The aim was for 30 points, but given what they've been through with injuries, 28 points gets them a passing grade.

The Detroit Red Wings are halfway through the lockout-shortened 48-game season, and playing better than they have all season. They've banked 12 points over their past seven games, look cohesive defensively and are coming along offensively again. The power play remains a mysterious lack of a source of offense, but all in all, the Wings like where they're at.

"I think we should be proud of where we are," Daniel Cleary said. "I thought we've battled hard." Cleary cited the early strong play of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk as crucial to the success, saying, "we had Pav and Z come in and carry us offensively. And with the injury bug that we've had, opportunities have opened, and you've seen guys play real well."