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AHL Power Rankings: Week 16

We are a week away from the All-Star break and the Toronto Marlies are running away with things.

There have been some teams; Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Wilkes-Barre to name some that have been at the top of the Rankings week to week, but the Marlies have been consistent and are again the Week 16 Chirps from Center Ice number one team this week.

While it doesn’t look like there is any stopping the Marlies right now, click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see where the other 29 other teams rank in the hopes of being number one some day.

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This team is for real. Just obliterated Utica this weekend and have yet to lose ten games approaching the All-Star break. The Conference may be Toronto’s to lose.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 1st
Change: n/a
Record:
34-8-2-0
Last Week:
SYR 4 @ TOR 5 (OT)
UTI 2 @ TOR 4
UTI 1 @ TOR 7
This Week:
@ GR 1/27
@ GR 1/29
vs. BNG 1/30

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Don’t look now, but second place in the Central belongs to the Charlotte Checkers. Big mid-week game against the IceHogs in Rockford.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 2nd
Change: n/a
Record:
25-12-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ CHA 3 (SO)
CHI 5 @ CHA 6
This Week:
@ RFD 1/27
@ IA 1/29
@ IA 1/30

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Big matchup this week against the surging Checkers may have had Rockford looking pasty lowly Iowa this past weekend.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Record:
25-10-2-4
Last Week:
LE 1 @ RFD 3
IA 4 @ RFD 3 (SO)
IA 0 @ RFD 1
This Week:
vs. CHA 1/27
vs. CHI 1/29
@ CHI 1/30

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Talk of San Diego or San Jose coming up to knock off the Reign were unfounded this week.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 5
Record:
24-10-2-1
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ ONT 4
SJ 2 @ ONT 3 (OT)
ONT 2 @ SJ 1
This Week:
@ STK 1/27
@ SD 1/29
vs. MTB 1/30

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Stars have won six of their last eight and that surge is good enough to put Texas near the top of the Pacific Division.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 5
Record:
23-16-3-3
Last Week:
SD 3 @ TEX 2
SD 2 @ TEX 5
TEX 6 @ SA 1
This Week:
vs. SJ 1/27
@ LE 1/29
@ LE 1/30

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Theme of the week was keep the Bruins out of overtime. Handled the Atlantic leading Penguins Sunday at home.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 5
Record:
19-15-8-1
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ PRO 2 (OT)
SPR 1 @ PRO 4
PRO 4 @ SPR 5 (OT)
WBS 2 @ PRO 5
This Week:
vs. SPR 1/29

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Close games with Lake Erie, a team that they will be battling for playoffs positioning very soon.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Record:
26-13-3-0
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ LE 2 (OT)
MIL 1 @ LE 0
This Week:
vs. GR 1/30

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Left for dead by this Politburo, the Wolf Pack have won seven in a row and head to Wilkes-Barre for a midweek matchup with the Penguins.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 7
Record:
21-19-2-0
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ PRO 2 (OT)
HFD 3 @ ALB 2 (OT)
HFD @ BRI — PPD
POR 1 @ HFD 4
This Week:
@ WBS 1/27
vs. BRI 1/29
vs. STJ 1/30

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Crashed and burned Sunday in Providence in what was the last of a season high six game losing streak. As always with this team, call-ups are starting to expose a lot of things.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 6th
Change: Down 3
Record:
29-11-0-1
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ POR 2
WBS 5 @ POR 0
WBS 2 @ PRO 5
This Week:
vs. HFD 1/27
@ LV 1/29
vs. LV 1/30

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Mother Nature won the weekend for the Bears, postponing two games for Hershey. Finally healthy, they obliterated a Binghamton side which was on the rise.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 14th
Change: Up 4
Record:
22-13-2-5
Last Week:
HER 4 @ BNG 0
LV @ HER — PPD
BRI @ HER — PPD
This Week:
vs. LV 1/25
@ ALB 1/27
@ SYR 1/29
vs. SYR 1/30

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Because of the ice cold start that Grand Rapids got off to, two losses to Rochester has them battling three or four teams for playoff positioning.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 8
Record:
24-14-1-1
Last Week:
GR 3 @ LE 2 (OT)
RCH 5 @ GR 3
RCH 2 @ GR 0
This Week:
vs. TOR 1/27
vs. TOR 1/29
@ MIL 1/30

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Saturday and Sunday’s losses were the first time since the end of November that the Pirates lost back-to-back games.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 8
Record:
24-15-1-0
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ POR 2
WBS 5 @ POR 0
POR 1 @ HFD 4
This Week:
vs. STJ 1/27
vs. STJ 1/29
@ SPR 1/30

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A pair of wins against the second place team in the division draws St. John’s closer to the runner-up spot in the North.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 13
Record:
19-14-6-3
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
STJ 4 @ ALB 2
STJ 2 @ ALB 1
This Week:
@ POR 1/27
@ POR 1/29
@ HFD 1/30

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Uh, what just happened? Rochester goes into Grand Rapids to face a team that hasn’t lost on home ice in forever against a squad that is the hottest team in the AHL without their top three centers and sweeps the Griffins.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 7
Record:
20-19-2-1
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ RCH 1
RCH 5 @ GR 3
RCH 2 @ GR 0
This Week:
vs. SYR 1/27
vs. BNG 1/29
@ UTI 1/30

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The distraction known as Jonathan Drouin was sent away and the Crunch got back to playing hockey. Syracuse isn’t as out of it as people think they are.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 4
Record:
19-15-7-1
Last Week:
SYR 2 @ RCH 1
SYR 4 @ TOR 5 (OT)
SYR 3 @ BNG 2
This Week:
@ RCH 1/27
vs. HER 1/29
@ HER 1/30

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Roy Sommer is still looking for that win that would tie him for all time wins in the AHL. Perhaps he does it in Texas this week.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 11
Record:
18-12-5-3
Last Week:
BAK 5 @ SJ 3
SJ 2 @ ONT 3 (OT)
ONT 2 @ SJ 1
This Week:
@ TEX 1/27
@ SA 1/29
@ SA 1/30

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Division leader aspirations took a blow this week after two regulation losses and an overtime loss, now the Devils have to start looking behind them.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 5
Record:
23-11-6-0
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ ALB 2 (OT)
STJ 4 @ ALB 2
STJ 2 @ ALB 1
This Week:
vs. HER 1/27
vs. UTI 1/29
@ BRI 1/30

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Lake Erie is missing a lot of key personnel at the moment so they need to battle through with what they have. 3 points out of a possible 8 is an expected result.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 5
Record:
21-15-4-3
Last Week:
LE 1 @ RFD 3
GR 3 @ LE 2 (OT)
MIL 1 @ LE 2 (OT)
MIL 1 @ LE 0
This Week:
vs. TEX 1/29
vs. TEX 1/30

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Needed extra time to beat the Moose this week but still came away with all points. With the way that the Pacific is, any run can fast forward you to the top.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 5
Record:
16-16-1-2
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ STK 2 (SO)
MTB 2 @ STK 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. ONT 1/27
vs. BAK 1/30

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Split a pair with the P-Bruins in a home and home this week. Still has a ton of work to do if they want to be relevant.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 4
Record:
16-21-1-3
Last Week:
SPR 1 @ PRO 4
PRO 4 @ SPR 5 (OT)
This Week:
@ BRI 1/27
@ PRO 1/29
vs. POR 1/30

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Pair of wins against the Texas teams this week. San Diego is going to need to keep working and avoid the valleys that they so often encounter.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 17th
Change: Down 4
Record:
19-17-1-1
Last Week:
SD 2 @ SA 1
SD 3 @ TEX 2
SD 2 @ TEX 5
This Week:
vs. ONT 1/29

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Remains the AHL’s worst team but battled one of the better teams in the League tooth and nail all weekend. Perhaps thats a positive sign.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 3
Record:
11-27-2-3
Last Week:
IA 4 @ RFD 3 (SO)
IA 0 @ RFD 1
This Week:
vs. CHI 1/26
vs. CHA 1/29
vs. CHA 1/30

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Chicago will probably play the rest of the season above the sorry Moose and Wild but too far out of contention for a crossover spot into the Pacific.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 23rd
Change: n/a
Record:
19-18-1-2
Last Week:
CHI 4 @ CHA 3 (SO)
CHI 5 @ CHA 6
This Week:
@ IA 1/26
@ RFD 1/29
vs. RFD 1/30

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Rampage got smashed on home ice against the Texas Stars Sunday after a sweep of the Bakersfield Condors.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 6
Record:
18-19-7-0
Last Week:
SD 2 @ SA 1
BAK 1 @ SA 6
BAK 2 @ SA 5
TEX 6 @ SA 1
This Week:
vs. SJ 1/29
vs. SJ 1/30

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Schedule doesn’t get any easier for Utica this week, taking on what is going to be a determined Albany team and a suddenly strong Rochester club.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 7
Record:
19-16-3-3
Last Week:
UTI 2 @ TOR 4
UTI 1 @ TOR 7
This Week:
@ ALB 1/29
vs. RCH 1/30

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Tripped up this week and now take to the road against some decent opponents.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 6
Record:
15-22-3-0
Last Week:
HER 4 @ BNG 0
SYR 3 @ BNG 2
This Week:
@ LV 1/27
@ RCH 1/29
@ TOR 1/30

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We can’t in good faith move Lehigh Valley up nor down because the one game they were to play was postponed on Saturday.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 27th
Change: n/a
Record:
18-21-2-1
Last Week:
LV @ HER — PPD
This Week:
@ HER 1/25
vs. BNG 1/27
vs. LV 1/29
@ LV 1/30

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The other winner in the Jonas jackpot were the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who had two games postponed on them as well.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 28th
Change: n/a
Record:
20-19-2-1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
HFD @ BRI — PPD
BRI @ HER — PPD
This Week:
vs. SPR 1/27
@ HFD 1/29
vs. ALB 1/30

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Swept in Texas by the Rampage this weekend. Two this week with Manitoba and fellow cellar dweller Stockton.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Down 7
Record:
16-16-2-2
Last Week:
BAK 5 @ SJ 3
BAK 1 @ SA 6
BAK 2 @ SA 5
This Week:
vs. MTB 1/26
vs. MTB 1/29
@ STK 1/30

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Managed to get loser points out of Stockton but were smashed to bits by a determined Ontario side this weekend.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 29th
Change: Down 1
Record:
11-22-3-4
Last Week:
MTB 1 @ ONT 4
MTB 1 @ STK 2 (SO)
MTB 2 @ STK 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ BAK 1/26
@ BAK 1/29
@ ONT 1/30

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One response to “AHL Power Rankings: Week 16

  1. nafsnep January 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    YOU GUYS!

    I had Bakersfield listed twice on here and didn’t even notice that I totally omitted Binghamton. An observant reader on Twitter pointed it out to me.

    I’ll try and be better the next time.