Five games, now, the Red Wings have gone without a victory.

And check out their next five games — hosting Nashville (tonight) and Vancouver (Sunday), on the road in Los Angeles (Wednesday) and San Jose (Thursday), then hosting Chicago March 3 in a national television game.

The sense of urgency seems to be increasing around Joe Louis Arena by the day. In this shortened 48-game regular season, any sort of losing streak stings.

So if the Red Wings can't stop this slide quickly, chances of crawling back into the playoff picture become increasingly difficult.

"Right now, we're pretty much giving away points," goalie Jimmy Howard said. "We can't look ahead in the schedule and get too far ahead of ourselves. Just look to (Saturday), put in a good performance starting against Nashville, go out there and win a game."