1 @ TOR 2 (SO), BEL 1 @ TOR 5
League’s statistically best team remain second this week behind the smoking hot Moose team. Favorable schedule this week can keep the Marlies on a tear to start December.

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This Week: vs. SYR 11/29, @ BEL 12/1, vs. HFD 12/2
Record: 16-4-0-0

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Last Week: RCH 5 @ SYR 6 (OT), BNG 3 @ RCH 10, RCH 4 @ BNG 3 (OT)
Don’t want to look past Utica and Hartford, but meeting the Pens in Wilkes-Barre Saturday night will be a good litmus test for this Rochester side who have surprised of late.

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This Week: @ UTI 11/29, vs. HFD 12/1, @ WBS 12/2
Record: 11-5-2-1

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Last Week: SD 0 @ TUC 5, STK 2 @ TUC 3, STK 4 @ TUC 2
Got back at San Diego in the middle of the week then split a pair with the Heat which you would have signed up for at the beginning of the week.

+2

This Week: vs. ONT 12/3
Record: 10-3-2-1

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Last Week: STK 1 @ ONT 3, STK 2 @ TUC 3, STK 4 @ TUC 2
Despite the two losses this week to Ontario and Tucson, the Heat are in the thick of things at the top of the Pacific Division with three other teams.

-1

This Week: @ BAK 11/30, @ BAK 12/1
Record: 11-6-0-1

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

Thanksgiving Week feels like a short week, doesn’t it?

Also, feels like we just started the season, doesn’t it? How did we get here, this fast?

Week 7 has come and gone in the American Hockey League and there is a new number on team. It’s the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.

The Penguins have points in eleven straight games. They are followed by a Toronto Marlies team who have the most points in the AHL right now.

A pair of surprising Western Conference teams are third and fourth in Manitoba and Stockton and the top five is rounded out with San Antonio, who we feel have been here in the top five ever since Week 1.

Hop through the jump to see the rest of the teams after the Rampage if you didn’t link in direct and enjoy Thanksgiving week in the USA!

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Last Week: WBS 4 @ BNG 3
Points in 11 straight games. Mind you, Wilkes-Barre has only played 14 games so far. Busy Thanksgiving week coming with with some pre-turkey day action with Lehigh Valley followed by a home and home with Syracuse.

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This Week: vs. LV 11/22, @ SYR 11/24, vs. SYR 11/25
Record: 11-2-0-1

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Last Week: SYR 1 @ TOR 2, SYR 1 @ TOR 3
Racking up points in the North, and but for a Rochester and Laval team keeping them honest, would be running away with the division.

+2

This Week: @ UTI 11/22, vs. BEL 11/25, vs. BEL 11/26
Record: 13-4-0-0

3

Last Week: CHI 2 @ MTB 3, CHI 4 @ MTB 6, LAV 2 @ MTB 5
Seven wins in their past eight games for a Moose side who is no longer a surprise, but a team you need to start taking seriously.

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This Week: vs. LAV 11/21, @ GR 11/24, @ MIL 11/25
Record: 11-5-1-1

4

Last Week: BAK 2 @ STK 4, BAK 2 @ STK 5
Swept the Condors this week, but now some real competition steps up with the Reign and the Roadrunners this week.

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This Week: @ ONT 11/22, @ TUC 11/24, @ TUC 11/25
Record: 10-4-0-1

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Last Week: GR 6 @ SA 3, SA 3 @ TEX 4, TEX 2 @ SA 5
Thought that the Rampage were in trouble after Grand Rapids smacked them mid-week, then they split a series with the Stars. San Antonio may just be OK.

-2

This Week: @ BAK 11/21, @ SJ 11/22, @ BAK 11/25, @ ONT 11/26
Record: 10-5-1-0

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

Say hello to Week 6 in the AHL and the Chirps from Center Ice Power Rankings are due.

This week was a challenge putting together. There was a shuffle to the top five teams, where they all remain in the top five, but then after that, there was a lot of teams at the bottom pulled from the top heading to the top fifteen, and a lot of teams in the top fifteen heading to the bottom of the Rankings.

You can flesh it out after you hit the jump after the Charlotte Checkers, who remain in fifth this week after another strong week. The Toronto Marlies fall from first to fourth after a tough loss to the Penguins but a nice bounce back in a pair of games against the Devils in Binghamton. The San Antonio Rampage slip to third after a torrid week themselves, but then the Penguins, who are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, are bested by one loss Tucson who are just lighting the League on fire.

Here’s the full list, click past the Checkers to see 6 through 30 if you didn’t click in direct.

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Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 6, BAK 1 @ TUC 4
Roadrunners are playing with a swagger and it’s fun to see. Only lost one regulation game so far and are overall #1 team in AHL and tops where it matters most, the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings for Week 6.

+3

This Week: @ SD 11/17, @ SD 11/18
Record: 8-1-2-0

2

Last Week: TOR 2 @ WBS 4, PRO 3 @ WBS 4 (OT), WBS 5 @ HER 1
Went toe to toe with the Marlies Wednesday, clawed back against the Bruins on Saturday then dismantled and embarrassed the Bears on their home ice Sunday, with just 13 shots on goal to show for it. Will the one game this week against Binghamton be a momentum killer?

+1

This Week: @ BNG 11/17
Record: 10-2-0-1

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Last Week: SA 4 @ GR 7, SA 6 @ RFD 0, SA 2 @ CHI 1
The Politburo argued into the night to put San Antonio in first over the Roadrunners after yet another positive week, then Sunday afternoon the Penguins went out and scored 5 goals in Hershey on 13 shots.

-1

This Week: vs. GR 11/14, @ TEX 11/15, vs. TEX 11/18
Record: 9-3-1-0

4

Last Week: TOR 2 @ WBS 4, TOR 4 @ BNG 1, TOR 4 @ BNG 1
Loss to Penguins coupled with the winning ways of the Roadrunners and Rampage drop the Marlies out of the top three this week, but not to far out. Regroup with a pair against Syracuse this week.

-3

This Week: vs. SYR 11/18, vs. SYR 11/19
Record: 11-4-0-0

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Last Week: CHA 5 @ UTI 2, CHA 5 @ UTI 2, CHA 3 @ SYR 5
Were the first team to ten wins this season. Competition isn’t up their level yet, but that doesn’t matter when the points are tallied at the end of the day.

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This Week: @ SPR 11/15, @ SPR 11/17, @ BRI 11/18
Record: 10-4-0-0

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 5

Five weeks into the AHL season and it looks like there is some separation of the wheat from the chaff from the 30 AHL teams at the top and the bottom of the league.

The middle? Heh. Anyone’s guess.

The Toronto Marlies are the combine this week, mowing down a strong team in Laval, a strung team making a turnaround in Hershey and a strong Lehigh Valley side this week handily. They are followed by a San Antonio team that has impressed, a Wilkes-Barre team who is always strong and a one (regulation) loss Tucson team and then a Charlotte team which is buzzing teams as well.

To get teams 6 through 30, hop through the jump after the Tucson capsule if you didn’t link in direct.

Enjoy…

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Last Week: TOR 3 @ LAV 0, TOR 4 @ HER 1, TOR 5 @ LV 1
Marlies are bulldozing teams right now and are your new number one team in the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

+3

This Week: @ WBS 11/8, @ BNG 11/10, @ BNG 11/11
Record: 9-3-0-0

2

Last Week: SA 2 @ IA 3 (OT), SA 4 @ IA 2
3 of 4 points will do well to keep San Antonio in the top five in this weeks Rankings. The road trip continues this week thorough the Central Division.

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This Week: @ GR 11/8, @ RFD 11/10, @ CHI 11/11
Record: 7-2-1-0

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Last Week: WBS 6 @ LV 5 (SO), HER 3 @ WBS 2 (SO)
Sunday was a bad day for the Penguins, who let a point slip to rival Hershey. Now week begins with a stop in from Toronto, who are just mowing teams down right now.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 11/8, vs. PRO 11/11, @ HER 11/12
Record: 7-2-0-1

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Last Week: CLE 2 @ TUC 1 (OT), CLE 2 @ TUC 3 (OT)
Don’t look now but there is only one team in the AHL with one regulation loss, and you are reading their capsule. Roadrunners are a point machine right now.

+5

This Week: vs. BAK 11/10, vs. BAK 11/11
Record: 6-1-2-0

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Last Week: CHA 6 @ BEL 1, CHA 2 @ BEL 1
We aren’t underestimating Charlotte, you shouldn’t either. This is a very good team.

+5

This Week: @ UTI 11/8, @ UTI 11/10, @ SYR 11/11
Record: 8-3-0-0

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 4

Not much change this week for the top five in the Week 4 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. Some shuffling in the top four, and a new Pennsylvania team make up this weeks top five.

Teams are still looking for an identity as the calendar flips to November and we leave October behind. Other teams, like those in the top five, appear to have that identity and will look to build on a successful opening month.

Providence remains your top team this week. Really with every team in the top five last week suffering a loss, its was tough to shake up the top five that much. San Antonio bumps up to number two and Milwaukee moves down one. Toronto remains number four after a split this week and watch out for the Penguins, who have won five straight. Here they are for you, and you can click through the jump after the Pens if you didn’t link in direct to see 6 through 30.

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Last Week: PRO 4 @ BNG 1, PRO 2 @ HER 3
Bruins may have backed off a bit playing a toiling Hershey Bears side and it cost them two points in Chocolatetown Saturday.

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This Week: vs. BRI 11/3, @ HFD 11/4, vs. BRI 11/5
Record: 6-2-0-0

2

Last Week: SJ 1 @ SA 3, SD 5 @ SA 3
San Antonio holding it together through October, look to continue the trend against a disappointing Wild side this week.

+1

This Week: @ IA 11/2, @ IA 11/3
Record: 6-2-0-0

3

Last Week: MIL 5 @ RFD 2, MIL 1 @ CHI 2
Milwaukee is playing a division heavy schedule right now and are getting points.

-1

This Week: vs. GR 11/1, vs. RFD 11/3, @ GR 11/5
Record: 5-2-0-0

4

Last Week: TOR 4 @ SYR 2, LAV 3 @ TOR 2
Split a pair this week. A stop in Laval precedes a trip though Pennsylvania starting Saturday in Hershey.

n/a

This Week: @ LAV 11/1, @ HER 11/4, @ LV 11/5
Record: 6-3-0-0

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Last Week: HER 2 @ WBS 3, WBS 5 @ BRI 2
Penguins have won five in a row and look to push that streak to six and seven against their in-state rivals this week.

+4

This Week: @ LV 11/3, vs. HER 11/5
Record: 6-2-0-0

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