The standings say the Red Wings are seven points better than Edmonton.
Maybe, but watching the Red Wings defeat the Oilers 3-0 Thursday, you'd would have thought the gulf would be a lot more.
It sure looked it on the ice.
Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots for his second shutout (he's allowed only four goals in his last four starts), Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader (his first goal of the season into an empty net) scored goals, and the Red Wings (12-8-4, 28 points) were hardly threatened while winning their fifth game in seven (5-1-1).
Booted out of their arena by a curling championship, the Oilers (8-10-5, 21 points) played their sixth game of a nine-game road trip and appeared every bit as weary and you'd expect.
The Wings outshot Edmonton 28-22.
After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings took control early in the second.
Kindl put the Red Wings up 1-0 at 3:16 of the period.
Kindl skated through the zone, cut to the middle, and fired a shot goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped. But Kindl stayed persistent and corralled the rebound, fanning on an attempt but getting enough power on the second shot to fool Dubnyk with a shot through the goalie's legs, his second goal of the season.
Emmerton made it 2-0 with his second goal.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130307/SPORTS0103/303070482#ixzz2MxdnkdmW
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