Undated (AP) _ New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils (7:45 p.m. EDT). The Devils host their first-ever home playoff game since moving to New Jersey from Colorado in 1982. STATS

Buffalo, the youngest team in the NHL, was the most improved club in 1987-88. The Sabres, last in the NHL a year ago, improved 21 points. New Jersey was second at plus-18, with Detroit third at plus-15. Minnesota, which finished last in the overall standings, was the biggest loser, dropping 19 points from 1986-87. SLUMPS

Los Angeles has not won a home playoff game since 1982. ... Winnipeg had lost all 16 playoff games to Edmonton since the two teams joined the NHL in 1979. STREAKS

The Philadelphia Flyers have won the first two games of a playoff series 12 times since joining the NHL in 1967, and have won all 12 series. SWINGS

Brad McCrimmon of the Calgary Flames led the NHL in plus-minus at plus-48 ... Minnesota's Brian MacLellan was last with minus-44. Five of the 13 lowest plus-minus figures belonged to Minnesota players. SHOTS ON GOAL

There were 1,007 power plays in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 80 regular-season games. The Penguins set NHL records by getting 500 power-play chances, 111 more than the old record set by Los Angeles last season, and facing 507 opposition power plays, 105 more than the previous mark set by Philadelphia last season. SERIES

Through the first two games of their Norris Division semifinal series, Toronto and Detroit had met 106 times in Stanley Cup play, with each team winning 53 times. They were 3-3-2 in the regular season, with each scoring 33 goals, and split the first two games, with each team winning 6-2. STATUS

Paul Coffey, who suffered two knee injuries this season, had his aching right knee examined Friday by a physician, who said the Pittsburgh Penguins' defenseman may not require arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Chuck Stone told Coffey he should rest the knee for a couple of weeks, then have it re-examined. If Coffey is still in pain, surgery may then be performed. SCOTING

Gates Orlando assisted on four goals, including scores by Jody Gage and Richie Dunn 41 seconds apart in the third period, as Rochester beat Adirondack 6-4 in the opening game of their Calder Cup playoff series Friday. SPEAKING

''The players are so enthusiastic on this team that they forget that they're tired. A lot of them are very young and are in the playoffs for the first time. They're playing on instinct ... they just go out and play.'' - New Jersey's Mark Johnson, who scored the winning goal Thursday night to give the Devils their first-ever playoff victory, a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.