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AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

Special President’s Day start time to the Week 19 AHL Power Rankings here at 11 a.m. on Monday. Here are a few things to look for…

There is a new number one this week.

There is a team the Politburo describes as, “quietly underrated.”

See if you can find the description of the team that is interjecting themselves into the most exciting divisional race to watch in the AHL.

A question for some fans of some teams that read this blog. I’m really interested in your replies.

Something or nothing for a team in the East Division.

An apology to a team the Politburo messed up on last week.

Plus much more. Click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

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The point streak is up to 13 games (11-0-1-1) and the Bears are 13-1-1-1 in calendar year 2015. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
HER 1 @ ALB 0
POR 2 @ HER 5
HER 5 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ BNG 2/20
vs. BRI 2/21
vs. PRO 2/22

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Barons give way to the Bears this week in the rankings but don’t let that fool you, Oklahoma is still a strong team.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
OKC 0 @ CHI 1
OKC 1 @ RFD 3
OKC 5 @ IA 3
This Week:
vs. ADK 2/20
vs. ADK 2/21

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Their game Sunday with the P-Bruins was delayed because of snow, so they will play Monday. Conference leader Manchester has company with a big brown bear in their rear view mirror.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ MCH 4
BRI 2 @ MCH 5
MCH @ PRO — PPD
This Week:
@ PRO 2/16
vs. STJ 2/20
vs. STJ 2/21
vs. WOR 2/22

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Four point lead over Rockford last week cut to one. This may be a see-saw battle between the two but there is a large winged lion with the head of an eagle approaching the playground.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
RFD 2 @ MIL 1
LE 2 @ MIL 5
This Week:
vs. LE 2/17
@ GR 2/18
vs. IA 2/21

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Swept in St. John’s, then sweep the Albany Devils. The Wolf Pack are quietly underrated.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
HFD 0 @ STJ 3
HFD 4 @ STJ 5 (SO)
ALB 2 @ HFD 5
HFD 4 @ ALB 3
This Week:
@ POR 2/17
@ SPR 2/20
@ LV 2/21
vs. WBS 2/22

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Don’t look now, but the defending champs are alive again. Texas has won four of it’s last five. Wednesday in Utica should be interesting.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
SA 1 @ TEX 6
TEX 3 @ IA 1
TEX 2 @ IA 0
This Week:
@ UTI 2/18
@ RCH 2/20
@ TOR 2/21

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Third period collapse against Lehigh Valley on Saturday cost the Penguins, who have played more games than every team except Springfield among playoff contenders, a precious point. Light week ahead against some sneaky good competition.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ WBS 4
POR 0 @ WBS 3
LV 5 @ WBS 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. PRO 2/21
@ HFD 2/22

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Good week for Rockford. Beat Western Conference leading Oklahoma City then division leader Milwaukee.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ MIL 1
OKC 1 @ RFD 3
SA 1 @ RFD 2
This Week:
vs. SA 2/18
@ LE 2/20
@ LE 2/21

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Worcester choked away a 4-0 lead Sunday in St. John’s and lost in overtime. Losses like that usually cripple teams that are borderline playoff contenders.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
WOR 3 @ STJ 1
WOR 4 @ STJ 5 (OT)
This Week:
vs. NOR 2/20
vs. NOR 2/21
@ MCH 2/22

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How do Comets fans feel about these past two games against Rochester? I think you are lying if you say, “good.” Big test for Utica this week with Hamilton on Monday and resurgent Texas in these next couple of days.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 10th
Change: n/a
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 1
UTI 2 @ RCH 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ HAM 2/16
vs. TEX 2/18
vs. TOR 2/20
vs. ALB 2/21

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5 of 6 points this week for Grand Rapids. Does the Midwest have a third horse dressed like a Griffin in the race for the division?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
SA 5 @ GR 4 (OT)
SA 2 @ GR 4
GR 4 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. MIL 2/18
vs. HAM 2/20
vs. HAM 2/21

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Maybe someone who has followed the Crunch for a long time can answer this question the Politburo poses: Is this the worst week the Syracuse Crunch have ever had as a hockey team? Look at the scores from this week. That 10 Adirondack scored is no typo. You could tell that it frustrated the Crunch Friday when the Admirals shut them out too.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ ADK 10
SYR 0 @ NOR 2
SYR 1 @ NOR 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. ALB 2/20
vs. BNG 2/21
@ RCH 2/22

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We get to find out real quick if Hamilton is a serious playoff contender when they host Utica this afternoon. In a tie with Adirondack for second in the North.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
IA 1 @ HAM 2
TOR 4 @ HAM 2
This Week:
vs. UTI 2/16
vs. RCH 2/18
@ GR 2/20
@ GR 2/21

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Phantoms comeback in the third period Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, board a bus bound for Springfield and gut out a win Sunday. Could be something, as far as a push to get back into the playoff discussion, or could be nothing.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ LV 2
LV 5 @ WBS 4 (SO)
LV 5 @ SPR 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/18
vs. PRO 2/20
vs. HFD 2/21

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The Politburo needs to apologize for last weeks ranking. We had rated the P-Bruins at losers of two of three last week. The bump was adjusted into this weeks ranking. Points this week for all games played for Providence and I don’t think you will hear any complaining in the locker room with Sunday’s game being delayed to today.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ PRO 6
PRO 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
MCH @ PRO — PPD
This Week:
vs. MCH 2/16
@ LV 2/20
@ WBS 2/21
@ HER 2/22

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Amerks at least resilient while other teams like Charlotte and Iowa remain just bad hockey clubs. Pick up points against all the teams they play this week, decent competition.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
RCH 2 @ UTI 1
ADK 4 @ RCH 7
UTI 2 @ RCH 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ HAM 2/18
vs. TEX 2/20
vs. SYR 2/22

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Perfect weekend spoiled at home by the Griffins. Chicago could have used those points. Host San Antonio for a pair this week.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 4
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
OKC 0 @ CHI 1
GR 4 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. SA 2/21
vs. SA 2/22

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Impressive 10-0 win over Syracuse mid-week but a bad loss to Rochester. Flames still manage to remain in second in the North.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ ADK 10
ADK 4 @ RCH 7
This Week:
@ OKC 2/20
@ OKC 2/21

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Are the wins against Syracuse this weekend more of an indicator of the Crunch being bad or Norfolk starting to turn the corner as a good team? Time always tells.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
SYR 0 @ NOR 2
SYR 1 @ NOR 2 (OT)
This Week:
@ CHA 2/16
@ WOR 2/20
@ WOR 2/21
@ BRI 2/22

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Binghamton snaps out of losing funk with two wins this week including a win in their parents living room in Ottawa. Lots of games this week for the Senators, including a rematch against the Marlies at Air Canada Centre Monday afternoon.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 10
Last Week:
BNG 1 @ WBS 4
BNG 3 @ LV 2
TOR 2 @ BNG 5
This Week:
@ TOR 2/16
@ LV 2/18
vs. HER 2/20
@ SYR 2/21

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Bad losses by Portland this week, who looked a few weeks ago as a contender to Manchester. Now, fourth in the division and out of the playoff discussion, for now.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
POR 0 @ WBS 3
POR 2 @ HER 5
This Week:
vs. HFD 2/17
@ SPR 2/21
vs. STJ 2/22

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Springfield gets points this week, but slip to third in the Northeast. It’s a division that no one wants to win.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 22nd
Change: n/a
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ MCH 4
PRO 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
LV 5 @ SPR 4 (OT)
This Week:
vs. HFD 2/20
vs. POR 2/21
vs. ALB 2/22

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That comeback in the third period from down 4-0 to Worcester Sunday was something. Is it enough momentum for more wins this week?
Rank: 23
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
HFD 0 @ STJ 3
HFD 4 @ STJ 5 (SO)
WOR 3 @ STJ 1
WOR 4 @ STJ 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ MCH 2/20
@ MCH 2/21
@ POR 2/22

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Five game losing streak now for Albany, who are fading. A trio of very tough road games on the schedule this week.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
HER 1 @ ALB 0
ALB 2 @ HFD 5
HFD 4 @ ALB 3
This Week:
@ SYR 2/20
@ UTI 2/21
@ SPR 2/22

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The Rampage began their annual rodeo road trip this week, a 11 game journey away from AT&T Center, with three of four losses. It continues this week in Illinois.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 10
Last Week:
SA 1 @ TEX 6
SA 5 @ GR 4 (OT)
SA 2 @ GR 4
SA 1 @ RFD 2
This Week:
@ RFD 2/18
@ CHI 2/21
@ CHI 2/22

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If Lake Erie can propel over Adirondack and Hamilton and outlast a combination of Texas or Chicago, they are playoff contenders. A week like they just had, a split with lowly Charlotte and a throttling by Milwaukee, make the task difficult.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ LE 1
CHA 2 @ LE 3
LE 2 @ MIL 5
This Week:
@ MIL 2/17
vs. RFD 2/20
vs. RFD 2/21

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Marlies are looking for revenge Monday afternoon when they host the B-Sens in Air Canada Centre.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 1
Last Week:
TOR 4 @ HAM 2
TOR 2 @ BNG 5
This Week:
vs. BNG 2/16
@ UTI 2/20
vs. TEX 2/21

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Charlotte splits a pair with Lake Erie this week. Home for a trio of mid-week games and then a trip to Toronto on Sunday.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ LE 1
CHA 2 @ LE 3
This Week:
vs. NOR 2/16
vs. IA 2/18
vs. IA 2/19
@ TOR 2/22

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A visit from the white hot Bears Sunday wasn’t going to do any good for a Sound Tigers team that has now lost four straight.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ PRO 6
BRI 2 @ MCH 5
HER 5 @ BRI 1
This Week:
@ HER 2/21
vs. NOR 2/22

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Whatever momentum that the Wild had carried in with them from the week prior was immediately halted with four losses this week.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
IA 1 @ HAM 2
TEX 3 @ IA 1
TEX 2 @ IA 0
OKC 5 @ IA 3
This Week:
@ CHA 2/18
@ CHA 2/19
@ MIL 2/21

Did you find all the clues?

2 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 19

  1. Patrick Sciortino February 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Hoping to drive up and catch a WBS win on Saturday against the Bruins. Will we see you in a certain jersey you won last weekend is the question?