The Tri-City Americans moved from fifth to third in this week's CHL poll.
The Saint John Sea Dogs remain No. 1, while the London Knights were second, the Portland Winterhawks fourth and the Shawinigan Cataractes fifth.
Here's how the poll shook out this week.
1. Saint John Sea Dogs (47-15-0-3)
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2. London Knights (47-17-0-1)
3. Tri-City Americans (49-17-2-2)
4. Portland Winterhawks (48-17-3-1)
5. Shawinigan Cataractes (44-15-3-4)
6. Plymouth Whalers (46-17-2-1)
7. Edmonton Oil Kings (47-15-3-4)
8. Kamloops Blazers (46-18-2-3)
9. Niagara IceDogs (44-18-0-3)
10. Quebec Remparts (42-17-5-2)
Vancouver lost two players to injuries this week, according to Steve Ewen of The Province.
Overage forward Austin Fyten (knee surgery) has been cleared for contact by his surgeon and should be ready for the upcoming playoff series with the Spokane Chiefs. Bad news is that defenseman David Musil (wrist surgery) and winger Nathan Burns (knee) are finished for the campaign.
The Portland Winterhawks have been without forward Sven Bartschi, who was called up by the Calgary Flames after injuries decimated their lineup. But they may get him back for the weekend, as Calgary must send him back when enough of their injured forwards return to the lineup. Bartschi has two goals in three games.
Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald has a nice piece here.
I've never been to ShoWare Center in Kent — home of the Seattle Thunderbirds — but I've been told it's a nice facility. Last weekend, the Seattle Times did a piece on ShoWare, stating that it has lost $1 million in the three years it has been open.
Read that piece here.