by PuckStopsHere on 01/28/14 at 01:23 AM ET
When I looked at the AHL standings last in early January, Manchester, Grand Rapids and Springfield were in the race for the AHL lead. Manchester is pulling away with the lead in the points race. This is because they have played three more games than Grand Rapids and four more games than Springfield. Currently, they have a two point lead on Springfield and three on Grand Rapids. That lead might not be safe when teams catch up in terms of games played.
I thought Manchester's secret weapon would be that Martin Jones was a star goalie in the NHL who would be returned to the AHL. That has changed when Los Angeles (the Manchester affiliate) trading Ben Scrivens to Edmonton and making a spot for him on their NHL roster. Now their chances of staying atop the league do not look as good.
I think Springfield is the team to beat. However they haven't won in their last three games played and that has kept their opponents in the race.
Will Manchester keep their lead or will they get caught? We will have to watch and see.
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