by PuckStopsHere on 01/06/14 at 10:29 PM ET
When I last reported on the AHL standings, it was a three-team race between the Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate), Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames affiliate) and Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings affiliate). Time has passed and the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate) have taken a big run first place. With 33 games played they have a 24-9 record with four regulation tie points. They are tied in first place with the Manchester Monarchs who have the same number of points with five extra games played. They have a 23-15 record with six regulation tie points. It appears they will likely be left behind when Springfield catches up to their game total. Abbotsford and Grand Rapids also appear to be falling behind as well.
It isn't obvious that Springfield will finish in first overall in the AHL. They do not have any of the highest scorers in the league. Their number one goalie Jeremy Smith is not among the top few goalies in the league by saves percentage. They do not have the goal differential that Grand Rapids has. With Martin Jones returning to Manchester to fill their goal nets, it is likely the Monarchs will go on a run.
Springfield has made quite a run to move into a first place tie in the AHL scoring race, with games on hand. They will likely have a run at first overall. It isn't obvious that they have a good enough team to hold that position. We will have to watch and see what happens.
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