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AHL Power Rankings: Week 17

We have hit the All-Star break here in the AHL and while the festivities from Springfield have wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at where things stand in the league and that’s where these weekly Power Rankings should help you out.

Two constants have been San Jose and Charlotte, who are 1-2 this week. 1a if you want to call them that have been Rochester and Grand Rapids, who are entrenched in playoff battles themselves for the pinnacle of the divisions they lead. The hottest team of recent has been San Diego, but there are other teams past the Gulls at the five spot who are equally on hot runs.

Pop past the Gulls if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up.

1

Last Week: SJ 4 @ GR 0, SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
San Jose has a new threat gunning for them in the form of the Bakersfield Condors. No one has got close yet so it should be interesting to watch.

+2

This Week: @ STK 2/1, vs. STK 2/2, vs. IA 2/5
Record: 24-8-2-4

2

Last Week: CHA 3 @ PRO 5, CHA 5 @ HFD 2
Snapped out of that three game losing streak with a good win Saturday in Hartford. The Atlantic is Charlotte’s to lose.

n/a

This Week: vs. PRO 2/1, vs. PRO 2/2, vs. CLE 2/5, vs. CLE 2/6
Record: 31-11-4-0

3

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 3 (SO), RCH 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Amerks have a three point lead on Syracuse for tops in the North. Have been the class of the division for a good chunk of the season.

+2

This Week: @ BNG 2/1, @ HFD 2/2, vs. SYR 2/6
Record: 26-13-3-1

4

Last Week: SJ 4 @ GR 0, SJ 2 @ GR 3 (SO)
Griffins sit atop the Central at the All-Star break. Busy week against some hungry teams as the unofficial second half of the season begins in earnest Thursday.

+2

This Week: @ TEX 1/31, @ SA 2/1, vs. MTB 2/6
Record: 25-14-3-4

5

Last Week: SD 0 @ SA 4, SD 4 @ TEX 1
Good win in Cedar Park to slightly stop the slide that the Gulls have been on. Busy week this week with some winnable games.

-4

This Week: vs. ONT 2/1, vs. IA 2/2, vs. ONT 2/6
Record: 22-13-2-3

6

Last Week: LAV 2 @ HER 4
Hottest team in the Eastern Conference are none other than your Hershey Bears. 7-2-1 in their last ten. Is the All-Star break coming at a bad time for Hershey?

+2

This Week: vs. LV 2/2, vs. BEL 2/3, @ SPR 2/6
Record: 21-20-0-3

7

Last Week: CHA 3 @ PRO 5, SPR 2 @ PRO 3
Unbeaten in regulation in their last ten games, Providence is running up the board in the Atlantic. Two games this week in Charlotte is a very big time test for the Bruins.

+3

This Week: @ CHA 2/1, @ CHA 2/2
Record: 22-16-6-1

8

Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 1, BAK 3 @ TUC 1
League’s hottest team is probably Bakersfield, who hit he All-Star break on an eight game win streak. Are second in the Pacific now looking to dethrone San Jose.

+6

This Week: vs. IA 2/1, @ ONT 2/2
Record: 24-15-2-1

9

Last Week: TOR 2 @ BEL 6, TOR 3 @ BEL 2 (SO)
If we had to summarize the defending champions first half of the season it would be inconsistent. They are in the playoff mix and you keep waiting for them to make a run. Good chance it starts this week vs. Laval and Belleville.

n/a

This Week: vs. LAV 2/1, vs. LAV 2/2, vs. BEL 2/5
Record: 22-16-3-3

10

Last Week: BAK 3 @ TUC 1, BAK 3 @ TUC 1
Lose to the Condors on back to back nights via 3-1 scores and also are now third in the Pacific, behind the Condors. Homestead continues this weekend with Colorado in.

-6

This Week: vs. COL 2/1, vs. COL 2/2
Record: 23-13-3-1

11

Last Week: IA 3 @ MIL 0, IA 1 @ RFD 3
Central Division itself has gone kind of stale, so that benefits an equally stale Wild team who are second in the division. Playoffs are a real possibility in Des Moines this season.

-4

This Week: @ BAK 2/1, @ SD 2/2, @ SJ 2/5
Record: 24-14-4-3

12

Last Week: WBS 5 @ BNG 4 (OT)
Three game win streak for the Penguins who currently sit sixth in an all of a sudden really competitive Atlantic. Two home games this week against teams Wilkes-Barre has had some success against of recent.

+6

This Week: vs. CLE 2/1, vs. BRI 2/2, @ RFD 2/6
Record: 22-18-4-1

13

Last Week: UTI 2 @ RCH 3 (SO)
In such a tight North division race, could have used max points against Rochester Friday. Schedule picks up on the road in Syracuse and in Springfield this weekend.

-2

This Week: @ SYR 2/1, @ SPR 2/2
Record: 23-18-3-2

14

Last Week: LAV 2 @ LV 3, LV 1 @ BRI 4
Phantoms presented with a moment to seize against Bridgeport and they fail to do so. It’s going to be interesting to watch this Lehigh Valley club in the second half.

+5

This Week: @ BRI 2/1, @ HER 2/2
Record: 24-16-3-2

15

Last Week: CHI 5 @ CLE 1, CHI 3 @ CLE 4 (OT)
Wolves are 4-4-2 in their last ten and are cooling off. Winnable games this week against Rockford and Manitoba this weekend.

-3

This Week: @ RFD 2/1, vs. MTB 2/2
Record: 24-14-5-1

16

Last Week: CHI 5 @ CLE 1, CHI 3 @ CLE 4 (OT)
Monsters have a really busy week coming up which can be make or break here. All road contests too. Where will Cleveland be next week at this time?

-1

This Week: @ WBS 2/1, @ SYR 2/2, @ CHA 2/5, @ CHA 2/6
Record: 21-17-4-1

17

Last Week: LV 1 @ BRI 4
For a team that has been sliding, a dominating win against a Lehigh Valley team that had briefly surpassed the Sound Tigers was a warm feeling Saturday. Rematch this Friday in Allentown.

+8

This Week: vs. LV 2/1, @ WBS 2/2, @ HFD 2/5
Record: 24-16-4-2

18

Last Week: SPR 1 @ SYR 6, RCH 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Expect an inspired Syracuse team to come out blazing in the second half. Winnable games this week, too.

+2

This Week: vs. UTI 2/1, vs. CLE 2/2, @ RCH 2/6
Record: 25-13-2-1

19

Last Week: SPR 1 @ SYR 6, SPR 2 @ PRO 3
Thunderbirds are on a slide and hit the break feeling heat in front of them in the standings (Providence) and behind them (Wilkes-Barre) with some important games coming up this weekend.

-6

This Week: vs. HFD 2/1, vs. UTI 2/2, vs. HER 2/6
Record: 20-16-6-4

20

Last Week: MTB 3 @ RFD 4 (SO), MTB 2 @ MIL 8
Moose have been on a run but have cooled off here with just one point last week. Does the All-Star break come at a good or bad time for Manitoba? I guess we find out this week, as the Moose are busy.

-4

This Week: @ MIL 2/1, @ CHI 2/2, @ GR 2/6
Record: 19-19-3-2

21

Last Week: IA 3 @ MIL 0, MTB 2 @ MIL 8
Split the week. Will be interesting watching Milwaukee battle for a playoff spot in the second half.

n/a

This Week: vs. MTB 2/1, vs. RFD 2/2, vs. TEX 2/6
Record: 22-17-6-1

22

Last Week: STK 4 @ TEX 5, SD 4 @ TEX 1
The Stars are the Central’s most inconsistent team. Will that inconsistency continue to dog Texas?

+1

This Week: vs. GR 1/31, @ MIL 2/6
Record: 22-17-3-2

23

Last Week: LAV 2 @ LV 3, LAV 2 @ HER 4
Rocket come up winless in Pennsylvania which halts some of the momentum they built up. Two games in Toronto this weekend.

-8

This Week: @ TOR 2/1, @ TOR 2/2
Record: 19-19-3-4

24

Last Week: SD 0 @ SA 4, STK 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
Rampage need to get healthy, and one game this week at home against Grand Rapids after coming out of the All-Star break should help an ailing San Antonio side.

-2

This Week: vs. GR 2/1
Record: 22-21-2-0

25

Last Week: COL 4 @ ONT 0, COL 3 @ ONT 5
The break could be a good thing for this Eagles team which has been sliding as of late, five points behind fourth place San Diego. Two games in Tucson this weekend is no easy task.

+1

This Week: @ TUC 2/1, @ TUC 2/2
Record: 20-17-3-1

26

Last Week: HFD 2 @ BNG 3 (OT), WBS 5 @ BNG 4 (OT)
Three points out of the week isn’t bad, but the Devils need to continue this run if they want to get up to the top four in the North. Tough games this week.

+4

This Week: vs. RCH 2/1, vs. BEL 2/2
Record: 20-23-5-0

27

Last Week: MTB 3 @ RFD 4 (SO), IA 1 @ RFD 3
Tumultuous first half, yet Rockford sit .500 and are not really out of it by any stretch of the imagination as the second half winds up.

+4

This Week: vs. CHI 2/1, @ MIL 2/2, vs. WBS 2/6
Record: 19-19-3-5

28

Last Week: TOR 2 @ BEL 6, TOR 3 @ BEL 2 (SO)
Bellville is hanging around, but this is a growing pains year for Troy Mann’s crew. Mann has a homecoming this weekend in Hershey.

-1

This Week: @ BNG 2/2, @ HER 2/3, @ TOR 2/5
Record: 20-23-2-1

29

Last Week: STK 4 @ TEX 5, STK 4 @ SA 3 (OT)
Heat still need points but are in purgatory where we described them last week. A home and home against the Barracuda is big test.

n/a

This Week: vs. SJ 2/1, @ SJ 2/2
Record: 18-20-4-1

30

Last Week: COL 4 @ ONT 0, COL 3 @ ONT 5
68 shots at the Eagles Friday wasn’t enough to break through as the Reign were shutout, but then they finally broke through Saturday and beat Colorado. Is it a lost season in the Inland Empire?

-2

This Week: @ SD 2/1, vs. BAK 2/2, @ SD 2/6
Record: 13-20-4-2

31

Last Week: HFD 2 @ BNG 3 (OT), CHA 5 @ HFD 2
Everyone is warming up in the Atlantic and the Wolf Pack have gone cold and are in last place. Five game winless streak and 3-6-1 in their last ten.

-7

This Week: @ SPR 2/1, vs. RCH 2/2, vs. BRI 2/5
Record: 19-21-3-2

Have a great week everyone!

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