On Friday, the NHL and SAP announced a fantastic new partnership to make more advanced stats both available and regulated through the league. Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy had a strong breakdown of the partnership earlier today.
In a game worthy of the history of the series, the Blackhawks and Red Wings dueled through 65 minutes. Unfortunately for Chicago, the visitors were the better team in the shootout and escaped with the second point.
Niklas Hjalmarsson did his job on Sunday. He and Johnny Oduya were tasked with shutting down the Penguins’ top line, and Hjalmarsson was as good against Sidney Crosby as any defenseman in the league could be.
But Hjalmarsson scoring the Hawks only goal? That was not expected.
The Nashville Predators have acquired defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.