Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard watched Petr Mrazek as he talked to journalists, and laughed.

"He hasn't stopped holding court since yesterday," Howard said. "Look at him."

Look at Mrazek, look at Brian Lashoff, look at Tomas Tatar. And look at Damien Brunner, too.

The Wings hit the quarter point of the lockout-shortened season this afternoon when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers improved the Wings to 6-4-1, keeping them in the middle of the nascent playoff picture in the Western Conference.

The Wings have accomplished this even as they've gone through so many injuries. From losing forward Jan Mursak during opening night in St. Louis to losing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson during practice the next day to losing defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo in Game 2, and defenseman Ian White in Game 3, players have dropped like dominoes. It got so bad the Wings had to sign a fresh body three days after the season began.