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Monday, March 19, 2012

Power Rankings: Fallon helps Aeros back to Top 5

If anything, doing the power rankings today made me realize that I probably had the Aeros too low last week. It takes a lot to move up or down six spots in one week, but what Joe Fallon did this week for the Aeros cannot be minimized.

Joe Fallon won all four games for the Aeros last week.
He said he lost about 7 pounds per game, too. 
He stole probably three points the Aeros did not deserve on Saturday and Sunday, and he was great when the offense was clicking on Tuesday and Friday. A perfect 4-0 week moved the Aeros all the way up to the No. 3 team in the conference and the No. 7 ranked team in the AHL overall. Obviously, because of the playoff rules, the Aeros cannot be seeded 2 or 3 if they finish behind the OKC Barons.

The Aeros magic number is down to 10, and they'd really have to fall off the wagon not to at least snatch one of the top 8 seeds for the postseason tournament.

The Aeros get some much-needed rest this week before starting a tough four-game road trip in Rockford on Friday.

As for the rest of the league, OKC is back on top. Toronto was unimpressive against the Wolves, and they really needed a weekend sweep to stay on Top. Speaking of Chicago, they are bag atop the Midwest and Charlotte has really hit the skids.

San Antonio and Lake Erie fell back, too, after bad weeks, but both of those teams are right in the middle of the playoff chase.

Don't go anywhere, fans - things are getting REAL interesting now.


2011-12 Western Conference Power Rankings
Edition 8, March 19, 2012

PR
Team
Record
Streak
Last
+/-
For the record …
1
OKC
39-17-4-5
0-1
3-0-0-1
+1
Back on top to stay
2
TOR
36-22-4-3
2-0
2-1-0-0
-1
Just 16-16 on the road this year.
3
PEO
35-26-2-1
4-0
1-0-0-0
-
O’Sullivan – 9pts in 5 gms.
4
CHI
35-24-2-3
2-0
2-1-0-0
+1
Back in control of Midwest
5
HOU
32-20-3-9
4-0
4-0-0-0
+6
Hackett re-joins from MIN
6
CLT
32-22-3-5
0-2
0-2-0-0
-2
Lost 5 of 6 overall.
7
RCH
31-23-6-3
1-0
1-1-0-0
+2
Tough loss vs. SYR Friday
8
SAT
33-26-3-1
0-3
0-2-0-0
-2
Offense has gone dark
9
ABB
33-25-3-4
0-1
1-1-0-1
-1
6 of next 7 at home
10
LEM
32-26-3-4
0-2
0-1-1-0
-3
Tough schedule will be a test
11
RFD
29-28-2-5
1-0
1-2-0-0
-1
Relishing spoiler role yet again 
12
MKE
31-27-2-2
0-1
1-1-0-0
-
Running out of time
13
GRR
28-24-6-4
1-0
2-1-0-0
-
Sarcastic thank-yous to Detroit
14
HAM
27-29-2-5
0-2
1-2-0-0
-
Here’s to next year
15
TEX
27-32-2-2
0-3
0-3-0-0
-
Rookie help on the way

3 comments:

SLB@PHN said...

Nice - as of this moment, if the playoffs started today, it would be Houston and Peoria in the 1st round.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

I know Aeros fans - despite the history of the two teams in the playoffs - really do not want to see O'Sullivan in the first round

Or Jake Allen
Or TJ Hensick
Or .... well, you get the idea.

We are sending many thoughts up that way to help you guys win the Midwest.

ICEVET said...

Patrick O'Sullivan "lost it" in tonight's loss in Charlotte, where he was tossed by the officials at the end of the second period.

His 28 PIM included 24 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and abuse of officials.

Given Peoria's expectations, this is not a good development and could potentially "mark" Sully with the AHL officiating core.