NHL notable

December 23, 1998

Tonight: The Northeast Division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs, first in the NHL in goals with 105, play host to the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars, one of the league's stingiest teams with just 62 goals allowed.

Avalanche: Craig Billington was credited with the victory in Colorado's 4-2 win over Anaheim on Monday night despite playing less than two minutes and not facing a shot. Billington replaced Patrick Roy late in the second period and was on the ice when Milan Hejduk scored the game-winning goal. Roy was in goal for 58: 08, stopped 27 shots and got no decision.

Canadiens: Montreal is 0-5-5 in December.

Hurricanes: Ray Sheppard, tied for the team lead with 27 points, missed Monday's game because of back spasms. Defensemen Steve Chiasson (back), Adam Burt (shoulder), Curtis Leschyshyn bruised sternum) and Dave Karpa (knee) also are sidelined.

Maple Leafs: Toronto has won three straight and 10 of 13.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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