After every point the Detroit Red Wings waste away, they look at the standings and the number of games remaining in this lockout-shortened season and realize time is running out.

The Red Wings on Thursday were still troubled by their 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames the night before. It was a game Detroit dominated for 40 minutes, only to self-destruct with a series of turnovers that led to three goals in the third period.

“The way we left the rink (Wednesday), it wasn't a good mood, going on the bus and on the plane,'' captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “We did so many good things and then we shot ourselves in the foot again and kind of threw that game away.

“We know it's really tight in the standings, we need every point we can get. We gave two points away.''

Rather than hold a bag skate the day after, coach Mike Babcock held what he called an efficient 30-minute practice, trying to conserve energy for back-to-back games against Edmonton (Friday) and Vancouver (Saturday) to wrap up the Western Canada trip.

But, that doesn't mean Babcock wasn't still bothered by the defeat, which extended his club's winless skid to three games (0-2-1).