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AHL Power Rankings: End of January 2020

So we are at the All-Star break scheduled for this weekend in Ontario, California. You’d be surprised how many people confuse the Ontario Reign and think they are located in Canada, when they are really located in Southern California.

Anyway, there hasn’t been any change to the top team this week as the Milwaukee Admirals are making it look easy. They are a win away from thirty, and still haven’t lost ten. Odds on favorite for a Calder Cup? That’s for you to decide.

Belleville has finally gotten the love from the Politburo they deserve and are the number two team. Did we get a Calder Cup preview when the Senators visited the Admirals this past Tuesday?

Tucson has hit a rough stretch by their high standards and because we don’t do ties here, Hartford and Hershey round out the top five but are at this point two identical teams which lead their division.

Click through if you didn’t link in direct to see where your favorite team ended up this week.

1

Last Games: RFD 0 @ MIL 2, RFD 1 @ MIL 2 (OT), MIL 4 @ RFD 1, CHI 2 @ MIL 3 (SO), MIL 1 @ CHI 4, BEL 1 @ MIL 2
The runaway favorite for the Calder Cup? Can we make this distinction in January? It worked last year with Charlotte, history could repeat itself again.

n/a

Next Games: vs. RFD 1/24, @ RFD 1/25, @ CHI 1/31, @ RFD 2/1, @ GR 2/5
Record: 29-8-4-2

2

Last Games: BEL 5 @ ROC 1, BEL 4 @ UTI 0, BEL 5 @ MB 3, BEL 2 @ MB 3 (OT), BEL 4 @ GR 3 (SO), BEL 3 @ RFD 0, BEL 1 @ MIL 2
This Belleville Senators team is criminally underrated and shouldn’t be. They are a loaded, dangerous team loaded with a hell of a coach. It’s going to be fun to watch them battle with Utica, who they see twice before the All-Star break, for the division lead.

+11

Next Games: @ UTI 1/24, vs. UTI 1/25, @ LAV 1/31, @ LAV 2/1, @ TOR 2/4
Record: 25-14-3-1

3

Last Games: TUC 1 @ COL 5, TUC 4 @ COL 2, TUC 1 @ SD 4, TUC 2 @ ONT 1 (OT), TUC 3 @ SD 1
Some hiccups here, but in a division where you play 68 games those are highlighted more. Make no mistake this Tucson team is still very good.

-1

Next Games: vs. BAK 1/24, vs. BAK 1/25, vs. COL 1/31, vs. COL 2/1, @ BAK 2/5
Record: 28-9-1-0

4

Last Games: CHA 3 @ HFD 6, HFD 0 @ WBS 3, HFD 5 @ UTI 6 (OT), HFD 3 @ UTI 6, HFD 4 @ HER 5 (OT)
Wolf Pack remain at the top of the Atlantic for now and they keep piling points up. It hasn’t been all that bad for Hartford.

-1

Next Games: vs. BRI 1/24, vs. LV 1/25, vs. SPR 1/31, @ SPR 2/1, vs. SPR 2/5
Record: 23-10-4-5

5

Last Games: HER 2 @ WBS 1 (SO), CLE 2 @ HER 4, HER 1 @ CHA 4, HER 4 @ CHA 5, HFD 4 @ HER 5 (OT), ROC 1 @ HER 4, HER 2 @ SPR 5
Bears seem to have cooled from their run from a few weeks ago, just 6-4 in the last ten. Rematch in Springfield Friday then head to Providence before the break. Are tied with Hartford for division lead but could have company in the form of either Charlotte or Providence quick.

n/a

Next Games: @ SPR 1/24, @ PRO 1/25, @ BRI 1/31, vs. LV 2/1
Record: 25-14-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Mid-January 2020

There hasn’t been much of a shakeup to the top five in this version of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. The top five from last time are still in the top five, but there has been some shuffling with the top four.

Milwaukee and Tucson remain the class of the West, Hershey may be the best team in the East, and there are teams elevatoring up and down as we go through January.

After Hershey, jump through to see where your favorite team ended up this time if you didn’t link in direct.

1

Last Games: MIL 3 @ GR 0, GR 3 @ MIL 2, MIL 3 @ CHI 2 (SO), MIL 2 @ CLE 3 (OT), MIL 4 @ CLE 5, GR 3 @ MIL 2
Still lead the Central by a lot, so a few slip ups here and there don’t hurt. Are the class of the division for certain.

+1

Next Games: vs. RFD 1/10, vs. RFD 1/11, @ RFD 1/14, vs. CHI 1/15, @ CHI 1/18, vs. BEL 1/21
Record: 24-7-4-2

2

Last Games: COL 4 @ TUC 3, COL 4 @ TUC 1, SD 4 @ TUC 7, SJ 1 @ TUC 5, SJ 5 @ TUC 4 (OT)
Since we last did these, the Roadrunners went 2-2-1. Is this a trend worth keeping an eye on? That’s for you to decide.

-1

Next Games: @ COL 1/10, @ COL 1/11, @ SD 1/17, @ ONT 1/18, @ SD 1/21
Record: 25-7-1-0

3

Last Games: HFD 1 @ BRI 5, PRO 1 @ HFD 4, BRI 2 @ HFD 3, HFD 3 @ PRO 1, UTI 1 @ HFD 3, HFD 2 @ HER 1
Hartford sill lead in the Atlantic, but for how long? Star goalie Igor Shesterkin is with the Rangers now. The Wolf Pack have him to thank for this lead that they have.

+1

Next Games: vs. CHA 1/10, @ WBS 1/11, @ UTI 1/15, @ UTI 1/17, @ HER 1/18
Record: 22-8-2-5

4

Last Games: BEL 3 @ ROC 4, ROC 0 @ BNG 2, ROC 2 @ UTI 3, ROC 4 @ BEL 3 (OT), ROC 2 @ TOR 5, BNG 4 @ ROC 3 (SO)
We find it funny how the Rochester Americans can throttle every team in their division except the last place Binghamton Devils, who got the Amerks twice the last time we did this.

-1

Next Games: vs. BEL 1/10, @ SYR 1/11, vs. CLE 1/17, @ LV 1/18, @ HER 1/19, @ CLE 1/22
Record: 21-9-2-3

5

Last Games: HER 6 @ UTI 5 (OT), WBS 2 @ HER 1, HER 3 @ LV 0, HER 6 @ WBS 2, BRI 1 @ HER 2, BRI 2 @ HER 4, HFD 2 @ HER 1
Shakeup in goal in Hartford leaves the door wide open for Hershey to essentially now run away with this division based off of their current run of play. The Bears look like the only team in the Atlantic that wants to win on a consistent basis.

n/a

Next Games: @ WBS 1/10, vs. CLE 1/11, @ CHA 1/14, @ CHA 1/15, vs. HFD 1/18,vs. ROC 1/19, @ SPR 1/22
Record: 21-11-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: End of December 2019

Not much has changed at the top of the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings this week from the last time we did this two weeks ago. Tucson and Milwaukee remain at the top of the heap with their remarkable runs. These teams combined are 45-9-3-2 good for 95 points.

Rochester bumps to third after a good two weeks, Hartford has resurrected back to the top of the Atlantic in fourth and the hottest team of them all winners of eight straight, your Hershey Bears are in the top five.

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

1

Last Games: TUC 2 @ SA 1 (SO), TUC 3 @ TEX 1, ONT 3 @ TUC 6, ONT 0 @ TUC 8
Tucson is making it look easy, feasting on an otherwise average Pacific Division palette of opponents.

n/a

Next Games: vs. COL 12/28, vs. COL 12/29, vs. SD 12/31, vs. SJ 1/3, vs. SJ 1/4
Record: 23-5-0-0

2

Last Games: CHI 1 @ MIL 4, MIL 2 @ CHI 3 (OT), SA 1 @ MIL 2, CLE 0 @ MIL 4
Thirteen point lead on the division lead and they are playing strong in Milwaukee. Will feast on Griffin wings through the New Year.

n/a

Next Games: @ GR 12/27, vs. GR 12/28, @ CHI 12/29, @ CLE 1/3, @ CLE 1/4, vs. GR 1/8
Record: 22-4-3-2

3

Last Games: ROC 3 @ LAV 2, ROC 5 @ LAV 0, ROC 1 @ BNG 2, BNG 0 @ ROC 3, UTI 4 @ ROC 3
Amerks get some separation between them and Toronto going 7-3 in their last ten. Belleville twice and Toronto highlight this next fortnight.

+1

Next Games: vs. BEL 12/27, @ BNG 12/28, @ UTI 12/31, @ BEL 1/3, @ TOR 1/4, vs. BNG 1/8
Record: 19-6-2-2

4

Last Games: LV 0 @ HFD 4, HFD 2 @ LV 4, HFD 3 @ CHA 6, HFD 1 @ CHA 7, PRO 0 @ HFD 3
Still waiting on the Wolf Pack to stumble and they haven’t yet. Get used to seeing Hartford’s name at the top of the Atlantic.

+1

Next Games: @ BRI 12/27, vs. PRO 12/28, v s. BRI 12/31, @ PRO 1/3, vs. UTI 1/4, @ HER 1/8
Record: 17-7-2-5

5

Last Games: BRI 2 @ HER 5, LV 1 @ HER 3, SPR 1 @ HER 2 (OT), SPR 2 @ HER 3
Eight straight wins for Hershey. This team right now isn’t getting enough talk about outside of Central Pennsylvania.

+6

Next Games: @ UTI 12/27, vs. WBS 12/28, @ LV 12/29, @ WBS 1/3, vs. BRI 1/4, vs. BRI 1/5, vs. HFD 1/8
Record: 17-9-2-3

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AHL Power Rankings: Mid-December 2019

It’s the middle of December and while it is cold outside, some AHL teams are staying hot or heating up. Some who started hot have cooled off.

It is business as usual at the top of the heap. The Tucson Roadrunners are making it look easy, the Milwaukee Admirals are running away with the Central, the Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans are playing a game of leapfrog and the Hartford Wolf Pack are back, jack.

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

1

Last Games: TUC 2 @ SD 6, COL 3 @ TUC 6, COL 1 @ TUC 2, TUC 4 @ IA 1, TUC 2 @ IA 0
I feel like, because they play in a division that plays 68 games, that teams in the Pacific don’t get enough respect from a league wide basis. Tucson is one of these teams. Playing at nearly an .800 clip, the Roadrunners are an elite side.

+2

Next Games: @ SA 12/13, @ TEX 12/14, vs. ONT 12/20, vs. ONT 12/21
Record: 19-5-0-0

2

Last Games: MIL 4 @ SA 3 (OT), MIL 2 @ TEX 1 (OT), MIL 1 @ TEX 5, IA 1 @ MIL 7, MIL 5 @ RFD 2, MIL 1 @ RFD 2 (OT)
Admirals yield the top spot to the Tucson Roadrunners for now. Milwaukee is running away with the Central, so as the trend continues, the Admirals should be back at the top soon.

-1

Next Games: vs. CHI 12/13, @ CHI 12/14, vs. SA 12/18, vs. CLE 12/20
Record: 19-4-2-2

3

Last Games: TOR 3 @ ROC 2 (OT), UTI 4 @ TOR 3, UTI 3 @ TOR 5, TOR 0 @ ROC 4, SA 2 @ TOR 3, SA 1 @ TOR 4, TOR 4 @ UTI 6
Marlies stay ahead of the busy North through a coaching change. Not a lot of games for Toronto between now and Christmas.

-1

Next Games: vs. BEL 12/14, vs. RFD 12/15, @ BEL 12/21
Record: 17-5-2-1

4

Last Games: TOR 3 @ ROC 2 (OT), ROC 3 @ CLE 2, TOR 0 @ ROC 4, CHA 0 @ ROC 4, CHA 3 @ ROC 1, WBS 2 @ ROC 4
Amerks had a 12 game point streak come to an end against Charlotte last weekend, but that was a minor bump in the road, they outclassed Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. Play like this, it won’t be long till Rochester gets to the top of the North.

n/a

Next Games: @ LAV 12/13, @ LAV 12/14, @ BNG 12/18, vs. BNG 12/20, vs. UTI 12/21
Record: 16-4-2-2

5

Last Games: HFD 1 @ LV 2 (OT), HFD 3 @ HER 4 (OT), HFD 5 @ SPR 2, BNG 2 @ HFD 5, HFD 4 @ PRO 1, BNG 1 @ HFD 3
Full marks to the Wolf Pack for picking themselves off the mat and back to the top of the Atlantic Division. Should be interesting to watch Hartford in this position.

+4

Next Games: vs. LV 12/13, @ LV 12/14, @ CHA 12/17, @ CHA 12/18, vs. PRO 12/21
Record: 15-4-2-5

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AHL Power Rankings: End of November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving if you are reading this on Thursday. The End of November Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings are here with a bit of a shakeup as we conclude November this weekend and head into December.

The Milwaukee Admirals are on a tear, and they are your new number one team.

Right behind the Admirals are the ever dangerous Toronto Marlies.

The potent offense and stingy defense of the Tucson Roadrunners are third.

Rochester is fourth followed by Providence in fifth. We could have gone three different directions with four and five each, but pop past the Bruins if you didn’t link in direct to see hwere your favorite team ended up this week.

And if you happen to be Canadian, happy Thursday.

1

Last Games: MIL 5 @ LAV 2, MIL 4 @ BEL 2, MIL 6 @ IA 5 (SO), MIL 3 @ GR 2, GR 0 @ MIL 5, MB 3 @ MIL 6
Eleven game win streaks will put you at the top of the AHL Power Rankings in a jiffy. There is no stopping the Admirals at this point.

+3

Next Games: @ SA 11/30, @ TEX 12/1, @ TEX 12/3, vs. IA 12/6, @ RFD 12/7, @ RFD 12/10
Record: 14-3-1-2

2

Last Games: TEX 4 @ TOR 8, TEX 3 @ TOR 4, LAV 1 @ TOR 2 (OT), MB 2 @ TOR 4, MB 1 @ TOR 4
So the cream is starting to rise here in the North with Toronto picking off six straight wins against some stiffer competition save for Texas (sorry, Stars fans) – Marlies look to keep it rolling as December fires up.

+3

Next Games: @ ROC 11/29, vs. UTI 11/30, vs. UTI 12/1, @ ROC 12/4, vs. SA 12/7, vs. SA 12/8, @ UTI 12/11
Record: 13-2-2-1

3

Last Games: TUC 5 @ STK 2, TUC 1 @ SJ 7, TUC 8 @ SJ 2, ONT 1 @ TUC 4, ONT 2 @ TUC 3, TUC 8 @ BAK 3
We’ve been here with Tucson, out to a hot start only to fizzle. This year seems different as the offense is highly potent and explosive. That alone is enough to win you hockey games at this level.

+6

Next Games: @ SD 11/30, vs. COL 12/3, vs. COL 12/4, @ IA 12/7, @ IA 12/10
Record: 15-4-0-0

4

Last Games: CLE 2 @ ROC 3 (OT), ROC 4 @ UTI 3, HFD 0 @ ROC 4, ROC 4 @ BNG 2
Unbeaten in their last eight, 7-1-1-1 in their last ten, the Amerks are right there in a dangerous North Division with a slew of other dangerous teams.

+7

Next Games: vs. TOR 11/29, @ CLE 11/30, vs. TOR 12/4, vs. CHA 12/6, vs. CHA 12/7, vs. WBS 12/11
Record: 12-3-1-2

5

Last Games: HFD 3 @ PRO 4 (SO), PRO 2 @ HFD 5, BRI 0 @ PRO 5, PRO 4 @ SPR 5 (OT), HER 3 @ PRO 6, PRO 7 @ HER 6 (SO)
Bruins are winning and if not, getting points. The same thing that Hartford was doing at the start of the season and now look, Providence sit at the top of the Atlantic.

+7

Next Games: @ CHA 11/30, @ CHA 12/1, vs. BNG 12/6, vs. UTI 12/7, vs. HFD 12/8, vs. SYR 12/11
Record: 12-7-1-2

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AHL Power Rankings: Mid-November 2019

We are halfway through November and just two weeks away from American Thanksgiving and there has been some shake up in the Power Rankings.

Hartford and Springfield were the first teams in the Eastern Conference to ten wins. I don’t think anyone predicted that a month ago. They are winning with goaltending and the ability to win close games in regulation, unlike some teams who play close games but can’t either get that extra goal or that extra point.

Tucson was the first AHL team to ten wins this season and while they are not in the top five this week, they are in the top ten.

Top five go this way this week; Hartford, the leaders in the Atlantic look to widen the gap while other teams in the division figure things out.

Stockton, firing in over four goals a game, are locked in an early battle with Tucson, who they have seen a ton of recently, are second this week.

Laval, the surprise team in the AHL so far, are third and lead the North Division. They are a lot like Hartford that even in defeat they are piling up loser points.

Milwaukee is fourth this week. They are hot in a division which has gone cold.

Discount Toronto, our fifth place team this week, at your peril.

After the Marlies, jump in and see where your favorite team ended up this week if you didn’t link in direct. Enjoy.

1

Last Games: HFD 1 @ LAV 2 (SO), HFD 4 @ BEL 5 (SO), HER 1 @ HFD 2, BEL 4 @ HFD 3 (SO), HFD 2 @ PRO 1
Don’t adjust your computer screens, this is a very good team. Even in losses, they get points.

+2

Next Games: @ PRO 11/15, vs. PRO 11/16, vs. SYR 11/20, @ ROC 11/22, @ SYR 11/23
Record: 10-1-0-4

2

Last Games: SJ 2 @ STK 3 (SO), TUC 4 @ STK 3 (OT), STK 2 @ TUC 3 (SO), STK 6 @ TUC 7, SD 3 @ STK 6
Tops in goals for (an eye popping 4.08) and also in power play have the Heat just running teams over in the Pacific. It’s going to be fun watching them counter punch with Tucson in this battle through the winter.

+3

Next Games: vs. TUC 11/15, vs. SJ 11/16, @ BAK 11/21, @ SD 11/23, @ ONT 11/27
Record: 8-2-1-2

3

Last Games: HFD 1 @ LAV 2 (SO), TOR 5 @ LAV 6 (SO), LAV 2 @ CLE 1, LAV 4 @ CLE 0, BEL 5 @ LAV 4 (OT)
I think it’s safe to call Laval the surprise team in the the North a month and a half into 2019-20. Rocket lead the North with 20 points and even in defeat are getting points.

+13

Next Games: vs. MIL 11/15, vs. BRI 11/16, @ TOR 11/20, vs. UTI 11/22, vs. UTI 11/23, @ BEL 11/27
Record: 9-5-2-0

4

Last Games: IA 1 @ MIL 0, CHI 2 @ MIL 5, MB 4 @ MIL 6, MIL 3 @ SA 1, MIL 4 @ SA 3 (SO), CHI 3 @ MIL 6
Admirals sit atop the Central in the middle of November. Their run of seven wins in their last ten game shot them there. Interesting games ahead for Milwaukee.

+7

Next Games: @ LAV 11/15, @ BEL 11/16, @ IA 11/19, @ GR 11/22, vs. GR 11/23, vs. MB 11/27
Record: 9-3-1-2

5

Last Games: TOR 7 @ BEL 4, TOR 5 @ LAV 6 (SO), TOR 1 @ RFD 3, TOR 1 @ GR 4, TOR 5 @ GR 2
Marlies are setting up fine, just two regulation losses and don’t have to travel at all now till Thanksgiving. Who thought that the Laval Rocket would be keeping pace with Toronto like this?

-3

Next Games: vs. TEX 11/16, vs. TEX 11/17, vs. LAV 11/20, vs. MB 11/23, vs. MB 11/24
Record: 8-2-2-1

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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

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