Jimmy Howard tried to shoulder the blame for a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said there was plenty of blame to be spread around for his team's disappointing performance at Nationwide Arena.

"Awful with a capital A," Howard said of his performance. "Just wasn't there. Just didn't feel comfortable."

Babcock said the Blue Jackets had more energy.

"They got better and better as the game went on, and I thought we got worse and worse," Babcock said. "You can go right through -- the coaching staff, the goaltending, the (defensemen), the forwards -- we didn't have anything. So, the bottom line is, this is over with. We got to regroup, and we got to be ready to perform in back to backs. We've got a bunch of 'em."

The Wings were coming off a 5-3 home win over the Blues on Friday night.

"We took advantage of St. Louis on a back to back last night. We took advantage of Dallas the time before on a back to back, and (Columbus) got us tonight.