The Red Wings parlayed scoring depth, good penalty killing and strong goaltending into a third straight victory.

They topped the Northwest Division-leading Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, with Jimmy Howard turning in a shutout for the second time in one week and third time this season. Fourth-liner Drew Miller provided an early lead and defenseman Niklas Kronwall and second-liner Valtteri Filppula also scored on Nikolai Khabibulin, who entered the game with a .964 save percentage.

"We're doing a lot of great things out there," Howard said. "We're continuing to get through the neutral zone, making opposing teams go the full 200 feet. We're not turning pucks over. Guys are sacrificing their bodies out there.

"It's exciting to play for a goalie when you see that."

Howard turned away 24 shots to improve to 7-3-1 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. Kronwall called him, along with captain Nicklas Lidstrom, "our best player so far. He's been keeping us in every game, pretty much. Even through that slump we had, he was playing unbelievable. It feels great having him back there, and the way he's playing is giving a lot of comfort to our defensive side of the game."