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AHL Power Rankings: Week 12

Week 12 is in the books in the AHL and it’s a Christmas break and an early present for readers of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings who debut on Christmas Eve instead of the Monday at 4 p.m. editions.

The Manitoba Moose remain the top team this week after a pair of impressive wins against the San Antonio Rampage. Right now, there is no stopping this team.

Rochester remains second and is a team you have to start taking seriously.

Up to third this week is the Atlantic Division leader Providence. There is a lot of in fighting in the Division for the spot that the P-Bruins occupy, but it’s the Bruins with clear sailing, for now.

Toronto jumps to fourth, after getting back on their winning ways.

A team that the Bruins may need to start to worry about is our fifth team, the Charlotte Checkers.

After the Checkers, hit the jump if you didn’t link in direct to see the remaining teams.

1

Last Week: SA 2 @ MTB 7, SA 1 @ MTB 3
At some point you have to start questioning if the Moose will ever lose again and start comparing them to some of the all time great AHL teams of all time. Host the Barracuda for some New Years Eve action in Winnipeg.

n/a

This Week: vs. SJ 12/30, vs. SJ 12/31
Record: 23-5-1-2

2

Last Week: BEL 1 @ RCH 3, RCH 3 @ LAV 2 (OT), RCH 3 @ LAV 1
Amerks have won four straight, only two regulation losses in their last 23 games. One loss on the road. This team is sneaky good and one that you really need to start taking seriously.

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This Week: vs. LAV 12/27, @ TOR 12/29, vs. LAV 12/30
Record: 19-6-3-3

3

Last Week: PRO 4 @ HFD 6, PRO 2 @ SPR 1 (SO)
But for maybe Charlotte, there isn’t a team that the P-Bruins need to worry about in the immediate future which should overtake them for the top spot in the Atlantic. Providence is heading to the North Division this week.

+1

This Week: @ UTI 12/27, @ UTI 12/29, @ BEL 12/30
Record: 19-8-2-0

4

Last Week: TOR 2 @ UTI 5, TOR 4 @ UTI 3
Toronto halts its three game losing streak on the back end of a home and home with the Utica Comets. Division action continues this week.

+1

This Week: vs. BEL 12/26, @ SYR 12/27, vs. RCH 12/29, vs. BEL 12/31
Record: 22-8-0-0

5

Last Week: HER 5 @ CHA 4, HER 0 @ CHA 6
Besides Providence, it’s a race between Charlotte and Hartford for which team is the best in the Atlantic. Slight edge to Charlotte based off of standings position, but for how long?

+1

This Week: @ BNG 12/27, @ LV 12/29, @ LV 12/30
Record: 20-10-0-1

6

Last Week: TEX 3 @ ONT 4 (OT), TEX 1 @ SJ 3, TEX 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
Stars improve to 7-1 in overtime and are in second in the Pacific. None of us here think that Texas is a sneaky team, they are a good team.

-3

This Week: vs. SA 12/27, @ SA 12/29, vs. SD 12/30
Record: 18-11-1-1

7

Last Week: IA 3 @ CLE 0, IA 4 @ CLE 5 (OT), GR 3 @ IA 2 (SO)
Iowa are third in the Central as we head into the final week of 2017. The question is will they stay there or improve. A pair in a home and home with the IceHogs coming up to ring in the New Year.

+3

This Week: vs. RFD 12/28, @ RFD 12/29
Record: 14-9-6-2

8

Last Week: HFD 5 @ LV 4 (OT), PRO 4 @ HFD 6, BRI 5 @ HFD 1
Nine game point streak ends Saturday at home, but that’s fine, the Wolf Pack are looking to start another one this Friday in Wilkes-Barre.

+3

This Week: @ WBS 12/29, vs. SPR 12/30
Record: 13-13-3-3

9

Last Week: HFD 5 @ LV 4 (OT), LV 3 @ WBS 2
Looking like a competitive battle between the Phantoms and Penguins, who meet again post holiday this Wednesday back in Wilkes-Barre.

-2

This Week: @ WBS 12/27, vs. CHA 12/29, vs. CHA 12/30
Record: 19-9-2-2

10

Last Week: STK 4 @ TUC 1, STK 2 @ TUC 1
Heat are best in the Pacific as we hit Christmas. Stockton is one of the AHL’s stingiest team defensively, only 69 goals scored by the opponent.

+6

This Week: @ SJ 12/28, @ ONT 12/29, vs. BAK 12/31
Record: 16-8-1-2

11

Last Week: ONT 3 @ SD 4 (OT), SD 4 @ ONT 3
Gulls hit the break on a five game win streak, 7-3 in their last ten and looking to make noise in the Pacific as we head into the final week of 2017.

+2

This Week: vs. TUC 12/27, @ TEX 12/30, @ SA 12/31
Record: 14-11-1-0

12

Last Week: GR 4 @ CHI 5, CHI 2 @ RFD 3 (OT)
Wolves hit the Christmas break with points in their last seven games and are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten. Have they turned a corner? Check back with us in mid-January.

+5

This Week: @ MIL 12/27, @ MIL 12/29, vs. RFD 12/30
Record: 12-12-5-1

13

Last Week: BRI 2 @ SPR 5, BRI 5 @ HFD 1
Ended the Wolf Pack’s nine game point streak with a strong win Saturday against them. Should be a competitive race between these two Connecticut teams to watch in 2018.

+1

This Week: vs. HER 12/27, vs. BNG 12/30
Record: 14-12-2-1

14

Last Week: SYR 2 @ LAV 5, SYR 8 @ BEL 2, UTI 2 @ SYR 1
Crunch hit the holiday break losers of two of three this week but 7-3 in their last ten Big date this Wednesday against Toronto.

-5

This Week: vs. TOR 12/27, vs. UTI 12/30, @ BNG 12/31
Record: 15-12-1-2

15

Last Week: CHI 2 @ RFD 3 (OT), GR 2 @ RFD 3 (SO)
Rockford sit second in the Central, that team right now that is miles behind Manitoba for the top spot.

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This Week: @ IA 12/28, vs. IA 12/29, @ CHI 12/30
Record: 17-11-1-1

16

Last Week: TOR 2 @ UTI 5, TOR 4 @ UTI 3, UTI 2 @ SYR 1
Split with the Marlies and beat the Crunch, I’d say that’s a pretty good week for Utica. A pair with the Atlantic leading Bruins coming up this week before ringing in the New Year with Syracuse again.

+4

This Week: vs. PRO 12/27, vs. PRO 12/29, @ SYR 12/30
Record: 13-12-4-1

17

Last Week: STK 4 @ TUC 1, STK 2 @ TUC 1
Tucson slip to third in the Pacific. Going 3-7 in your last ten game will do that to you. Three on the road this week to try and right the ship.

-9

This Week: @ SD 12/27, @ BAK 12/29, @ ONT 12/31
Record: 13-9-2-1

18

Last Week: SA 2 @ MTB 7, SA 1 @ MTB 3
Went to Manitoba and ended up as another notch in an impressive run that the Moose are on. Three this week with division rivals.

-6

This Week: @ TEX 12/27, vs. TEX 12/29, vs. SD 12/31
Record: 16-12-2-0

19

Last Week: MIL 5 @ CLE 2, MIL 5 @ CLE 3
The Admirals will be looking to improve their fourth place position after Christmas. A pair with fifth place Chicago is going to be an interesting matchup.

+3

This Week: vs. CHI 12/27, vs. CHI 12/29, @ GR 12/31
Record: 15-12-2-0

20

Last Week: BRI 2 @ SPR 5, PRO 2 @ SPR 1 (SO)
Thunderbirds are getting points and adding players in order to start building some positive momentum in the Atlantic.

+3

This Week: vs. HER 12/29, @ HFD 12/30
Record: 13-18-1-1

21

Last Week: BNG 3 @ WBS 4 (OT), LV 3 @ WBS 2
December can’t end quick enough for the Penguins after a gangbusters November. Pens are fourth in the Atlantic and have three more games with some tough opponents before the calendar flips to 2018.

-2

This Week: vs. LV 12/27, vs. HFD 12/29. @ HER 12/30
Record: 16-9-2-1

22

Last Week: SJ 3 @ BAK 4 (SO), TEX 4 @ BAK 3 (OT)
Condors are last in the Pacific despite taking 3 of 4 points this week, but the margin from 5th to last in the Pacific is razor thin. If Bakersfield keeps getting weeks like this, they won’t be in last long.

+2

This Week: vs. ONT 12/27, vs. TUC 12/29, @ STK 12/31
Record: 11-12-4-0

23

Last Week: TEX 3 @ ONT 4 (OT), ONT 3 @ SD 4 (OT), SD 4 @ ONT 3
Reign are sliding again, 5-4-1-1 in their last ten. Dropping to seventh in the Pacific. Busy divisional week coming up pre-New Years.

-5

This Week: @ BAK 12/27, vs. STK 12/29, vs. TUC 12/31
Record: 13-12-1-1

24

Last Week: HER 5 @ CHA 4, HER 0 @ CHA 6, BNG 2 @ HER 5
This Bears team is pretty bad, as evidenced in Charlotte mid-week, but not as bad as a team like Binghamton, who the Bears beat Saturday. Busy week ahead for Hershey.

+1

This Week: @ BRI 12/27, @ SPR 12/29, vs. WBS 12/30
Record: 14-15-0-3

25

Last Week: GR 4 @ CHI 5, GR 3 @ IA 2 (SO), GR 2 @ RFD 3 (SO)
Griffins hit the break with a shootout win over the Wild but are last in the Central. Defending champs have a ton of work to do.

+1

This Week: vs. CLE 12/29, @ CLE 12/30, vs. MIL 12/31
Record: 11-15-1-4

26

Last Week: SJ 3 @ BAK 4 (SO), TEX 1 @ SJ 3
Barracuda spoil Texas’ Christmas by defending home ice against the Stars before the break. Heading to Moose territory this week after a drop in by the Heat.

-5

This Week: vs. STK 12/28, @ MTB 12/30, @ MTB 12/31
Record: 13-11-0-2

27

Last Week: IA 3 @ CLE 0, IA 4 @ CLE 5 (OT), MIL 5 @ CLE 2, MIL 5 @ CLE 3
Monsters really have played like a last place team for weeks, if not months, and they find themselves at the bottom of the Christmas tree in last in the Central.

+2

This Week: @ GR 12/29, vs. GR 12/30
Record: 9-13-3-2

28

Last Week: SYR 2 @ LAV 5, RCH 3 @ LAV 2 (OT), RCH 3 @ LAV 1
Rocket get their fill off the Rochester Americans, playing them 4 out of the next 5 games and the way things are starting with results this week, it’s like a big lump of coal for the Rocket.

n/a

This Week: @ RCH 12/27, @ BEL 12/28, @ RCH 12/30
Record: 11-14-5-2

29

Last Week: BEL 1 @ RCH 3, SYR 8 @ BEL 2
Belleville hits the Christmas break with a lot of work to do in 2018 if they want to start making a push. 2-7-0-1 in the last ten isn’t going to cut it.

-2

This Week: @ TOR 12/26, vs. LAV 12/28, vs. PRO 12/30, @ TOR 12/31
Record: 11-16-0-3

30

Last Week: BNG 3 @ WBS 4 (OT), BNG 2 @ HER 5
Last in the North and losing touch in the Division. Young team is going to go through growing pains.

n/a

This Week: vs. CHA 12/27, @ BRI 12/30, vs. SYR 12/31
Record: 9-15-4-1

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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