NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2018

by | Nov 26, 2018 | News, NHL | 2 comments

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…

The Chicago Blackhawks traded Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes. (Photo via NHL Images)

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.



  1. Gee guess the Yotes feel the same about thier young talent as I do eh taz? That’s 3 pretty big name guys under 23 they’ve shipped out for new starts so far this year still think the lineup is a great up and coming team? I can’t see it being a great idea for them to be tossing giant offer sheets around sure might put some butts in the seats but this team isn’t a good one.

  2. This trade is going to bite the Yotes as bad or worse than the Domi one. Another young and talented player in Strome that has a coach that will not give him a chance to play with good players and instead gives him 4 mins a night on the 4th line. Strome, Debrinkat and Perlin sounds like a pretty good line. Saad, Toews and Kane should be a lot better than they actually ever are.