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Hockey Today Monday, Dec. 4

December 4, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Detroit at Montreal (7:35 p.m. EST). In a meeting of division leaders, the Canadiens will try to avenge a 4-2 loss in Detroit in late October. STREAKS

Pittsburgh has won five straight games, all against Patrick Division opponents. ... Minnesota is 5-0-1 in its last six games. ... The New York Islanders have lost seven straight games, their longest losing streak since 1973-74, their last non-playoff season. STATS

Hartford has allowed the opposition to score first in 16 of its 25 games. The Whalers are 4-11-1 in those games. ... Hartford is 4-8-0 at home this season. ... St. Louis’ back-to-back shutouts over the Islanders and Maple Leafs are the first for the Blues since 1970. SHOTS ON GOAL

Minnesota scored three short-handed goals in a 10:39 span of the second period in its 4-2 victory over Hartford Saturday night. Bob Brooke set up all three goals, two by Neal Broten. ... Hartford outshot Minnesota 14-1 in the third period of its 4-2 loss. SHOOTERS

Detroit’s Steve Yzerman has scored at least one goal in eight straight games and has 11 goals in that span. Yzerman also had a six-game goal-scoring streak to start the season. ... Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux has been limited to two assists in his last three games. STOPPERS

Calgary goaltender Mike Vernon has a nine-game winning streak and is unbeaten in his last 10 decisions. ... St. Louis’ Greg Millen leads the NHL with three shutouts, including back-to-back blankings of the Islanders and Maple Leafs. ... After losing his first two decisions after his trade from Buffalo to Pittsburgh, Tom Barrasso has won four straight starts. SLUMPS

The New York Islanders are 0-9-1 in their last 10 road games and 1-10 in their last 11 games overall. ... Hartford has lost six of its last seven home games. ... New Jersey is 0-5-1 in its last six games and 0-3-1 in its last four home games. SIN-BIN

Of the first 277 games this season, 24 have had 100 or more penalty minutes. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been involved in the most 100-minute games (8); Minnesota and Vancouver are the only teams that have not been in any. SWINGS

In his first 49 NHL games, spread over three seasons, Washington Capitals forward Steve Leach had seven points. In his last 10 games, Leach has 11 points. SIGNINGS

The Winnipeg Jets promoted Mike Smith to general manager, He had served as interim general manager since Oct. 30, when John Ferguson was fired. STATUS

Quebec’s Peter Stastny has missed four games with back and shoulder injuries. The Nordiques are hopeful he can return next week. ... Trevor Steinberg and Gaetan Duchesne returned to the Nordiques’ lineup Saturday night after missing nine games each. SIDELINED

New York Islanders winger Mike Stevens suffered a separated left shoulder when he was hit by Pittsburgh forward Jay Caufield in the first period of the Penguins’ 4-2 victory Saturday night. ... Buffalo’s Bob Halkidis also separated his left shoulder in a first-period fight with Montreal’s Mike McPhee. STARS Saturday

Greg Millen, Blues, stopped 20 shots for his second straight shutout as St. Louis blanked Toronto 3-0. SCOUTING

Ross McKay made 23 saves, including a penalty shot from defending American Hockey League scoring champion Bruce Boudreau, to lead Binghamton (Whalers) to a 3-2 victory Springfield (Islanders) Saturday night. It was the first professional victory for McKay, who played at the University of Saskatchewan. SPEAKING

″All we ever expect is a good effort and winning is a byproduct of that. ’We got a good effort but we just didn’t put our chances away. That was the biggest difference.″ Islanders coach Terry Simpson after a 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh, his club’s seventh straight loss.

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