Coyotes make trade after dropping four in a row

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DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Staff Writer

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Arizona Coyotes acquire center Nick Schmaltz in a trade with Chicago.
 

Arizona Coyotes traded former first round picks Brendon Perlinni and Dylan Stromer to acquire center Nick Schmaltz in a trade with Chicago.

After losing their fourth of their past five games, and being outscored 22-8 in that stretch, the Coyotes have traded two former first-round draft picks for center Nick Schmaltz from the Chicago Blackhawks.
General manager John Chayka announced the trade Nov. 25, sending forward Brendan Perlini and center Dylan Strome, to Chicago in the deal.
“(Schmaltz) is a dynamic forward with top line potential,” Chayka said. “We feel he can be a core player of our team now and into the future. He’s a good complement to our evolving forward group and a rare combination of speed, skill and creativity.”
The 22-year-old Schmaltz has registered 2 goals, 9 assists for 11 points and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season. He was a first-round draft pick of the Blackhawks in 2014 and has played in 162 games in that time and is a restricted free agent after this season.
The Coyotes struggled Nov. 13 against Detroit, losing 6-1 before rebounding for a 2-1 victory over Nashville Nov. 15.
Against Nashville, Michael Grabner scored a short-handed goal off a pass from Kevin Connauton seven minutes into the game. Jason Demers added what proved to be the game winner with four minutes left in the second period off a pass from Christian Fischer.
Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, playing for the injured Antti Raanta, stopped 45 of the 46 shots he faced for the victory.
Then the wheels fell off as the Coyotes dropped four in a row with a 2-1 loss to Boston Nov. 17; 3-2 overtime loss to Las Vegas Nov. 21; 5-1 loss to Colorado Nov. 23 and a 6-1 loss to Calgary Nov. 25.
Kuemper, against Las Vegas, was strong, stopping 22 of the 25 shots he faced, but Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game at 3:36 of overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.
Derek Stepan scored both goals for the Coyotes but Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced for the victory.
The Coyotes ended their five-game home stand with two losses, being outscored 11-2 in a 5-1 loss to Colorado Nov. 23 and a 6-1 loss to Calgary Nov. 25.

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