by PuckStopsHere on 11/17/13 at 11:26 PM ET
The AHL season is well underway. Teams have played 13 to 19 games so far this year. We are far enough into the season that there is a clear league leader in the Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames affiliate). They have a record of 13-6 with one point for a regulation tie. That gives them 27 points. This gives them a two point lead over the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate). Manchester has an 11-6 record with three regulation tie points. This is good for 25 points with a game in hand over Abbotsford.
Abbotsford is the highest scoring team in the AHL. They have some good offensive depth with Blair Jones, Corban Knight and Ben Street all scoring at or near point per game rates. This is the team most likely to outscore you in the AHL.
Manchester's success has come from preventing their opponents from scoring. Martin Jones has been their top goalie posting a 2.24 GAA and a .927 saves percentage. The problem for this team is that Jones has been called up to the NHL because of Jonathan Quick's strained groin. This should give Abbotsford a chance to build a lead if the injury lasts a few weeks.
The Abbotsford Heat are in first place in the AHL. Their closest competitor is Manchester but they might not be able to sustain their record if their top goalie is in the NHL for any extended period.
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