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AHL Power Rankings: Week 11

We are at Week 11 in the AHL Power Rankings and a week away from the New Year.

Teams are jockeying for positioning as we head there. Others are establishing themselves as forces to be reckoned with while others are simply fading into obscurity.

This past weekend, the heavyweight matchup was the Manitoba Moose meeting up with the Toronto Marlies. It was billed as a test for the Moose heading into Toronto to take on an established Marlies team.

The Moose pass with flying colors and are again your number one team this week.

They are followed by a Rochester Americans team which you need to start taking seriously. The Texas Stars, slowly creeping into the top spot of the Pacific round out the top three. In fourth is the Atlantic Division leader Providence Bruins followed by the Marlies, who don’t fall too far because there aren’t that many teams that have won at least 20 games in the AHL just yet.

Hop past the Marlies if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Week: MTB 7 @ BEL 3, MTB 2 @ TOR 1, MTB 5 @ TOR 1
Moose just running away with things. 14 straight games, a franchise record, without a regulation loss. Head Coach Pascal Vincent punches his ticket to Utica in January to head up the Central bench. Rampage stopping by this weekend could be a test.

+1

This Week: vs. SA 12/21, vs. SA 12/22
Record: 21-5-1-2

2

Last Week: UTI 1 @ RCH 3, TOR 3 @ RCH 2, RCH 3 @ UTI 2 (OT)
Amerks appear to be for real, not letting a tight setback to the Toronto Marlies bother them at all, shaking it off and taking down the Utica Comets the next night.

+3

This Week: vs. BEL 12/20, @ LAV 12/22, @ LAV 12/23
Record: 16-6-3-3

3

Last Week: ONT 4 @ TEX 2, CLE 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
Sweep the week, are 8-2 in their last ten. This run will have the Stars at the top of the Pacific in no time.

+3

This Week: @ ONT 12/20, @ SJ 12/22, @ BAK 12/23
Record: 17-10-0-1

4

Last Week: PRO 3 @ HER 0, PRO 3 @ SYR 5, PRO 6 @ HER 2
Eight game winning streak ended in Syracuse on Friday, but The P-Bruins still lead the Atlantic Division as we head into the Christmas break.

+3

This Week: @ HFD 12/22, @ SPR 12/23
Record: 18-7-2-0

5

Last Week: TOR 3 @ RCH 2, MTB 2 @ TOR 1, MTB 5 @ TOR 1
Can’t really fault the Eastern Conference’s best team for losing to the AHL’s overall best team this weekend, so the Marlies stay in the top five for now. Two this week with the Comets in New York.

-4

This Week: @ UTI 12/20, @ UTI 12/22
Record: 21-7-0-0

6

Last Week: LV 6 @ CHA 3, LV 2 @ CHA 5, LAV 1 @ CHA 3, LAV 5 @ CHA 7
10 goals this weekend against Laval, who the Checkers exploited defensively. Are trying to chase down Providence for the top spot while fending off Lehigh Valley.

-3

This Week: vs. HER 12/20, vs. HER 12/21
Record: 19-9-0-1

7

Last Week: LV 6 @ CHA 3, LV 2 @ CHA 5, SYR 2 @ LV 4, LV 3 @ BRI 2 (OT)
6 out of 8 points for a Lehigh Valley team that had a lot of miles on it by the time they skated off the ice Sunday in Bridgeport. Sit third in the division, better than their record would indicate. Underrated matchup this Wednesday with Hartford.

+4

This Week: vs. HFD 12/20, @ WBS 12/23
Record: 18-9-1-2

8

Last Week: SJ 3 @ TUC 2, SJ 5 @ TUC 2, TUC 6 @ ONT 1
Roadrunners back atop the Pacific, but for how long? Texas is coming!

n/a

This Week: vs. STK 12/22, vs. STK 12/23
Record: 13-7-2-1

9

Last Week: PRO 3 @ SYR 5, SYR 2 @ LV 4
10 game win streak ends in Allentown, but the Crunch use that run to bump to third in the hotly contested North Division. They can start a new streak this week in Laval.

+1

This Week: @ LAV 12/20, @ BEL 12/22, vs. UTI 12/23
Record: 14-10-1-2

10

Last Week: IA 3 @ GR 4 (SO), IA 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), IA 3 @ CHI 6
Wild are still getting points, but one point vs. two in a race for the second spot right now may come down to the team that got the two points.

+1

This Week: @ CLE 12/18, @ CLE 12/20, vs. GR 12/22
Record: 13-9-5-1

11

Last Week: WBS 3 @ HFD 7, HFD 1 @ SPR 2 (SO)
Wolf Pack are coming. It isn’t going to be quick, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. This team is extremely disciplined and well coached. Just a matter of time.

+3

This Week: @ LV 12/20, vs. PRO 12/22, vs. BRI 12/23
Record: 11-12-3-3

12

Last Week: CLE 2 @ SA 4, RFD 1 @ SA 2 (SO), RFD 1 @ SA 4
Rampage sweep the week. Head now to Winnipeg to take on the Moose. Hey, eventually someone has to beat that team, right?

+4

This Week: @ MTB 12/21, @ MTB 12/22
Record: 16-10-2-0

13

Last Week: STK 3 @ SD 5, STK 1 @ SD 4
Two big wins this week over the Stockton Heat are three straight wins for San Diego, who may just be turning a corner.

+5

This Week: vs. ONT 12/22, @ ONT 12/23
Record: 12-11-1-0

14

Last Week: BRI 4 @ SPR 5, WBS 2 @ BRI 3 (OT), LV 3 @ BRI 2 (OT)
3 of 6 points out of the week feels like purgatory for a Sound Tigers team that is losing touch with the Providence’s and Charlotte’s in the division and being pursued heavily from behind by Hartford.

+1

This Week: @ SPR 12/22, @ HFD 12/23
Record: 13-11-2-1

15

Last Week: CHI 2 @ RFD 1, RFD 1 @ SA 2 (SO), RFD 1 @ SA 4
Ew. One point out of the week for the IceHogs. Schedule isn’t looking any easier coming up.

-11

This Week: vs. CHI 12/22, vs. GR 12/23
Record: 15-11-1-1

16

Last Week: STK 3 @ SD 5, STK 3 @ ONT 4 (OT), STK 1 @ SD 4
Heat get one point out of the week and may have plateaued, just 4-4-1-1 in they last ten games

-13

This Week: @ TUC 12/22, @ TUC 12/23
Record: 14-8-1-2

17

Last Week: CHI 2 @ RFD 1, CHI 6 @ GR 3, IA 3 @ CHI 6, MIL 2 @ CHI 4
Don’t look now but the Wolves have won five straight. A good Chicago side is a dangerous Chicago side.

+4

This Week: vs. GR 12/21, @ RFD 12/22
Record: 11-12-4-1

18

Last Week: ONT 4 @ TEX 2, STK 3 @ ONT 4 (OT), TUC 6 @ ONT 1
That 6-1 obliteration that the Roadrunners put on the Reign puts a damper on an overall positive week for Ontario.

-1

This Week: vs. TEX 12/20, @ SD 12/22, vs. SD 12/23
Record: 12-11-0-1

19

Last Week: SPR 3 @ WBS 6, WBS 3 @ HFD 7, WBS 2 @ BRI 3 (OT)
Every team hits the skids, some spiral out of control while others re-group and are better for it. Which is going to be for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins?

-6

This Week: vs. BNG 12/22, vs. LV 12/23
Record: 15-8-2-1

20

Last Week: UTI 1 @ RCH 3, BNG 1 @ UTI 2, RCH 3 @ UTI 2 (OT)
Utica is a better team right now than Laval and Belleville, so they are 4th in the North, right about where they should be. Two this week with angry Toronto and one away at blood rival Syracuse.

+2

This Week: vs. TOR 12/20, vs. TOR 12/22, @ SYR 12/23
Record: 11-11-4-1

21

Last Week: SJ 3 @ TUC 2, SJ 5 @ TUC 2, BAK 4 @ SJ 2, BAK 2 @ SJ 3
Busy week for the Barracuda who get 6 of 8 points this week to just keep pace with 5 on back in the Pacific.

+5

This Week: @ BAK 12/21, vs. TEX 12/22
Record: 12-11-0-1

22

Last Week: IA 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), MIL 2 @ GR 1 (OT), MIL 2 @ CHI 4
Weekend ends on a sour note Sunday in Chicago. Admirals are still in the mix, but now being pursued for that four spot by the team that beat them Sunday.

+1

This Week: @ CLE 12/22, @ CLE 12/23
Record: 13-12-2-0

23

Last Week: SPR 3 @ WBS 6, BRI 4 @ SPR 5, HFD 1 @ SPR 2 (SO)
Waiting on Springfield to make a move and they haven’t yet. If they are still last in the Atlantic a month from now, forget it.

+1

This Week: vs. BRI 12/22, vs. PRO 12/23
Record: 12-18-1-0

24

Last Week: BAK 4 @ SJ 2, BAK 2 @ SJ 3
Split the week and are last in the Pacific as we head to Christmas.

-5

This Week: vs. SJ 12/21, vs. TEX 12/23
Record: 10-12-3-0

25

Last Week: PRO 3 @ HER 0, PRO 6 @ HER 2
Things are systematically wrong in Hershey. With the winning culture that comes with the territory, look for changes sooner rather than later.

-5

This Week: @ CHA 12/20, @ CHA 12/21, vs. BNG 12/23
Record: 12-14-0-3

26

Last Week: IA 3 @ GR 4 (SO), CHI 6 @ GR 3, MIL 2 @ GR 1 (OT)
Central looks to be a winnable division for the Griffins, but Grand Rapids seems wholly disinterested in participating in the fun. We think that the biggest disappointment so far this season has been this team.

+2

This Week: @ CHI 12/21, @ IA 12/22, @ RFD 12/23
Record: 10-14-1-3

27

Last Week: BNG 3 @ BEL 4 (SO), MTB 7 @ BEL 3, BEL 2 @ BNG 5
Belleville has been pretty bad, and this week was no different, just two points out of the week and some really stiff competition coming up this week.

+2

This Week: @ RCH 12/20, vs. SYR 12/22
Record: 11-14-0-3

28

Last Week: LAV 1 @ CHA 3, LAV 5 @ CHA 7
Falling farther away from the North Division leaders. Stiff competition in Syracuse and Rochester drop by for visits this week.

-3

This Week: vs. SYR 12/20, vs. RCH 12/22, vs. RCH 12/23
Record: 10-13-4-2

29

Last Week: CLE 2 @ SA 4, CLE 4 @ TEX 5 (OT)
Took one point out of Texas and are a putrid 2-6-1-1 in their last ten. Busy home schedule coming up this week.

+1

This Week: vs. IA 12/18, vs. IA 12/20, vs. MIL 12/22, vs. MIL 12/23
Record: 8-10-3-2

30

Last Week: BNG 3 @ BEL 4 (SO), BNG 1 @ UTI 2, BEL 2 @ BNG 5
At this point of the season as we start to approach the New Year, you need to start making a push or at least keeping in contact with the division leaders. Binghamton isn’t doing that right now.

-3

This Week: @ WBS 12/22, @ HER 12/23
Record: 9-14-3-1

Have a great week, everyone!

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