STATS: Through the all-star break, Pittsburgh was the only team with more than one player among the NHL's top seven scorers. The Penguins had three: John Cullen (second, 77 points), Mark Recchi (third, 72) and defenseman Paul Coffey (seventh, 63). Another Penguin, Kevin Stevens, was 13th (53 points). . . .
There have been 37 hat tricks this season; L.A.'s Tomas Sandstrom is the only player with more than two. He has three, two in as many games against New Jersey.
SHOTS ON GOAL: The Blues' Brett Hull leads the NHL in goals (46), shots (228), power-play goals (15) and game-winners (8). He's also No. 1 in first goals (10). . . .
Hull's 46 goals are 15 more than runners-up Steve Yzerman and Rick Tocchet. Chicago's Steve Larmer is the only other player with 30 goals.
STOPPERS: Chicago's Ed Belfour leads the league in goals-against average (2.38) and wins (29) and is No. 2 behind the Rangers' Mike Richter in save percentage (.910). . . . The Rangers have played 50 games, alternating Richter and John Vanbiesbrouck. Each has 25 starts; Richter has relieved Vanbiesbrouck twice.
SALARIES: Figures released by the NHL Players Association show Wayne Gretzky is the league's highest-paid player at $3.3 million, $1 million more than Mario Lemieux. Only eight players will make $1 million or more this season; the bottom four players in the salary list make $230,000.