How hot are the Red Wings?

Let's put it this way: When Jakub Kindl is on fire, you're red hot.

Kindl, a stay-at-home defenseman, netted the winning goal in Thursday's 3-0 victory over Edmonton at Joe Louis Arena that improved the Wings' record to 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

Kindl, who has never scored more than two goals in an NHL season, was plus-two and scored the first of the Wings' two goals in the second period. Cory Emmerton followed Kindl's goal in the second period, and Justin Abdelkader scored his first of the season on an empty-netter with 1:10 left.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots to earn his second shutout of the season. He has allowed only four goals in his past four starts.

"We didn't skate and execute as well in the first period as we would have liked," coach Mike Babcock said. "Saying that, I thought we got better, and that's a pretty complete game for us. We didn't give up very much. Our goaltender was under way less duress than he was the other night, and it was a good win for us."

The tables could be turning for the Wings, though. While they have done well to take advantage by scoring five points in a three-game home stand, they now have to hit the road, where they play eight of their next 10 games.

"Yeah, it's one of those things that every team's going to go through it," Abdelkader said of the brutal travel schedule in the compacted season. "And we know we've got to take care of our home ice because we're going to be in the same situation in a few weeks here. ...