Undated (AP) _ Boston at Hartford (7:35 p.m. EST). The Whalers, without a regular- season victory over the Bruins since Nov. 23, 1990, host Boston in the opener of a home-and-home series. STATS
Despite missing Pittsburgh’s last four games, Mario Lemieux leads the NHL with 74 points, two more than teammate Kevin Stevens. Last season’s scoring leader, Wayne Gretzky, is fourth with 61 points. ... Brett Hull leads all players with 44 goals; teammate Adam Oates is tops in assists with 49. STREAKS
Calgary is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. ... Montreal is 7-1-1 in its last nine games. ... Quebec has lost five straight games. SHOTS ON GOAL
Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford stopped the first 16 shots he faced in the third period Monday night against Minnesota, including all six in a 3:28 stretch while the Oilers were two men down. ... Brett Hull leads the league with 257 shots on goal, 80 more than runner-up Ray Bourque of Boston. SLAP SHOTS
The Islanders’ Benoit Hogue is plus-23 on a team that has allowed 20 more goals that it has scored. ... San Jose’s 23 points are two more than the 1974-75 Washington Capitals managed in their first NHL season. SWINGS
Vancouver has a 13-6-3 record against Smythe Division rivals after going 11-20-1 in 32 divisional games last season. SLUMPS
New York Rangers rookie Doug Weight has not scored a goal since Nov. 4. ... Quebec is 6-for-86 on the power play since Nov. 30. STARS Monday
-Joe Murphy, Oilers, had his first career hat trick as Edmonton beat Minnesota 7-4. Week
Pat LaFontaine, Sabres, had seven goals and five assists in four games to earn NHL Player of the Week honors. STATUS
The Quebec Nordiques released forward John Kordic on Monday. Kordic had no goals, two assists and 115 penalty minutes in 19 games this season. SIDELINED
Montreal forward Kirk Muller left Monday night’s game against Calgary after being clipped in the eye by a stick in the third period. SCOUTING
University of Maine goalie Mike Dunham has become the first player named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team. Dunham, New Jersey’s third-round pick in the 1990 entry draft, was voted the most valuable goaltender in the recent World Junior Championships, in which he led Team USA to a bronze medal.
Coach Dave Peterson also said the remainder of the 23-man team will be chosen just prior to the team’s departure for Europe on Jan. 23. SPEAKING
″It was playoff hockey tonight. It was a man’s game. It was for big guys. Bumping and grinding and people getting run over.″ - Montreal coach Pat Burns after a 2-2 tie with Calgary. SEASONS Jan. 15
1950-Detroit goaltender Terry Sawchuk recorded the first of his NHL-record 103 career shutouts by blanking the New York Rangers 1-0. Sawchuk, who also owns the record for games played and wins by a goaltender, recorded his last shutout in 1970 while playing for the Rangers.