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DETROIT -- Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for his 13th career shutout and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Jakub Kindl, Cory Emmerton and Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit (12-8-4).

Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for Edmonton (8-10-5), which is winless in four games (0-3-1).

The Red Wings have allowed only eight goals in their past seven games (5-1-1) and didn't allow a goal in the first two periods for the fifth consecutive game.

It was Howard's second shutout of the season.

Kindl opened the scoring 3:16 into the second period when he was battling for the puck in the slot with Edmonton's Chris VandeVelde and the puck was propelled towards the Edmonton net and trickled through Dubnyk's pads. It was Kindl's second goal of the season.

Emmerton made it 2-0 with 7:41 left in the middle period when he put in a snap shot from the slot that beat Dubnyk high on the stick side for Emmerton's second goal. It came after the Red Wings had sustained pressure in the Oilers' zone. Emmerton took a pass from Drew Miller.

Abdelkader added an empty-net goal with 1:10 left. It was his first marker of the season and first in 37 games.

Detroit out-shot Edmonton 8-6 in the first period in which Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey hit the goal post on a slap shot from the high slot.

NOTES: The National Hockey League Players Association approved the league's proposed realignment, which would begin with the 2013-14 season. The realignment would reportedly move Detroit from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings' organization has long lobbied to be moved to the Eastern Conference, where they would play Original Six rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers more often. The only other Original Six team in the Western Conference is the Chicago Blackhawks. The realignment now only has to be voted on by the NHL Board of Governors. ... Edmonton left wing Lennart Petrell missed his fourth game with a head injury. ... Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula missed his fifth game with a shoulder injury. ... Red Wings defenseman Ian White was a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game. ... It was the sixth game of a nine-game road trip for the Oilers.
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