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AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

It is mid-February. Where did January go? If you are in the Northeast, you probably think that it is still January with all the snow that is out there, but in the AHL, we are about ten weeks away from the end of the season and there are some teams that are solidly in, some teams that are teetering on the brink of destruction and glory and some teams that are so checked out that they are already making plans for a long offseason.

But there is still time to make a run. You may delay, but time will not. Better hurry!

There is a new number one this week. Last weeks number one didn’t slip too far, click through the jump to see where your favorite team ended up.

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Oklahoma City beats Texas Sunday to reclaim the top spot overall in the AHL with 66 points.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
OKC 3 @ SA 5
OKC 3 @ TEX 2
This Week:
@ CHI 2/13
@ RFD 2/14
@ IA 2/15

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Those two overtime losses cost the Crunch the top spot overall in the AHL. Personnel losses may be mounting in Central New York.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ SYR 3
BRI 2 @ SYR 1 (OT)
SPR 2 @ SYR 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ ADK 2/10
@ NOR 2/13
@ NOR 2/14

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Bears have lost just one game in regulation in 2015. Still lead the East Division after a thrilling comeback down two goals against rival Wilkes-Barre in the third period on Saturday night.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
HER 3 @ BNG 2
WBS 3 @ HER 4 (OT)
LV 5 @ HER 4 (OT)
This Week:
@ ALB 2/13
vs. POR 2/14
@ BRI 2/15

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Monarchs are running away with the Atlantic. Barring an epic collapse, you can pencil Manchester as your first or second team to clinch playoffs.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ MCH 4
MCH 2 @ PRO 4
PRO 1 @ MCH 3
This Week:
vs. SPR 2/13
vs. BRI 2/14
@ PRO 2/15

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There is a new leader in the Midwest Division, easily for us back East that never see these teams the most competitive division race to watch. The Admirals beat the Rockford IceHogs not once but twice this weekend to go four points up on the ‘Hogs.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
LE 3 @ MIL 2 (SO)
RFD 1 @ MIL 4
MIL 7 @ RFD 5
RCH 5 @ MIL 6 (OT)
This Week:
@ CHI 2/11
vs. RFD 2/13
vs. LE 2/15

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The six game winning streak was stopped by the Wild Friday, but Hamilton has pulled even with Adirondack for second in the North, ten off the leading Comets.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
IA 5 @ HAM 3
HAM 4 @ LE 0
This Week:
vs. IA 2/10
vs. TOR 2/13

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Sharks ascend to second in the Atlantic and seventh in the conference after a split with Norfolk in Virginia. Road trip continues with two in St. John’s this weekend.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
WOR 4 @ LV 3
WOR 0 @ NOR 3
WOR 4 @ NOR 0
This Week:
@ STJ 2/14
@ STJ 2/15

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Penguins are actually better than the eye shows. 6-1-1 in their last eight with a goaltender (Matt Murray) that leads the AHL in GAA (1.86) but that third period collapse against rival Hershey will sting for a while.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SPR 0 @ WBS 4
WBS 3 @ HER 4 (OT)
WBS 3 @ BRI 1
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/11
vs. POR 2/13
vs. LV 2/14

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A weekend where max points would have benefitted, the Wolf Pack take just one. Still the five seed as we hit mid-February, but if Hartford misses by a point or two, you can point back to this weekend as a reason why.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
HFD 2 @ SYR 3
HFD 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ STJ 2/10
@ STJ 2/11
vs. ALB 2/14
@ ALB 2/15

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Any thoughts that Utica was slipping were stopped when Adirondack came up next on the matrix for two. No slowing down, they destroy Binghamton in the third game of a three in three.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 8
Last Week:
UTI 4 @ ADK 2
UTI 3 @ ADK 2
BNG 4 @ UTI 7
This Week:
vs. RCH 2/11
@ RCH 2/14

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Pirates clearly scored all of their goals for the weekend in one game against St. John’s, where all but one player in that game Friday notched a point.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
POR 8 @ STJ 1
POR 0 @ STJ 1
This Week:
@ WBS 2/13
@ HER 2/14

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A win Sunday would have put the Stars in the eight seed. The Politboro considers the defending champs a playoff club, so there is no need to worry…yet.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 12th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 2 (SO)
TEX 5 @ SA 2
OKC 4 @ TEX 3
This Week:
vs. SA 2/10
@ IA 2/13
@ IA 2/14

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IceHogs lose the division lead to the Admirals this weekend after a pair of wild games. Get another crack at Milwaukee this weekend.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
RFD 1 @ MIL 4
MIL 7 @ RFD 5
This Week:
@ MIL 2/13
vs. OKC 2/14
vs. SA 2/15

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Griffins tossing their hats in the discussion in the Midwest. Just three off second place Rockford after getting points out of all contests this week.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
GR 3 @ TOR 1
RCH 4 @ GR 5 (OT)
RCH 4 @ GR 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. SA 2/13
vs. SA 2/14
@ CHI 2/15

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San Antonio is keeping Oklahoma City honest. Just six off the Barons. Beat them 5-3 Saturday, too.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 2 (SO)
TEX 5 @ SA 2
OKC 3 @ SA 5
This Week:
@ TEX 2/10
@ GR 2/13
@ GR 2/14
@ RFD 2/15

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Albany sputters this week and it costs them a playoff spot. A pair of 4-1 losses.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 9th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
ALB 1 @ MCH 4
ALB 1 @ SPR 4
This Week:
vs. HER 2/13
@ HFD 2/14
vs. HFD 2/15

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Not a bad weekend by AHL standards for the Phantoms, but they need to start stringing together more of these if they want to make a push towards playoffs.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
WOR 4 @ LV 3
LV 1 @ BNG 4
LV 5 @ HER 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/13
@ WBS 2/14
@ SPR 2/15

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Two wins this weekend for the Monsters, but Lake Erie finds itself in last place in the ever competitive Midwest.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
LE 3 @ MIL 2 (SO)
TOR 3 @ LE 4 (OT)
HAM 4 @ LE 0
This Week:
vs. CHA 2/10
vs. CHA 2/12
@ MIL 2/15

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Wild are getting a bump up the rankings this week after two wins over stiff North Division competition. Can they maintain it with stiff West Division competition this week?
Rank: 19
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
IA 4 @ ADK 0
IA 5 @ HAM 3
IA 1 @ TOR 5
This Week:
@ HAM 2/10
vs. TEX 2/13
vs. TEX 2/14
vs. OKC 2/15

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Rochester goes on the road and takes home points from all four contests.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 27th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ CHI 2
RCH 4 @ GR 5 (OT)
RCH 4 @ GR 3 (OT)
RCH 5 @ MIL 6 (OT)
This Week:
@ UTI 2/11
vs. ADK 2/13
vs. UTI 2/14

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Wolves lose a school day game at home against the Wolves, but travel to Charlotte and win both by 4-1 scores. Wolves are playoff contenders in the middle of February.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
RCH 3 @ CHI 2
CHI 4 @ CHA 1
CHI 4 @ CHA 1
This Week:
vs. MIL 2/11
vs. OKC 2/13
vs. GR 2/15

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Falcons still have things to work on even after the 4-1 win against the Devils and taking points home from the Crunch. 60 points that look vulnerable to Hartford (58) and Wilkes-Barre (57).
Rank: 22
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
SPR 0 @ WBS 4
ALB 1 @ SPR 4
SPR 2 @ SYR 1 (OT)
SPR 2 @ PRO 4
This Week:
@ MCH 2/13
vs. PRO 2/14
vs. LV 2/15

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Flames just cannot beat the Utica Comets. They are 0-9 against them this season and lost two to them this weekend and trail them by 10 points in the North Division race.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
IA 4 @ ADK 0
UTI 4 @ ADK 2
UTI 3 @ ADK 2
This Week:
vs. SYR 2/10
@ RCH 2/13

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Norfolk swaps shutouts with the Worcester Sharks. Six off Lehigh Valley for third. If they can get there, who knows what could happen? Two this week with Syracuse, lets worry about them first.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 24th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
WOR 0 @ NOR 3
WOR 4 @ NOR 0
This Week:
vs. SYR 2/13
vs. SYR 2/14

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P-Bruins get Nik Svedberg’s services for the weekend on a goaltending conditioning stint but drop out of the top eight despite going 2-1 for the week.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
MCH 2 @ PRO 4
PRO 1 @ MCH 3
SPR 2 @ PRO 4
This Week:
vs. BRI 2/13
@ SPR 2/14
vs. MCH 2/15

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Marlies are stalling when they need to be accelerating towards a playoff spot. The win against Iowa doesn’t impress anyone.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
GR 3 @ TOR 1
TOR 3 @ LE 4 (OT)
IA 1 @ TOR 5
This Week:
@ HAM 2/13
@ BNG 2/15

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A pair of overtime wins and losses must have taken the air out of the Sound Tigers sails for Sunday’s tilt vs. Wilkes-Barre. Or it may have been Harry Zolnierczyk and Colin McDonald getting called up the morning of.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 21st
Change: Down 6
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ SYR 1 (OT)
HFD 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
WBS 3 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ PRO 2/13
@ MCH 2/14
vs. HER 2/15

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Embarrassing home loss to the Pirates Friday. Respond with a tight 1-0 shutout win the next night.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
POR 8 @ STJ 1
POR 0 @ STJ 1
This Week:
vs. HFD 2/10
vs. HFD 2/11
vs. WOR 2/14
vs. WOR 2/15

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A pair of 4-1 losses to the Chicago Wolves this week. A pair in Cleveland up next for the Checkers.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 28th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ CHA 1
CHI 4 @ CHA 1
This Week:
@ LE 2/10
@ LE 2/12

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B-Sens get off the losing streak with a big 4-1 win against the Phantoms at home Saturday but get trounced the next day by the Comets.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 30th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
HER 3 @ BNG 2
LV 1 @ BNG 4
BNG 4 @ UTI 7
This Week:
@ WBS 2/11
@ LV 2/13
vs. TOR 2/15

Agree? Disagree? Comments? Anyone?

2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 18

  1. Bob Howard February 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    You got the Barons right and the BSens right, the rest is up for discussion! LOL

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