Tonight's main event
* TORONTO AT QUEBEC (7:35 p.m.): The loser takes the "lead" in the race for the NHL's worst record. The prize: Eric Lindros. The Leafs, however, don't own their top draft pick.
Last night's highlights
* THE STARS -- Tomas Sandstrom recorded his third hat trick of the season as the Los Angeles Kings beat New Jersey 6-1. It was Sandstrom's seventh career hat trick . . . Pierre Turgeon and Alexander Mogilny had two goals and three assists each, leading Buffalo past Toronto 9-3 . . . Chicago Blackhawks center Jeremy Roenick, who scored nine points in three games last week, was named NHL Player of the Week yesterday.
* STREAKS: The Los Angeles Kings have won seven straight . . . Kirk Muller has tied the Devils' franchise record of Aaron Broten for consecutive games played at 288. Muller's streak is the third longest in the league behind Steve Larmer and Craig MacTavish . . . Buffalo is 8-3-2 in its last 13 games.
* SLUMPS: The New Jersey Devils are winless in their last nine games (0-6-3) . . . Toronto is winless in its last six (0-4-2).
* FROM THE CLIPBOARD: Brett Hull, who has 45 goals in 45 games, is on pace to match 50 goals in 50 games previously reached by Maurice Richard, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
* SIDELINED: Mario Lemieux "is not in good shape" and probably won't return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup on Jan. 22, coach Bob Johnson said yesterday. Lemieux, who was bedridden for weeks with a back infection, had hoped to resume playing after the All-Star break.
* FINAL WORD: "The underwear was clean and we didn't tear the jerseys. That's the most positive thing I can say about the game." -- Toronto coach Tom Watt following last night's 9-3 loss to Buffalo.