The Red Wings played an uneven road game before losing to the Kings, 5-2 Monday, leaving some players and their coach to wonder where the desire went.

They had better find it presently, because they play a desperate Ducks team Wednesday and they are only two points in front of the Predators for playoff position, and seven behind the Blues for the lead in the Central Division.

"I didn't think we played hard enough," coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought they had a simple plan: Getting the puck in, getting on the forecheck and grinding.

"I didn't think we had enough resistance.

"You're not going to win with the approach we had tonight," Babcock said. "The other team can't win all the battles and all the races.