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Monday, February 13, 2012

Western Conference Power Rankings: Ice Cold Heat

The power rankings are out for this week, and there wasn't a tremendous amount of movement overall.

Charlotte got roughed up, Houston won back to back games at Grand Rapids, so I moved Toronto and the Aeros up and sent Charlotte to the No. 4 spot. Charlotte might be the better team, but Houston has more point and took 7 of 8 points in the season series.

With a full roster in the playoffs, I like the Aeros just a tad more than Charlotte.

Yes, it IS possible. 
The Lake Erie Monsters are rolling right now and are just three points out of a playoff spot after their impressive 3-0 performance last week. They are 8-3-1-1 in about the last month or so, and they are just one bad period (at Houston on 2/4) away from a six-game winning streak.

Chicago just keeps on trucking, and the San Antonio Rampage had an impressive week before they got bombed in Grand Rapids on Sunday.


With 26 wins and 55 points, it might be a little harsh to have the Heat down in the No. 10 spot. They're in the playoffs if that started today, but they are reeling right now. They have not had back-to-back wins in 2012, and they have not had two straight wins over playoff teams since back-to-back road wins over Oklahoma City and Houston on Nov. 19 and 20. That was a long freaking time ago.

Krys Kolanos has been out of the lineup for a bit now, but they started their slide even before he signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Flames.


As for the bottom-feeders, Rockford came back down to earth, and the Texas Stars continue to struggle. The Bulldogs played really well in a couple of losses last week, but they just keep going backwards. It will be tough for Grand Rapids, Rockford, Hamilton or Texas to get back in the race unless they go through a stretch where they win eight of 10 in regulation.

It is hard to believe that most teams have fewer than 30 games left on their schedule. Now things are starting to get real interesting.

Until next week ...


Western Conference Power Rankings
Edition 3, February 13, 2012

PR
Team
Record
Streak
Last
+/-
For the record …
1
OKC
32-12-2-3
2-0
2-0-0-0
-
Abused weak Abby last week
2
TOR
27-17-4-2
2-0
2-0-1-0
+1
Mark Owuya wins both in net
3
HOU
25-13-3-9
2-0
2-1-0-0
+1
Foucault and Scandella recalled
4
CLT
29-18-2-2
0-2
1-2-0-0
-2
Three huge road games this week
5
CHI
27-18-1-3
1-0
2-1-0-0
-
6 of next 7 games at home
6
SAT
27-21-2-0
0-1
3-1-0-0
+1
10-3 overall since Jan. 10
7
PEO
26-21-2-1
2-0
2-1-0-0
-1
Stortini should get suspended
8
RCH
22-19-6-3
0-1
1-2-0-0
+1
Too many goals against (151)
9
MKE
24-21-2-1
0-3
1-2-1-0
+1
5-12-2-0 in New Year
10
ABB
26-20-3-0
0-3
0-2-0-0
-2
Slip, slip sliding away
11
LEM
24-22-2-2
5-0
3-0-0-0
+3
Rissmiller is GWG machine
12
GRR
20-20-4-4
1-0
1-2-0-0
-
Net struggles w/ MacDonald up
13
RFD
21-24-1-4
0-1
1-2-0-0
-2
9 of next 14 on the road
14
HAM
21-23-1-4
1-0
1-3-0-0
-1
Bad week at very wrong time
15
TEX
21-24-2-2
0-2
1-2-1-0
-
4-8-1-0 since Jan. 13

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a question. If the Aeros make the playoffs and the Wild doesn't, I assume we get all our players back. If we would end up winning the Calder Cup, would all the call-up guys we've used get any credit at all for getting us there? Since so many of our guys have been gone most of the season, it seems only fair. Just curious.

artandhockey said...

a tad, only a tad? Andrew you disappoint me. But a well presented post! Looking foward to next week's treatise.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

I don't know that we'd get ALL the players back. Not sure if the Wild would send Peters back; he is probably considered a permanent part of that disaster up in the Twin Cities.

But I don't know that for sure.

Most of the guys up there would come back, and the Aeros, with their goaltending,would be considered a very dangerous team in the playoffs.

The ECHLers would get verbal credit from the organization, and some may be asked to stick around as extra bodies, but that's about it.

The fact that the Aeros are still in the Top 5 with all the MSP maladies, well, it is simply remarkable.

You'd be a fool not to credit Mill and Torchetti and the rest of the staff for keeping it all together.

ICEVET said...

Re: Abbotsford.....

Hit by Team-chemistry implosion from recalls (Flame injuries, Kolanos contract) and Heat injuries (Jon Rheault, et al)...trade for RFD-Brian Connelly has not mitigated damage.

Leland Irving (recalled) not to return until after Aeros back-back games on 2/17-18...perhaps, an opportunity for Aeros against reserves, Danny Taylor or Henrik Karlsson.

Go Aeros!