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AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

Well, for the first time in some time, the Charlotte Checkers are no where to be located in this weeks edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings Top Five.

For that matter, the San Jose Barracuda are no where to be located as well.

That is because a trio of teams have usurped those two mainstays, with a few more teams just outside the top five in the top ten ready to join them.

Bakersfield, Hershey and Providence are the teams to beat right now. Good luck, cause no one has had any success in beating these teams of late.

Grand Rapids and Rochester lead their respective divisions and round out the top five, but are being hotly pursued for the spots.

After the Americans, jump in to see where everyone else ended up this week if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Week: SJ 1 @ BAK 3, SD 1 @ BAK 7, STK 1 @ BAK 4
At this point it’s just not fair. 13 wins in a row for Bakersfield and they are winning these games in decisive fashion. No reason to think that the Condors slow down this week against Ontario.

+1

This Week: @ ONT 2/15, vs. ONT 2/16
Record: 29-15-2-1

2

Last Week: CHA 2 @ HER 3 (SO), CHA 1 @ HER 2, WBS 3 @ HER 4 (SO)
We seriously considered giving Hershey the number one spot, but Bakersfield ekes out the Bears for the number one spot. This week. Big series with Lehigh Valley.

+1

This Week: vs. LV 2/16, @ LV 2/17
Record: 27-20-0-3

3

Last Week: BRI 1 @ PRO 2, PRO 2 @ BRI 4, SYR 0 @ PRO 4
12 game point streak ended Saturday in Bridgeport, but Providence trounced a rested Syracuse team coming in Sunday. This Bruins team is for real.

+3

This Week: vs. TOR 2/15, vs. CHA 2/16, vs. SPR 2/17
Record: 26-17-6-1

4

Last Week: WBS 1 @ GR 4, CHI 4 @ GR 1
On winning and losing ends of 4-1 decisions this weekend. San Antonio drops in this weekend, no easy task.

+3

This Week: vs. SA 2/15, vs. SA 2/16, vs. RFD 2/20
Record: 28-16-3-4

5

Last Week: SPR 1 @ RCH 7, RCH 2 @ UTI 5, RCH 2 @ CLE 5
Is the lead that the Amerks have on the North Division starting to slip? Home and home with the Crunch are going to shed some light on the question.

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This Week: vs. SYR 2/15, @ SYR 2/16, vs. BNG 2/17, vs. CLE 2/20
Record: 29-15-3-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

Week 18 has come and gone and we are finally past that All-Star hangover. Things are beginning to take shape in the division and the finish should be fun.

There has been a shakeup to the top five this week. San Jose remains the top team. However, they are followed closely by the two hottest teams in the AHL, the Bakersfield Condors who have won ten straight games and the Hershey Bears who have a ten game point streak.

Charlotte hasn’t dropped out of the top five after a pair of overtime setbacks to the Providence Bruins this weekend and stay fourth and Rochester rounds out the top five, for now.

Peek through if you didn’t link in direct to see where the rest of the teams ended up this week.

1

Last Week: SJ 6 @ STK 4, STK 2 @ SJ 4, IA 4 @ SJ 2
Roy Sommer earned his 750th AHL win on Friday. Barracuda stay hot in a division which has been one of the best.

n/a

This Week: @ BAK 2/8, @ ONT 2/10, vs. TUC 2/12
Record: 26-9-2-4

2

Last Week: IA 2 @ BAK 5, BAK 6 @ ONT 2
Ten wins in a row for the Bakersfield Condors. Pulled themselves up from mediocrity and head into a huge matchup against the San Jose Barracuda this weekend.

+6

This Week: vs. SJ 2/8, vs. SD 2/9, vs. STK 2/13
Record: 26-15-2-1

3

Last Week: LV 1 @ HER 2, BEL 2 @ HER 3 (SO), HER 4 @ SPR 2
Ten straight games without a regulation loss for the Bears who are on fire. Huge tests this weekend against Charlotte followed by a midweek matchup against a pissed off Penguins team looking to continue their playoff streak.

+3

This Week: vs. CHA 2/9, vs. CHA 2/10, vs. WBS 2/13
Record: 24-20-0-3

4

Last Week: PRO 2 @ CHA 1 (OT), PRO 1 @ CHA 0 (OT), CLE 1 @ CHA 3, CLE 5 @ CHA 1
You could say that the Checkers are slipping, but with a 12 point lead on the division and a 9 point lead on overall best team in the AHL, does it really matter?

-2

This Week: @ HER 2/9, @ HER 2/10
Record: 32-12-6-0

5

Last Week: RCH 3 @ BNG 2, RCH 4 @ HFD 1, SYR 2 @ RCH 1 (SO)
Still hold the division lead, but for how long? Crunch are coming.

-2

This Week: vs. SPR 2/8, @ UTI 2/9, @ CLE 2/12
Record: 28-13-3-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 17

We have hit the All-Star break here in the AHL and while the festivities from Springfield have wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at where things stand in the league and that’s where these weekly Power Rankings should help you out.

Two constants have been San Jose and Charlotte, who are 1-2 this week. 1a if you want to call them that have been Rochester and Grand Rapids, who are entrenched in playoff battles themselves for the pinnacle of the divisions they lead. The hottest team of recent has been San Diego, but there are other teams past the Gulls at the five spot who are equally on hot runs.

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

1

Last Week: SJ 4 @ GR 0, SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
San Jose has a new threat gunning for them in the form of the Bakersfield Condors. No one has got close yet so it should be interesting to watch.

+2

This Week: @ STK 2/1, vs. STK 2/2, vs. IA 2/5
Record: 24-8-2-4

2

Last Week: CHA 3 @ PRO 5, CHA 5 @ HFD 2
Snapped out of that three game losing streak with a good win Saturday in Hartford. The Atlantic is Charlotte’s to lose.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 2/1, vs. PRO 2/2, vs. CLE 2/5, vs. CLE 2/6
Record: 31-11-4-0

3

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 3 (SO), RCH 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Amerks have a three point lead on Syracuse for tops in the North. Have been the class of the division for a good chunk of the season.

+2

This Week: @ BNG 2/1, @ HFD 2/2, vs. SYR 2/6
Record: 26-13-3-1

4

Last Week: SJ 4 @ GR 0, SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
Griffins sit atop the Central at the All-Star break. Busy week against some hungry teams as the unofficial second half of the season begins in earnest Thursday.

+2

This Week: @ TEX 1/31, @ SA 2/1, vs. MTB 2/6
Record: 25-14-3-4

5

Last Week: SD 0 @ SA 4, SD 4 @ TEX 1
Good win in Cedar Park to slightly stop the slide that the Gulls have been on. Busy week this week with some winnable games.

-4

This Week: vs. ONT 2/1, vs. IA 2/2, vs. ONT 2/6
Record: 22-13-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 16

We have a new number one and a shakeup in the Week 16 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

The San Diego Gulls take the top spot in the Rankings this week. After being 31st about two months ago, the Gulls work their way through 30 other teams and now sit at the top of the Power Rankings.

But the Gulls aren’t even the top team in their own division and aren’t even the runners up, but those two teams (San Jose, 3rd and Tucson, 4th) are in the top five in this weeks Rankings.

Charlotte didn’t go far and if they are as good as we think they are will go back to number one next week. They drop to second.

Rochester rounds out the top five with a three point lead on second place Utica, who the Americans meet up with this weekend.

After the Americans, jump in to the rest of the Rankings if you didn’t link in direct and if you are headed to Springfield this weekend for All-Star Classic festivities, enjoy.

1

Last Week: BAK 6 @ SD 2, SD 4 @ ONT 1
The Gulls 42 days without a point came to an end Saturday at home against Bakersfield. They went out in their next game and pasted Ontario. They head to Texas for some Central Division action before the All-Star break.

+1

This Week: @ SA 1/25, @ TEX 1/26
Record: 21-12-2-3

2

Last Week: TOR 4 @ CHA 3 (OT), TOR 5 @ CHA 0
Got smacked around a bit by the defending champion Toronto Marlies at home this week. How do the Checkers respond to the first bit of adversity they have faced all season?

-1

This Week: @ PRO 1/25, @ HFD 1/26
Record: 30-10-4-0

3

Last Week: TEX 1 @ SJ 2, BAK 6 @ SJ 5 (OT)
It is hard to believe that at the All-Star break the possibility exists that the Barracuda may still have only just single digit regulation losses. However, Grand Rapids is a great team that cannot be discounted.

n/a

This Week: @ GR 1/25, @ GR 1/26
Record: 23-8-2-3

4

Last Week: TUC 3 @ COL 7, TUC 2 @ COL 0, TEX 3 @ TUC 6, TEX 0 @ TUC 4
Two shutouts this week for Tucson who are the closest to first place second place team there is in all the AHL.

+1

This Week: vs. BAK 1/25, vs. BAK 1/26
Record: 23-11-3-1

5

Last Week: RCH 5 @ WBS 4, RCH 2 @ LV 3 (SO), BNG 5 @ RCH 7
Amerks take a three point lead into the weekend before the All-Star break over Utica, in second and four points over Syracuse, in third.

+4

This Week: vs. UTI 1/25, @ SYR 1/26
Record: 25-13-2-1

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 15

Some shakeups to the top five and top ten this week in the Week 15 version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

Charlotte remains number one. They have thirty wins and 60 points. San Diego jumps up to second after fifteen games in a row without a regulation loss.

San Jose drops down one, they still lead the Pacific but are feeling the heat from the Gulls. Chicago stays fourth as the leaders of the Central and Tucson jumps back into the top five.

Go past the Roadrunners if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team, if they aren’t already mentioned above, filled out this week.

1

Last Week: WBS 5 @ CHA 1, WBS 3 @ CHA 5, BRI 0 @ CHA 1, BRI 4 @ CHA 6
OK, we get it. The Checkers are good. But they are approaching territory of some of the greatest teams to have ever played in the AHL.

n/a

This Week: vs. TOR 1/19, vs. TOR 1/20
Record: 30-9-3-0

2

Last Week: SD 5 @ MIL 2, SD 2 @ IA 3 (OT), TEX 1 @ SD 2
Point streak is up to 15. Gulls are second in the Pacific now. Trades made by Anaheim may end up throwing cold water on these hot Gulls, though.

+1

This Week: vs. BAK 1/19, @ ONT 1/21
Record: 20-11-2-3

3

Last Week: ONT 3 @ SJ 1, STK 1 @ SJ 2
Barracuda shouldn’t be worried as much about the second place Roadrunners as much as they should the third place Gulls who are on a tear right now.

-1

This Week: vs. TEX 1/18, vs. BAK 1/21
Record: 22-8-1-3

4

Last Week: CHI 6 @ TUC 3, CHI 2 @ TUC 3, GR 2 @ CHI 5
Sole possession of first in the Central, but only three points from being out of the playoffs. Razor thin margins.

n/a

This Week: vs. RFD 1/19, vs. MIL 1/20
Record: 23-13-3-1

5

Last Week: CHI 6 @ TUC 3, CHI 2 @ TUC 3
Split with Chicago but San Jose is opening up more of a lead on the Roadrunners. Busy week coming up with four games.

+1

This Week: @ COL 1/18, @ COL 1/19, vs. TEX 1/21, vs. TEX 1/23
Record: 20-10-3-1

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 14

We are hitting mid-January and things remain the same at the top of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings in Week 14.

Charlotte remains the top team. They can play a man short and beat you. They can play with eleven forwards and seven defensemen and beat you. No lead is safe on them, by the way. Don’t believe me? It’s what they did this past week against the opponents they played.

San Jose is still second and are starting to feel the heat from the hottest team in the AHL in San Diego who are third.

Central Division foes Chicago and Iowa round out the top five.

Click past the Wild if you didn’t link in direct to see where the rest shook out this week.

1

Last Week: CHA 4 @ BEL 1, CHA 6 @ BEL 3, CHA 5 @ TOR 0
It is starting to become obscene with how good this team is right now. Starting to open up a lead on Bridgeport (9).

n/a

This Week: vs. WBS 1/11, vs. WBS 1/12, vs. BRI 1/15, vs. BRI 1/16
Record: 27-8-3-0

2

Last Week: SJ 3 @ SD 4, SJ 2 @ ONT 1, ONT 1 @ SJ 3
San Jose starting to open up a bit of a lead on second place Tucson now. It’s four points right now as we hit mid-January.

n/a

This Week: vs. ONT 1/11, vs. STK 1/13
Record: 21-7-1-3

3

Last Week: SJ 3 @ SD 4, SD 4 @ ONT 1, SD 7 @ STK 4
There is no hotter team right now than the San Diego Gulls. Points in their last 12 games and just six points from the Barracuda for tops in the Central. A Central Division trip is going to prove to be a big test.

+5

This Week: @ MIL 1/12, @ IA 1/14, vs. TEX 1/16
Record: 18-11-1-3

4

Last Week: SA 3 @ CHI 0, SA 1 @ CHI 3
Split a fun series with San Antonio but are feeling the heat from Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and back in the division. Head to Arizona this weekend.

-1

This Week: @ TUC 1/11, @ TUC 1/12, vs. GR 1/16
Record: 21-12-3-1

5

Last Week: RFD 0 @ IA 3, IA 2 @ RFD 6, IA 4 @ SA 5
Two losses this week close things up on the Wild’s grip on the Central Division as we enter mid-January. Dangerous games ahead.

-2

This Week: @ SA 1/11, @ TEX 1/12, vs. SD 1/14
Record: 20-10-4-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Week 13

There are a few new fresh teams in the top ten this week in the Week 13 edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings but the top five, absent of Iowa replacing Rochester, remain intact.

Charlotte remains number one again, because it’s a day that ends in y.

San Jose bumps up to second after getting a bit of breathing room on second place in the Pacific.

Iowa runs from the tenth spot last week to the top three after running over fourth place Chicago.

Bridgeport rounds out the top five. Jump past the Sound Tigers if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up.

1

Last Week: CHA 2 @ LAV 4, CHA 5 @ LAV 4 (OT), CHA 4 @ TOR 5 (OT)
This team is just collecting points, no matter the cost. Canada trip continues through the weekend.

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This Week: @ BEL 1/4, @ BEL 1/5, @ TOR 1/6
Record: 24-8-3-0

2

Last Week: COL 1 @ SJ 3, SD 5 @ SJ 1, SJ 6 @ STK 5
San Jose is opening up a bit now on second place Tucson but the two hottest teams in the Pacific are the division leading Barracuda and the San Diego Gulls. Oh, and they meet this Friday in San Diego.

+1

This Week: @ SD 1/4, @ ONT 1/5, vs. ONT 1/9
Record: 19-6-1-3

3

Last Week: MIL 1 @ IA 3, CHI 1 @ IA 3, IA 3 @ CHI 1
We are never going to get tired of watching Iowa and Chicago duke it out at the top of the Central Division.

+7

This Week: vs. RFD 1/4, @ RFD 1/6, @ SA 1/9
Record: 19-8-4-3

4

Last Week: CHI 4 @ RFD 2, RFD 1 @ CHI 2 (OT), CHI 1 @ IA 3, IA 3 @ CHI 1
Two of the hottest teams in the Central meet this weekend in Rosemont when the 7-2-1 in their last ten Chicago Wolves play host to the 7-3 San Antonio Rampage.

n/a

This Week: vs. SA 1/4, vs. SA 1/5
Record: 20-11-3-1

5

Last Week: HFD 2 @ BRI 3, BRI 4 @ SPR 3, BRI 3 @ HFD 2 (OT), BRI 4 @ RCH 5 (SO)
Let a full two points get away from them with :12 left Wednesday in Rochester. Trip through New York continues this weekend.

n/a

This Week: @ SYR 1/4, @ BNG 1/5
Record: 21-9-4-2

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