NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2018
Game recaps, Blackhawks trade Nick Schmaltz to Coyotes for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Noah Hanifin and Mark Jankowski scored twice (with each tallying a shorthanded goal) to lead the Calgary Flames to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Flames head coach Bill Peters required eight stitches after being struck on the jaw by the puck during the second period but he returned to the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like their players, hockey coaches are tough. And speaking of the Coyotes…
Following the game, the Coyotes traded forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to the Chicago Blackhawks for center Nick Schmaltz.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another example of two stumbling teams swapping struggling players in hopes the change of scenery will help them regain their once-promising form.
Schmaltz is coming off a 21-goal, 52-points sophomore campaign but managed just two goals and nine points in 23 games this season. He’s more of a proven commodity than Strome and Perlini. If he rediscovers his scoring touch he’ll provide a welcome boost at center for the faltering Coyotes.
Strome, the third-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has yet to play up to expectations, with just six points in 20 games this season. Still, the 21-year-old is considered to have plenty of upside. He and Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat were teammates on the Erie Otters so it’ll be interesting to see if Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton reunites those two. If they reestablish their old offensive chemistry, it’ll provide the Hawks with a solid second scoring line.
Perlini had a promising 17-goal sophomore campaign in 2017-18 but just two goals and six points in 23 games this season.
The Los Angeles Kings snapped a five-game home losing skid by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Dustin Brown tallied a hat trick for the Kings. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed winger Carl Hagelin (MCL sprain, week-to-week) on injured reserve.
Auston Watson’s hat-trick gave the Nashville Predators a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Predators were playing without center Kyle Turris, who was placed on injured reserve before the game. Turris was injured in Friday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
Four first-period goals powered the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Brendan Point scored twice for the Lightning.
SPORTSNET: The Vancouver Canucks placed right wing Darren Archibald on waivers to make room for defenseman Alexander Edler.