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AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

It’s Thanksgiving Week, and are you thankful for your AHL team? For some, there is a lot to be thankful. Wilkes-Barre, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Ontario, Toronto and Chicago are among teams that can be thankful this week.

But then there are other teams like Iowa, Providence, Utica and Rochester that don’t have anything to be thankful for. They have a lot of work to do.

If you didn’t link in direct, hit the jump to find out who the new number one is.

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Nine wins in a row for the Admirals. If the trend continues past this week with the opponents ahead, the AHL may need to start taking notice.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 7
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ MIL 5
RFD 1 @ MIL 2 (SO)
SD 1 @ MIL 3
This Week:
vs. SA 11/24
vs. GR 11/27
vs. RFD 11/28

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Reign come out of Texas with maximum points. Some real barnburner games too.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 4th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
ONT 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
ONT 7 @ TEX 6
This Week:
vs. STK 11/25
@ SD 11/27
vs. SD 11/28

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Four wins in a row for the Marlies, who haven’t come away without points since a 3-1 setback to Syracuse back on October 28.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ RCH 0 (OT)
RCH 1 @ TOR 5
BNG 4 @ TOR 6
This Week:
@ SYR 11/27
vs. STJ 11/28
vs. STJ 11/29

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11-game winning streak ends in Binghamton Friday. But this is still a very, very, dangerous team.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ BNG 3
WBS 5 @ ALB 3
This Week:
@ BNG 11/25
vs. PRO 11/27
vs. HER 11/28

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Was the loss to the Checkers Sunday the tip of the iceberg? Schedule this week is rough for the Rampage so there isn’t a lot of time to debate.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ SA 5
ONT 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
CHA 4 @ SA 3
This Week:
@ MIL 11/24
@ RFD 11/25
@ CHI 11/28
@ CHI 11/29

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The setback to the IceHogs isn’t going to stop Lake Erie. Host the Moose for a pair and then the Griffins for some post Thanksgiving fun.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
LE 3 @ IA 2
LE 3 @ IA 2
LE 1 @ RFD 3
This Week:
vs. MTB 11/25
vs. MTB 11/27
@ GR 11/28

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Not a bad week for the Devils. They proved that they can hang with the contenders in the Conference. This team may be for real.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
SPR 0 @ ALB 4
WBS 5 @ ALB 3
This Week:
vs. BRI 11/25
vs. BNG 11/27
@ SPR 11/28

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A quiet three game winning streak for the Heat. Real test comes Thanksgiving Eve in Ontario.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 11
Last Week:
SD 0 @ STK 4
SJ 3 @ STK 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ ONT 11/25
vs. BAK 11/27
@ BAK 11/28

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Two of three for the weekend for the Phantoms and 9 of 12 points over the last six games for the Phantoms. Quietly, too.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 13
Last Week:
LV 4 @ PRO 1
LV 1 @ HFD 3
LV 5 @ PRO 2
This Week:
@ UTI 11/25
vs. HER 11/27
vs. PRO 11/28

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Won a close one against Iowa Sunday but dropped the last two to the white hot Admirals and a resurgent Griffins side.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
CHI 3 @ MIL 5
GR 2 @ CHI 1
IA 1 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ RFD 11/27
vs. SA 11/28
vs. SA 11/29

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Nice week for the Bears, but the real test comes this Friday in Allentown then Saturday in Wilkes-Barre.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
POR 2 @ HER 3
POR 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. PRO 11/25
@ LV 11/27
@ WBS 11/28

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Need to grade the Condors on a curve this week for dropping them two places last week after they shutout Ontario. Taking that into consideration, a shootout win then a split with the Moose has them in the Top 15 this week.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 5
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ BAK 2 (SO)
BAK 2 @ MTB 1
BAK 1 @ MTB 3
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/24
@ STK 11/27
vs. STK 11/28

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Sound Tigers slowed down this week with an overtime loss to Rochester and a shutout loss by Springfield.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
BRI 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
BRI 4 @ UTI 2
SPR 2 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ ALB 11/25
vs. HFD 11/28
vs. SYR 11/29

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Falcons beat a sputtering Sound Tigers team Sunday after sputtering through their first two games.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
SPR 0 @ ALB 4
PRO 4 @ SPR 1
SPR 2 @ BRI 0
This Week:
@ HFD 11/27
vs. ALB 11/28
vs. POR 11/29

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Split a pair of overtime games with an undermanned Syracuse team this week. That isn’t going to intimidate anyone.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 3
Last Week:
SYR 3 @ STJ 4 (OT)
SYR 2 @ STJ 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ RCH 11/27
@ TOR 11/28
@ TOR 11/29

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Points in the last four contests for San Jose. Do you think they work on shootouts this week in practice? They may not have any time to, very busy week ahead.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 18th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
SJ 1 @ BAK 2 (SO)
SJ 3 @ STK 4 (SO)
This Week:
@ CHA 11/24
@ CHA 11/25
vs. TEX 11/28
vs. TEX 11/29

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Undermanned Crunch take three of four points back with them from Newfoundland. Bodies returning from Tampa Bay. Crunch are still in it.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
POR 4 @ SYR 1
SYR 3 @ STJ 4 (OT)
SYR 2 @ STJ 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ RCH 11/25
vs. TOR 11/27
@ BRI 11/29

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Was the weekend for the IceHogs more about the two losses to Grand Rapids and Milwaukee or the win against the Monsters?
Rank: 18
Last Week: 11th
Change: Down 7
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ GR 3
RFD 1 @ MIL 2 (SO)
LE 1 @ RFD 3
This Week:
vs. SA 11/25
vs. CHI 11/27
@ MIL 11/28

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A bump this week for breaking up the Penguins 11 game winning streak.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 6
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ BNG 3
BNG 4 @ TOR 6
This Week:
vs. WBS 11/25
@ ALB 11/27
vs. RCH 11/28

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Split a pair with the Condors at home. Now take to the road for six straight, starting Wednesday in Cleveland against the Monsters.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 1
Last Week:
BAK 2 @ MTB 1
BAK 1 @ MTB 3
This Week:
@ LE 11/25
@ LE 11/27

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Hey! Look who is a month and a half late to the party! It’s the Griffins who finally get out of the basement with three impressive wins last week. If they beat Milwaukee on Black Friday, look out!
Rank: 21
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 9
Last Week:
RFD 2 @ GR 3
SD 4 @ GR 7
GR 2 @ CHI 1
This Week:
vs. IA 11/25
@ MIL 11/27
vs. LE 11/28

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Beat San Antonio away, dealing the Rampage their first home loss of the season. Impressive. Now home for four this week against the Barracuda and Wild.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 2
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ TEX 6
CHA 4 @ SA 3
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/24
vs. SJ 11/25
vs. IA 11/28
vs. IA 11/29

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If you graded teams in the Atlantic Division as you did in school, Portland would be a solid, “C” student. Just average.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 9
Last Week:
POR 4 @ SYR 1
POR 2 @ HER 3
POR 2 @ HER 4
This Week:
vs. UTI 11/27
vs. UTI 11/28
@ SPR 11/29

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Wild game Saturday night at home against the Reign, but the Stars have only won two of their last seven.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 8
Last Week:
TEX 2 @ SA 5
CHA 2 @ TEX 6
ONT 7 @ TEX 6
This Week:
@ BAK 11/24
@ SD 11/25
@ SJ 11/28
@ SJ 11/29

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An overtime win against an impressive Sound Tigers team is the only bright spot in a slide where the Amerks have lost five of their last six.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
TOR 1 @ RCH 0 (OT)
BRI 2 @ RCH 3 (OT)
RCH 1 @ TOR 5
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/25
vs. STJ 11/27
@ BNG 11/28

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Lose a close one Sunday at the tail end of a three-on-three to the Comets, who were struggling just as bad as the Wolf Pack are.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 3
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ UTI 2
LV 1 @ HFD 3
UTI 3 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. SPR 11/27
@ BRI 11/28

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Gulls drop three on the road this week to extend the losing streak to five overall. Cause for concern here as the Gulls had been playing much better.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 12
Last Week:
SD 0 @ STK 4
SD 4 @ GR 7
SD 1 @ MIL 3
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/25
vs. ONT 11/27
@ ONT 11/28

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Three wins in their last ten games for the Comets, who are finding life in the Eastern Conference a lot harder than anticipated.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 5
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ UTI 2
BRI 4 @ UTI 2
UTI 3 @ HFD 2
This Week:
vs. LV 11/25
@ POR 11/27
@ POR 11/28

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P-Bruins couldn’t get out of their own way Sunday in a tie game against Lehigh Valley. They took three straight penalties and lost. Providence has only won twice in their last ten tries.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 2
Last Week:
LV 4 @ PRO 1
PRO 4 @ SPR 1
LV 5 @ PRO 2
This Week:
@ HER 11/25
@ WBS 11/27
@ LV 11/28

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Am I going to have to start searching for things to say about this sorry Wild team again????
Rank: 30
Last Week: 26th
Change: Down 4
Last Week:
LE 3 @ IA 2
LE 3 @ IA 2
IA 1 @ CHI 2
This Week:
@ GR 11/25
@ CHA 11/28
@ CHA 11/29

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

4 responses to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 7

  1. kramskorner November 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Seems a little reactionary this week Jason. One loss and your Pens drop three spots? OK, it was Bingo, but still. And UP 13 for my Phantoms? Look who we beat: Providence. Couldn’t beat Hartford. I checked in to see if they’d get an uptick, but geez, +13? We just lost two significant players to the NHL, too.

    No worries, we’ll drop back down next week unless we can beat a struggling Utica team on the road and Providence again…I guess you’re right: The test will be Friday at home against the Bears. We’ll warm them up for you…

    • nafsnep November 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Points are points, and plus since LV has taken home 9 of 12 in the past 6 games isn’t anything to sneeze at. It may be a slight market over correction, but look at the teams between 9 and 22 where you were last week. Nobody should be higher than where LV is.

  2. richard November 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Hi,
    Good job as always. Any chance you could put the team’s record under the ranking. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Thank you,
    Richard