Undated (AP) _ The Stanley Cup playoffs start with Los Angeles at Calgary, Winnipeg at Edmonton, Minnesota at Chicago, and Toronto at St. Louis. The four Wales Conference series begin Thursday. STATS
Boston lead the NHL in most points (101), fewest goals allowed (232) and best road record (23-12-5). The Adams Division produced three of the league’s top four teams overall in Boston, Buffalo and Montreal. It also had four of the league’s top six defensive teams and the three least penalized clubs. ... Calgary was 20-8-2 in its last 30 games. STAR
Brian Bellows of the Minnesota North Stars was named the NHL’s player of the month for March-April on Tuesday after collecting 15 goals and nine assists in his final 15 games of the season. Bellows finished with his first 50-goal season, scoring 55. He also had 44 assists for a career-high 99 points. SHIFT?
Faced with three potential buyers for the Minnesota North Stars, the NHL has postponed a meeting to vote on moving the team to California, a league spokesman said Tuesday. The NHL Board of Governors had been scheduled to meet next Monday in Chicago to consider the North Stars’ request to move. Gerry Helper, public relations director for the league, said the meeting probably will be rescheduled for the first week of May. STATUS
Montreal right wing Claude Lemieux moved onto a line with center Bobby Smith and left wing Mats Naslund in practice Tuesday. He missed the first 43 games of the season with an abdominal injury, then struggled to regain form. Lemieux scored more than 25 goals the past three seasons, but had only eight goals and 10 assists this season. He was relegated to occasional shifts on the fourth line. SIDELINED
A bad back will keep Wayne Gretzky of Los Angeles out of the first two playoff games. Gretzky had spasms and a hyperextension of the back March 22, when he was checked by Alan Kerr of the New York Islanders. He hasn’t played since and will miss the two games at Calgary against the defending Stanley Cup champions. ... Boston center Craig Janney is out with separated a shoulder, sustained Saturday against Montreal. ... Toronto defenseman Al Iafrate may require surgery on his right knee to play next season. Iafrate, who signed a mutilyear contract on Monday, was injured at Quebec on March 24. SCOUTING
Anders Huss and Peter Andersson scored goals in a 45-second span late in the third period as Sweden beat the Soviet Union 3-2 at Lulea, Sweden, on Tuesday. Both Anderson and Huss were selected in the 1983 NHL draft. Anderson was selected by the New York Rangers with the 73rd pick and Huss was selected by Washington with the 225th pick. SEVERED
The Hartford Whalers have announced that they will end their American Hockey League affiliation with Binghamton, N.Y. Ed Johnston, the Whalers’ vice president and general manager, said he was discussing a new AHL affiliation for the Whalers with several cities, but would not make a final decision for three or four weeks. SPEAKING
″We would have done better this year if we had all our guys. I don’t think if Boston had been missing Ray Bourque for two or three months they would be where they are. If we had no injuries, like last year, we could be in first place overall.″ - Montreal’s Guy Carbonneau on the injuries that have sidelined top players such as Norris Trophy winner Chris Chelios. SEASONS April 4
1986 - Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky broke his own NHL single-season points record with three assists to increase his season total to 214 points, breaking his old mark of 212 in 1981-82.
1987 - New York’s Denis Potvin, the highest scoring defenseman in NHL history, scored his 1,000th point in the Islanders’ 6-6 tie with Buffalo.