As management focuses on the future, the Detroit Red Wings are determined to bear down on the present.

Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena saw them out-compete the Nashville Predators for the last two periods, but a poor first period led to a 3-2 loss. It was the Wings’ first game since the trade that sent Petr Mrazek to Philadelphia, with more moves possible before Monday’s deadline. Players vow it’s not a distraction.

“That’s out of our control,” Justin Abdelkader said. “We just have to go out and continue to play hard and I think we’ve done a good job of that lately. You have to try cancel out all the noise and just focus – we are paid to come out and work hard and give our best effort each game.

“It is a business. You see guys moved, that’s part of what happens. It’s unfortunate we’re in this position again and are going to be looking like sellers, but we have to continue to play and whatever group is on the ice, we have to go out 20 guys and fight and try to win each game.”