Wayne Gretzky hits the big three-oh before long. He's going to hit two thousand even sooner.

Gretzky, continuing to blaze new trails in the NHL, goes into tonight's Los Angeles Kings' game against the Hartford Whalers needing four points to reach 2,000 for his career.Gretzky is already the NHL's all-time leading scorer even though he's playing in just his 12th season. Gordie Howe, who completed his 26-year career with 1,850 points, is a distant second.

Bryan Trottier, 34, of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the second-leading active player with 1,356 points, including three this season. Trottier ranks seventh overall.

Only 69 players in NHL history have totaled 100 points in a season. Gretzky has more than 100 points in each of his 11 seasons and has scored more than 200 points four times.