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AHL Power Rankings: Week 6

Week 6, Thanksgiving week here in North America and there is little change at the top this week.

At the bottom, things got shook up.

We don’t do ties here on the blog, but if we ever did, there would be one at the top of the Rankings.

I don’t want to give it away here in the lede, so click through the jump if you didn’t link through direct and have a nice Thanksgiving.

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We don’t do ties around here, but an eight game winning streak and beating the Atlantic Division leading Penguins would be enough to make it two number one teams this week. The Phantoms are your new, undisputed, number one team.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
10-4-1-0
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ LV 4
LV 4 @ PRO 3 (OT)
LV 2 @ BRI 5
This Week:
@ BNG 11/23
vs. BNG 11/25
vs. HFD 11/26

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Almost feel bad for dropping the Penguins down one spot, what with the two goal deficit they erased on the road in Hershey. But being a notch on the Phantoms and their eight game winning streak kind of forced our hands.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Record:
12-3-1-0
Last Week:
WBS 1 @ LV 4
BRI 3 @ WBS 4
WBS 4 @ HER 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ HER 11/23
@ BRI 11/25
vs. BRI 11/26

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham, who collapsed Saturday before Tucson’s date with the Moose. The game was postponed.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 3rd
Change: n/a
Record:
8-1-2-0
Last Week:
MTB 2 @ TUC 5
MTB @ TUC — PPD
This Week:
vs. SD 11/22
vs. SD 11/23
vs. STK 11/26
vs. STK 11/27

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Milwaukee is starting to expand its lead in the Central. And that isn’t a good thing for the other teams in the Central.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 5th
Change: Up 1
Record:
10-2-1-1
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ MIL 3 (OT)
MIL 1 @ CLE 0
MIL 2 @ CLE 1 (OT)
This Week:
vs. GR 11/23
@ RFD 11/25
vs. MTB 11/26

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We can’t wait for the series with the Roadrunners either. Should be a classic after Thanksgiving affair.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 1
Record:
8-3-1-0
Last Week:
ONT 1 @ STK 2 (OT)
STK 2 @ BAK 0
This Week:
@ ONT 11/23
@ TUC 11/26
@ TUC 11/27

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Split with the IceCaps who are on the rise. Another classic pre-Thanksgiving matchup with the Devils on the schedule this week.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 2
Record:
9-4-0-1
Last Week:
STJ 2 @ TOR 1
STJ 0 @ TOR 3
This Week:
@ ALB 11/23
vs. UTI 11/26

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No, really, that is the Syracuse Crunch in second place in the North Division. Your computer isn’t lying to you. This Crunch team is seriously underrated.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 8th
Change: Up 1
Record:
8-4-0-1
Last Week:
SYR 1 @ HER 5
ALB 2 @ SYR 3
This Week:
@ UTI 11/23
vs. TOR 11/25
@ BNG 11/26

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The Reign don’t like the three-on-three overtime gimmick, Ontario has four losses. Schedule picks up this week with a trio of teams coming in on Thanksgiving week.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 7th
Change: Down 1
Record:
5-3-4-0
Last Week:
ONT 1 @ STK 2 (OT)
This Week:
vs. STK 11/23
vs. SJ 11/26
vs. SD 11/27

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Underrate this Bridgeport team at your peril. This is a pretty good hockey team right now.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 9th
Change: n/a
Record:
10-5-0-0
Last Week:
BRI 3 @ WBS 4
LV 2 @ BRI 5
BNG 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
This Week:
@ HFD 11/23
vs. WBS 11/25
@ WBS 11/26

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Devils have been passed by Syracuse for second in the North. With how tightly the records are in the North, this two horse race between the Devils and Marlies may become a three or four horse race.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 1
Record:
9-6-0-0
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ RCH 1
ALB 2 @ BNG 6
ALB 2 @ SYR 3
This Week:
vs. TOR 11/23
@ HFD 11/25
vs. RCH 11/26

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Split with the high powered offensive juggernaut known as the Texas Stars this week. Tough schedule this week for Grand Rapids.
Rank: 11
Last Week: 12th
Change: Up 1
Record:
9-5-0-0
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ GR 6
TEX 4 @ GR 3
This Week:
@ MIL 11/23
vs. CLE 11/25
@ CLE 11/26

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Another positive week for a Gulls team finding it’s way. This weeks games against Tucson should be a test.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 5
Record:
6-5-1-0
Last Week:
SJ 2 @ SD 3 (SO)
SJ 0 @ SD 4
This Week:
@ TUC 11/22
@ TUC 11/23
@ BAK 11/26
@ ONT 11/27

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Obviously that shutout loss to the Barracuda woke up the Rampage who took it out on the Checkers in the next two games. Don’t give up on the Rampage just yet.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 20th
Change: Up 7
Record:
8-9-0-0
Last Week:
SJ 2 @ SA 0
CHA 1 @ SA 3
CHA 1 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. TEX 11/25
@ TEX 11/26

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What was to be a perfect weekend was ruined when the Bears coughed up a two goal lead to the rival Penguins in the third period. Hershey dips to fourth in the Atlantic behind a resurgent Bridgeport team.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Up 9
Record:
8-4-3-1
Last Week:
HER 4 @ UTI 2
SYR 1 @ HER 5
WBS 4 @ HER 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. WBS 11/23
@ SPR 11/25
vs. SPR 11/26

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Barracuda are middling around the Pacific. No, not just in wildlife, but also in the division that bears the oceans name. Pair with the terrible Condors and one with the mighty Reign should continue this trend.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 13th
Change: Down 2
Record:
5-4-0-2
Last Week:
SJ 2 @ SA 0
SJ 2 @ SD 3 (SO)
SJ 0 @ SD 4
This Week:
@ BAK 11/22
vs. BAK 11/25
@ ONT 11/26

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IceCaps have a good week, taking 6 points out of a possible 8. St. John’s is midpack at Thanksgiving which has them within striking distance of Toronto.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 25th
Change: Up 9
Record:
9-8-1-0
Last Week:
STJ 4 @ BNG 1
STJ 4 @ RCH 3 (SO)
STJ 2 @ TOR 1
STJ 0 @ TOR 3
This Week:
vs. PRO 11/25
vs. PRO 11/26

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Nice week for the IceHogs who go from basement to start the week to around mid-pack. Should see what type of team we have on our hands after this weeks games.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 9
Record:
7-8-1-0
Last Week:
RFD 3 @ IA 1
TEX 4 @ RFD 5 (SO)
This Week:
vs. CLE 11/23
vs. MIL 11/25
@ CHI 11/26

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The leagues most potent offense lives in Cedar Park. 60 goals so far for the Stars and we aren’t out of November yet. No one can play defense though because the Stars have fished 63 opponents goals out of their nets.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 19th
Change: Up 1
Record:
8-6-1-1
Last Week:
TEX 3 @ GR 6
TEX 4 @ GR 3
TEX 4 @ RFD 5 (SO)
This Week:
@ SA 11/25
vs. SA 11/26

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Monsters played the Central leading Admirals tight this weekend. Let’s take it as a step in the right direction.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 1
Record:
5-8-1-1
Last Week:
MIL 1 @ CLE 0
MIL 2 @ CLE 1 (OT)
This Week:
@ RFD 11/23
@ GR 11/25
vs. GR 11/26

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5 of 6 points this week for the Bruins which was needed for Providence else they would slowly slip into obscurity.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 2
Record:
5-6-3-2
Last Week:
LV 4 @ PRO 3 (OT)
PRO 5 @ SPR 4 (SO)
PRO 4 @ HFD 3 (SO)
This Week:
@ RCH 11/23
@ STJ 11/25
@ STJ 11/26

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Moose beat up a bad Bakersfield team before heading to Tucson and losing one, before a scary pregame incident in the rematch. Busy week for Manitoba who return home for a pair against the Wild before hitting the road for a pair.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 21st
Change: n/a
Record:
7-6-0-1
Last Week:
MTB 4 @ BAK 1
MTB 2 @ TUC 5
MTB @ TUC — PPD
This Week:
vs. IA 11/22
vs. IA 11/23
@ MIL 11/26
@ CHI 11/27

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Upended in the Alamo this week by the Rampage who needed something to turn it around. Four home dates against teams that the Checkers should beat.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 10th
Change: Down 12
Record:
7-6-1-0
Last Week:
CHA 2 @ MIL 3 (OT)
CHA 1 @ SA 3
CHA 1 @ SA 2
This Week:
vs. CHI 11/22
vs. CHI 11/23
vs. IA 11/26
vs. IA 11/27

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5 of 6 points from this weekend for the Senators against pretty decent competition. Can they sustain this against the number one team this week, the Phantoms in a home and home?
Rank: 23
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 7
Record:
5-8-1-1
Last Week:
STJ 7 @ BNG 1
ALB 2 @ BNG 6
HFD 3 @ BNG 6
BNG 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
This Week:
vs. LV 11/23
@ LV 11/25
vs. SYR 11/26

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Splitting a home and home series with the Iowa Wild will do little to rocket you up the Power Rankings.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 24th
Change: n/a
Record:
6-7-1-1
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ IA 3
IA 0 @ CHI 5
This Week:
@ CHA 11/22
@ CHA 11/23
vs. RFD 11/26
vs. MTB 11/27

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Thunderbirds took loser points out of every contest this week. That’s fine, but not enough to put them near the top of the Atlantic nor these Rankings.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 11
Record:
7-5-2-2
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ HFD 3 (SO)
SPR 4 @ UTI 5 (OT)
PRO 5 @ SPR 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. HER 11/25
@ HER 11/26

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Nice wins this week for Hartford who, for at least this week, pick themselves off of the mat and out of the Power Rankings basement.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 3
Record:
5-9-2-0
Last Week:
SPR 2 @ HFD 3 (SO)
HFD 3 @ BNG 6
PRO 3 @ HFD 4 (SO)
This Week:
vs. BRI 11/23
vs. ALB 11/25
@ LV 11/26

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Comets win a dramatic game in overtime Friday then slow down an Americans team which is trying to be relevant. Is this a step in the right direction for Utica?
Rank: 27
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 1
Record:
5-9-1-0
Last Week:
HER 4 @ UTI 2
SPR 4 @ UTI 5 (OT)
RCH 1 @ UTI 2
This Week:
vs. SYR 11/23
@ RCH 11/25
@ TOR 11/26

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One point to take out of a week that had promise. Last week we touched on Rochester in the discussion of being a good team. This past week dispels that theorem.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 16th
Change: Down 12
Record:
7-8-0-1
Last Week:
ALB 3 @ RCH 1
STJ 4 @ RCH 3 (SO)
RCH 1 @ UTI 2
This Week:
vs. PRO 11/23
vs. UTI 11/25
@ ALB 11/26

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Not a good week for the Condors, who only score one goal and have the leagues most putrid offense (30 goals scored)
Rank: 29
Last Week: 15th
Change: Down 14
Record:
5-7-0-0
Last Week:
MTB 4 @ BAK 1
STK 2 @ BAK 0
This Week:
vs. SJ 11/22
@ SJ 11/25
vs. SD 11/26

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First AHL team to ten losses is the sure bet Iowa Wild. This team looked loaded to start the season, but sit dead last in an ever competitive Central Division.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
6-10-0-1
Last Week:
RFD 3 @ IA 1
CHI 2 @ IA 3
IA 0 @ CHI 5
This Week:
@ MTB 11/22
@ MTB 11/23
@ CHA 11/26
@ CHA 11/27

Don’t eat too much turkey this week. Happy Thanksgiving.

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