Undated (AP) _ Edmonton at Winnipeg (8:35 p.m. EST). Center Bernie Nicholls, acquired from the New York Rangers in the Mark Messier trade, will make his first appearance for the Oilers after refusing to report for nearly two months. STATS

Vancouver is 7-33-2 lifetime in Montreal. Wednesday night's 3-0 victory was the Canucks' first at the Forum since Jan. 7, 1987. ... The Canucks' first goal against Montreal ended a 138-minute shutout streak; Vancouver entered the game having been shut out by Edmonton and Quebec. STREAKS

Winnipeg is 7-0-1 in its last eight games. ... Montreal has lost four straight games. SHOTS ON GOAL

Minnesota outshot St. Louis 23-12 in the first period of Wednesday night's victory. ... Buffalo outshot Winnipeg 20-7 in the second period and 43-36 overall in a 5-4 loss. SLAP SHOTS

Gaetan Duchesne of the North Stars scored his first two goals of the season on Wednesday night. Minnesota's Steve Maltais added his first career NHL goal. ... Darrin Shannon has the winning goal in each of the Winnipeg Jets' last two games. SWINGS

Toronto is 3-0-1 in its last four road games after going 0-10-1 in its first 11 games away from Maple Leaf Gardens. SHUTOUTS

Vancouver's 3-0 shutout of Montreal was its first ever against the Canadiens. ... Hartford's 3-0 loss to Toronto was its first shutout loss at home since a 5-0 defeat to Buffalo on March 10, 1989. STARS Wednesday

-Kirk McLean and Greg Adams, Canucks. McLean stopped 45 shots and Adams scored three goals as Vancouver beat Montreal 3-0.

-Jeff Reese, Maple Leafs, turned aside 26 shots to lead Toronto to a 3-0 victory in Hartford.

-Ulf Dahlen, North Stars, scored twice in 77 seconds as Minnesota downed St. Louis 5-2. SEATING

Hartford drew only 9,577 fans for Wednesday night's game against Toronto, its fourth sub-10,000 crowd in its last seven home games. SLUMPS

St. Louis is 0-3-3 in its last six road games and 2-7-4 away from home. The Blued led the NHL last season with a 23-13-4 road record. ... Winnipeg ended an 0-for-21 drought on the power play when Thomas Steen scored in the third period of Wednesday night's 5-4 victory over Buffalo. SIDELINED

Montreal lost left wing Benoit Brunet for the season on Wednesday when he broke his right ankle crashing into the boards. STATUS

The Canucks recalled center Rob Murphy from Milwaukee of the IHL to replace Sergio Momesso, who may miss up to three months with a shoulder separation sustained Tuesday in Quebec. SCOUTING

Jeff Daniels scored twice to lead Muskegon to a 3-2 International Hockey League win over Milwaukee Wednesday night. Goalie Alain Morrisette had 44 saves for the Lumberjacks. SPEAKING

''He was so sharp I don't think anyone could have beaten him. Not even the great Jean Beliveau. ... Well, maybe Big Jean might have got one.'' - Vancouver coach Pat Quinn appraising the play of his goaltender, Kirk McLean, after a 45-save effort in a 3-0 shutout on Wednesday night. SEASONS Dec. 6

1952-Detroit shut out Chicago 2-0 in the first regular season NHL game ever played in Indianapolis. It marked the first time since 1928 that a regular- season game had been played outside an NHL city.