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AHL Power Rankings: Week 8

After Week 8 and American Thanksgiving, it’s a pair of Canadian teams that are 1-2 in this weeks edition of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings

The Manitoba Moose are the hottest team in the AHL right now, but the Toronto Marlies are the actual best statistical team in the league. Both teams are virtually identical, 9-1 in their last ten games, but the Moose are running away with the Central Division right now which is always tight.

Rochester slots in third. Anytime you smoke an opponent with 10 goals like the Americans did to Binghamton on Saturday, you open some eyes.

Two teams that faced off this week for a pair of games fill out the top five. That’s your Tucson Roadrunners and your Stockton Heat.

Jump past the Heat if you didn’t link in direct to find out who the sixth place team is all the way down to the last place team.

1

Last Week: LAV 2 @ MTB 3 (SO), MTB 3 @ GR 1, MTB 3 @ MIL 0
9-1 in their last ten, Moose are the hottest team in the AHL right now. Normally the Central is a dogfight, but Manitoba right now as the calendar flips to December is turning it into a runaway.

+2

This Week: @ RFD 11/28, vs. CLE 11/30, vs. CLE 12/2
Record: 14-5-1-1

2

Last Week: TOR 5 @ UTI 2, BEL 1 @ TOR 2 (SO), BEL 1 @ TOR 5
League’s statistically best team remain second this week behind the smoking hot Moose team. Favorable schedule this week can keep the Marlies on a tear to start December.

n/a

This Week: vs. SYR 11/29, @ BEL 12/1, vs. HFD 12/2
Record: 16-4-0-0

3

Last Week: RCH 5 @ SYR 6 (OT), BNG 3 @ RCH 10, RCH 4 @ BNG 3 (OT)
Don’t want to look past Utica and Hartford, but meeting the Pens in Wilkes-Barre Saturday night will be a good litmus test for this Rochester side who have surprised of late.

+4

This Week: @ UTI 11/29, vs. HFD 12/1, @ WBS 12/2
Record: 11-5-2-1

4

Last Week: SD 0 @ TUC 5, STK 2 @ TUC 3, STK 4 @ TUC 2
Got back at San Diego in the middle of the week then split a pair with the Heat which you would have signed up for at the beginning of the week.

+2

This Week: vs. ONT 12/3
Record: 10-3-2-1

5

Last Week: STK 1 @ ONT 3, STK 2 @ TUC 3, STK 4 @ TUC 2
Despite the two losses this week to Ontario and Tucson, the Heat are in the thick of things at the top of the Pacific Division with three other teams.

-1

This Week: @ BAK 11/30, @ BAK 12/1
Record: 11-6-0-1

6

Last Week: LV 2 @ WBS 4, WBS 2 @ SYR 5, SYR 4 @ WBS 3
Week looked bright for the Penguins after beating the Phantoms then learning about the lineup problems that the Syracuse Crunch had, then the Crunch snuck up and swept Wilkes-Barre. We will get to see how this team responds to adversity this Friday against Milwaukee.

-5

This Week: vs. MIL 12/1, vs. RCH 12/2, @ HER 12/3
Record: 12-4-0-1

7

Last Week: IA 1 @ RFD 3, IA 2 @ RFD 1 (OT), RFD 3 @ CHI 4
Are we writing off that loss to the paltry Wolves Saturday or is this a sense of things to come?

+1

This Week: vs. MTB 11/28, vs. CHI 12/1, vs. TEX 12/2
Record: 11-8-1-0

8

Last Week: TEX 2 @ CHI 1 (OT), TEX 4 @ CLE 1, TEX 3 @ CLE 2
Swept the week and are right up there in the top of the Pacific Division.

+4

This Week: @ GR 11/29, @ GR 12/1, @ RFD 12/2
Record: 11-8-0-1

9

Last Week: IA 1 @ RFD 3, IA 2 @ RFD 1 (OT), IA 6 @ CHI 4
Wild split with the IceHogs in a fun series and then beat Chicago. Iowa sit second in the Central but miles away from the Moose in first.

n/a

This Week: vs. MIL 11/28, @ SA 12/1, @ SA 12/3
Record: 10-7-2-0

10

Last Week: HFD 3 @ BRI 7, BRI 4 @ LV 5 (OT), BRI 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
Sound Tigers tied it late Saturday and lost in overtime in Allentown and then tied it late Sunday in Hershey and won in a shootout. This team may actually be a sleeper team.

+7

This Week: @ UTI 12/1, vs. UTI 12/2, vs. PRO 12/3
Record: 11-7-1-0

11

Last Week: LV 2 @ WBS 4, LV 6 @ SPR 3, BRI 4 @ LV 5 (OT)
Scrapped with Bridgeport to overtime Saturday and overcame the pesky Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday. Lehigh Valley is trending in the right direction.

+2

This Week: vs. BNG 11/29, vs. HER 12/1, vs. LAV 12/2
Record: 12-6-0-2

12

Last Week: SA 3 @ BAK 2 (OT), SA 3 @ SJ 5, SA 3 @ BAK 7, SA 1 @ ONT 3
Rampage finish a long, hard stretch of 14 of their first 20 games on the road with a impressive mark of 11-8-1 under the circumstances. Now home for 8 straight games beginning Friday against the Wild.

-7

This Week: vs. IA 12/1, vs. IA 12/3
Record: 11-8-1-0

13

Last Week: PRO 2 @ BNG 1 (OT), PRO 2 @ CHA 8, PRO 2 @ CHA 1 (SO)
Salvaged an average week with a shootout win against Charlotte Sunday, after the Checkers plastered the P-Bruins on Saturday. Providence is hanging onto that third spot in the Atlantic, barely.

-3

This Week: vs. BNG 12/1, vs. BNG 12/2, @ BRI 12/3
Record: 10-6-2-0

14

Last Week: BEL 2 @ CHA 4, BEL 5 @ CHA 2, PRO 2 @ CHA 8, PRO 2 @ CHA 1 (SO)
Whatever ill ways the Checkers were headed for appear to be fixed, for now. Host the white hot Springfield Thunderbirds this week, so that should be a good test.

+4

This Week: vs. SPR 12/1, vs. SPR 12/3
Record: 12-8-0-1

15

Last Week: SPR 2 @ HER 1, LV 6 @ SPR 3, HFD 2 @ SPR 4
Thunderbirds have turned it around. Are 6-4 in their last ten games. Big week this week coming up capped off this weekend in Charlotte.

+7

This Week: @ HFD 11/29, @ CHA 12/1, @ CHA 12/3
Record: 8-13-1-0

16

Last Week: CLE 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (OT), MTB 3 @ MIL 0
Two wins against lesser competition this week, then ran into the Moose and were smoked. Trip to Des Moines before a trip to Pennsylvania for a weekend date with the Penguins and Bears.

+3

This Week: @ IA 11/28, @ WBS 12/1, @ HER 12/2
Record: 10-8-0-0

17

Last Week: STK 1 @ ONT 3, SJ 0 @ ONT 3, SA 1 @ ONT 3
Sweep the week. Are the Reign back?

+3

This Week: vs. SD 12/1, @ TUC 12/3
Record: 8-7-0-1

18

Last Week: RCH 5 @ SYR 6 (OT), WBS 2 @ SYR 5, SYR 4 @ WBS 3
Gut check wins over powerful Wilkes-Barre by the undermanned Crunch this week. This is what you take and build on.

+10

This Week: @ TOR 11/29, vs. LAV 12/1, vs. BEL 12/2
Record: 7-9-1-2

19

Last Week: SA 3 @ BAK 2 (OT), BAK 4 @ SD 1, SA 3 @ BAK 7
Stock up this week for Bakersfield, who pick up points in all of their contests this week. Will it be stock down again when they run into the Stockton Heat for a pair this week?

+10

This Week: vs. STK 11/30, vs. STK 12/1, vs. SJ 12/3
Record: 7-8-2-0

20

Last Week: SPR 2 @ HER 1, HER 4 @ HFD 1, BRI 3 @ HER 2 (SO)
This week was a step backwards for Hershey and looking at this weeks schedule, could get worse.

-9

This Week: @ LV 12/1, vs. MIL 12/2, vs. WBS 12/3
Record: 9-9-0-3

21

Last Week: SA 3 @ SJ 5, SJ 0 @ ONT 3, SD 3 @ SJ 5
San Jose go 2-1 in their busy Thanksgiving week. No one is really out of it in the Pacific, anyway.

n/a

This Week: @ BAK 12/3
Record: 8-8-0-1

22

Last Week: LAV 2 @ MTB 3 (SO), UTI 3 @ LAV 2, UTI 3 @ LAV 2 (SO)
Scrapped with Utica in a pair of 3-2 losses this weekend. Laval is still slipping, as they were last week.

-8

This Week: @ BEL 11/29, @ SYR 12/1, @ LV 12/2
Record: 9-8-2-2

23

Last Week: BEL 2 @ CHA 4, BEL 5 @ CHA 2, BEL 1 @ TOR 2 (SO), BEL 1 @ TOR 5
Long week road trip ends 1-2-0-1 for the Senators. Some home cooking this week, but with some good teams.

+1

This Week: vs. LAV 11/29, vs. TOR 12/1, @ SYR 12/2
Record: 9-10-0-2

24

Last Week: TOR 5 @ UTI 2, UTI 3 @ LAV 2, UTI 3 @ LAV 2 (SO)
Got smoked by Toronto in the middle of the week then swept a faltering Rocket team. This week doesn’t get any easier.

+1

This Week: vs. RCH 11/29, vs. BRI 12/1, @ BRI 12/2
Record: 8-9-0-1

25

Last Week: PRO 2 @ BNG 1 (OT), BNG 3 @ RCH 10, RCH 4 @ BNG 3 (OT)
Oof. Any time you allow an opponent to hang ten goals on you like Rochester did to Binghamton on Saturday, there are serious problems within. Getting away from playing the Americans everyday and shifting over to a road trio this week through the Atlantic Division.

-2

This Week: @ LV 11/29, @ PRO 12/1, @ PRO 12/2
Record: 6-9-3-0

26

Last Week: SD 0 @ TUC 5, BAK 4 @ SD 1, SD 3 @ SJ 5
Gulls smoked the (then) leagues best team in Tucson last week, but the AHL is a what have you done for me lately league and San Diego dropped all three this week. Just one this week against the Reign Friday.

-11

This Week: @ ONT 12/1
Record: 7-10-1-0

27

Last Week: CLE 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), TEX 4 @ CLE 1, TEX 3 @ CLE 2
Swept this week by the Stars, now head to Winnipeg with a date with the Moose, who are no pushover anymore.

-11

This Week: @ MTB 11/30, @ MTB 12/2
Record: 7-6-2-2

28

Last Week: MTB 3 @ GR 1
Lost in their only action this week against Manitoba. Fatigue should not be an issue as the Stars come in for a pair, then a trip down to face the Chicago Wolves.

-1

This Week: vs. TEX 11/29, vs. TEX 12/1, @ CHI 12/2
Record: 8-9-0-2

29

Last Week: HFD 3 @ BRI 7, HER 4 @ HFD 1, HFD 2 @ SPR 4
Hits keep on coming for the Wolf Pack who are 3-5-2 in their last ten and slowly headed to the bottom of the Atlantic. Busy week again this week.

-3

This Week: vs. SPR 11/29, @ RCH 12/1, @ TOR 12/2
Record: 7-11-2-1

30

Last Week: TEX 2 @ CHI 1 (OT), CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (OT), RFD 3 @ CHI 4, IA 6 @ CHI 4
Nothing again this week proved to the Politburo that the Wolves should not be the 30th team here in the Rankings.

n/a

This Week: @ RFD 12/1, vs. GR 12/2
Record: 5-10-3-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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