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AHL Power Rankings: Week 2

Week 2 AHL Power Rankings are due and there isn’t that much of a shake up at the top.

The new number one team is the only team undefeated after the second week of play, and that’s the Milwaukee Admirals.

Last week’s number one, the Texas Stars, did not fall too far, they drop to second.

Last week I debuted a new format to the Rankings, and this week I think to draw more eye to it while scanning the website, I am going to give you the top 5 teams and then make you click the jump for the teams 6-30. If you link in direct via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or otherwise, you won’t see the jump. Let me know what you think.

Here we go starting with the Top 5…

1

Last Week: MIL 5 @ RFD 3
Admirals are still undefeated after just playing one game this weekend against Rockford. Welcome the Hershey Bears from the Eastern Conference and rematch against the IceHogs this week.

+3

This Week: vs. HER 10/20, vs. RFD 10/21
Record: 3-0-0-0

2

Last Week: TEX 3 @ SD 1, TEX 1 @ SD 5
Stars will get cozy this week with in-state rival San Antonio, with a trio of games.

-1

This Week: vs. SA 10/20, vs. SA 10/21, @ SA 10/22
Record: 3-1-0-0

3

Last Week: TOR 2 @ HFD 5, PRO 3 @ TOR 2, TOR 2 @ SPR 1
Nice weekend for Toronto through New England, especially after dealing Providence their first loss of the season Saturday.

+3

This Week: vs. CHA 10/21, vs. CHA 10/22
Record: 4-1-0-0

4

Last Week: BNG 7 @ LAV 8 (OT), BNG 5 @ LAV 1
This team can run with anyone it looks like early on. Tough road test through the Atlantic this week should hash out that claim.

+1

This Week: @ WBS 10/20, @ BRI 10/21, @ PRO 10/22
Record: 3-1-0-0

5

Last Week: BNG 7 @ LAV 8 (OT), BNG 5 @ LAV 1
Devils are shaping up to be a tough team. Lost a run and gun affair Friday in a game that saw three hat tricks then come back and adjust and handle the Rocket easily Saturday night.

+7

This Week: @ SYR 10/20, vs. LV 10/21
Record: 2-0-1-0

6

Last Week: TOR 2 @ HFD 5, HFD 4 @ SPR 3
Hartford is the surprising team thus far. 3-1 after the first two weekends after picking up some nice wins against the Marlies and Thunderbirds.

+7

This Week: vs. BEL 10/20, @ WBS 10/21, @ BRI 10/22
Record: 3-1-0-0

7

Last Week: SA 4 @ BAK 5, SA 3 @ SJ 2
Fell to Bakersfield Thursday but battled the Barracuda to a win Saturday. Three this week, all with in-state rival Texas.

+1

This Week: @ TEX 10/20, @ TEX 10/21, vs. TEX 10/22
Record: 2-1-0-0

8

Last Week: BRI 5 @ CHA 3, BRI 2 @ CHA 3
Split a pair with Bridgeport but have a nice start to the 2017-18 campaign going.

-5

This Week: @ RCH 10/20, @ TOR 10/21, @ TOR 10/22
Record: 3-1-0-0

9

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 0
Shutout in their only game action this week against the Comets. Charlotte and Utica in this weekend.

-7

This Week: vs. CHA 10/20, vs. UTI 10/21
Record: 2-1-0-0

10

Last Week: LV 0 @ WBS 5, WBS 2 @ LV 3, LV 4 @ HER 3 (SO)
Got shutout in Wilkes-Barre on Friday then rebounded nicely in the two games that followed against the Penguins again and the Bears. Lighter week this week with the Sound Tigers and Devils on the menu.

+4

This Week: vs. BRI 10/20, @ BNG 10/21
Record: 3-1-0-1

11

Last Week: SPR 2 @ PRO 3, TOR 3 @ PRO 2
Some tests this week for the Bruins with Belleville and Laval coming in along with their third matchup with the Thunderbirds already.

-4

This Week: @ SPR 10/20, vs. BEL 10/21, vs. LAV 10/22
Record: 2-1-0-0

12

Last Week: TEX 3 @ SD 1, TEX 1 @ SD 5
Gulls split a pair against the Stars in a battle of two teams we may see at the top of the Pacific for a while.

-2

This Week: @ STK 10/20, @ STK 10/21
Record: 2-1-0-0

13

Last Week: IA 4 @ RFD 7, MIL 5 @ RFD 3
Setback against the Admirals Sunday shouldn’t derail what has been a positive start so far for the IceHogs.

-2

This Week: vs. GR 10/20, @ MIL 10/21, vs. HER 10/22
Record: 2-1-0-0

14

Last Week: TUC 4 @ BAK 0
Nice road whitewash of the Condors this week for Tucson. Visit Rosemont this week.

+4

This Week: @ CHI 10/21, @ CHI 10/22
Record: 1-1-0-0

15

Last Week: GR 7 @ SJ 3, GR 0 @ STK 4
Defending champs sitting at .500 after the first two weekends of the season. Impressive win against San Jose then a dud and a shutout loss at the hands of the Heat.

n/a

This Week: @ RFD 10/20, vs. HER 10/21
Record: 2-2-0-0

16

Last Week: LV 0 @ WBS 5, WBS 2 @ LV 3, SYR 1 @ WBS 6
2 out of 3 isn’t bad, but when you consider how easily the Penguins handled the Phantoms Friday to a shutout, Saturday’s loss in Allentown stinks big. Still early and there are big tests coming this weekend.

+7

This Week: vs. LAV 10/20, vs. HFD 10/21
Record: 2-2-0-0

17

Last Week: BRI 5 @ CHA 3, BRI 2 @ CHA 3
Split a series in North Carolina with the Checkers. Two nice early tests in Lehigh Valley and Laval this week for the Sound Tigers.

+3

This Week: @ LV 10/20, vs. LAV 10/21
Record: 1-2-0-0

18

Last Week: GR 7 @ SJ 3, SA 3 @ SJ 2
Got smacked by the Griffins Friday then lost a tough one to the Rampage Saturday.

-9

This Week: @ CLE 10/21, @ CLE 10/22
Record: 1-2-0-0

19

Last Week: CLE 4 @ MTB 3, CLE 1 @ MTB 4
Moose are a .500 team and right in it as a team still finding its legs. Big road test this week with Iowa coming this weekend.

-3

This Week: @ IA 10/20, @ IA 10/21
Record: 2-2-0-0

20

Last Week: GR 0 @ STK 4
Impressive shutout of the defending champions in Stockton’s only game action this week. Two with the Gulls this week should be a good barometer for where things are in Heat land.

-3

This Week: vs. SD 10/20, vs. SD 10/21
Record: 2-1-0-0

21

Last Week: ONT 2 @ CHI 5
One game this weekend resulted in the first win of the season for the Wolves.

n/a

This Week: vs. TUC 10/21, vs. TUC 10/22
Record: 1-1-1-0

22

Last Week: SA 4 @ BAK 5, TUC 4 @ BAK 0
Picked up a nice win over what is looking like a tough Rampage squad then were shutout on Saturday against a pesky Roadrunners squad.

+2

This Week: @ ONT 10/20, @ ONT 10/21
Record: 1-2-0-0

23

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 0, UTI 3 @ SYR 2
Took down North division favorites this week to get up to .500 after the second weekend of the season.

+6

This Week: @ RCH 10/21
Record: 2-2-0-0

24

Last Week: CLE 4 @ MTB 3, CLE 1 @ MTB 4
Split the weekend with the Moose, now welcome the San Jose Barracuda this weekend which will be a tough matchup.

+3

This Week: vs. SJ 10/21, vs. SJ 10/22
Record: 1-2-0-0

25

Last Week: BEL 2 @ SYR 4, UTI 3 @ SYR 2, SYR 1 @ WBS 6
Benoit Groulx has his work cut out for him this week. Crunch in a 1-3-1 hole early on with Binghamton visiting Friday.

-3

This Week: vs. BNG 10/20, vs. SPR 10/21
Record: 1-3-1-0

26

Last Week: BEL 2 @ SYR 4, BEL 5 @ HER 2
Picked up their first win of the season in Hershey on Bears home opening night. A house of horrors if there ever was one, and it was an emphatic win to boot.

+4

This Week: @ HFD 10/20, @ PRO 10/21, @ SPR 10/22
Record: 1-3-0-0

27

Last Week: ONT 0 @ IA 3, IA 4 @ RFD 7
Powerful lineup in Iowa hasn’t figured out the chemistry yet, sitting 1-3. Host the Moose this week.

+1

This Week: vs. MTB 10/20, vs. MTB 10/21
Record: 1-3-0-0

28

Last Week: BEL 5 @ HER 2, LV 4 @ HER 3 (SO)
Picked up a point against Lehigh Valley Sunday, but you would expect Hershey to be better at this point. Losing Madison Bowey it would appear long term to Washington and already down their two goaltenders, and well, the results are where they should be.

-3

This Week: @ MIL 10/20, @ GR 10/21, @ RFD 10/22
Record: 0-2-0-1

29

Last Week: ONT 0 @ IA 3, ONT 2 @ CHI 5
Reign sitting 0-3 and welcome in the Condors for a pair this week looking to get into the win column.

-10

This Week: vs. BAK 10/20, vs. BAK 10/21
Record: 0-3-0-0

30

Last Week: SPR 2 @ PRO 3, HFD 4 @ SPR 3, TOR 2 @ SPR 1
Still looking for their first win in Springfield. Schedule doesn’t get any easier this week.

-4

This Week: vs. PRO 10/20, @ SYR 10/21, vs. BEL 10/22
Record: 0-4-0-0

Have a great week, everyone!

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