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AHL Power Rankings: End of October 2019

So we are through October and there is one team that hasn’t lost at all and a team that hasn’t won at all.

Somewhere in between, unless you are a fan of the Utica Comets or the San Diego Gulls, is your team.

Early days as the calendar flips to November, so take these Rankings and hope that your club stays in the top half if you are there or hope that your club jumps into the top half if you are near the bottom.

Moral of the story is that nothing really gets figured out before Christmas. But, some teams are already digging themselves a deep hole.

Toronto, Hartford, Iowa and Stockton round out the top five this week. We kind of expected Toronto to be good, Hartford and Stockton are a bit of a surprise and Iowa picked up where they left off last season.

After the Heat, click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Games: CHA 2 @ UTI 8, ROC 1 @ UTI 7, BNG 1 @ UTI 5, UTI 2 @ HER 1 (SO), BNG 1 @ UTI 3
The lone unblemished team are your Utica Comets. Utica is a complete team and are getting lights out goaltending from Zane McIntyre who has five of those eight Comets wins.

+2

Next Games: vs. PRO 11/1, vs. ROC 11/2, @ BNG 11/6, vs. WBS 11/8, @ BNG 11/9, vs. SYR 11/11
Record: 8-0-0-0

2

Last Games: CLE 0 @ TOR 2, CLE 5 @ TOR 6 (SO), TOR 2 @ BNG 3 (OT), TOR 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Pair of OT losses to close out the weekend, but the Marlies still haven’t lost in regulation. They may stay that way until at least that weekend trip to Grand Rapids.

-1

Next Games: @ BEL 11/1, @ LAV 11/2, @ RFD 11/6, @ GR 11/8, @ GR 11/9
Record: 6-0-2-0

3

Last Games: SPR 0 @ HFD 1, HFD 4 @ BNG 3 (OT), LAV 1 @ HFD 2 (OT), BRI 1 @ HFD 4, HFD 2 @ BRI 1 (OT), HFD 1 @ LAV 4
Dealt their first loss Wednesday in Laval. Lead the Atlantic. Early days, but they may be onto something in Hartford. Talk to us in a month.

+2

Next Games: @ LAV 11/1, @ BEL 11/2, vs. HER 11/8, vs. BEL 11/9, @ PRO 11/10
Record: 8-1-0-1

4

Last Games: IA 6 @ MB 4, IA 4 @ MB 2, IA 1 @ TUC 3, IA 1 @ TUC 2 (OT), IA 4 @ GR 3 (OT)
Wild at the top of the Central isn’t a fluke. This is a solid team from top to bottom. Problem is, there’s no separation because the division as a whole is stacked.

n/a

Next Games: @ MIL 11/1, @ RFD 11/2, vs. CHI 11/7, vs. ONT 11/9, vs. ONT 11/10
Record: 6-1-1-1

5

Last Games: STK 5 @ SD 1, STK 4 @ BAK 3, BAK 3 @ STK 2 (SO), STK 6 @ BAK 3
Heat remain hot as October closes out. The run should continue but those three with Tucson could prove to be early tests for both teams.

+1

Next Games: vs. SJ 11/1, vs. TUC 11/2, @ TUC 11/8, @ TUC 11/19, vs. SD 11/11
Record: 6-1-0-1

6

Last Games: ONT 5 @ SJ 2, ONT 2 @ BAK 1, ONT 6 @ SD 2, SD 2 @ ONT 3
Reign have lost just once and look to be a solid early contender for things in the Pacific. Busy start of November for Ontario coming up.

+11

Next Games: vs. BAK 11/1, vs. BAK 11/2, @ COL 11/5, @ COL 11/6, @ IA 11/9, @ IA 11/10
Record: 6-1-1-0

7

Last Games: PRO 2 @ LAV 3, PRO 7 @ BEL 4, PRO 4 @ BRI 0, LAV 3 @ PRO 2 (SO), BEL 4 @ PRO 3, PRO 4 @ RCH 3
Washed off the stink of a bad weekend with a big road win in Rochester on Wednesday. Road trip continues this weekend with a stop at undefeated Utica.

n/a

Next Games: @ UTI 11/1, @ HER 11/2, @ BRI 11/9, vs. HFD 11/10, vs. BRI 11/11
Record: 6-3-0-2

8

Last Games: CLE 4 @ ROC 3 (SO), ROC 1 @ UTI 7, HER 1 @ ROC 5, ROC 7 @ SYR 6 (OT), ROC 1 @ SPR 2 (OT), PRO 4 @ ROC 3
Amerks are in close games and we think will be fine as the regular season shakes out. Rochester is simply too good to be mediocre.

n/a

Next Games: vs. BNG 11/1, @ UTI 11/2, vs. BNG 11/8, vs. SYR 11/13
Record: 5-3-1-1

9

Last Games: GR 2 @ TEX 3 (SO), GR 0 @ TEX 3, MIL 0 @ GR 3, MB 1 @ GR 4, TEX 4 @ GR 6, IA 4 @ GR 3 (OT)
Man, it’s going to fun to watch Iowa and Grand Rapids battle at the top of the Central all season long.

+5

Next Games: @ MB 11/2, @ MB 11/3, vs. CLE 11/6, vs. TOR 11/8, vs. TOR 11/9, @ CLE 11/12
Record: 5-2-1-1

10

Last Games: SA 3 @ TUC 4 (OT), SA 2 @ TUC 4, SA 5 @ WBS 3, SA 4 @ WBS 5 (OT), SA 2 @ RFD 6
OKish road trip for the Rampage to keep pace in the bees nest Central Division.

-8

Next Games: @ TEX 11/1, vs. TEX 11/2, vs. MIL 11/8, vs. MIL 11/10, vs. COL 11/12
Record: 4-2-2-1

11

Last Games: COL 3 @ MIL 2 (SO), COL 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (SO), MIL 0 @ GR 3, TEX 1 @ MIL 2 (SO), TEX 2 @ MIL 6
Things are tight in the Central and Milwaukee is doing well to keep up. Lots of in division action these next two weeks to continue to sort things out early on.

-1

Next Games: vs. IA 11/1, vs. CHI 11/2, vs. MB 11/6, @ SA 11/8, @ SA 11/10, vs. CHI 11/13
Record: 4-2-1-2

12

Last Games: CLE 4 @ ROC 3 (SO), CLE 0 @ TOR 2, CLE 5 @ TOR 6 (SO), RFD 1 @ CLE 7, RFD 0 @ CLE 5
Monsters took points out of all but one contest these last two weeks to actually stay in contact with Utica and Toronto who are running away with things early on.

+8

Next Games: vs. CHA 11/1, vs. CHA 11/3, @ GR 11/6, vs. LAV 11/8, vs. LAV 11/9, vs. GR 11/12
Record: 5-3-0-1

13

Last Games: BNG 1 @ LV 4, SPR 4 @ LV 3 (SO), LV 2 @ CHA 3 (SO), LV 3 @ CHA 2
Points in six straight games have the offensively potent Phantoms in an OK position as we flip into November here.

+6

Next Games: vs. WBS 11/1, @ BRI 11/2, @ BRI 11/3, vs. WBS 11/6, vs. HER 11/9, @ HER 11/10, @ SPR 11/13
Record: 3-1-1-2

14

Last Games: CHA 7 @ SYR 3, ROC 7 @ SYR 6 (OT), TOR 3 @ SYR 4 (OT)
Quiet two weeks schedule wise for the Crunch who get three of six points. Seven games over the next two weeks should give a decent indication as to what we have in Syracuse.

-1

Next Games: vs. BRI 11/1, vs. BNG 11/2, @ HER 11/3, vs. BEL 11/8, @ WBS 11/9, @ UTI 11/11, @ RCH 11/13
Record: 3-2-2-0

15

Last Games: HER 5 @ BEL 1, HER 4 @ LAV 2, HER 1 @ RCH 5, UTI 2 @ HER 1 (SO)
Bears are in a mix of other teams not named Hartford still looking for an identity in the Atlantic.

-4

Next Games: @ SPR 11/1, vs. PRO 11/2, vs. SYR 11/3, @ HFD 11/8, @ LV 11/9, vs. LV 11/10, @ WBS 11/13
Record: 4-3-1-1

16

Last Games: PRO 2 @ LAV 3, HER 4 @ LAV 2, LAV 2 @ BEL 3, LAV 1 @ HFD 2 (OT), LAV 3 @ PRO 2 (SO), HFD 1 @ LAV 4
Are .500 which you would have took at the start of the season through the first month. The potential is there. Tough schedule these next two weeks.

+2

Next Games: vs. HFD 11/1, vs. TOR 11/2, @ CLE 11/8, @ CLE 11/9, vs. BEL 11/13
Record: 5-5-1-0

17

Last Games: CHA 2 @ UTI 8, CHA 7 @ SYR 3, LV 2 @ CHA 3 (SO), LV 3 @ CHA 2
.500 hockey is better than what we expected here from Charlotte.

-2

Next Games: @ CLE 11/1, @ CLE 11/3, vs. SPR 11/8, vs. SPR 11/9
Record: 4-4-0-0

18

Last Games: SPR 0 @ HFD 1, SPR 4 @ LV 3 (SO), SPR 7 @ BRI 4, BEL 3 @ SPR 5, ROC 1 @ SPR 2 (OT)
Thunderbirds look good through October, winning close games and riding a four game win streak as the Bears and Penguins stop by MassMutual Center this weekend.

+3

Next Games: vs. HER 11/1, vs. WBS 11/2, @ BRI 11/6, @ CHA 11/8, @ CHA 11/9, vs. LV 11/13
Record: 6-4-0-0

19

Last Games: CHI 2 @ RFD 3, RFD 3 @ CHI 2 (OT), MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (SO), TEX 2 @ CHI 3, MB 0 @ CHI 4, CHI 2 @ TUC 1, CHI 3 @ TUC 0
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Chicago looks primed to be a tough team again this season. It is kinda hard to explain how the IceHogs swept them, though.

+9

Next Games: @ MIL 11/2, @ RFD 11/3, @ IA 11/7, vs. MB 11/9, vs. RFD 11/10, @ MIL 11/13
Record: 6-3-1-0

20

Last Games: WBS 3 @ BRI 2 (SO), WBS 1 @ BNG 4, SA 5 @ WBS 3, SA 4 @ WBS 5 (OT)
The Penguins are among the many teams who are still looking for an identity. Busy stretch here which starts on the road to get things figured out.

-8

Next Games: @ LV 11/1, @ SPR 11/2, @ LV 11/6, @ UTI 11/8, vs. SYR 11/9, vs. HER 11/13
Record: 4-4-1-0

21

Last Games: HER 5 @ BEL 1, PRO 7 @ BEL 4, LAV 2 @ BEL 3, BEL 3 @ SPR 5, BEL 4 @ PRO 3
Nice way to close out October for Belleville who traveled to Springfield and Providence, not exactly pushover teams anymore, and win. Bunch of good teams on the schedule next.

+5

Next Games: vs. TOR 11/1, vs. HFD 11/2, @ SYR 11/8, @ HFD 11/9, @ BRI 11/10, @ LAV 11/13
Record: 3-5-0-0

22

Last Games: SA 3 @ TUC 4 (OT), SA 2 @ TUC 4, IA 1 @ TUC 3, IA 1 @ TUC 2 (OT), CHI 2 @ TUC 1, CHI 3 @ TUC 0
Roadrunners drop two against the Wolves, after splitting a pair with Iowa. Now have three with early class of Pacific in Stockton these next two weeks.

-6

Next Games: @ STK 11/2, @ SJ 11/3, vs. STK 11/8, vs. STK 11/9
Record: 6-3-0-0

23

Last Games: STK 4 @ BAK 3, ONT 2 @ BAK 1, BAK 3 @ STK 2 (SO), STK 6 @ BAK 3, BAK 0 @ SJ 5
Condors took their lumps and are weathering a bit of a storm here early on. Roughed up by the Heat.

-14

Next Games: @ ONT 11/1, @ ONT 11/2, vs. SD 11/8, vs. SJ 11/9
Record: 3-5-1-0

24

Last Games: COL 3 @ MIL 2 (SO), COL 3 @ MIL 2 (OT), SJ 2 @ COL 3, SJ 4 @ COL 0
Eagles are mixed in with a lot of Pacific Division teams who are jockeying for any kind of position over the others in the life of those who only play 68. Splitting points, like Colorado did these past two weeks, doesn’t solve anything.

+3

Next Games: @ SD 11/1, @ SD 11/2, vs. ONT 11/5, vs. ONT 11/6, @ TEX 11/9, @ SA 11/12
Record: 4-3-0-0

25

Last Games: BNG 1 @ LV 4, HFD 4 @ BNG 3 (OT), WBS 1 @ BNG 4, BNG 1 @ UTI 5, TOR 2 @ BNG 3 (OT), BNG 1 @ UTI 3
Look unbeatable, unflappable one night and others can’t get out of their own way. These next two weeks are critical as they are all in division contests.

-1

Next Games: @ ROC 11/1, @ SYR 11/2, vs. UTI 11/6, @ ROC 11/8, vs. UTI 11/9
Record: 3-5-2-0

26

Last Games: GR 3 @ TEX 4 (SO), GR 0 @ TEX 3, TEX 2 @ CHI 3, TEX 1 @ MIL 2 (SO), TEX 4 @ GR 6, TEX 2 @ MIL 6
Stars went winless on the four game road trip and play San Antonio in a home and home this weekend before the Eagles stop in midweek, then a trip to toothless Manitoba the following weekend.

-3

Next Games: vs. SA 11/1, @ SA 11/2, vs. COL 11/9, @ MB 11/11, @ MB 11/13
Record: 3-5-0-2

27

Last Games: ONT 5 @ SJ 2, SJ 2 @ COL 4, SJ 4 @ COL 0, BAK 0 @ SJ 5
Back to back shutouts to close out October for San Jose. Stockton and Tucson this weekend are good early tests for Roy Sommer’s crew.

-5

Next Games: @ STK 11/1, vs. TUC 11/3, @ BAK 11/9, vs. SD 11/10, @ SD 11/13
Record: 4-3-0-0

28

Last Games: CHI 2 @ RFD 3, RFD 3 @ CHI 2 (OT), RFD 1 @ CLE 7, RFD 0 @ CLE 5, SA 2 @ RFD 6
Offense came alive Wednesday at home against San Antonio, who were probably road weary from coming back from the East. Four home road games for Rockford who look to start playing catch up here as the calendar flips to November.

+2

Next Games: vs. IA 11/2, vs. CHI 11/3, vs. TOR 11/6, vs. MB 11/8, @ CHI 11/10
Record: 3-5-0-0

29

Last Games: WBS 3 @ BRI 2 (SO), PRO 4 @ BRI 0, SPR 7 @ BRI 4, BRI 1 @ HFD 4, HFD 2 @ BRI 1 (OT)
Marginally, only Manitoba and San Diego are worse than Bridgeport now as we head into November. Still lots of time to right the ship but the step out of the gate is more like a stumble.

-4

Next Games: @ SYR 11/1, vs. LV 11/2, vs. LV 11/3, vs. SPR 11/6, vs. PRO 11/9, vs. BEL 11/10, @ PRO 11/11
Record: 1-5-2-1

30

Last Games: IA 6 @ MB 4, IA 4 @ MB 2, MB 1 @ GR 4, MB 0 @ CHI 4
Moose are 1-7 and yikes, not good. A busy November all against divisional opponents waits for Manitoba to get back in things.

-1

Next Games: vs. GR 11/2, vs. GR 11/3, @ MIL 11/6, @ RFD 11/8, @ CHI 11/9, vs. TEX 11/11, vs. TEX 11/13
Record: 1-7-0-0

31

Last Games: STK 5 @ SD 1, ONT 6 @ SD 2, SD 2 @ ONT 3
The last AHL team to get a point, any point, is San Diego who go 0-for the month of October. Things aren’t getting any easier coming up here.

n/a

Next Games: vs. COL 11/1, vs. COL 11/2, @ BAK 11/8, @ SJ 11/10, @ STK 11/11, vs. SJ 11/13
Record: 0-6-0-0

Have a great week, everyone!

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